Countdown for MBBS admissions begins in Tamilnadu and releases of merit list on July 21

Countdown for MBBS admissions begins in Tamilnadu and releases of merit list on July 21

The encounter for medical seats this year promises to be one of the toughest in recent years. The directorate of medical education has received more than 21,000 applications for the 2,200 MBBS seats in medical colleges that come under single-window counseling.

There are 1,653 seats in 17 government medical colleges and 547 seats in 9 private medical colleges affiliated to the state medical university. The state government has applied for 100 extra seats each at Madras Medical College, and Stanley Medical College in Chennai, and 50 extra seats at Kilpauk Medical College. Another 100 seats will also come through if the Medical Council of India gives its vibrate for the newly-formed Sivaganga Medical College.

The cut-off for open category will be 199.75 this year against 197.50 marks in 2010 increase of 2.25 marks. From July 1, the selection committee, in-charge of admissions, will call students as per merit and the rule of reservation. And it’s not just the cut-off marks that will matter during counselling, but the score in other subjects and age may also count. When push comes to shove, even luck may play a part, especially for centum holders.

For instance, this year 65 students have secured centums in biology, physics and chemistry against 14 last year. All of them will fall in the open category.

  • First rank will be given to the student who the scores the highest mark in the fourth subject, which could be zoology, mathematics or computer science
  • If there is a tie in this, then the seniority in age will be considered
  • If this also fails, the ranking will be based on the greater of a random number generated for each candidate

The Madras Medical College has just 14 seats in the open category list. This year, the number of students who have scored above 195 marks has nearly doubled compared to last year. A total of 3,317 students have scored over 195 marks as against 1,553 students in 2010.

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