Potential Increase of MBBS Seats in India This Year

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Aspiring medical professionals in India have reason to be optimistic. The number of MBBS seats in the country is anticipated to rise by 10,000 this year. The forthcoming establishment of 112 new medical colleges and an expansion in the number of seats at current institutions are credited with this noteworthy development.

Key Points of the Expansion:

  • New Medical College Establishments: The Medical Assessment and Rating Board (MARB) has received applications from 112 institutions seeking approval to initiate MBBS programs. Upon fulfilling the National Medical Commission’s (NMC) standards, these colleges could commence student admissions as early as the academic year 2024-25.Increased Seat Capacity in Existing Colleges: A projected 58 existing colleges are also planning to expand their MBBS seat capacity, further contributing to the total number of available seats.

Potential Impact on Students:

  • Enhanced Opportunities: With an expected increase of 10,000 seats, aspiring doctors can apply to more colleges, potentially increasing their chances of admission. Competition Mitigation (Potential): Although the number of applicants for NEET UG 2024 has surpassed 25 lakh, the additional seats could offer some alleviation in terms of competition.

State-Specific Developments:The state of Rajasthan is poised to witness significant growth in this expansion. Reports suggest the proposal of 11 new medical colleges within the state, including two each in Jaipur and Jodhpur.Important Dates for NEET UG 2024:The NEET UG 2024 exam will be conducted on May 5th, 2024. The application correction window will be open from March 18th to 20th, allowing students to make any necessary changes to their applications

Source: ETV Bharat Rajasthan (Mar 15, 2024, 8:54 PM IST)

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