NEET 2021: case and updates on counseling process


NEET is one of the most demanded exams in the country. Every year, nearly lakhs of students appear for NEET exams, to seek admission for medical courses across the country. Also, NEET is one of the most controversial and challenging exams in India, which comes for several debates every year. This year also, the NEET exams are coming to the front, with discussions and debates on reservation policies for OBC and EWS categories. The OBC and EWS reservation in NEET 2021 is under the case proceedings of Supreme Court, which makes a delay in the admission procedures, even after two months from declaration of results.

The reservation policy for OBC and EWS was made as 27% and 10% respectively, in the information bulletin of NEET 2021. The reservation was questioned from that time itself, which gradually went before the Supreme Court. In the meantime, the exam was conducted in September and scores were declared on November 1st.  Earlier, the Medical Counseling Committee decided to conduct the counseling from October 25 onwards, but was postponed due to the proceedings in the court. This lagging is opposed by several exerts and resident doctors all over the country, even though the MCC can do nothing against the proceedings of the judiciary. 

Now, the Supreme Court has made a verdict to the committee, to go along with the 27% reservation for OBC category.  The court made such a statement on January 7th, where as the EWS quota is yet to come before the court on March 3rd for final hearing.  The verdict on OBC reservation was declared by justices, DY Chandrachud and AS Bopanna, on January 7th 10.30 am. They further said that the counseling should be started in the interest of the nation, very soon itself.  The case was carried out by senior advocate of Supreme Court, P Wilson, Shyam Divan and Arvind Datar. 

Why a case in SC

The case is against the new reservation made by NEET authorities for OBC and EWS, for 27 and 10 percentages respectively.  The petitioners actually question the criteria on which EWS reservation is planned, which are not cleared by the government to the public. The economically weaker, as the word says is a confusing term, which needs exact definition for distinguishing. However, the court as took immediate action on the case, which is related to the future of several students.  The Solicitor General Tushar Mehta was the representative of the union government in the case. The bench including NV Raman, the Chief Justice of India, suggested to Mehta, to consider the matter in accordance to the issues it creates for PG medical students of the country.   However, as like said above, the court has now approved the reservation for OBC category, which will partly solve the issues in NEET admission 2021. The verdict is getting mixed opinion from students as well as from doctors’ community, where as IMA supports the verdict. The IMA has agreed to the court verdict and tweeted that they are very happy to receive such an order from the court. In the meantime, many general category students find discomfort with the verdict and say that January 7 is a black day for the medical students from general category.


NEET 2021: modifications and characteristics 

  • Counseling will be conducted under MCC, which will include four rounds for both UG and PG courses. 
  • After the second round of counseling, the seats found to be vacant will be remained as same. It won’t be switched to state category like that of previous years. The counseling for these seats will be carried out through the upcoming rounds(mop-up and stray vacancy rounds)
  • Stray round will be done with already registered candidates only. No new registration will be made for it. 
  • 85% seats will be having reservation under state quota.
  • Candidates cannot apply for upgrading their seats, after the second round of counseling. If they joined the college allotted in second round, their chance in mop-up round will be automatically cut down. But they can go for upgrading in the first round, and if they leave the college allotted in second round also. 


Updates on NEET counseling 2021

The all Indian quota counseling is not yet started by the MCC. However, some states like Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Himachal Pradesh, and Gujarat had started their counseling for state quota seats. The counseling based on All India Quota is still under waiting, which will be declared in the official website of MCC. 


NEET 2021 counseling: important details at a glance


Total number of rounds in counseling 
Reservation for state quota  85% of seats
Updates on counseling will be available at Official website of MCC 

Important documents for NEET counseling 
  1. Online application form copy
  2. Admit card copy
  3. Score card / mark sheet NEET 2021
  4. 10th standard mark sheet/ certificate
  5. 12th standard mark sheet/ certificate
  6. Aadhaar  card (original and copy)
  7. Nationality certificate
  8. Caste certificate (if needed)
  9. Income certificate (if needed)
  10. ID proof
  11. Photograph(6 or more)

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