Counselling process for admission to medical and allied fields has begun today. This process usually starts in May/June after NEET is conducted. However, this year amid COVID-19, the process has been postponed till now. The process starts today and will be concluded on 2nd November at 5 PM.
This process will be completed in 3 rounds. In these rounds, applicant will have to mark their preferred colleges and courses. Merit and choice will be the two key factors taken into consideration while allotting colleges and courses to students. The first round will conclude on November 5; students selected in first round will have to report to their allotted colleges from November 6 to 12.
Candidates may also choose to wait for second round. However, only available seats will be up for students to apply for. Second round will be concluded on November 18.
If seats are still vacant then a third round, spot or mop-up round will be held on December 10. However, third round is tentative and may or may not happen depending upon the vacant seats. This entire process will be overseen by Medical Counselling Committee (MCC). Students who wish to apply may register at mcc.nic.in for Counselling process. Students should only apply once per candidate, if found two or more applications by same candidate, the applicant will be debarred from NEET-UG Counselling.
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This year, unlike previous years, will have different policies, all the medical colleges and courses will be assimilated into these two Counselling rounds. Previously, exams for AIIMS were held separately and Counselling for JIPMER was held separately however, this year an allied Counselling process will take place. Even the 15% All India Quota(AIQ) seat allotment has been abolished, this year seats will be allotted until the complete exhaustion of vacancies. Due to the assimilation and COVID-19, cut-off for marks is expected to be higher. But since the number of applicants were different and two NEET was held, a new unorthodox selection may appear.