NEET PG Counselling 2021: 27% OBC, 10% EWS Reservation to Stay, Rules Supreme Court

NEET-PG Counselling: After hearing extensive arguments for two days, a bench comprising Justice DY Chandrachud and Justice AS Bopanna had reserved orders yesterday.

Updated: January 7, 2022 11:19 AM IST

By News Desk | Edited by Surabhi Shaurya

NEET PG Counselling 2021: 27% OBC, 10% EWS Reservation to Stay, Rules Supreme Court
NEET-PG 2022 LIVE: Supreme Court Hear Plea Seeking Postponement of Medical Entrance Test Shortly

NEET-PG Counselling LIVE: In a big relief for doctors, the Supreme Court on Friday gave its nod to the validity of 27% reservation for the OBC community and 10% for the Economically Weaker Section (EWS) in postgraduate medical admissions through the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET). For EWS, the existing criteria of ₹ 8 lakh annual income have been upheld for this academic year.

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Earlier on Thursday, a bench of justices DY Chandrachud and AS Bopanna had reserved its order and asked the parties to file their written submissions for consideration. “We have been hearing this matter for two days, we must start counselling in the national interest,” the bench had said. For the unversed, nationwide protests were held by resident doctors of various hospitals under the banner of the Federation of Resident Doctors’ Association (FORDA) over the delay in the NEET-PG counselling, which has been postponed due to the pendency of the case and the Centre deciding to revisit the criterion for the determination of the EWS quota.

11:06 AM: The directions passed by the Supreme Court while allowing Neet-PG counselling 2021

Courtesy: Live Law

10:52 AM: The bench has now listed the petition for final hearing to determine the validity of EWS criteria as determined by the Pandey Committee in the 3rd week of March, 2022.

10:50 AM: Supreme Court allows admissions with 27% quota for OBCs, 10% for economically weaker sections for 2021-22.

10:36 AM: As many as 15 per cent seats in MBBS and 50 per cent seats in MS and MD courses are filled through all-India Quota from the candidates selected through the NEET.

10:30 AM: Bench to pronounce order shortly in petitions challenging 27% reservation for OBC and 10% reservation for Economically Weaker Section (EWS) introduced by Centre in All India Quota (AIQ) seats in State government medical institutions.

09:50 AM: Yesterday, Solicitor General (S-G) Tushar Mehta told the apex court that he would like to dispel the confusion that there is a change in the rules of the game midway. “Firstly, there is no change in the rules of the game. The regime which is the subject matter of this challenge is already implemented since 2019 except in the All India Quota,” he submitted. Senior advocates Arvind Datar and Shyam Divan appeared in the court on behalf of some of the candidates. Senior advocate P Wilson appeared for the Tamil Nadu government.

09:00 AM: The Centre had told the apex court on Wednesday that it would not accept a position whereby those falling in the OBC or the EWS category, whether before or after the exercise of revisiting the criterion of Rs 8 lakh annual income, are deprived of something that is legitimately due to them.

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Published Date: January 7, 2022 9:54 AM IST

Updated Date: January 7, 2022 11:19 AM IST