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It’s all in the details

Statesman News Service |

This has been a year of ambition, hope, determination and some adjustment, especially for medical students. With unexpected developments before the examination, only a small percentage of aspirants were really well-prepared to make the cut in the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test. 

Though the first round of counselling is already over, here is a look at everything that one needs to know about the counselling process if they are preparing to appear for the second round. 

Choices regarding colleges and locking on to the same for the second round will take place today and tomorrow while the process of seat allotment will happen on 11 September. The results will be announced on 12 September. On the other hand, only second round participants will be able to report to their allotted college from 13 September to 5 pm on 20 September. After that vacant seats, if any, can be transferred to the state quota. The MBBS/BDS session begins from 30 September. 

The registration process, along with choice filling, locking, and seat allotment, will be completely online and will not require any documents. 

After seat allotment seat, a candidate will be required to present the following documents while reporting to their allotted college — Neet 2016 admit card; result/rank letter issued by CBSE; proof of date of birth (if not mentioned in the matriculation certificate); proof of identity; Class X certificate; Class XII certificate and mark sheet ; eight passport-sized photographs (to be affixed on the application form); provisional allotment letter (to be generated online after allotment); migration certificate from the university/ board last attended by the candidate and one set of self attested copies of all the certificates. It is mandatory for all candidates to be physically present.

All said and done, which are the best colleges to consider? Here&’s a list of a few government colleges — Armed Forces Medical College, Pune; Jawaharlal Institute of Post Graduate Medical Education and Research, Pondicherry; Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi; Lady Hardinge Medical College, New Delhi; University College of Medical Sciences, New Delhi; Grant Medical College, Mumbai; Government Medical College, Chandigarh; Sawai Mansingh Medical College, Jaipur; King George&’s Medical University, Lucknow; Institute of Medical Sciences, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi; Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute, Bangalore; Seth GS Medical College, Mumbai; Topiwala National Medical College, Mumbai; Madras Medical College, Chennai; Vardhman Mahavir Medical College, New Delhi and Stanley Medical College, Chennai. 

When it comes to private colleges, three clearly stand out — Christian Medical College, Vellore, Kasturba Medical College, Manipal, Mangalore and  Christian Medical College, Ludhiana.

What are the things to keep in mind during the counselling process? First, one should consult his/her mentors as they have a good understanding of the overall process and can guide one to make the best selections based on the Neet ranking. Second one must be aware of the opening and closing ranks for each and every college of preference. Third, one should lock their preferred order only after careful assessment of selections. And last, reporting at the designated college is vital to securing the desired seat. 

Counselling is a critical process that requires one to pay considerable attention to details in order to secure a seat in a desired medical college. A smart analysis of the counselling process can help one secure a seat, despite scoring a relatively lower rank. Last year, out of the 3,429 available seats, 875 were reverted to states as they were left vacant. 

One can enrol in mock counselling sessions to grasp a sound idea. With the major milestone of cracking the entrance examination reached, one must not take the counselling session lightly, as it is the most decisive juncture in one&’s journey to becoming a qualified medical practitioner.