New Delhi: The Health Ministry has instructed the National Medical Commission (NMC) to eliminate the qualifying percentile requirement for the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET)-Post Graduate (PG) 2023. This applies to all categories of candidates, marking a major relief for aspiring postgraduate medical students.
The previous NEET PG Cut-Off percentiles were 50 for general/unreserved categories, 45 for Persons with Disabilities (PwD), and 40 for other reserved categories. However, the Health Ministry’s recent communication states that “the approval of competent authority is hereby conveyed for reduction of qualifying percentile for NEET PG 2023 to ‘Zero’ across all categories.”
This decision, welcomed by the Indian Medical Association, aims to ensure that all clinical and non-clinical seats are filled, leaving no vacancies as in previous years. Admissions will adhere to NEET-PG counselling norms while maintaining the quality of medical education.
However, not everyone has embraced this decision. The Federation of All India Medical Association expressed shock over the move, labelling it as “ridiculous” to permit candidates with a zero percentile to qualify for postgraduate seats. Concerns have arisen regarding the impact on the quality of PG medical education and the healthcare system in India.