Here is the good news for all those who are seeking admission in reputed medical school across India via NEET 2018. The government of India has now reduced the NEET cut off percentile to 15% for admission through National Eligibility Entrance Test PG and NEET Super Specialty Examination.
Reason behind reducing NEET cut off percentage for medical students
The Ministry of Health has taken this decision of decreasing the NEET cut off percentage in order to boost a large number of candidates applying for the medical courses. As per the reports, the reduction in the NEET percentage will benefit as many as 18,000 medical aspirants. In previous years, many seats in the PG courses were left vacant due to high percentage cutoffs, which creates a crunch of skilled manpower in the medical sector.
The Union Health Minister, JP Nadda recently made an announcement of reducing NEET cut off percentage via his tweet to improve the strength of students in PG courses at various medical colleges pan India.
However, it will be mandatory for everyone interested in seeking admission in medical school to obtain minimum of 50 percentage to qualify while an exemption of 10 percent over minimum obtained marks will be given to candidates falling in the category of scheduled caste (SC), scheduled tribes (ST) and other backward castes (OBC). 45 percentage is fixed for candidates with physical disabilities.
NEET cut offs reduced last year too
Earlier also NEET cut-offs were reduced in the year 2017. To benefit the maximum number of candidates, the union health ministry had lowered down the percentile for NEET by 7.5. That time the reduction for NEET cut off percentile was brought down to 42.5 from 50 percentile while 32.5 percentile was brought down from 40th for SC/ ST/ OBC categories. The decision was then taken by the ministry as only a handful could only get through the minimum marks slab for admission to medical school via NEET.
Well, the candidates who are interested in seeking admission to medical school have welcomed the decision of the government of India. Even the medical schools pan Indian are expecting more number of students this year via NEET 2018 percentile.