November 16, 2023

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1,400 medical seats still vacant, panel to hold special round of counselling | India News

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The Medical Counselling Committee will conduct a special counselling round to allot more than 1,400 seats that were left over after previous rounds, it is learnt. The seats remained vacant despite the government doing away with a cut-off.

Registration for the round is likely to open by November 17, with the result likely by November 24.

A similar special round of counselling was conducted for remaining UG seats as well.

“When we have allowed a special round of counselling for MBBS seats, we have to do the same for post-graduation as well. Every seat that has been created is a resource and we have to try to ensure that it gets utilised,” said a senior official aware of the matter.

An association of medical colleges from Tamil Nadu has also filed a plea seeking extension of the counselling process to ensure the seats get utilised.

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Usually, there are three rounds of counselling where seats are allotted based on the centralised merit list. There’s also a last stray vacancy round where seats are allotted by individual colleges.

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All the rounds of counselling in 2023, including the forthcoming special round, will be based on the centralised merit list. This special fifth round of counselling comes even as the government did away with the cut-off third round of counselling onwards with more than 13,000 seats remaining vacant. Usually, the eligibility for PG seats is 50 percentile, which is reduced during the later rounds of counselling, but this is the first time it has been dropped to zero.

An analysis of seat allotment after the third round shows that doing away with the cut off resulted in seats being allotted to candidates who have scored 11 out of 800 in the general category and 5 out of 800 in the OBC category. It also resulted in general category candidates scoring less than SC/ST candidates also being allotted seats.

The NMC is looking at reasons why seats continue to remain vacant.

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