As per the latest update, the government of India has almost passed the bill that recommends that all students aspiring to be medical professionals will have to clear NEET in order to get admission in the MBBS medical courses in India as well abroad. The test will be mandatory for all the students so as to ensure that only competent candidates make the cut.The National Eligibility Test or NEET that came into existence in 2016 was introduced as an eligibility exam for students who aspired to be medical professionals by getting admission in any government or private medical institutions in India, though NEET was not a qualifying criterion for students who went to other countries to pursue their medical degrees.
According to a statement by a senior health ministry official, the proposal to make NEET mandatory for MBBS from abroad is at a progressively advanced stage. The statement mentioned that it is only about 12 to 15 percent of the medical professionals who study their medical degrees from abroad, who are able to clear the Foreign Medical Graduates Examination (FMGE), which is the licensing examination conducted by the Medical Council of India. The medical graduates who fail to clear their FMGE test are barred from independent medical practice throughout India since they don’t get their license. Many times, it has been seen that these graduated start to practice independently through illegal means and therefore, it has become necessary to reform the system by mandating NEET to study MBBS from foreign universities. The official explained further that, in the last 5 years it has been 13 to 26.9 percent of the medical graduates who pursued their MBBS from abroad were able to clear the FMGE exam. Hence, it has been a matter of concern. The approval of this proposal will lead to reforming the certification procedure. The students who clear NEET and aspire to study MBBS from abroad will be given a No Objection Certificate (NOC).
As of now, the medical aspirant who wants to study medicine has to obtain a certificate from the MCI as an attestation for admission in the medical degree courses outside India. More than 7,000 students from India choose medical universities located overseas to pursue their medical degrees. It has been a trend that most of the students have opted Russia or China for their medical studies.
This year, CBSE is going to conduct the NEET examination on first Sunday of May that is May 6, 2018. The syllabus would remain the same as mentioned on the CBSE website. You can visit the CBSE website at www.cbse.nic.in to check the latest updates and registration for the examination.