NEET 2019: More than 15 lakh medical aspirants register to compete for close to 67000 UG medical seats in India – Is it fair?

Posted By : Mr Anand Dhillon/Posted on: Feb 11, 2019

Year 2019 sees an increase in the registered candidates for NEET 2019 as per the figures shared by National Testing Agency (NTA) i.e close to 15.19 lakh as compared to 13.26 lakh in 2018.

The reason for this increase can be attributed to the diminishing demand of engineering seats, eligibility for candidates above 25 years to appear for NEET 2019 and also that some state governments are accepting only NEET scores instead of state conducted CETs (Common Entrance Tests)

State wise registrations for NEET 2019

NEET 2019 will still be based on central board syllabus thus making it more challenging for state board students. The persistent issue in India regarding medical seats still continues as the total number of UG medical seats are close to 67000. Over and above the high cost of pursuing medical education in private colleges further is demoralising. Is this competition justified for the lakhs of medical aspirants? The answer is a definite NO.

So what are the revisions and solutions required to improve this situation?

1. A gradual increase in number of government funded medical colleges and seats across India.
2. Facilitating ease of getting NOC and approvals for setting up private colleges.
3. Relaxing the eligibility to criteria for teachers at Medical colleges. Providing Special wages and incentives for teachers in areas with critical shortage and many other changes to counter shortage of skilled teachers.
4. Medical bodies and Government in India can initiate tie-ups with renowned universities in foreign countries offering medical education at affordable or low cost as compared to private colleges in India.
5. Improve research activities for the progress in quality of Healthcare education

The above are some suggestions that may help improvise the current situation of medical education in India.

Many aspirants who have the ability and potential to become doctors have started going abroad to pursue MBBS at MCI listed universities abroad. This is the only solution available for now till the situation in India improves.

Medical Council of India has listed medical universities abroad on their official website for Indian students choosing to study medicine overseas. Though students should check the authenticity of the information themselves before taking admission at any such college. You should check how equipped the university is to teach international students, the number of Indian students who have passed out from that university etc. Besides the country, more important is the college chosen to study MBBS abroad. It is better to take informed decision in this matter than regret later.


Author : Mr. Anand Dhillon [M.B.A.]

Anand Dhillon loves to write & share knowledge on Education in India, Career choices & Studying Abroad; helping Students in need of relevant information. He is a Mechanical Engineer & an MBA by qualification. He keeps himself updated with the constant changes in the Education arena & provides answers on Quora, Shiksha.

Anand has been involved in Counselling Students, Professionals about various career paths in India & Overseas for over 6 years. EDIFICE EDUCATION is his endeavour to provide FREE CONSULTANCY for courses like MBBS, Engineering, MBA, Hospitality & Tourism.

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