Govt announces 27% reservation for OBC, 10% for EWS in UG-PG, medical, dental courses

The government on Thursday has announced a 27 percent quota for OBCs and 10 percent reservation for the Economically Weaker Section (EWS) in the All-India Quota scheme for undergraduate and postgraduate medical and dental courses from the current academic year, 2021-22 onwards.

At a meeting held on Monday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had directed the concerned Union ministries to facilitate an effective solution to this undecided issue, the health ministry said in a statement.

This decision is in sync with the significant reforms carried out in the field of medical education since 2014, the health ministry added.

This scheme would benefit almost 2,500 OBC students in postgraduation and 1,500 OBC students in MBBS and also benefits nearly 1,000 EWS students in postgraduation and around 550 EWS students in MBBS.

“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 percent reservation for OBCs and 10 percent reservation for EWS in the AIQ scheme,” the ministry stated.

OBC students from around the country would now be able benefit from of this reservation in the AIQ scheme to compete for seats in any state. Being a scheme of central government, the Central List of OBCs shall be used for this reservation.

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