With the amendment of Graduate Medical Education Regulations, 1997 and the Post Graduate Medical Education Regulation, 2000, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) has legally made the common counselling mandatory for admission to undergraduate and postgraduate medical courses.
Now, each State/Union Territory will conduct common counselling for admission to all undergraduate and postgraduate seats available in medical or dental institutions in the State whether established by the Central Government, State Government, University, Deemed University, Trust, Society, Company, Minority Institutions or Corporation.
“The move would bring in transparency in the admission process and curb the practice of capitation fee charged by private colleges. Further, the students would not have to apply to multiple agencies for admission in the same State”, health ministry said in its press release.
The common counselling will be done based on candidates score & rank in NEET (UG & PG). National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) which is a national level single entrance exam conducted for admission to undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.
The advisory for common counselling at the state level was first proposed after NEET UG 2016 exam stating to conduct combined counselling for admission to MBBS courses for academic session 2016-17. Based on this, University Grant Commission (UGC) vide letter dated 15.9.2016 had directed Deemed Universities to provide admission based on common counselling conducted by State Government / Central Government.
While the advisory of common counselling for admission to postgraduate medical and dental courses for the academic session 2017-18 was proposed on 05.12.2016.
NEET is the only national level medical entrance exam conducted for selecting candidates for admission to undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.
NEET UG 2017 is scheduled to be held in pen and paper based mode on conducted May 7 for admission to around 52,000 MBBS and BDS seats in approximately 500 medical and dental institutions in India. NEET UG 2017 is conducted by Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and expected to be taken by approximately 10 lakh candidates for securing seats in MBBS or BDS programmes offered in medical and dental colleges of India.
NEET PG 2017 was conducted by National Board of Examinations (NBE) from December 5 to 13, 2016 in computer based mode. Around 1.16 lakh candidates appeared in the exam for admission to around 35,000 MD, MS and PG Diploma Seats.