As NEET 2018 UG admit cards are out and NEET PG admissions are already on for 2018 session, there is a good news for young medical aspirants. MCI (Medical Council of India) has said that all medical colleges that are offering graduate medical courses in India need to upgrade to a higher level and offer postgraduate courses as well.
MCI said that all medical colleges offering MBBS seats need to start postgraduate courses by 2020. This will increase the number of seats for candidates who wish to go through NEET PG to secure a seat. This also is a great news for candidates who are currently appearing for NEET 2018 UG exam as by the time they will become a doctor, they’ll have a wide variety of options to choose for their further specialization in the medical field.
Why More Seats for PG Medical Courses
It may be noted that from 2020, no college will be allowed to offer only MBBS or other graduate courses only. Colleges will be asked to apply for postgraduate medical courses and permission will be granted to only those colleges that have adequate infrastructure and staff. In case, a college does not fulfil the required criteria to offer NEET PG seats, their affiliation for NEET UG and MBBS seats will also be cancelled.
This justifies that all medical colleges in India will have to start PG courses. They have no other option. however, if once the required criteria is not met during the time of inspection, the college will have 2 more chances to apply.
The number of seats for each college will, however, be decided by MCI.
Number of Seats in Medical Colleges
A lot has been going on for the admissions of candidates in postgraduate colleges for medical seats. If we go by numbers then there the MCI has over 476 registered medical colleges in India and all these colleges combined have over 60,000 MBBS seats. But when it comes to the number of postgraduate seats in medical colleges of India, then the number stands at just 30,000 which includes (MD/MS) or PG diploma.
The admission to these medical courses is done through NEET (National Eligibility and Entrance Exam) which is being conducted by CBSE. There are different exams for NEET UG and NEET PG. This step taken by MCI will surely increase the number of PG seats in medical colleges and will benefit the society on a larger scale as we’ll have more specialized doctors.