The United Doctors’ Front Association (UDFA) has called for a reduction in the qualifying cut-off for the National Eligibility Entrance Test for Postgraduate (NEET PG) 2023 in order to address the issue of vacant PG seats.
They have written a letter to the National Medical Commission (NMC) requesting a reduction in the qualifying cut-off, higher than in previous years, to enable more candidates to participate in the counseling process.
The doctors’ association argues that the current eligibility criteria for NEET PG counseling in 2023 is resulting in a significant number of vacant seats.
They have pointed out that the registration for the mop-up round of NEET PG counseling will conclude on September 12 and have warned that failing to reduce the cut-off would be unfair to aspirants.
The UDFA emphasized the importance of addressing this issue, as India needs a substantial number of specialists to serve the nation effectively. They referenced the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare’s decision to lower the NEET PG qualifying cut-off percentile for counseling in 2020, 2021, and 2022 to fill vacant seats. However, they contend that this reduction wasn’t sufficient to fill all the vacant PG seats.
In their appeal to the NMC, the UDFA urged the immediate release of a reduced qualifying cut-off percentile to provide a fair chance to candidates in the ongoing NEET PG 2023 Mop-up and stray rounds counseling. They stress the importance of ensuring that all clinical and non-clinical seats can be filled to address the shortage of specialists in the healthcare sector.