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The Supreme Court has approved NEET-PG admissions for the years 2021–22, which is a huge relief for doctors.

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Peeyush Ghalot
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For this year, the Supreme Court maintained the constitutional validity of a 27% reservation for OBC (other backward classes) and a 10% reservation for EWS (economically weaker sections) categories for admission to medical institutions, allowing NEET-PG counselling to resume. An additional 8 lakh income criteria for identifying EWS individuals have been authorized this year. The National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test (Post-Graduate), often known as NEET-PG, is a qualifying and ranking exam for medical students applying to over 100 private and medical colleges. Admissions counselling was supposed to start in October last year, but it was postponed after a slew of petitions in the Supreme Court were filed challenging the government's July 29 announcement proclaiming a 27% quota for OBCs and 10% for EWS category students. The judges on the bench, led by Justice DY Chandrachud, were not convinced. The debate over the EWS quota has had a significant influence on NEET admissions, to the point where junior doctors in the national capital staged a 14-day strike last week to protest the delays.

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