Unified counselling for MBBS seats across nation from next academic year

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A unified counselling process will be implemented for admission to Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) courses across the country in the coming academic year. The National Medical Commission (NMC) Council, during its meeting, approved the proposal to eliminate the necessity for candidates to register their names and attend counselling separately for all India and different State quotas of seats.

The process will be carried out under the leadership of the Medical Counselling Committee (MCC). The authorities clarified that the unified counselling would not impact the powers of the States or the reservation norms.

The new method aims to prevent delays in the admission process. Currently, State counselling occurs after each round of all-India counselling is completed. With the new procedure, both counselling processes will take place simultaneously. Candidates can submit applications to various State quotas through a common website, only needing to submit documents as stipulated by each State.

All seats remaining after the third and fourth phase counselling will be transferred to the common stray vacancy round. This method is expected to prevent the occurrence of vacant seats. NMC authorities said that the new procedure would deter the practice of private medical colleges selling MBBS seats.

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