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The cut offs for admission to postgraduate medical courses through the National Eligibility-Cum-Entrance Test (NEET) 2017 will be reduced by 7.5 percentile points, the health ministry said Wednesday.

The move comes after the ministry got different portrayals from state governments which said that seats in a few classes may stay empty as there are not adequate number of candidates accessible.

“It has been chosen in counsel with the Medical Council of India (MCI) to reduce the percentile cut offs for NEET-PG 2017 by 7.5 percentile, taking them to 42.5 percentile for general hopefuls, 32.5 percentile for held category candidates and 37.5 percentile for PWD category,” an official articulation said.

NEET–PG, 2017 was led by National Board of Examinations (NBE) for admission to all post-graduate medical courses in the nation. The qualifying criteria was 50 percentile points for general category, 40 percentile for OBC/SC/ST and 45 percentile for PWD class.

This bringing down of cut-offs by the central government is relevant for the academic year 2017 just and around 9,000 extra candidates are relied upon to profit by this decision, the service said. According to Clause 9 sub-clause III of the Medical Council of India’s Postgraduate Medical Education Regulations (PGMER), 2000, when adequate number of hopefuls fail to secure minimum marks, the central government in consultation with the MCI, may bring down the minimum marks which might be appropriate for the said academic year as it were.

“Portrayals were gotten from some state governments that seats in a few categories may stay empty as adequate number of applicants are not accessible,” the service said

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