Hyderabad: With 30% reservation for PG courses done away with by the government, incentive marks for government doctors aiming to pursue postgraduate medical courses would be added to their overall National Eligibility Entrance Test scores.
This change comes in face of the government deciding to give away 50% of seats to the all India pool, in accordance with the MCI directives. The outcome of this change from the 2018-19 academic year will result in Telangana students being open to compete for 8000 seats across the country, as against the mere 323 seats given away by the state to the all India pool.
Tuesday orders issued to the state reveal that 30% incentive marks would be given to those who have worked in tribal areas of the country, while 24% incentive marks would go the rural way. As per existing norms, 30% seats are reserved for in-service doctors in clinical subjects and 50% in the non-clinical ones.
However, the candidates have to qualify the NEET PG entrance exam to be granted the incentive marks perk.Temporary, contract, outsourcing candidates would not be eligible for incentive marks.
If candidates have already completed their PG degrees, they won’t be given a chance to do another postgraduate course.If a student has done a diploma before or after joining the government service and is selected for a PG degree, he/ she would be allowed a 12-month deputation only.
According to B. Karunakar Reddy, Vice-Chancellor, Kaloji Narayana Rao University of Health Sciences, Warangal, Tamil Nadu, said in Tamil Nadu only 12% incentive marks were given to rural service candidates, while their counterparts in Telangana were granted 24% incentive marks reported the Hindu.
Seat strengths in PG degree and diploma courses in various disciplines in each medical college would be notified prior to the commencement of counselling.