Tribune News Service
Faridkot, August 1
As many as 112 of the total 810 seats in postgraduate courses of medical and dental science have gone vacant in seven medical and 12 dental colleges in the state this year.
The Baba Farid University of Health Sciences (BFUHS) today declared the result of the third and final mop-up round of online counselling for admission to the postgraduate (PG) medical and dentistry courses in the state. As many as 85 seats in Doctor of Medicine (MD) and a Master of Science (MS) courses and 27 Master of Dental Surgery (MDS) seats remained unoccupied. All medical and dental colleges offered total 810 seats in postgraduate medical and dental courses in the state this time. Of the total 671 PG seats in seven medical colleges, 85 remained vacant in MD and MS courses.
Admission on 112 MD/MS seats (of 671 seats) has been made by the Medical Counselling Committee under all-India quota. In the dentistry science, of the 139 seats available in 11 dental colleges, 27 remained vacant this time.
Facing shortage of eligible candidates to fill seats in all MD/MS courses, particularly the NRI quota ones, in clinical and non-clinical course in the medical colleges, the Medical Council of India (MCI) and Ministry of Health and Family Welfare had reduced the cut-off marks for NEET-PG this time.
The cut-off was reduced by 20 percentile for all category candidates. The qualifying percentile for the NEET-PG has been lowered from 50 to 30 for the general category candidates, while for SC, ST/and OBC candidates, the qualifying percentile has been reduced from 40 to 20. For general category-PWD and SC/ST and OBC category-PWD candidates, the cut-off percentile has been reduced from 45 to 25 and 40 to 20, respectively.
The qualifying percentile for the MDS was also lowered from 50 to 31.065 for the general category candidates, while for SC/BC and handicapped candidates, the percentile had been reduced from 40 to 21.065 and 45 to 26.065, respectively.
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