NEET PG Counselling 2021-2022 to start from January 12: Mansukh Mandaviya

New Delhi:

NEET-PG counselling for 2021-2022 will commence from January 12 (Wednesday), Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said today.

The announcement of dates of counselling for medical admissions under the National Eligibility/Entrance Test Postgraduate (NEET-PG) comes two days after the Supreme Court pronounced that it should continue with the existing 27 per cent quota for OBC (Other Backward Class) and 10 per cent reservation for EWS (Economically Weaker Section). 

In a tweet, Mandaviya said, “NEET-PG counseling is being started by MCC (Medical Counselling Committee) from January 12, 2022, following the order of the Hon’ble Supreme Court, as assured by the Ministry of Health to the resident doctors. This will give more strength to the country in the fight against Corona. My best wishes to all the candidates.” 

On Friday, the Supreme Court ended stalemate over NEET counselling and cleared the way for medical admissions that has been delayed since October last year. The delay was due to the hearing of pleas filed against a government notification announcing the reservation of seats for OBC and EWS candidates. 

The apex court said there was an “urgent need” to start the admission process. The Bench said, “We accept the recommendation of the Pandey Committee that the criteria which has been stipulated in OM (office memorandum) 2019 (for EWS) (which prescribed the Rs 8 lakh limit) be used for 2021-2022 in order to ensure that the admission process is not dislocated.” 

National Eligibility/Entrance Test – Post-Graduate (NEET-PG) is a qualifying exam for medical students for admission to private and government colleges. Candidates who qualify the exam, move to the next level i.e. ‘counselling’ in which they are directed to universities and colleges based on marks obtained by them in the national level examination and specialisation opted by them. 

Once the counselling starts, more than 45,000 junior doctors will be able to join the workforce. This would be a big relief for hospitals across the country which are overwhelmed due to rise in COVID-19 cases. 


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