Percentiles to determine medical entrance merit

New Delhi: The proposed National Eligibility cum Entrance Test for admission to MBBS courses from next year will have objective type questions and a percentile score to determine the merit of all applicants.

The decision was taken at a meeting of Medical Council of India`s Board of Governors held this week, MCI sources said.

This is the first time that a merit list will be prepared on the basis of percentile scores of candidates in medical entrance test, unlike in the past when percentage scores were taken into account to prepare the merit list.

The Medical Council of India, which will hold the all-India medical entrance test next year in collaboration with the Central Board of Secondary Education, has also decided to keep a cut-off of percentile scores of all applicants to determine the eligible candidates for admission to medical colleges in the country.

The Council is of the opinion that having a cut-off percentile of eligible applicants in the exam for admission to undergraduate medical courses in India would be necessary in view of the huge number of applicants taking the entrance examination.

Sources said the MCI was keen to fix the cut-off of 50 percent for general and 40 percent for reserved candidates, as without such a cut-off the percentile score of candidates given admission to MBBS would come down drastically going by the previous year`s scores.

"We may further keep a clause for relaxing this cut-off percentile in such states where all the MBBS seats are not filled. Our purpose is to ensure that no seat goes vacant.

Also, we have clarified the misconception some states had about them losing their seats. Their seats will remain with them and different states will do their own counseling," Chairman of MCI?s Board of Governors K K Talwar told.