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OBC, EWS quotas cut PG med seats for gen category by 42%

MUMBAI: Competition for post-graduate medical seats just got intense. The implementation of the 27% other backward classes (OBC) and 10% economically weaker section (EWS) quota in the all-India seats has had a huge impact on post-graduate seats for the 2022 academic year.
As the seat matrix was released by the medical counselling committee on Friday, student intake in the general category has seen a 42% reduction, or 2,747 seats. In 2021, the all-India quota had 6,556 spots for open merit students. This year, those numbers are down to 3,809.
Moreover, what will make the admission process even tougher is that a general rule that was applicable till last year will no longer be possible now: If a particular branch in a public medical school has four seats, of which 50% or two will be for the all-India quota (AIQ), an open category candidate will now get a chance to join it once in two years, as rotational reservation will be put in place.
Earlier, if any department had two seats in the all-India quota, we made sure that one seat was available for an open category candidate. The other seat would be rotated among the reserved categories, just SC (scheduled castes) and ST (scheduled tribes) till last year.
Now, the general category candidate will get that chance once in two years,” said Dr Pravin Shingare, former head of the Directorate of Medical Education and Research.
For instance, at BJ Government Medical College, Pune, there is no seat for a general category candidate who may want to pursue MD in physiology. Of the two seats available, one opened up for OBC and the other for ST.
The wait for an open category candidate just got longer and despite the scores, there won’t be an open spot. Several colleges which have fewer seats in certain branches will not be able to offer any seat to general category candidates this year. “Candidates have the scores but seats have reduced. Cut-off scores will go several notches higher,” said Sudha Shenoy, a parent representative.

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