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The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) is well known for being in the highlights for over past few years; because of undergoing frequent and last moment changes in its guidelines. Following this trend, the cutoff percentile of the NEET-PG (Post Graduate) and Super Specialty (SS) has been dropped by 15%.
This decision has been taken based on a guideline issued by the Union Health Ministry, GOI, in order to take up unoccupied seats in the medical colleges. This decision is going to benefit over 18,000 aspirants by making their dream come true of becoming specialized doctors.
This change is amended to occupy the probable vacant medical seats across the country for the PG courses. The declaration of cutoff reduction was made by Honourable Union Health Minister, Shri JP Nadda announced Friday.
The government of India has decided to reduce the percentile for NEET PG and NEET SS by 15% for the good of students. This decision will benefit more than 18000 students. @MoHFW_INDIA
As per regulations and eligibility criteria, for admission in any postgraduate course, “it shall be necessary for a candidate to obtain a minimum of marks at 50th percentile” in NEET PG.
The Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribes (ST) and Other Backward Caste (OBC) category candidates scoring marks at or above the 40th percentile will be eligible for getting admissions to the various medical institutions. Additionally, the Persons with Disabilities (PWD) category aspirants would be eligible when they would have secured the marks at or above the 45th percentile.
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This change is aimed at ensuring that all the PG medical seats in India are picked up and those are not wasted. The honourable Minister added to his statement - “This is a significant step towards strengthening the medical sector and indicates the priority given by the government to the health sector. We are making sure that there is adequate manpower for providing quality health services.”
However, that decision was declared to be applied only for the session starting the academic year 2017-18. This rule is now reintroduced for this year considering the possibility of medical seat vacation for the PG courses.