Supreme Court sets aside Centre's decision not to lower cut-off marks for BDS

The Supreme Court Shocking the central government, for admission in Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) course for the year 2020-21. Rejecting his order not to reduce the minimum mark (cut-off marks), said, 'This is beyond logic and flawed. 

The apex court, after decreasing the minimum marks by 10 percentile, directed the Center to fill the vacant seats of the BDS first year for the academic session 2020-21 from candidates participating in the current year's NEET (undergraduate) courses. The court said that during the current academic year, about 7,000 seats are available for admission to the first-year course of BDS for which the examination took place on 13 September 2020. 

A bench of Justices LN Rao and Justice Murari said that the names of the general category candidates who have secured 40 percentile are the first for 2020-21 admission to the year BDS course will be considered. The bench said, "We are rejecting the first respondent's December 30, 2020 decision not to reduce the minimum marks for admission to the BDS course as it is beyond logic and defective." The bench said that students belonging to Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Tribe, Other Backward Classes category will be declared eligible for admission in the course if they have 30 percentile. The bench rejected the Centre's plea that an adequate number of dentists are present in the country and there is no harm in not filling seats.