Admissions to PG Medical Courses to be offered only on Merit Basis: SC

According to Supreme Court’s verdict, admissions to PG Medical Courses can be done on Merit basis while nullifying Kerala government's decision to reserve seats for doctors based on seniority of their services.

Created On: Jan 13, 2015 05:13 IST

According to Supreme Court’s verdict, admissions to Post Graduate Medical Courses can be done on Merit alone basis while nullifying Kerala government's decision to reserve seats for doctors based on seniority of their services. A bench of Justices T S Thakur and R Banumathi said that regulations are framed by the Medical Council of India and state governments could not make any rule in violation of those regulations. The bench further added that a meritorious candidate cannot be denied admission only because he/she has an eligible senior above him though lower in merit.

As per MCI Regulations, the court said it had in the past held that candidates, who are in government services, can be treated as a "separate channel for admission to post-graduate course within that category" but the admission can be granted "only on the basis of merit". 

Therefore, the bench added that when the maximum marks to be obtained in the entrance test for admission to the institutions are fixed, the state cannot adversely affect the standards laid down by the Union government. It was held that it is for the MCI to determine reservation to be made for SC/ST and OBC candidates and lowering the qualifying marks in their favor.

Important Points:

  • According to Supreme Court’s verdict, admissions to Post Graduate Medical Courses can be done on Merit alone basis
  • The bench added that when the maximum marks to be obtained in the entrance test for admission to the institutions are fixed, the state cannot adversely affect the standards laid down by the Union government
  • Admission can be granted "only on the basis of merit"

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