Admission to postgraduate seats in medical colleges in India is based on the National Eligibility and Entrance Test-PG (NEET-PG).
The Government decided to reduce the cut-off percentile for postgraduate medical seats by 15 per cent. This decision was taken after number of medical colleges, mostly private, complained that thousands of seats were going vacant this year due to the high qualifying percentile.
This move has been taken consecutively for the second year this year. The qualifying marks have been reduced for postgraduate and super-speciality medical courses.
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This decision will seem to benefit about 18000 students. It will give them a better chance of filling up postgraduate seats and minimizing wastage of seats.
As per existing regulations, for admission in any postgraduate course, it’s necessary for a candidate to obtain a minimum of marks at 50th percentile in NEET PG, while students belonging to reserved categories need to secure minimum marks at the 40th percentile.
Persons with disabilities will have to secure marks at the 45th percentile.
Officials said that the National Board of Examination had conducted NEET-PG 2018 on January 7, 2018, and the results of the same were declared by January 31. This year, NEET-SS will be conducted by the NBE in the first week of July 2018 as a computer-based test on a single day.
Last year, the government had reduced the cut-off percentile by 7.5 to fill up vacant postgraduate and super-speciality seats.