Note these renewed guidelines for NEET–UG admissions, counselling starts Jan 19

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The counselling for under-graduate medical admissions based on the results of the National Eligibility-cum Entrance Test, (NEET), 2021, will begin from January 19, Wednesday, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya announced on Thursday.

Ahead of the counselling a list of renewed guidelines has been published for the admission to national-level MBBS, BDS and BSc nursing courses, in light of the various rulings of the Supreme Court recently.

All–India Quota seats
The Medical Counselling Committee (MCC) would conduct four rounds of national-level counselling for 15% All–India Quota seats. They are the first round, second round, mop-up round and the stray vacancy round.

Unlike in the previous years, the leftover All–India Quota seats after the second round of counselling wouldn’t be allotted to the states. Instead, the MCC would conduct mop-up and stray vacancy rounds.

New registrations
New registrations are allowed in the first, second and mop-up rounds. However, new registrations aren’t possible in the stray vacancy round.

Upgradation/free exit
Choice upgradation/free exit facilities are available only in the first round. Accordingly, if a candidate is allotted a seat in round one counselling, but fails to report at the institute, the candidate will be eligible to participate in the next round of counselling without losing the security deposit).

There is no direct upgradation from the second round to the mop-up round.

Candidates who join a college after being allotted seats in the second, mop-up or stray vacancy rounds cannot leave. In case the candidate leaves, they are not eligible to join anywhere in India for the MBBS/BDS courses.

If the candidate does not join a college after securing an allotment in the second round, he/she can submit new registration for the mop-up round by losing the security deposit.

Quantum of reservation
The reservation in the All–India Quota seats are: 15% for Scheduled Castes, 7.5% for Scheduled Tribes, 27% for Other Backward Classes and 10% for Economically Weaker Sections as per the central government’s guidelines. The remaining 40.5% falls under the General/Open category.

In all 5% seats in all the categories are reserved for persons with disabilities.

Candidates eligible for reservation could get selected in the general category if they are placed accordingly in the rank list.

Visit the website for detailed information about the counselling.

Institutes and categories
Counselling would be held for admission to the following institutes/categories:
1) 15% All– India Quota seats in government medical/dental colleges.
2) Deemed universities (all seats)
3) All-India Institutes of Medical Sciences
4) Central universities

They include
a) Delhi University's Lady Hardinge Medical College, University College of Medical Sciences and Maulana Azad Medical College
b) Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University's Vardhman Mahavir Medical College and Atal Bihari Vajpayee Institute of Medical Sciences.
c) Banaras Hindu University, Aligarh Muslim University and Jamia Milia Islamia (BDS seats).
d) JIPMER – Puducherry and Karaikal
e) Medical Colleges of the Employees' State Insurance Corporation (ESIC)
f) Armed Forces Medical College, Pune (only the first-round choice filling)
Only admissions to central nursing institutes are considered for the nursing courses in the national-level counselling.

The leftover seats, after reserving some for special categories in a few institutes, are up for grabs in this round of the counselling.  

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