NEET PG Counselling 2019 – Merit-Based Seat Selection Process

After much anticipation, NEET PG 2019 results are finally declared. The result indicates the Score, Rank and Percentile for each qualified candidate willing to participate in merit based NEET PG Counselling. The rank you obtained determines the possibility of securing a merit seat. Assuming you obtained a rank that qualified you for a merit seat. However having a good rank does not assure you a merit seat. It takes a lot of analysis and expertise of merit-based counselling process to get a seat under merit quota.

The merit-based NEET PG counselling process is vast and quite complicated involving many rules and regulations. Now that you have a good rank, you need to explore and prioritize various opportunities of securing a seat at your rank through merit-based counselling. Recognizing that this is a big decision for you, we provide you, through this article, the complete insights of merit-based counselling process for PG medical courses so that you make an informed decision.

Merit-based NEET PG counselling process is conducted at All India level as well as State level. Having a rank good enough for a merit seat, you can apply for AIQ as well as State quota seats. However, AIQ seat should be your first preference.

Let us first understand the merit-based NEET PG counselling process at All India Level and State Level.

All India Quota (AIQ) Counselling

The Medical Counselling Committee (MCC) is an authorized body to conduct PG medical counselling for AIQ 50% seats.

Before proceeding to the AIQ merit-based NEET PG counselling process, it is important to familiarize yourself with the distribution of seats under AIQ. All India Quota counselling is conducted for 50% seats that are contributed from State run medical colleges in India i.e. government medical colleges in India. There shall be a reservation of 15% seats for the candidates belonging to SC category and 7.5% for candidates belonging to ST category. Further, 27% seats shall be reserved for OBC (Non-Creamy Layer) in Central Institutions in accordance with the provisions of Central Educational Institutions (Reservations in Admission) Act, 2006. Reservation would be applicable to the castes mentioned in the Central list of OBC candidates from Creamy layer. Those who do not come under Central list of OBC are considered for unreserved category. In addition, 5% PG medical seats of annual sanctioned intake capacity shall be reserved for persons with benchmark disabilities.

Securing a merit seat under AIQ completely depends on your AIQ rank. The cutoff goes very high as students from all over India shall be competing for these AIQ 50% seats. So higher the rank, higher will be the possibilities of securing a merit seat. Let us now understand the AIQ merit-based counselling process.

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MCC conducts merit-based AIQ counselling in two rounds (Round 1 and Round 2) in online mode. The different stages involved in AIQ counselling are as follows:

First Round of Counselling

The first stage in AIQ counselling is Registration, which includes payment of non-refundable fee (Rs.1000 for unreserved candidates and Rs.500 for reserved candidates) and refundable fee (Rs. 25,000 for unreserved candidates Rs. 10,000 for reserved candidates).

The second stage is Exercising of Choices. Based on previous year’s cutoff ranks and your own preferred choices, you can fill any number of choices in desired order. The possibility of getting a merit seat at your rank mainly depends on the order of choices you fill.

The third stage in the process is Indicative Seat Allotment, which lets you know indicative seat that is likely available at that point of time, before actual allotment. This allows you to modify the order of your choices to increase the possibility of securing a seat. Indicative seat allotment is shown only once before declaration of first round seat allotment result. Once you finalize the order of your choices, you need to lock your choices.

The fourth stage involves processing and publication of seat allotment result. If you are allotted a seat, which is also your preferred choice, you need to report to the allotted college within stipulated time to complete PG medical admission formalities. If allotted seat is not your best choice then you can hold the seat by completing admission formalities and giving willingness to participate in the next round for better course/college. During first round of counselling, you can take a free exit from allotted seat and directly participate in the next round. If seat is not been allotted then you can directly participate in next round by exercising fresh choices.

Second Round of Counselling

The stages involved in the second round of AIQ counselling are same as of first round of counselling.If you are allotted a seat in this round, it is mandatory to join the allotted college. However, you can exit from the allotted seat by forfeiting tuition fee. In case you join the allotted college in this round, you will not be allowed to resign/leave the seat and you will be marked as ineligible to participate in State counselling.

The AIQ seats remaining vacant after last date of joining for seat allotted in second round will be deemed to be converted to State quota, the counselling for which will be conducted by respective State counselling authorities.

