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March 12, 2018 Monday 09:08:41 AM IST
NEET PG in Karnataka: Candidates from Other States are in Jeopardy!

New Dehi: The Karnataka Examination Authority's (KEA) notification for NEET PG puts students from other states in confusion. The agency has been designed by the government of Karnataka to conduct counseling for allotment of seats for admission to Post Graduate Degree courses in medical or dental subjects. The notification that the KEA released has certain norms in it, which puts students in confusion.

The addition clause in the eligibility criteria reckons that the student should be of 'Karnataka Origin'. Taking in to consideration that a good percentage of students from Kerala used to apply for NEET in Karnataka, this clause in the notification is definitely limiting.

As per the notification, the candidate should be " 'of Karnataka Origin and has studied MBBS or BDS degree in a Medical or Dental College situated in Karnataka or outside Karnataka and affiliated to any University established by law in India recognized by Medical Council of India or Dental Council of India and Government of India and has qualified in the NEET (National Eligibility cum Entrance Test) for admission to post graduate medical or dental degree / diploma courses"

Further clarification details put the 'candidate of Karnataka Origin' as 'who has studied and passed in one or more Government or Government recognized, educational institutions located in the State of Karnataka for a minimum period of TEN academic years as on the 31st March 2018' or a candidate who 'should have studied and passed 1st and 2nd year Pre-University Examination or 11th and 12th standard examination within the state of Karnataka from an Educational Institution run or recognized by the State Government or MBBS /BDS from a professional educational institution located in Karnataka and that either of the parents must have have studied / resided in Karnataka for a minimum period of 10 years'.

That clears that even a student from other states, who did his/ her medical graduation from Karnataka itself will face issues. They can't apply for NEET in their own states, as they took the degree from other state.