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24th Jul 2021

DNB-PDCET 2021 Exam Date

DNB-PDCET 2021 shall be conducted on 19 Sep 2021 by the National Board of Examinations in Medical Sciences New Delhi.

23rd Feb 2021

NEET PG Registration Dates

Registration for NEET-PG 2021 will commence from 23rd February 2021 (3 PM onwards) to 15th March 2021 (till 11:55 PM).

3rd Nov 2020

NEET PG 2021

As per the official update from NMC, the provisional schedule of NEET PG 2021 announced by NBE stands deferred till further notice.


PG medical education has become both a norm and a need of the hour. It not only helps students in their career growth and better remuneration but it also helps them gain recognition as the need for more specialized doctors to diagnose and treat various diseases is increasing rapidly.  Securing a PG medical seat today in India through the PG medical entrance exam has become quite challenging with a large number of students competing to qualify in NEET PG exam for the limited number of available PG medical seats.

To pursue PG medical course in India, one has to secure a score that falls within the required NEET PG cutoff score for a college/course. NEET PG cutoff score is the minimum marks that a student has to secure to get PG medical admissions in medical colleges in India.While qualifying in the exam holds much importance in itself, having an idea of the minimum NEET PG cutoff score plays a vital role in analyzing one’s chances of getting a course/college of his/her choice.  Let’s look at the factors determining NEET PG cutoff score:
•    Total number of available seats
•    Number of students appearing in NEET PG
•    Difficulty level of the question paper 
•    Performance of the student in NEET PG

If one compares NEET PG 2019 with NEET PG 2020; 89,549 students qualified among1,60,888 students who appeared for NEET PG 2020 while 79,633 students could qualify among the 1,43,148 students who appeared for NEET PG 2019. With this, there was a huge difference in the qualifying cutoff scores for different categories. Let’s take a look at that:
 

Category

Minimum Eligibility

Cutoff Score

2019

2020

General Category (UR/EWS)  

50th Percentile     340    

366

SC/ST/OBC (Including PwD of SC/ST/OBC

40th Percentile 295

     319    

General-PwD

45th Percentile 317

342

 

With so many students appearing for NEET PG exam every year, half of these students manage to qualify for the exam. Mere qualification doesn’t guarantee PG medical admissions as there are only around 38,000 PG medical seats in medical colleges in India that is almost half of the number of students who qualify in the exam. Even with these many seats, one is forced to think why the seats still remain vacant. 

PG medical education is way complex as it has a lot of courses to choose from. Some students pre-decide about the course they want to pursue in top medical colleges in India while others are just comfortable in getting into any of the available courses. However, choosing a particular course in any of the colleges is beyond one’s thinking as it purely depends on one’s obtained score. The NEET PG cutoff score for each of the available courses varies for different medical colleges. A student might qualify in the NEET PG exam but not get the desired course whereas a student might get the desired course but fail to get into the desired college. Seats often remain vacant because of the demand of Clinical courses over Non-clinical courses. While candidates are allotted seats, they choose to drop it because of the unavailability of Clinical seats with the scored rank.

To fill up the vacant seats, the NEET PG cutoff scores are generally lowered so that these Non-clinical seats are filled up and those who could not qualify earlier can become eligible now to compete for the available seats. If one compares NEET PG 2019 revised cutoff with NEET PG 2020 revised cutoff, the NEET PG cutoff score was lowered by 6th Percentile in 2019 while it was lowered by 20th Percentile in 2020 for General Category which clearly indicates the increased number of vacant seats in the year 2020. 

Let’s now compare the NEET PG 2020 cutoff scores with NEET PG 2019 cutoff scores for different type of colleges/courses.

NEET PG cut-off analysis: Comparison of the last 2 years

The competition goes higher every year with an increasing number of PG medical aspirants. The available seats are divided among Government, Management/Private and NRI seats which are allotted to students through Central and State Counselling. While the Central Counselling is conducted by the Medical counselling Committee (MCC); each state has its own board to allot seats in the State Counselling. A student has to go through all these processes to finally get admission in a medical college in India. 

