To be a doctor

Syllabus: GS-I, Subject: Society and social justice, Topic: Social Sector-Health, Issue: Medical education

Context: Indians pursuing medical education from abroad

Concerns in medical education in India:

  • The number of medical seats remains insufficient compared to the number of NEET aspirants, with a ratio of about 20:1.
  • The increase in NEET takers indicates a rising aspiration for medical careers.
  • NEET is highly competitive, with only the top 0.25% securing seats in elite colleges.
+1 advantage for mains(Data point)

·                 In July last year, Union Health Minister told Lok Sabha that India added more than 220 medical colleges in the last five years. The number of medical seats grew more than 60 per cent to 1,07,950.

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