Govt relaxes NEET PG courses cut-off as seats go vacant
New Delhi: In an attempt to address the large number of vacant seats in super speciality medical courses, the health ministry has approved relaxing of the eligibility cut off for the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test for post graduation (NEET PG) for 2019-20.
With this, the qualifying marks for super speciality in cardiothoracic and vascular surgery, cardiology and pediatric surgery has been reduced to 20th percentile, whereas that for other PG courses it has been brought down to 40th percentile. Currently, the cut off for all this super specility categories is 50th percentile.
“The Board of Governors reviewed the proposal in terms of the vacant seats and the number of additional eligible candidates to be provided for filing the vacancies in Super Speciality Courses. In principle it was decided that the reduction in percentile should provide at least double the number of vacant seats," a letter from BoG secretary general R K Vats to health ministry said. TOI has reviewed the letter.
Accepting recommendations from the board of governors (BoG), currently regulating medical education under the chairmanship of NITI Aayog member V K Paul, the health ministry approved the reduction in cut off on Friday.
Vacancy in PG medical seats has been a cause of concern for the Centre. This year nearly 700 super speciality medical seats remained vacant in various public and private colleges and deemed universities, leading to a sheer wastage of opportunity when the country is faced with a dire shortage of specialists. Last year, around 500 such seats remained vacant after completion of counselling process.
In May, the health ministry had reduced the eligibility cut off for PG general speciality by six percentile.