To get a Clinical seat in one of the top Government Medical Colleges in India, one has to secure a score of 670+ while the score required to get a clinical seat in one of the top Deemed Medical colleges in India, one has to secure a score of 360+. Let’s look at the Cutoff scores in the 2019 and 2020 sessions as follows:

 

Type    

2019

2020

Cutoff Score

Cutoff Rank Cutoff Score

Cutoff Rank

Government (AIQ)

667 8222 717

8754

Deemed

378 60379 379

76321

 

The NEET PG cutoff score in the best Private Medical Colleges in India varies from State to State as the counselling is conducted at respective State levels. To analyze these cutoff scores, one can compare the last 2 years cutoff scores for major states like Karnataka, Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu.

To get a Clinical seat under Government Quota in one of the Private Medical colleges in Karnataka, one has to secure a score of 500+, to get a Clinical seat under Domicile Private Quota, one has to secure a score of 500+ whereas to get a Clinical seat under Non-domicile Private Quota, one has to secure a score of 530+. Let’s look at the Cutoff scores in the 2019 and 2020 sessions as follows:

 

Quota    

2019 2020
Cutoff Score Cutoff Rank Cutoff Score Cutoff Rank

Government

330 74308 654 16426

Domicile Private

494 32267 529 38201

Non-domicile Private

520 27359 585 27301

 

To get a Clinical seat under State Quota in one of the Private Medical colleges in Maharashtra, one has to secure a score of 550+ whereas to get a Clinical seat under Institutional Quota, one has to secure a score of 350+. Let’s look at the Cutoff scores in the 2019 and 2020 sessions as follows:

 

Quota 2019 2020
Cutoff Score Cutoff Rank Cutoff Score Cutoff Rank
State 671 7823 676 13365
Institutional 467 37923 387 73738

 

To get a Clinical seat under Government Quota in one of the Private Medical colleges in Tamil Nadu, one has to secure a score of 650+ whereas to get a Clinical seat under Management Quota, one has to secure a score of 350++. Let’s look at the Cutoff scores in the 2019 and 2020 sessions as follows:

 

Quota 2019 2020
Cutoff Score Cutoff Score
Government 566 672
Management 396 334

 

The variation in NEET PG cutoff scores also depends on the fee structures of different medical colleges for different courses. Normally the fees are quite high for top clinical courses in top Private medical colleges in India and Deemed medical colleges in India which is not affordable for most of the meritorious students. Consequently, there is a variation in the cutoff score in Private, Deemed, and Government medical colleges for the same. 

Let’s now get into a detailed analysis of top clinical courses of the past two years:

NEET PG cutoff scores vary not only for different specializations but also for different medical colleges in India. The cutoff scores for Clinical courses go higher than that of Non-clinical courses. Similarly, the fees for these courses also vary from college to college. The fees for PG medical courses in one of the best Government Medical Colleges in India can go from Rs. 10,000 – 50,000 per annum. Similarly, the fees for a Clinical Course in a Deemed medical colleges range from Rs. 18 Lakhs – 50 Lakhs, and for a Non-Clinical course range from Rs. 6 Lakhs- 25 Lakhs. The fees for a Clinical course in a Private Medical college in India can range from Rs. 12 Lakhs – 35 Lakhs whereas for a Non-clinical course can range from Rs. 4 Lakhs – 15 Lakhs.  

While there are chances that seats remain vacant even after the reduction of cutoff scores, top clinical courses still face high competition and there are very low chances of seats remaining vacant for these courses. 

Let’s compare the Cutoff scores of the past two years for top clinical courses like Radio-Diagnosis, Dermatology, Orthopedics, Pediatrics, General Medicine, General Surgery, and OBG through Central Counselling.

Below is the tabular representation of a comparison of NEET PG Cutoff Scores of the past two years:
 

Specialization Government Deemed
2019 2020 2019 2020
Cutoff Score Cutoff Rank Cutoff Score Cutoff Rank Cutoff Score Cutoff Rank Cutoff Score

Cutoff Rank

Radio Diagnosis

764 2403 812 2271 475 36163 488

47142

Dermatology

751 2925 806 2551 393 56059 522

39586

Orthopedics

698 5851 745 6298 380 59651 398

70403

Pediatrics

718 4646 760 5132 404 52961 457

54457

General Medicine

718 4632 769 4505 435 45307 462

53252

General Surgery

667 8222 717 8754 368 63067 379

76321

OBG

668 8141 719 8606 402 53532 431

61135

 

With such high NEET PG cutoff scores and tough competition, a student has to score extraordinary marks to get PG Medical admissions for a Clinical course in a top medical college in India. Comparatively lower ranks in NEET PG entrance exam for a top course can lead to an expenditure of fortune with the demand that these courses have.

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