Over 5000 MBBS doctors from Maharashtra will have to confront serious obstacles in obtaining a PG seat for 2018-19 as they have not completed on-year bond service, generally in rural areas.
The medical education department of the state has issued GR on October 12 making it compulsory for MBBS graduates to submit bond free certificates in order to qualify for a PG seat.
The GR being issued about 3 months before the NEET exam 2018 has shaken up thousands of PG aspirants, who are objecting to the decision being taken at this time of the year as they spent month’s preparing for the NEET exam.
While MBBS students are expected to complete a one-year bond after their five-and-half-year course, the state allows them a window of six years to pursue higher education. Most avail of that extra time and very few students proceed to do bond service immediately after MBBS.
Though the GR makes such MBBS graduates from public medical colleges ineligible even for the PG entrance exam, the state cannot control the eligibility criteria for the national-level exam.
It is expected that the GR will have an impact on the counselling process for seat allotment which begins in March and is conducted by the state. Since the government also conducts admissions in private medical colleges, it is not clear if MBBS graduates from state-run colleges, without the bond-free certificates, will be eligible even for the private seats. These candidates can opt for the all-India quota seats as per sources.
For any query, candidates are requested to check the official website