New Delhi, 23.03.18: As per the information provided by the Medical Council of India (MCI), there are 437 vacant seats in MBBS course for the Academic Year 2017-18. Further, as per the provisions of the Graduate Medical Education Regulations, 1997, Directorate General of Health Services, MoHFW is the Designated Authority for counseling for admission to MBBS course for the 15% All India Quota seats of the contributing States and all MBBS seats of Medical Educational Institutions of the Central Government, Universities established by an Act of Parliament and the Deemed Universities. The counseling for the rest lies with State/Union Territory Government. In case, the All India Quota Seats (15%) remaining vacant after last date for joining, the seats will be deemed to be converted into state quota to be filled up by the respective State.
The process of admission to the medical courses through a common counseling is to be completed in accordance with the statutory time schedule which provides that no admission in the MBBS course is allowed after 31st August. Thus, it is not permissible to fill up the vacant seats from NEET qualifiers before NEET – 2018.
The Minister of State (Health and Family Welfare), Sh Ashwini Kumar Choubey stated this in a written reply in the Lok Sabha here today.