NEET 2017: Cut-offs for PG course to be reduced by 7.5 percentile points
Government says that the decision to reduce NBE NEET 2017 cut-offs comes due to fear seats in some categories may remain vacant as there are not sufficient number of candidates available.
The cut-offs for admission to postgraduate medical courses through the National Eligibility-Cum-Entrance Test (NEET) 2017 will be reduced by 7.5 percentile points, the health ministry said Wednesday.
The National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test (NEET) has been in the news for quite some time. After such pressure levied on students, they can breathe a sigh of relief as the percentile cut off for post graduation will now be cut down by 7.5 percentile.
Recently, the test was conducted by the National Board of Examinations (NBE) for admission to all post-graduate medical courses in the country. While the qualifying criteria for General category was 50 percentile, 40 percentile for OBC/SC/ST and 45 percentile for PWD category were decided.
As per Clause 9 sub-clause III of 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 MCI, may lower the minimum marks which shall be applicable for the said academic year only. Due to low scores achieved by students, in consultation with MCI, the percentile cut off by 7.5 percentile for this academic year has been decided.
Now, the general candidate need 42.5 percentile to pass the test. While 32.5 percentile kept reserved category, 37.5 percentile needed for PWD category candidates to clear the examinations.
However, this lowering by the Central Government is applicable for the academic year 2017 only. Around 9,000 additional candidates are expected to be benefited by this decision.