NEET-PG: SC allows admissions with a 27 percent quota for OBCs and a ten percent quota for EWS

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For the current admission cycle, it has also decided to adopt the recommendations of the Ajay Bhushan Pandey committee and keep to the Rs 8-lakh threshold for identifying Economically Weaker Sections.

The Supreme Court approved the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test-Undergraduate and Postgraduate (NEET-PG) admissions on Friday, sustaining the OBC quota of 27% and the EWS quota of 10% for the academic year 2021-22.

The Ajay Bhushan Pandey Committee’s recommendations were also adopted by a bench of Justices D Y Chandrachud and A S Bopanna, who kept to the Rs 8 lakh income cut-off for identifying individuals eligible for the EWS quota for the current admission cycle.

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The Bench indicated in its decision that the legitimacy of the committee’s criteria will be subject to the court’s final determination in the future. The case will be heard in full in the third week of March, according to the court.

The Medical Counseling Committee (MCC) had issued a notification on July 29 offering 27% reservation for OBCs and 10% reservation for the EWS category in the NEET-UG and PG exams (All India Quota).

The Supreme Court had asked the Centre to explain what process it used to arrive at the Rs 8-lakh threshold when it heard the petitions. In response, on November 25, 2021, the Centre informed the court that it will reassess the criteria and requested four weeks to finish the procedure.

Following that, a three-member committee was formed, consisting of former Finance Secretary Ajay Bhushan Pandey, Member Secretary ICSSR V K Malhotra, and Principal Economic Advisor to the Government Sanjeev Sanyal. On December 31, 2021, the committee issued its report, proposing that the Rs 8-lakh restriction, which has been in place since 2019, be maintained, albeit with certain tweaks to the application process.

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It also favoured sticking with the present system since the admissions process was well underway and would cause greater issues than envisaged if disrupted at the end or fag-end – both for the recipients and for the authorities.

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