Selling of the Medical Seats near Bubble Burst: lower percentiles #NEET

Lowering NEET Percentile In PG or SS Making seats available at a lower percentile (15 -20) in post graduate and Super specialities courses will jeopardize the already crumbling quality of Medical Education  and will result in bidding for the  seats.

    This potpourri portends to be a travesty of quality, not just of medical education but more seriously, of the quality of doctors. Allotment of medical seats is being left to the vagaries of populism and commercialism, through a false sense ‘the illusion of merit’ secured via NEET. Admission criteria whittled down to mere 10-20 percent, will result in an irreversible and regressive compromise with quality of doctors. Will patients approve such dizzying choice and at what cost?       

       Going by selection of candidates as doctors, if given a choice, by which a patient will like to get treated? A candidate who scored 20 % marks or a person getting 60% or 80% marks.   NEET eligibility getting lower and a candidate getting around 20 % of marks may be able to secure a degree to treat patients.  What will be the deciding factor? The criteria as to why a person with 60% marks not getting a seat and another with 20% marks will be able to secure. It will depend upon, whether a candidate is able to pay the exorbitant fee or not. Present system and mechanism of admission permit and accept such huge variation! That strange equation is acceptable in lieu of money paid!

 Lowering NEET Percentile In PG or SS is an illusion of merit.   Overplayed narrative of fewer doctors in the country, rather than a system  for proper utilization is an effort to increase numbers of doctors is associated with dilution of merit. But this goal needs to be achieved with preserving quality of medical education.  

      Selling the medical seats is heading towards bubble burst, when despite declining demand for poor quality and expensive medical education, new private colleges being approved along with lowering merit to a dismal percentage.   

       Future doctors getting admissions by scoring just 10-20 percent of marks, poor teacher student ratio, seats being awarded to highest bidder are few pointers to the poor quality of medical education. Few years back NEET percent system was changed to percentile and now the bar is lowered further, just to accommodate more ‘bidders’ with less marks, to be able to buy  medical seats.   

Now, super specialty medical seat cut-offs slashed to 20 percentile

MUMBAI: Post-graduate doctors scoring as low as 20 percentile in NEET-SS will now be eligible for superspecialty seats in the country. Despite two rounds of admissions, over one-fifth of the seats in the courses are lying vacant. To ensure these seats do not go wasted, the National Board of Examinations in Medical Sciences slashed the cut-offs to 20 percentile from 50. In some of the courses, the raw scores for eligibility have dropped even to 188 or 217 out of 600. 2/10/23, 6:39 PM Now, superspecialty medical seat cut-offs slashed to 20 percentile.

On February 8, the board issued a circular announcing the special mop-up round in NEET-SS counselling and also the revised cut-offs in different specialty groups. The schedule for the mop-up round will be released soon. An official from the ministry of health and family welfare said that approximately 1,000 seats are vacant out of close to 5,000 superspecialty seats in the country. The Federation of Resident Doctors’ Association India had requested the Centre to relax the eligibility criteria to ensure there is no wastage of seats, after receiving representations from aspirants, said Dr Kulsaurabh Kaushik, a member. He said sometimes seats go vacant in private colleges because of higher fees. Dr Avinash Supe, former dean of KEM Hospital, said, “Total SS seats in the country have gone up tremendously in recent years and students have become selective. For instance, in the surgical group, many are now preferring urology, gastrointestinal (GI) surgery and surgical oncology, whereas there is not much demand for paediatric, or cardiovascular and thoracic surgery. You need larger set-ups for these, which many cannot invest in. On the contrary, urology and GI surgeries need smaller set-ups and there is a demand too,” said Supe. He added in some courses, supply is higher than demand in the country. For a long time, even KEM did not get students for courses such as paediatric surgery. Last year, the Centre brought down the cut-off to 15 percentile after seats remained vacant in superspecialty courses.

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Astronomical fee of medical colleges  without proper facilities and medical education can be born only by investors and not good candidates.   It is the people and society, who will be the real sufferers in future. Therefore resentment to such system should come from the society. If every one is happy by the arrangement , then one has to introspect, whether they really deserve  kind of  doctors, they wish.




