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NEET 2017: Extension in counseling deadline

The Supreme Court has now finally extended the deadline for the final mop-up round of counseling for NEET examination to September 7, which is primarily meant for admissions to MBBS and BDS courses in deemed universities for 2017-18. It’s crucial to note that the mop-up round is the last step in the NEET counseling process for seats in the states. The candidates who manage to register for this exam, but are still not allotted any college in the two preceding rounds of NEET counseling, are considered in this round.

The initial date for this round of counseling was fixed on 31st August 2017, but because of the recent violence in the state of Punjab and Haryana, the deadline was missed. So, the postponing of the date has certainly come as a huge sigh of relief for all the students who had cleared the NEET 2017 (National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test).

For the admission in around 65,170 seats of MBBS and nearly 25,730 BDS courses, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) organized the NEET exams on May 7 earlier this year. Approximately 6,11,539 have passed the medical entrance examination out of the 10,90,085 aspirants who appeared in the NEET exam. Out of these, 2,66,221 were male candidates while 3,45,313 were females.

As per the report that was released by the Press Trust of India, the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) informed the court that more than 5,500 seats were still empty in various deemed universities. So, the apex court directed that these seats should be filled up from the available pool of the eligible 55,000 students to maintain the ratio of 1:10. However, the court has made it lucid that the deadline has been extended only for deemed universities and there will not be any other extension after this. A panel including the Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud also asked the DGHS to display the list on the official website and send it to all the concerned deemed universities by e-mail.

Stay tuned to Toppr for more updates on NEET counseling!

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