The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test or NEET is a highly competitive medical entrance examination in India and individuals who wish to pursue medical or dental undergraduate courses take the exam and try to score as well as possible. The higher the rank of an individual, the better the college they could get admission in. On the other hand, NEET PG is the entrance examination that medical graduates in India must clear to gain admission to postgraduate medical courses and specialize in their chosen medical fields.
However, on Wednesday, the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare reduced the qualifying percentile for NEET PG 2023 to zero across all categories, reported Indian Express.
This means that all candidates who appeared for the NEET PG 2023 examination will be eligible to participate in the postgraduate medical counselling process.
This move by the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare was met with a lot of criticism. The Federation of All India Medical Association President condemned this action and said, “The decision to lower the cut-off to 0 has made a mockery of the standard of medical education and healthcare system in India. It will only promote corruption and high fee in private medical colleges.”
A lot of people thought that by making the cut-off percentile zero, the NEET PG examination is rendered meaningless.
By reducing the NEET PG cut-off to 'zero', they are accepting that 'eligibility' in National 'Eligibility' Cum Entrance Test is meaningless. It's just about coaching centres and paying for the exam. No more…
— M.K.Stalin (@mkstalin) September 21, 2023
Even Doctors Who Have Scored No Marks in NEET PG Can Now Become Specialists https://t.co/HUld5ZVvNF Money alone counts for this govt…no standards, principles or quality !
— healthiswealth (@sujakrao) September 21, 2023
I completely disagree with the bizarre circular released by @MoHFW_INDIA of removing cut off bar from#NEETPG. @PMOIndia – it is only going to promote corruption and high fee in pvt medical colleges.
It is Shameful tht any medical body supported this step of zero percent merit.… pic.twitter.com/emv6crDBYw
— Dr. Rohan Krishnan (@DrRohanKrishna3) September 20, 2023
— Dr Manjeet Dhiman (@DrMann1995) September 20, 2023
When exam cut-off is Zero
Seats to go vacant are Zero
College fees in multiples of Zero
Bank balance of parents Zero
Future of Merit students ???
— Jagdish Chaturvedi (@DrJagdishChatur) September 20, 2023
— Surya Born To Win (@Surya_BornToWin) September 20, 2023
What are your views regarding this decision?