Karnataka medical aspirants who appeared in the Common Entrance Test (CET) may lose at least 1486 seats as private medical colleges refused to offer MBBS seats to the CET applicants this year.
Earlier, in 2015, the private colleges had signed an agreement with the Karnataka government to share a percentage of total seats for the CET applicants.
This year the private colleges refused to provide seats to students appearing in CET following the Supreme Court’s order on National Eligibility- cum- Entrance Test (NEET). As per the centre’s ordinance on NEET, the CET scores are valid for admissions to government colleges and government quota seats in private medical colleges, if they agree to share them.
There are 2200 seats in sixteen government colleges and 4745 seats in private medical colleges including deemed universities in Karnataka. See Article Private and Deemed Universities cancel their Medical Entrance Exams
The fee for a government quota medical seat in private colleges is Rs 55,000 whereas for a management quota seat is Rs 4.25 lakh. If private colleges offer seats to the government, this will be against the Supreme Court’s order, and due to which private colleges will have to fill up seats through NEET.
The first phase of NEET was held on May 1 and the second phase is scheduled on July 24.