NEET: This time no government college even with high marks! Students worried about MBBS seats and fees

Orhan Wadia
Orhan Wadia - Editor
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NEET 2024 MBBS Admission Government Colleges vs Private Colleges: Why are students worried about their National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) rank? The competition for 55,000 government seats out of more than 1,8000 MBBS seats in 700+ medical colleges is a tough race in medical education. Due to the limited number of seats for quality and affordable education in government colleges, many students either take a gap year and appear for NEET exam for the second or third time or are forced to pursue courses like BAMS or BHMS or go abroad for affordable education.

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many students say that Well After so much hard preparation, this time's result has shocked them and they have lost faith in the National Testing Agency (NTA).

'Such a high cutoff! You won't get a government seat'

Delhi student Mohsin Raza got 640 out of 720 marks in the NEET UG exam, but his rank was around 38 thousand. Demanding a re-conduct of the NEET exam, Mohsin says, with the same score last year, the rank would have been between 7-8 thousand and he would have got admission in a government college. My dream is to become a doctor, but now I am just scared…

Sushil, a student from Delhi, says, “My rank is around 47 thousand with 631 marks. How did the cutoff go so high? The paper must have been leaked. Last year, with 610 marks, government seats were closed and I was left with a few marks. This time I had full hope, but everything was dashed. If NEET is not held again, I will have to think of something else. My family cannot afford the fee of Rs 70-80 lakh.”

MBBS Fees Private Colleges: Private seats are very expensive

This year's report of the Parliamentary Committee on Medical Education says that there were 56,193 government seats for MBBS in 2023, while more than 11 lakh students cleared the exam. According to this, more than 10 lakh students have the option of private medical colleges, where the fees range from Rs 1 to 1.5 crore.

The second option is to study MBBS abroad. Every year many students go to countries like Ukraine, Russia, China to study medicine, which is much cheaper than private colleges in India.

MBBS seats in government medical colleges

MBBS seats in government medical colleges About 55 thousand
Number of MBBS seats in 10 AIIMS Around 2040
MBBS Seats in AIIMS Delhi 125
MBBS seats in state government colleges More than 45 thousand

MBBS Fees in India: MBBS Fees in India

  • Fees in some top government colleges including AIIMS- 6 thousand to 40-50 thousand rupees per year
  • MBBS fees in private medical colleges- Rs 2 to 16 lakh per year
  • MBBS fees in Deems Colleges ranges from Rs 25 to 30 lakh per year.

Top medical colleges in the country

AIIMS, Maulana Azad Medical College Delhi, Institute of Medical Sciences BHU, Vardhman Mahaveer Medical College – Safdarjung Hospital – Delhi, SMS Medical College – Jaipur, King George Medical College – Lucknow are some of the top medical colleges in India which are in high demand. Some private colleges are also in demand where the fees are low.

NEET Grace Marks: How are grace marks given in NEET?

Amidst this tension among students, many petitions have reached the court. Alakh Pandey, CEO of 'Physics Wala', who filed a petition in the Supreme Court regarding the NEET result, says, after a lot of pressure, NTA told that grace marks were given to 1563 students. But on what basis? A child is getting 720 marks with grace marks and the one who worked hard for the whole year is left behind. We want the truth to come out, that is why we have gone to the Supreme Court.

Why is the paper leak case being hidden, why is it not being investigated? How were grace marks given for wasting time? Students want to know the truth. More than 23 lakh students are appearing in NEET, many students work very hard to get a seat in their dream medical college. In such a situation, there should be no option other than transparency, fairness and justice.

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