The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) PG is an All-India examination conducted by the National Board of Examinations. The exam is a gateway to the medical colleges of India for a postgraduate degree in the field. NEET PG 2018 was conducted in January. NEET PG 2018 results were declared in January itself. The results of the exam attracted spotlight over the issue of cut-offs and the NEET PG 2018 counselling process is underway.
The Union Health Minister, J P Nadda, declared in an address that the cut-offs for NEET PG examinations will be reduced by a total of 15%. This decision is an attempt to avoid the wastage of seats and maximize the admission opportunities to the medical institutions. An important point to be noted, as directed by the SC’s recent order, is that there is no change in the candidates’ ranking, only the cut-offs have been modified.
Revised Cut-Off Tally for NEET PG 2018 Counselling
According to the new cut-off percentile with a reduction of 15% for every category, general candidates require 35% score to apply for counseling. The SC/ST/OBC candidates have to get a minimum of 25% to clear the cut-off mark. The PwD candidates are required to score 30% minimum marks. A public order was issued with revised cut-off scores for NEET PG 2018 Counselling as follows:
- General – 262 (from 321)
- SC/ST/OBC – 225 (from 281)
- PwD – 244 (300)
Counseling Schedule for NEET PG 2018 Counselling
The Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) organizes the counseling process for NEET PG, which takes place in two rounds. Before the Health Ministry’s order, the DGHS started with the first and second round of counseling for NEET PG 2018 candidates. A provisional order from the Madras High Court put a stay on the process of counseling until the decision regarding cut-off was made. The Medical Council Committee (MCC) stopped all the counseling procedures as per the order, until further notice. After the Madras High Court lifted its stay, the reporting was resumed immediately. The reporting for round two then resumed on 18 April 2018.
The orders for the slashed cut-off percentile came on 20 April 2018.
Distribution of Seats
The seats for NEET PG are distributed under two categories: All India Quota and State quota. The former is for admission into the government medical colleges such as AIIMS while the latter provides entry into the state-level medical institutions.
In an order by the Supreme Court of India that was released on 3 May 2018, it is stated that all the left seats under the All India Quota will be returned to the states. Candidates can read the official notice of the Supreme Court here. After the recommencing of the counseling process, the candidates were required to go to their allotted seats and colleges till 23 April 2018. All the candidates that were provided with seats in the first round of counseling and did not get promoted in the second round had the option to withdraw their seats by 19 April 2018.
The results for the second round of counseling can be obtained from The Medical Counselling Committee (MCC) official site.
MCC’s Notice about NEET PG 2018
MCC also released a notice in order to resolve several queries on the matter of the second round of NEET PG 2018 counselling. The notice clarifies that the seat that is provided during the second round according to the candidate’s choice automatically cancels the seat allotted in the first round. It also advises the applicants to fill in the choice of seats carefully. This gives more preference to the seats which are above the previously allotted seat. It clearly states that candidates can not fill the previously allotted seat as their choice for round II.
Due to this notice, the MCC also decided to allow the candidates to resign from the seats that were allotted to them in the first round.
Transfer of Vacant Seats
The DGHS has decided to transfer the vacant seats in the All India Quota to the states and the NEET PG 2018 counselling allotment schedule is available for the candidates. The counseling for these seats has started from 23 April 2018. The last date to submit your final choices is 12 May 2018. The DGHS will conduct a mop-up round for the process of seat allotment on 15 and 16 May 2018. The results of the same will be released on 17 May 2018.
- Start of Vacant Seat Transfer – 23 April 2018
- Last date for choice submission – 12 May 2018
- DGHS Mop-Up round seat allotment – 15 and 16 May 2018
- Result Declaration – 17 May 2018
After the results are declared, candidates will have the time from 18 to 26 May 2018 to report to their allotted colleges. The last date of joining the institution is 31 May 2018. The session for MD/MDS/MS/Diploma will begin from 1 June 2018.
The process of Counselling Registration
To register yourself for the for NEET PG 2018 counselling process , you have to visit the official website. Log into the portal and click on “New Registration” to initiate the process. The counseling fee is Rs. 1000 for general candidates for both state and AIQ seats whereas, it is Rs. 500 for SC/ST/OBC/PH candidates. The candidates are also required to submit the tuition fees as follows:
- All India Quota – Rs 25, 000
- SC/ST/OBC/Reserved – Rs 10, 000
- Deemed Universities – Rs 2, 00, 000
Once the registration is complete, candidates have to fill in the choice of college and subject, according to their priority preferences. Locking the choices is important to get it printed for submission. In case a candidate does not lock the choices, they will be locked and considered final while submission. The seat allotment process takes place after the process of registration and choice filling is complete.
Important Points to Remember
NEET PG 2018 has a total of three counseling rounds, two of which have been completed while the third is under process. Candidates who did not register in round 1 are eligible to apply for round 2 and so on. If the preferred seats are not allotted or a candidate wishes to resign from his/her seat, the MCC will refund the tuition fee submitted while registration. The applicants from Andhra Pradesh and Telangana are also eligible to apply for All India Quota. PracticeIndia.com will start providing Mock Exams for NEET PG from July 2018.