The Federation of All India Medical Association (FAIMA) has written to the Union Ministry of Health to lower the cut-off percentage for NEET Super Specialty (SS) 2021 counseling in the clearing round. The association has said many doctors will not be able to meet the current 50th percentile cutoffs. It will not only waste a year for these doctors, but also a huge number of vacant seats.
The letter added that according to the current seat matrix, a total of 889 SS seats (DM, MCH, DNB) will be vacant after the second consultation round. Lowering the cutoff percentile for the next round will increase the number of eligible candidates and leave no seats available.
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“Request to @MoHFW_INDIA @NBEMS_INDIA & @NMC_IND to reduce the eligibility criteria for NEET SS for a counseling clearing round to fill all vacant seats, thus avoiding seat waste and fewer numbers of super specialists,” FAIMA tweeted. (sic)
“After the unprecedented delay in conducting the NEET Super Specialty 2021 trial, nearly an entire academic year has been wasted, and now a high cut-off percentile means many of the specialist physicians willing to pursue superspecialization this year are not in it. will pass the cutoff criteria, freeing up these seats and wasting another precious year of their lives preparing for the next NEET Super Specialty exam,” FAIMA wrote in the letter.
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“We urge the relevant authorities to investigate this matter as early as possible and to take immediate steps to help the country attract more super-specialized doctors,” the letter added.
The doctors added that a similar process happened in 2019 when the cut-off percentile was brought down to the maximum. It was lowered to the 20th percentile during the cleanup round. However, in 2020 it was reduced to the 45th percentile. By not substantially reducing the seats, more than 700 seats remained vacant in 2020, resulting in a waste of such precious seats.
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