Guidelines for Allocation of Central Pool MBBS/ BDS seats for the academic year 2023-24

Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MoHFW) has issued Guidelines for Allocation of Central Pool MBBS/BDS seats for the academic year 2023-24. These Guidelines were issued through an Office Memo dated 3rd August, 2023.

The process for selecting candidates for Central Pool MBBS/BDS seats has been meticulously outlined, taking into consideration eligibility conditions and educational qualifications.

Beneficiary States/Union Territories: The Central Pool MBBS/BDS seats are allocated to states and union territories that are facing deficiencies in medical education infrastructure, thereby enhancing the availability of quality healthcare professionals across the nation.

Eligibility Conditions: The selection criteria prioritize candidates with strong local affiliations. The following individuals are eligible to apply:

  1. Permanent residents of the concerned state/union territory.
  2. Employees of the concerned state/union territory government.
  3. Employees of the Central/Other State/UT Government on deputation to the concerned state/union territory.
  4. Employees of the Central/Other State/UT Government posted in and having their headquarters within the concerned state/union territory.

Additionally, the children of Central/State/UT Government employees mentioned above are to be treated on par with local residents.

Educational Qualification: The minimum educational criteria mandate that candidates must have passed in the subjects of Physics, Chemistry, Biology, and English individually. They should have secured a minimum of 50% marks (40% for SC/ST or OBC, and 45% for Gen-PH, SC-PWD, ST-PWD, OBC-PWD category candidates) taken collectively in Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Biotechnology at the qualifying examination.

Selection of Candidates: The selection of candidates will be primarily based on the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET)-2023, conducted by the National Testing Agency. As per the Graduate Medical Education Regulations of the National Medical Commission, candidates need to secure a minimum percentile at NEET. This percentile varies according to categories:

  • General Category: 50th percentile
  • SC/ST/OBC Category: 40th percentile
  • Candidates with Specified Disabilities: 45th percentile

The percentile is determined based on the highest marks secured in the All India common merit list in the National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test.

Reservation: The reservation policy employed by the respective beneficiary state/union territory will be applied to Central Pool MBBS/BDS seats, ensuring equitable opportunities for all eligible candidates.

Similarly, the Guidelines also cover:

  • Selection of candidates by UTs of Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh
  • Selection of candidates by beneficiary Government Departments
  • Selection of candidates by Ministry of External Affairs