NEET-PG  to be replaced with National Exit Test for MBBS students
NEET-PG to be replaced with National Exit Test for MBBS students

New Delhi: The National Medical Commission (NMC) is expected to release a notification on the National Exit Test (NExT), an official source statement read. It is a key decision that has been taken up by the government on the NExT. The exam is scheduled to be conducted in December next year.

The National Medical Commission (NMC) is understood to have informed the Union Health Ministry in a high-level meeting held on Monday that it aims to hold the National Exit Test (NExT) in December 2023, official sources stated on Wednesday.

MBBS students from the 2019–2020 batch will be required to take the test if it's held in December 2023. They said, the exam's results will also be used for the 2024–2025 class's entrance to postgraduate medical programmes.

The NMC Act states that NExT will function as a common final-year MBBS qualifying exam, a licence exam for the practise of contemporary medicine, a merit-based admissions exam for postgraduate programmes, and a screening exam for foreign medical graduates who wish to practise in India.

The administration extended the deadline for conducting NExT until September 2024 by invoking the pertinent NMC Act provisions in September. Within three years of it going into effect, the commission was required by law to perform a common undergraduate final-year medical examination, known as NExT. In September 2020, the Act became effective.

The National Board of Examinations in Medical Sciences (NBEMS) may conduct the test in place of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, although no decision has been made in this regard, source said.
The NEET-PG and NEET-Superspeciality exams have so far been administered by the NBEMS using a multiple-choice question style.

Officials said that to conduct NExT, preparations must be made, including developing the modalities, curriculum, type, and pattern of the exam. They also added that students must be given enough time to prepare. Before the main test, practise exams would need to be administered.

According to the law, NExT is significant because it will be the same for everyone, regardless of where they received their training - in India or elsewhere in the world- and will thereby address the issue of mutual recognition for international medical graduates.

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