As many as 3,744 postgraduate (PG) medical seats remained vacant after counselling for 2021-2022, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya informed the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday. As a result of counselling, 197 MBBS seats were left vacant of the 92,065 undergraduate seats available in 2021-2022, according to the minister.
The National Testing Agency (NTA) annually conducts the NEET UG examination. Approximately 15,44,273 students took the examination in 2021, while 17,64,571 students took the examination in 2022.
In addition, Mandaviya stated that 1,425 PG seats were left vacant following the counseling process in 2020-21, while 4,614 seats were left vacant in 2019-2020. In addition, he reported that 273 MBBS seats remained vacant in 2019-2020, while 274 remained vacant in 2018-2019.
In response to another question raised in Rajya Sabha, Minister Bharati Pravin Pawar stated that there are 96,077 MBBS seats in the country, of which 51,712 are within government medical colleges and 44365 within private medical colleges. On the National Medical Commission (NMC), there are 49,790 PG seats, of which 30,384 are in government medical colleges and 19,406 in private medical colleges.
Furthermore, there are 12,648 Diplomate of the National Board (DNB) / Fellow of the National Board (FNB) PG seats available, of which 4185 are in government institutions and 8463 in private institutions. The College of Physicians and Surgeons (CPS) also offers 1621 PG seats.
From 387 medical colleges before 2014 to 648 as of today, there has been an increase of 67 percent.
The number of MBBS seats has also increased by 87 percent, from 51,348 in 2014 to 96,077 in 2019, and the number of PG seats has increased by 105 percent, from 31185 in 2014 to 64059 in 2019.
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