NEET 2017 – Common Counseling for Private colleges/deemed universities seats

NEET is the common qualifying exam for all the medical institutions in India. Post NEET, the counseling and the admissions are done for the following categories  :

  • The 15% All India Quota (AIQ) in all the government colleges across India.
  • The 85% state quota in the respective state’s government medical colleges
  • Admissions in the various private medical colleges and deemed universities across India

While the 15% AIQ seats for admissions is done by MCI, the 85% state quota admissions is done by the respective state govt admission authorities. The Supreme Court (SC) in its ruling last year, when it mandated NEET for the UG medical admissions, advised a common counseling for the private medical colleges too. But last year,  (2016) due to the lack of time, it was not done and all the private medical colleges and deemed universities conducted their own counseling and admitted students based on their NEET rank.

However for the current year (2017) UG medical admissions, the ministry of health has directed the authorities to conduct a common counseling at the state level for all the medical institutions in the state. This means that the private medical colleges and the deemed universities cannot have their own admission process and have to participate in the common counseling.

While the announcement is good and will be a relief for the parents and students alike, (they don’t have to apply for each and every private medical institution and pray for non-clash of counseling dates) there are few thing which are still not clear :

  • Medical seats in private medical institutions are open for All India students. How will conducting a state level counseling will help ? How can other state students participate in their non-native-state admission process ?
  • Why not a  separate All India Counseling for the private colleges and deemed universities alone ?
  • Well ranked private medical institutions like CMC and St.Jhons also have to come under common counseling starting this year. But still some of them conduct their own exams in addition to screening the candidates based on NEET. This means we need to apply to them separately in spite of the common counseling. How to handle this ?
  • Does the admission process  include the “management quota” seats in the private medical colleges ? Last year (2016) these seats are vanished in the thin air (meaning, no details on how these seats are filled, through NEET or without NEET marks)
  • How and who will monitor the fee structure. There are huge variations in the govt fixed fees and the pvt college fees.

Hope these issues will be addressed during the process of actual counseling.


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