CHENNAI: The rank list for the post graduate medical admissions has been released by the selection panel of the Directorate of Medical Education. The list revealed that 68 per cent of non-service candidates made it to the rank list compared to only 32 per cent service doctors. This low percentage was despite providing incentive marks to the doctors who have worked in remote, difficult, and rural areas.
Of the total of 6,394 doctors in the rank list, 4,360 are non-service doctors and 2,034 are service doctors. In the 1 to 500 ranks in the list, there are only 106 service doctors compared to 394 non-service doctors; in 501 to 1,000, there are 101 service doctors and 399 non-service doctors; in 1001 to 1,500 ranks, there are 107 service doctors and 393 non-service doctors; in 1,501 to 2,000 ranks, there are 372 non-service doctors; in 2,001 to 2,500, there are 120 service doctors and 380 non-service doctors; in 2,501 to 3,000, there are 150 service and 350 non-service doctors; and in above 3,000 rank, there are 1,117 service doctors and 2,070 non-service doctors.
The service doctors even received incentive marks on the basis of geographical areas they worked in. A committee was constituted under the chairmanship of retired High Court Judge, A Selvam, last year to identify remote, difficult and rural areas.
Dr J Kathirvel, Secretary, Tamil Nadu Medical Officers Association, said that the analysis of the rank list suggests that across India, it is possible that only 10-12 per cent of service candidates will get admissions to the total number of government seats available. In the State as well, only a small number of service doctors would get the seats. The 50 per cent reservation for government service doctors is the only solution, said Dr Kathirvel.
Kathirvel added that owing to the work load, doctors don’t get time to prepare for NEET. Following the release of the rank list, many doctors are even thinking of whether to continue in the government service.