In a recent announcement, the Ministry of Health and Family shared its decision of giving a relaxation of 15% in the NEET PG and NEET Super Speciality (SS) cut-off percentile. The cut-off percentile of both these exams has been reduced by 15%. The decision has been made in an attempt to fill the PG seats and avoid wastage of seats like last year. It is said that around 5% seats in NEET PG and NEET SS remained vacant last year.
Talking about this decision, the Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Shri J. P. Nadda said, “This is a significant step towards strengthening 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”. It is estimated to benefit around 18,000.
Sources reveal that presently there are near about 31,000 post graduate seats in the medical colleges in India and ideally around 90,000 students should appear for counselling for these seats. However, as there are just around 60,000 applications this year, the Director General of Health Services (DGHS) advised the Ministry of Health and Family to lower the cut-off marks so that more candidates can be considered for admission to PG courses.
NEET PG is conducted to select students for various MD/ MS and PG Diploma Courses. It has been prescribed as a single entrance exam for these courses as per Section 10 (D) of Indian Medical Council Act, 1956.
NEET PG 2018 was conducted by the National Board of Examination (NBE) on 7th January 2018. Its result was declared on 31st January.
Here, a candidate gets to choose a maximum of two super speciality courses. NBE will conduct NEET SS 2018 in the first week of July 2018. NBE is likely to club some super specialities in which the number of seats being offered are low.
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