The Union Health Ministry has reduced the cut-off percentile for National Eligibility cum Entrance Test PG and NEET Super Speciality exams benefitting near about 18,000 medical aspirants.
The decision will improve the chances of filling up post graduate (PG) seats and at the same time it will minimise wastage of seats, a Health Ministry statement said.
The Union Health Minister, J P Nadda, said Government was making all efforts to fill up PG seats and the move was aimed for the same.
“This is a significant step towards strengthening the medical sector and indicates the priority given by the government to it. We are making sure that there is adequate manpower for providing quality healthcare services,” he said.
Currently there are around 31,000 post graduate seats in Medical Council approved colleges in India. To fill these seats, ideally 90,000 students need to appear in counselling (As per 1:3 formula by Director General of Health Services)
As this time only 60,000 candidates have applied for these seats, the Ministry on the advice of Director General of Health Services (DGHS) decided to slash percentile for NEET–PG and NEET-SS to accommodate more number of medical students.