Regional Reservation Policy in Maharashtra Scrapped for MBBS

The Maharashtra State Government scrapped the 70:30 region-wise formula for MBBS admission in medical colleges in Maharashtra. Admissions will now be based on the NEET-UG results. Announcing this in the State Legislative Assembly, Medical Education Minister Amit Deshmukh called it ‘One Maharashtra, One Merit’.


As per the earlier policy, 70% of MBBS seats in medical colleges in Maharashtra were reserved for the students in their districts. The rest of the seats were open to other students from the State. For medical colleges in Maharashtra, the State Medical Education Department has divided into Marathwada, Vidarbha, and the rest of Maharashtra (ROM). Students and parents have been demanding that the policy be scrapped as it was not advantageous for meritorious students from Vidarbha and Marathwada, which have less colleges. Now, the new policy will allow students to get MBBS admission in the college of their choice.

A parent representative termed the move a ‘win-win’ for all but also felt that the students from Marathwada and Vidarbha who are not in the top category list might lose chances of getting seats they had in Government medical colleges in Maharashtra…Read More