National Board of Education of Medical Sciences (NBEMS) is all set to release the updated NEET PG 2021 scorecards along with the “corrected” cut-offs today, dated, October 14, 2021. These updated scorecards will be made available on the official website nbe.edu.in or natboard.edu.in. The National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET) PG 2021 rank list was announced along with category-wise cut-offs in the last week of September 2021. Thereafter, scorecards were released in the first week of October 2021. However, due to typographical errors in the cut-offs, authorities will be releasing an updated set of scorecards today. Contrary to what candidates were hoping for, authorities are yet to “revise” the existing cut-offs.
As per the existing cut-offs, the General Category (UR/EWS) had to score a minimum of 302 marks out of 800 to qualify for the NEET PG 2021 examination. Similarly, the SC/ST/OBC (including PWD of SC/ST/OBC) categories had to score a minimum of 265 marks to qualify for the entrance exam. And finally, the UR-PWD category was expected to score 283 marks out of 800 to clear the exam. In the last two years, candidates were scored on a scale of 1-1200 marks. For this marking scheme, the cut-off ranged between 250-350. This range has persisted in 2021 despite a reduction of 400 marks in the overall score.
Observing the unprecedented increase in NEET PG cut-off marks, candidates were hoping for a revision. However, NBEMS has not provided any hints to revise the cut-offs anytime soon. It is only going to correct the typographical errors in cut-offs observed in several scorecards and release their updated version. So, the scorecards released before today will be considered null and void.
Keeping this factor in mind, candidates are expected to download their scorecards from the official website nbe.edu.in or natboard.edu.in as soon as possible, once released. It would also be ideal to print a copy of the updated scorecards for future reference.
Coming to the aspect of revising the NEET PG 2021 cut-offs, there’s a possibility of NBEMS doing so, in case a significant chunk of seats remain vacant. This trend was observed in both 2020 and 2019 when the NBE revised their category-specific cut-offs by an average of 50-60 marks. With the cut-offs going high this year, candidates can expect them to reduce once the counselling round begins. While no such official announcement has been made, there are high chances of the cut-offs being revised. In the meantime, candidates are advised to visit the official websites frequently for any announcement in this regard.