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Going by selection of candidates as doctors, If given a choice, by whom  a patient will like to get treated? A candidate who scored 20 % marks or a person getting 60% or 80%  marks.   NEET eligibility getting lower and  a  candidate getting around 20 % of marks  may be able to secure a degree to treat patients.  What will be the deciding factor? The criteria as to why a person with 60%  marks will  not be given a seat and with 20% marks will be able to secure. It will depend upon, whether  a student  is able to pay the exorbitant fee or not. Present system and mechanism of admission permit and accept such huge  variation! That strange equation is acceptable in lieu of money paid!

In this whole process, who will be the sufferer?

Is it only the  meritorious  and honest candidate. children who has worked hard are going to lose faith in system, besides irreversible damage to career.

– the people and society, who wish for best doctors.

– in general, honesty and hard work and merit is a causality.

– But in the long run candidate, who purchase degrees with money  may also suffer. As in the times of consumerism and risk associated with less desirable medical services. Candidates may themselves be at risk. Rich candidates may be capable of becoming health investors and health managers by money power, so as to evade  the increasing litigation. But  those from average family backgrounds ,who practice as doctors, will  be at some risk in today’s  difficult environment   for doctors.

 Exit  exams from these paid colleges  need to be better regulated. These colleges are minting money for distributing degrees. Likely is that, ultimately  most of the  students will pass and try to recover  their investments.

Infrastructure ,  number of teachers and investment on training is unlikely to be uniform in such colleges.   It is a matter of speculation, how much facilities a student gets, specially at a time uncertainty  about uniformity of medical education is a matter of great debate. It is also doubtful that money charged  from students as fee, is spent on medical education of the aspiring doctors.

      National exit exam may solve uniformity issues to some extent, but like NEET, its correct  implementation is a big   uncertainty itself.  Doctors have to listen comments about quality of doctors everyday. Rather than doctors themselves, it is the system to select them  needs improvement, which permit and accepts such huge variation in marks and fee.  Someone will definitely ponder, why one should not get best available candidate as doctor?  



Expensive medical college seat:Is it worth it.


At a time when students, parents and even doctors are uncertain whether opting for medical college along with the vulnerability and risk associated with   becoming a doctor is worth it or not, some are naive enough to pay millions as fee for medical education and for securing a seat of MBBS. The noble intentions of NEET were to minimize wastage of seats due to multiple admission procedures running concurrently and to do away with the variable criteria for selection used for admissions. But this time there has been unregulated steep increase in fees of private medical colleges. 


Isn’t it surprising  that a coveted course, with more than a million  students vying for it, ends up with vacant seats especially in private colleges?  The answer is not difficult to guess. There has been a huge increase in fees by private colleges, which along with disillusionment about medical profession has lead to change in mind of candidates.

It is ironical that the medical profession is regulated, but medical business or medical education is not.  Such business of producing doctors based on their paying capacity should be clearly trounced for the benefit of public. Foundations of healthcare should be on touchstone of merit, ethics and character and not based on business deals. Therefore meritorious students, especially from average backgrounds, who opt to become doctors feel cheated when they pay massive fee to buy a seat. It is an insult to the very virtue of merit which should have been the sole criteria for these admissions.

Truth  cannot remain hidden for long.  It is to be realized that getting into medical college is a minuscule component of the process of becoming a good doctor.  Once they opt for this profession, the real tough and prolonged battle begins. Quite a few successful candidates may eventually feel that the money spent and the hard work may not be worth it especially those candidates who may have invested in heavy fees or bought a seat in medical colleges with hefty amount. Some of them, who invested millions for becoming doctors, will be even probably unable to recover their investments. The students with strong financial backgrounds may be more benefited as they can become investors or health managers. But for others, it could be a dream turning into a nightmare.

Those who invest heavily for getting medical education would eventually try  to recover their money after securing a degree. This definitely clouds their judgement in any future decisions that they make as doctor. On the other hand, meritorious students may not be able to get a seat. These will eventually have an impact not only on the quality of doctors but also on their attitude towards this profession.

The government should regulate these fees and also ensure that if a heavy fee is charged, then it should be spent on medical education of students only. It  should not take a form of just any another money minting industry to be used for other purposes.

The foundation of  medical education should not be based on principles of business but should be on pure merit alone. There is a need for uniformity,  proper infrastructure and regulated standards for these heavily priced medical colleges. There is a need to set up quality medical colleges instead of launching lot of inferior institutions every year who just work for minting money rather providing good doctors to the society. Our society needs good doctors, selected on the basis of merit and their medical education has to be cheap and good. If the society continues to accept such below par practices, it has to introspect, whether it actually deserves to get good doctors.

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