For protecting the rights of Punjab’s medical aspirants, the state government has decided to consider only the state’s residents for the MBBS and BDS seats.
So far, it was also considering candidates who did not live in Punjab but held Class-12 certificates from the state’s schools. The notification for admission to the MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery) and BDS (Bachelor of Dental Science) courses for the session 2015 includes the new criterion that: “The candidate should belong to Punjab and have passed his/her Class-12 or equivalent examination from a recognised school/ institution situated in Punjab.” The candidates will be required to submit a certificate to this effect from the principal or head of the institute last attended.
However, the condition doesn’t apply to some categories, including children of the NRIs (nonresident Indians), government servants, and defence personnel. It is common practice among students from the neighbouring states to enroll in Punjab schools for a seat in the state’s medical and dental colleges.
Earlier, the Punjab government had decided to conduct own medical entrance examination from 2015, instead of admitting students on the basis of the All-India Pre-Medical Test (AIPMT). In the last year’s admission process based on the AIPMT2014 result, many seats in certain categories had remained vacant.
For the first time, the candidates who belong to Punjab but have finished Class-12 in Chandigarh will be considered for medical seats in Punjab.
Some exempted categories