NEET PG 2017: The Health Ministry today said that the cut-offs for admission to postgraduate medical programmes through the National Eligibility-Cum-Entrance Test (NEET) 2017 examinations will be reduced by 7.5 percentile points. “It has been decided in consultation with the Medical Council of India (MCI) to reduce the percentile cutoffs for NEET-PG 2017 by 7.5 percentile, taking them to 42.5 percentile for general candidates, 32.5 percentile for reserved category candidates and 37.5 percentile for PWD category,” a NEET official said as quoted by PTI. This statement by the officials comes after the ministry receives representatives from other state governments who stated that seats may remain vacant in some categories and that there are not enough candidates to apply for.
The National Board of Examinations (NBE) conducts the National Eligibility-Cum-Entrance Test (NEET-PG) every year for admission to all post-graduate medical institutions in the country. The cut-offs will be lowered by the central government for the current academic session, i.e. 2017 only and it is expected that this decision will benefit 9000 additional candidates, according to the ministry. The earlier qualifying criteria for the general category was 50 percentile points, for OBC/SC/ST candidates- 40 percentile points and for the PWD category candidates- 45 percentile points.
The ministry also said, “Representations were received from some state governments that seats in some categories may remain vacant as a sufficient number of candidates are not available.” As per Clause 9 sub-clause III of the Medical Council of India’s Postgraduate Medical Education Regulations (PGMER), 2000, when sufficient number of candidates fail to secure minimum marks, the central government in consultation with the MCI, may lower the minimum marks which shall be applicable for the said academic year only, according to PTI.