NEET PG 2022: Candidates Seek Clarity in EWS Reservation

NEET PG 2022: Candidates Seek Clarity in EWS Reservation

The EWS criteria of the NEET PG examination is once again in news!

Candidates for the NEET PG Exam 2022 have approached the Supreme Court to get clarity on the nature of the EWS reservations in the PG medical admissions for the academic year 2022-23.

The petition has even asked the Center to specify the exact EWS criteria for the NEET PG Session 2022-23, based on the petitions challenging the amended reservation policy that called for 27% OBC and 10% EWS reservation in the AIQ seats.

What Transpired Till Now

In January 2022, the Apex Court upheld the OBC and EWS reservations for the NEET PG 2021 admissions to ensure there’s no further delay in this process. However, it was also decided that the future application of these criteria shall be decided once-and-for-all in a hearing on March 2022.

The final outcome shall mainly decide whether or not the Rs. 8 Lakh annual income limit for determining EWS will be applicable for the future NEET PG admissions or not. 

What Candidates Want 

The NEET PG 2022 candidates have demanded that there be clarity as to whether or not these reservations will apply and if so, to what extent.

In addition to this, the petitioners have also sought relief for implementing the final decision regarding this matter, as well as, an extension of the registration deadline for this session till the time the verdict comes out.

The candidates have highlighted that since the matter is still pending in the apex court, implementing the INR 8 Lakh benchmark can’t be implemented.

As far as the deadline for registration is concerned, candidates have requested an extension so that candidates can fill in the EWS category even after the present deadline, once the final verdict is out.

Furthermore, the petitioners have asked for the extension of the “Edit” window from 11th February 2022 so that candidates have enough time to change their category to EWS once the verdict is out.

The matter will now be heard by a Justice DY Chandrachud-led bench on Monday.

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