Supreme Court Asks Centre: Consider the lowering of cut-off percentile for NEET BDS 2021

Supreme Court Asks Centre: Consider the lowering of cut-off percentile for NEET BDS 2021


Last updated: 30 Apr 2022


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The Supreme Court on Friday asked the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare to consider the lowering of the qualifying cut-off percentile for admissions to the Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) within a period of 1 week.

The bench of Justices DY Chandrachud and Hima Kohli issued the direction to reduce the percentile for NEET-UG BDS counselling. The order was issued by the Hon'ble Supreme Court as date for BDS admissions has been extended to May 15 by the Executive Committee of the Dental Council of India (DCI). The committee had recommended the Centre to reduce the qualifying percentile for NEET UG-BDS admissions.

The bench was considering a writ petition preferred by aspiring dentists who appeared in NEET-UG for conducting mop-up-round counselling on the basis of the reduced cut-off as recommended by the DCI to fill up vacant seats in dental colleges for academic session 2021-2022.

The Hon'ble Supreme Court further stated that in the petition that based on the eligibility criteria laid down as per the BDS Regulations, the petitioners, along with thousands of other students, did not obtain the minimum marks and therefore did not qualify as eligible candidates for admission into BDS Courses. So the bench ordered the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare to reconsider about reducing the percentile for NEET-UG BDS counselling 2021-22.

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