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Govt Announces 27% Reservation for OBCs, 10% Quota for EWS in Medical, Dental Courses

New Delhi: The Union Health Ministry announced the decision on Thursday to provide a 27 per cent reservation for OBCs and 10 per cent reservation for the Economically Weaker Section in the All India Quota Scheme for UG and PG medical/dental courses (MBBS/MD/MS/Diploma/BDS/MDS) from the current academic year 2021-22 onwards.

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New Delhi: The Union Health Ministry announced the decision on Thursday to provide a 27 per cent reservation for OBCs and 10 per cent reservation for the Economically Weaker Section in the All India Quota Scheme for UG and PG medical/dental courses (MBBS/MD/MS/Diploma/BDS/MDS) from the current academic year 2021-22 onwards.

“Nearly 5,550 students will be benefitted. The government is committed to providing due reservation both to Backward Category and EWS Category,” the Minister of Health and Family Welfare Mansukh Mandaviya said in a tweet.

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On July 26, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had directed the Union ministries concerned to facilitate an effective solution to this long-pending issue, a statement issued by the health ministry said.

“The decision will benefit 1500 OBC students in MBBS and 2500 OBC students in postgraduation and also around 550 EWS students in MBBS and around 1000 EWS students in postgraduation,” the official statement issued by the Union Ministry reads.

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

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Furthermore, OBC students from across the nation will now be able to take the benefit of this reservation in the AIQ scheme to compete for seats in any state.

Being a central scheme, the Central List of OBCs shall be used for this reservation.

(With PTI Inputs)