NEET Medical PG Cut Off Percentage Reduced by 7.5% | Here’s What This Means

National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) 2017 will come with a surprise for all the medical aspirants across India. Well, the Union Health Ministry has given a thumbs up to reduce the cut off percentage of NEET 2017 for PG courses in order to make sure that PG seats do not go vacant in colleges.

This will also help students with low NEET cut off percentage in 2017 to apply for a seat in PG at a medical college in India to pursue their higher studies.

NEET 2017 medical PG Cut off percentage reduced

The Central Government has agreed to bring down the cut off percentage of NEET 2017 for medical PG courses as they fear that the seats at the medical colleges will not get filled if the cut off percentage remains high. Now after the centre’s decision, it is estimated that more than 10,000 medical aspirants will get benefited by this decision.

Talking about the cut-off percentage of NEET 2017, the Health Ministry has agreed on to reduce it by  7.5 % this year. Well, this is a one-time move that is taken after considering the fact that the seats for medical courses in India shouldn’t go vacant this year. The centre did not take the decision whole solely but concluded after consulting it with the Medical Council of India (MCI)

Here are the reduced percentage of NEET 2017 cut off

is an all India level common entrance exam for getting admission in medical courses anywhere across the country. National Board of Examinations (NBE) had conducted NEET 2017 for the admission of Medical PG course across India. The percentage required to qualify for any medical PG course was 50% for general candidates, cut off for OBC/SC/ST was 40% while for PWD category the cut off was 45%. Now, after reduction, the cut- off percentage for general category will be 42.5 %, 32.5 % OBC/ SC/ ST categories and 37.5 % for PWD candidates.

Now, another merit list with lower cut off will be soon declared. Earlier this year, a similar decision was taken during the admissions for the PG Dental courses. The central government along with the Dental Council of India had reduced the cut off percentage of NEET by 7.5 % as enough candidates couldn’t qualify the score criteria for admission.

The amendment in the cut off percentage of NEET 2017 for medical PG courses was made as per the Clause 9 sub-clause III of Medical Council of India’s Postgraduate Medical Education Regulations (PGMER), 2000. This particular clause is introduced in order to cope up with the situation when less number candidates could qualify the minimum marks for admission in any medical course.



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