The counselling will commence for all central universities, deemed Universities and 50 per cent All India quota seats and 50 per cent state quota seats of medical and dental colleges simultaneously.
The top court said nine rounds of counselling had happened, and that its decision to not conduct a stray round of counselling is to safeguard the quality of medical education and public health.
Around 1,456 seats have remained vacant from May onwards.
The Union Health Ministry on Saturday clarified that the National Eligibility Entrance Test for Postgraduate (NEET-PG) will be held on May 21 as per the schedule.
According to Dr Chinmayee Gowda, the women wing in charge of the FAIMA Doctors Association, there needs to be a sufficient gap between counseling of one session and the subsequent examination.
The bench directed the Director General of Health Services to invite options from students within 24 hours and complete the process within 72 hours after the cut-off time for the options.
A bench of Justices D Y Chandrachud and Surya Kant asked Additional Solicitor General Aishwarya Bhati, appearing for DGHS, to file a detailed reply on two sets of petitions filed by the doctors.
Thus, for the general category the cut-off percentile is 35, for the physically handicapped general category 30 and for the reserved SC/ST 25, it noted.
There are over 8,000 seats, which remain vacant, even after two rounds of all India and two rounds of state quota counselling.
During the hearing, the bench said it has not stalled the process for the next year, and the main matter (regarding EWS norms’ validity) will be heard in March.
A bench headed by Justice D Y Chandrachud said they are not inclined to make a judicial intervention in the matter saying that it was ultimately a policy decision.
The NEET-PG 2022 shall now be conducted on May 21 from 9 am to 12.30 pm, the notice issued by the NBEMS on Friday read.
The Supreme Court on Friday is also hearing a plea seeking postponement of the NEET-PG 2022.
The Supreme Court on January 7, in an interim order, allowed resumption of medical counselling for NEET-PG admissions for the year 2021-22.
It urged the court to let the stalled NEET-PG counselling be allowed to go on as the demand of resident doctors is genuine and the country needs new doctors.
Thousands of resident doctors in the state had gone on their strike on Friday, demanding recruitment of non-academic junior resident doctors equal to the number of residents in colleges.
A bench comprising Chief Justice of India (CJI) N V Ramana and justices Surya Kant and Hima Kohli took note of the submissions of Solicitor General Tushar Mehta.
Senior advocate Arvind Datar, appearing in court on behalf of the doctors who have challenged a government notification, said he has no objection if the matter is listed on Tuesday or Wednesday.
The 10% EWS quota decision is under challenge before a five-judge bench. The matter has been listed for January 6.
Due to legal impediments, the counselling is withheld resulting in a shortage of 45,000 doctors in the frontline, the IMA said.