Health Minister J P Nadda announced on twitter today that

The government of India has decided to reduce the percentile for NEET PG and NEET SS by 15% for the good of students. This decision will benefit more than 18000 students

This will further reduce the cut off from 26% to merely 11% in the NEET PG. This is all time low cut off in NEET PG / All India PG in the history of PG Entrance exams of the country. You will wonder how easy it is to become a specialist doctor in India but the truth is entirely different. Government is acting on behest of Private medical colleges. On one hand, the government modified counseling rules to promote seat blocking and a writ petition is already pending in the supreme court of India in which stay has been granted on revert back of the seats. On the other hand, these blocked seats are to be sold to the very low ranked candidates in the Mop Up (Institutional rounds) at exorbitant rates.

This trick of Paid Organised Seat Blocking in central rounds and surrendering same seats in Institutional Mop-up rounds followed by reducing cut off by the government to allow low ranked candidates pick up the surrendered seats by paying crores of capitation started from last year 2017 (7.5% cut off was reduced) and continued this year with double capacity (15% Cut off reduced)

Medical reporters hope the government will think and do some right step someday to preserve merit.

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