SC Reduces NEET cutoff Score Percentile for BDS

The NEET cutoff score for medical admissions to dental colleges in India has been reduced by some percentile. SC reduces NEET cutoff in a recent hearing, it also said that the cutoff score for admissions to BDS courses for the session 2020 should be lowered.

According to the recent order, SC reduces NEET cutoff score for all the categories, a General Category candidate to get into BDS degree would be less than the previous score. Similarly, the cutoff score for a Reserved Category candidate like SC/ST/OBC and Persons with Disability Candidate has also decreased.

The bench of judges including Justices L Nageswara Rao and Krishna Murari mentioned that there are adequate provisions in the regulations of Dental Colleges in India to reduce the cutoff score. This verdict came after the centre’s refusal to the proposal of DCI to reduce the cutoff score by 20 Percentile which was refused by the Central Government who said that there was no need to reduce the cutoff Percentile as sufficient number of candidates were available.



NEET 2020 saw 7.71 Lakhs qualifying candidates for 91,367 MBBS seats, 26,949 BDS seats and 52,720 AYUSH seats but students were seen leaving BDS seats because of its high price in private medical colleges. The Central Government had also argued that at the present rate, India had a healthy ratio of 1:6080 dentists per persons, which is better than the WHO norms of 1:7500. But the apex court while giving the order mentioned that the ratio of seats available vis a vis the students eligible stood at 1:4.5 and not 7 which was the acceptable level. The court while reducing the cutoff mentioned that matters like high fees were irrelevant or extraneous matters, and cannot influence the decision to reduce cut off.

This cutoff released is for the academic session of 2020 and the cutoff for NEET 2021 might remain the same which is 50 percentile marks. The notification for the same is likely to release soon.


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