One in five seats were vacant even after the Supreme Court permitted a third round for centralised superspecialty medical admissions. Close to 50% of these seats are vacant in sought-after government colleges. The Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) is planning to remove the eligibility criteria of 50 percentile in NEET-superspecialty in the coming year to increase the pool of eligible candidates.
In the first centralised admission process to fill 1,901 superspecialty seats in the country, 352 were vacant after admission rounds, including 169 in government colleges. Most seats are vacant in Tamil Nadu, followed by Karnataka and Maharashtra. While 242 seats were not chosen by any doctor in the third round, 111opted for seats but did not accept them after the final round. Doctors may move court again but are not very hopeful.
“The Centre conducted a centralised admission for the first time, so we have more clarity on vacancies. Every state used to conduct their own admissions or it was at the institute level. Students could be rejecting seats due to higher fees and stringent bond rules in some states,“ said Dr Kailash Sharma, director (academics), Tata Memorial Centre. He added that after three rounds, there should have been a mop-up round at institute-level. “Seats could have been vacant even after that but vacancies in government colleges would have reduced further,“ he said.