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27% reservation for OBCs, 10% for economically weaker sections in all-India medical admission

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New Delhi: The Government of India (GoI) has announced a 27% reservation for OBCs and a 10% quota for the economically weaker sections in the all-India quota scheme for undergraduate and postgraduate medical courses.

Other Backward Class (OBC) is a collective term used by the Government of India to classify castes which are educationally or socially disadvantaged.

The GoI said that reservation provision will be implemented in this year’s admission as well. All undergraduate and postgraduate medical courses, including dental, will have reservations for OBCs and economically weak sections from 2021-22 onwards.

Nearly 1,500 OBC students in MBBS and 2,500 OBC students in postgraduation will be benefitted from this reservation every year, apart from 550 students from the economically weaker sections in MBBS and around 1,000 in the post-graduation, every year.

“This will immensely help thousands of our youth every year get better opportunities and create a new paradigm of social justice in our country,” Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi tweeted on hailing the decision as a ‘landmark’ one.

“The present government is committed to providing due reservation both to the backward category as well as the EWS category. The Union government has now taken a historic decision to provide for 27% reservation for OBCs and 10% reservation for EWS in the AIQ Scheme. The OBC students from across the country shall now be able to take benefit of this reservation in AIQ Scheme to compete for seats in any State. Being a Central Scheme, the Central List of OBCs shall be used for this reservation,” the government said.

 

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