Besides AIQ counselling, the Medical Counselling Committee is an authorized body to conduct PG medical counselling for Deemed/Central universities in India. The counselling for Deemed/Central Universities will be conducted online in three rounds (Round 1, Round 2 and Mop-Up Round). The steps involved in counselling process for all rounds remain same as of AIQ counselling i.e. Registration, Payment of Fees (non-refundable registration & refundable Tuition fees), Submission of Choices, Locking the choices and Publication of seat allotment result. The non-refundable registration fee for Central Universities is Rs. 1,000 for UR candidates and Rs. 500 for SC/ ST/ OBC/ PH candidates. The refundable tuition fee for Central Universities is Rs. 25,000 for UR candidates and Rs. 10,000 for SC/ ST/ OBC/ PH candidates. The non-refundable registration fee for Deemed Universities is Rs. 5,000, irrespective of category. The refundable tuition fee for Deemed Universities is Rs. 2, 00,000 irrespective of category.

For the seats remaining vacant after the last date of joining for Mop-up Round, final stray vacancy round (offline) will be conducted by respective Deemed/Central University, the details of which shall be notified by respective Deemed/Central University. The list of ten times (of the registered candidates) of number of Stray vacancies will be sent to Deemed/Central Universities for conduct of stray vacancy round and seat allotment in order of merit.

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State Counselling

There shall be designated authorities at State Level to conduct merit-based counselling for remaining 50% seats in Government medical colleges and State quota seats in private medical colleges. Only domicile candidates shall be eligible for 50% seats in Government medical colleges whereas domicile and non-domicile candidates can apply for State quota seats in Private medical colleges at different State level counselling.

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The State counselling authorities shall utilize the data of candidates and their scores (ranks) in NEET PG 2019 provided by NBE to generate merit list for State quota seats. Different States have different criteria, rules and regulations for selection of candidates to PG medical courses. Although the policies vary, the stages involved in merit-based counselling process remain almost same in all the States. Generally, the merit-based counselling process at State level is conducted in three rounds (Round 1, Round 2 and MopUp Round). The number of available seats under State quota will be notified before the start of counselling process.

Let us understand the various stages involved in State counselling process.

The first stage in merit-based NEET PG counselling process at State level is Registration. You must register for respective state counselling on notified dates to compete for State quota seats. You will be eligible for state quota seats in government as well as private medical colleges in your State. However, you can compete for State quota seats only in Private medical colleges in other States. Moreover, some States reserve seats only for domicile candidates. Therefore, it is important to check the eligibility criteria for participation in other State counselling processes.

The second stage in merit-based NEET PG counselling process at State level is Document Verification. This stage is excluded in some state counselling processes. However, some state counselling authorities conduct document verification, which requires you to visit the verification centre in such States and get your original certificates verified to participate in their state counselling processes.

The third and most important stage in State merit-based NEET PG counselling process is Option Entry/Choice filling. Generally, this process is conducted online by most of the State counselling authorities. However, some States demand physical presence of candidates to select and submit choice of course and college. During this process, you must select as many courses/colleges as possible from among the seats available based on your preference and understanding of previous years’ state-wise merit-based cutoffs. It is very important to decide the order of the options (course/college) carefully before final submission as the seat allotment is based on the choices you submit.

Next stage in State merit-based NEET PG counselling process is Processing and Declaration of Seat Allotment result. Based on rank, options submitted and availability of seats, the State counselling authority will declare the seat allotment results. In case a seat is allotted, it is entirely your decision whether you want to accept it or look for better options in further rounds or other States. If seat is not allotted then you must add/modify your choices carefully in subsequent rounds of counselling to better your chances of securing seat.

The fifth and final stage in State merit-based NEET PG counselling process is Reporting to the Allotted College. If you are satisfied with the allotted seat during any of the State counselling process, you must report to the allotted college with required documents within stipulated time and complete PG medical admission formalities.

The above-mentioned stages remain almost same for all rounds of merit-based counselling at State level.

The admission to PG medical seats remaining vacant after mopup round will be conducted at college/institute level. The list of registered but un-allotted candidates will be sent to the medical colleges in the State by respective State counselling authorities to fill-up vacant seats.

Applying for State counselling is quite complicated as certain critical rule changes take place every year during the conduct of counselling process. Since each State requires you to participate in its counselling process separately, keeping a track of all state counselling updates is hard sometimes. As you can compete for only State quota seats in Private medical colleges in other States, it becomes a critical decision to choose appropriate States based on your rank and choice of specialization where the possibilities of securing a seat are high. This demands thorough understanding of counselling process and analysis of cut-off trends for different States.

To help you understand State counselling and AIQ counselling processes, keep a track of updates on counselling rounds of merit-based counselling and increase your possibilities of securing PG medical seat under State quota or AIQ, we are offering Expert Counselling Service, which provides complete guidance and support throughout merit-based counselling process. Starting from providing regular updates, registering for appropriate states based on rank and specialization to choosing the right college during option entry/choice filling process, we take of the entire process and guide you in making an informed decision.

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