The Health Ministry in consultation with the Board of Governors, Medical Council of India (MCI) has decided to reduce the qualifying percentile in respect of NEET-PG (National Eligibility cum Entrance Test) for the year 2019-20 by 6 percentile, an official release said on Tuesday.
"Now general category candidates with minimum marks at 44 percentile, persons with disabilities category with minimum of marks at 39 percentile and, SC/ST and OBC category candidates at 34 percentile will become eligible for admission to Post Graduate courses for the academic year 2019-20," it said.
The release said that all states and Union territories are requested to make necessary arrangements for allowing students as per revised qualifying marks in any further rounds of counselling this year.
Meanwhile, a total of 365 students from Karnataka will get a chance to appear for the NEET UG exam on May 20, as they missed it on Sunday after the train in which they were travelling from the state's northern districts reached Bengaluru 7 hours late.
The National Testing Agency (NTA) confirmed in a notice that the exam will be held on May 20 from 10 am to 1 pm for students who missed it due to the train delay.
"Happy to announce that #Karnataka students who missed #NEET exam due to railway delay will get another chance," said Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar on Monday.
Javadekar responded a day after state Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy urged him to hold the test for the students who missed it for no fault of theirs. "Thank you @PrakashJavdekar and @HRDMinistry for considering the request and helping our students," tweeted Kumaraswamy.