The much-awaited online registration process for medical undergraduate (UG) courses has finally begun in Maharashtra, and a provisional merit list will be released on October 25. Also, much to the relief of students, there is no clause. of security deposit like the one introduced in PG (Post Graduate) admissions this year. Also, candidates will get new choices of colleges to be filled in every round.
The Maharashtra Common Entrance Test (CET) Cell on Monday afternoon released the information brochure for the admission process to health science courses including MBBS, BDS, BHMS and BAMS among others.
After the introduction of the security deposit clause for PG admission by the CET Cell last month, candidates and parents feared that a similar clause would also be introduced for the admission process in the UG. However, the regular registration fee will continue for UG admissions, in which candidates applying from government colleges will have to pay Rs 1,000 and Rs 5,000 for private colleges. Candidates who wish to apply for both will have to pay a total tuition fee of Rs 6000.
Sudha Shenoy, parent representative said, “This is a relief as candidates are likely to make last-minute changes in UG admissions. For example, a candidate gets a dental seat in the second round but is interested in a medical seat may want to move to the same in the third round after looking/considering the cut off.”
As per the security deposit clause in PG admissions, a candidate has to pay Rs 25,000 for applying for government colleges and Rs 1 lakh for applying for government and private medical colleges. Although it is refundable, after confirmation of admission, if a candidate fails to confirm admission in an allotted seat in the second round, he/she will forfeit all the money.
Although there is no such condition for UG admission, if a seat is awarded in the second round, a candidate will have to take it or leave it. There will be no option to keep it and in the meantime go for a better one in the next round. Candidates hoping for a better seat in the third round may have to take the risk of leaving an allotted seat. For UG admissions, candidates will have to fill new choices of colleges for each round, and the choices filled in the previous round will not be carried forward. With the addition of 100 new seats, as the National Medical Council approved the Osmanabad government medical college last month, there will be a total of 4,750 seats, of which 15 percent will be for the quota of all india