NEET: Govt. exempts Gujarat-born students from producing domicile certificates

NEET: Govt. exempts Gujarat-born students from producing domicile certificates

New Delhi, June 16: While declaring that the admission procedure for MBBS, dental, Ayurveda, homeopathy and naturopathy seats have been made online, Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel also announced that the students born in Gujarat, who have passed Class 10 and 12 exams from the state, will not be required to produce domicile certificate.

While addressing media in Gandhinagar, Patel said, “Last year several students faced a lot of problems while trying to get domicile certificates. Keeping those difficulties in mind, we have exempted the students, who are born in Gujarat and have passed their 10th and 12th grade exams from the five recognised boards in Gujarat, from producing domicile certificate from this year onwards.”

Nearly 10K students to apply for medical seats in Gujarat

There are a total of 4,650 MBBS seats, 1,155 dental (BDS), 1,720 Ayurveda, 3,380 homeopathy and 30 seats for naturopathy in Gujarat, Patel said. “As per our preliminary assessment about 10,000 students are expected to apply for the medical seats in Gujarat and this move will benefit 8,000 of them,” he told the media.

“Only those students who are born outside Gujarat, but have passed 10th and 12th exams in Gujarat and whose parents are living in the state, will have to produce domicile certificates.,” Patel said while giving clarification on those needed to furnish domicile certificates this year.

An announcement has also been made that the students from Gujarat are also eligible to apply for ten seats that are kept in a new 150-seat medical institution in the union territory region of Silvassa. It has begun to function from this academic year.

The whole admission procedure for medical programmes has been made online, the deputy chief minister said. The state government has selected Axis Bank for collecting application fees.

About National Eligibility cum Entrance Test

NEET is held for admissions to nearly 66,771 MBBS and 27,148 BDS seats in medical and dental colleges of India. Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education & Research (JIPMER) and All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), however, are outside NEET ambit, as they conduct their own exams for undergraduate (UG) admissions. Scores obtained in NEET are also used for admission to AYUSH, B.Sc and AH medical courses. This year, over fifteen lakh candidates applied for the national level medical entrance test, making it among the most competitive examinations.