The National Medical Commission (NMC) has introduced new regulations, titled Graduate Medical Education Regulations, 2023 (GMER-23), which propose a common counselling process for admissions to graduate medical courses across all medical institutions in India.
As per the regulations, the counselling will be conducted based on the merit list of the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test for Undergraduate (NEET-UG). The NMC issued a gazette notification on June 2, stating that the counselling will follow the seat matrix provided by the NMC, allowing for multiple rounds if required. “Without prejudice to anything stated in the present Regulations or other NMC Regulations, there shall be common counselling for admission to graduate courses in medicine for all Medical Institutions in India based on the merit list of the NEET-UG,” the NMC in a gazette notification on June 2 said.
The Under-Graduate Medical Education Board (UGMEB) will release guidelines for the counselling process, and the government will appoint a designated authority to oversee the counselling. The regulations make it clear that no medical institute can admit candidates to the Graduate Medical Education course in violation of these rules.