NEET: To be Mandatory for Even Those Who Wish to Study Medicine Abroad from this Year

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Government is set to make the National Eligibility cum and Entrance Test mandatory for even those students who want to study medicine abroad from this year. The move aimed at ensuring that only “good quality” students study medicine in foreign universities.

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  • Currently, medical graduates who get their degrees from abroad institutes have to take the Foreign Medical Graduate Examination.
  • It was conducted by the Medical Council of India before they are registered to practice as doctors in India.
  • However, their passing percentage has been poor.
  • New rule for only those students who are in top 50 percentile of NEET will be eligible to select for medical education outside India.
  • Only 10 - 15 % of these graduates are able to clear the MCI licentiate examination every year.
  • About 6 - 7,000 students go outside of India to study medicine mostly to China and Russia.
  • At present, student passed class XII from any board with 50 % only needs to procure an Eligibility Certificate from MCI in order to move offshore to become a doctor.
  • New rule concern about quality of the students who can easily get a degree in medicine from abroad.
  • Also, imparted poor quality of education in the institutions they go to.
  • 45 medical colleges identified, which have been categorised as “good” .
  • At the time of seeking eligibility certificates will be guided on these “recognised” medical colleges as China.
  • Attracts maximum number of medical students from India each year.
  • CBSE will conduct NEET for admission into MBBS, BDS and several other courses in the field of medicine.
  • Details related to the examination likely to notify on Thursday, February 8 and the test will be held on May 6.

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