Counselling for NEET-based admissions to begin in July third week

The counselling process for the medical entrance exam NEET-UG 2024, which was expected to start on Saturday, 6 July, has been delayed. 

BySumit Jha

Published Jul 11, 2024 | 9:39 AM Updated Jul 11, 2024 | 9:39 AM

NEET UG exam row

The counselling for MBBS, BDS, BAMS, BHMS and BUMS admission will commence in the third week of July, the Ministry of Education said.

The counselling process for the medical entrance NEET-UG 2024, expected to start on Saturday, 6 July, was delayed.

Despite the initial expectation that counselling would begin on 6 July, the Medical Counselling Committee had not issued any detailed notification or schedule.

In an affidavit submitted to the Supreme Court regarding the NEET-UG regularity petition, the Ministry of Education stated: “It is respectfully submitted that for the year 2024-25, the counselling process will be conducted in four rounds starting from the third week of July.”

“After the declaration of results by the NTA, counselling for UG seats is conducted by the Medical Counselling Committee, which is constituted under the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare for the All India Quota. It is further submitted that for state quota seats, counselling is done by State Counselling Authorities,” it said.

Sources said issuing letters of permission to some medical colleges was still underway and new seats would be added.

“The date of counselling will be announced once this exercise is completed to ensure seats from the new colleges can be included in the first round itself,” an official source said.

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NEET-UG counselling

NEET-UG counselling is the process through which candidates who have qualified in the NEET-UG exam are allotted seats in medical and dental colleges across India.

This process is conducted by the Medical Counselling Committee (MCC) for the All India Quota seats and by respective state counselling authorities for state quota seats. Here’s an overview of the NEET UG counselling process:

Key aspects of NEET-UG counselling:

1. Counselling Authorities:

All India Quota (AIQ): Conducted by the Medical Counselling Committee (MCC) under the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) for 15 percent of the total seats in government medical and dental colleges across India.
State Quota: Conducted by the respective state counselling authorities for 85 percent of the seats in government medical and dental colleges within the state.
Deemed and Central Universities, AIIMS, ESIC, and AFMC: Also managed by MCC for specific quotas and institutions.

2. Registration:

– Candidates need to register online on the official MCC or state counselling websites to participate in the counselling process.
– During registration, candidates provide their NEET-UG roll number, application number, and other personal details.

3. Choice Filling and Locking:

– Candidates select and prioritise their preferred colleges and courses during the choice-filling period.
– After making their choices, candidates must lock them before the deadline. Choices cannot be altered after locking.

4. Seat Allotment:

– Based on the candidates’ NEET-UG ranks, choices filled, reservation criteria, and availability of seats, the seat allotment process is conducted.
– The results of seat allotment are published online, and candidates can check their allotment status.

5. Reporting to Allotted College:

– Candidates who receive a seat allotment must report to the allotted college within the specified timeframe.
– They need to produce the required documents for verification and complete the admission formalities.

6. Rounds of Counselling:

– Typically, there are multiple rounds of counselling (E.g., first round, second round, third round, mop-up round) to fill any vacant seats.
– Candidates who do not get a seat in the initial rounds or wish to upgrade their allotted seats can participate in subsequent rounds.

7. Document Verification:

– Candidates must verify their documents during the reporting process at the allotted college. Required documents usually include NEET-UG admit card, rank letter, mark sheets, certificates, photo ID, etc.

8. Upgradation and Withdrawal:

– Candidates can opt for seat upgradation in subsequent rounds if they are not satisfied with their initial allotment.
– If a candidate wishes to withdraw from the counselling process after being allotted a seat, they must follow the specific procedures outlined by the counselling authority.

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On alleged NEET irregularities

The Ministry of Education stated that if any candidate had benefited from malpractice, his/her candidature would be cancelled at any stage during the counselling process, or even afterwards. However, the allocation of seats will depend on the timing of such cancellations.

During the first and second rounds of counselling, candidates are allowed to change seats based on the options they exercise.

“So, if the cancellation is made before the beginning of the third round, it will not impact the overall counselling process and allocation of seats. The third round of the counselling process is expected to start in the second week of September,” said the ministry.

If a candidature is cancelled after the third round, the vacant seats can still be offered in subsequent rounds. However, candidates who have already been allocated seats in earlier rounds will not be able to participate in subsequent rounds, as per the directions issued by the Supreme Court.

Meanwhile, as the Supreme Court of India is set to hear a batch of petitions regarding the alleged paper leaks and irregularities in the NEET-UG 2024 on Thursday, 11 July, the Minister of Education submitted a fresh affidavit to the court the previous day.

The Minister of Education has been opposing the re-examination demand, citing a comprehensive report from IIT-Madras that refuted allegations of widespread malpractices or undue benefits to candidates at select centres.

(Edited by Majnu Babu)

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