Centre plans exit exam for MBBS students

This year’s National Eligibility cum Entrance Test - Post Graduate (NEET-PG) is slated for the first week of December.

Written by Abantika Ghosh | New Delhi | Updated: July 14, 2016 6:02 pm
exit exam, MBBS students, MBBS, MBBS exit exam, Medical Council of India, MCI, parliamentary standing committee, NEET, NEET PG, National Eligibility cum Entrance Test - Post Graduate, india news This year’s National Eligibility cum Entrance Test – Post Graduate (NEET-PG) is slated for the first week of December.

Armed with recommendations from the Medical Council of India (MCI) and the parliamentary standing committee on health and family welfare, the Centre is considering instituting an exit examination for MBBS students passing out of government and private medical colleges.

All students would have to clear the test before they can start practising medicine, as well as to get admission in postgraduate medical courses. This year’s National Eligibility cum Entrance Test – Post Graduate (NEET-PG) is slated for the first week of December.

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The Union health ministry is planning to notify the NEET-PG as the common exit test, which will replace the myriad university-level examinations that MBBS students have to take before they start practising medicine. Many countries have such centralised tests, and experts have long felt that the emphasis on entrance tests for courses takes away from the need to test students on their way out of the programme — which is when they actually start seeing patients.

The ministry also looking at replacing the screening test for foreign medical graduates (FMGE) with NEET-PG, effectively making it the only test that any MBBS student would need to take to continue in the field of medicine — as a practitioner or as a PG student.

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Based on the test scores, there could be a grading mechanism for medical colleges, a senior official in the ministry said.

Sources said the exit examination would ideally require an amendment by the Parliament to the Indian Medical Council (IMC) Act. So it may not be possible to introduce NEET-PG as an MBBS exit examination this year. The modalities are being worked out to ensure a rollout as soon as possible.

“A notification can be issued making NEET-PG the exit examination for MBBS students, but the decision can be challenged in court. We are in the process of making changes in the IMC Act on priority as per instructions of the Prime Minister’s Office. It is currently with the NITI Aayog. Once it comes to us, we will consider incorporating the exit examination provision,” said a senior official in the health ministry.

The MCI had recommended to the ministry last July that there should be an exit examination for MBBS students to ensure quality.

The parliamentary standing committee said: “… there is an urgent need to introduce a common exit test for doctors, which will go a long way in standardising the passing out medical graduates and certify the competencies which are expected to be generated out of him.”

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    kamaljit
    Jul 13, 2017 at 11:56 am
    This will be greatest achievement for BJP government to introduce EXIT exam for post graduation and to get license for practice in medicine and also there will be no discrimination for foreign medical graduates if they are allowed to appear the EXIT exam like Indian medical graduates. I highly appreciate the central governments to get rid of fake medical colleges who are just selling the degrees. this has been practiced in USA for the long time and the curriculum was revised in 1919. the eligibility for admission is two years of university education and duration of degree is four years. the year twelve students studying in schools spent lakhs of rupees for tuition to prepare for the entrance exam. this is also biggest scam by the teachers teaching year twelve students. Parents will not have to pay hefty amount for the tutoring their wards and after two years of university only genuine students will appear for medical entrance exam who will not change their mind after graduation .
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      Adarsh MJ
      Jun 13, 2017 at 2:31 pm
      IAM GETTING READY TO GO UKRAINE...FOR MY MBBS GRADUATION SO WHEN IAM FINISHED WITH IT.... SHOULD I HAVE TO WRITE THE MCI TEST? OR EXIT TEST? OR CAN I PRACTISE IN INDIA WITHOUT WRITTING THE MCI TEST ALTHOUGH IT IS SAID THAT ,THE TEST IS VERY TOUGH.......... so...my question is that ..IS THERE ANY PROBLEM TO STUDY IN UKRAIN
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        Naveen Kumar
        Apr 21, 2017 at 2:59 pm
        MBBS graduates must upskill their expertise by opting medical speciality course. This helps them to enhance their skills and career advancement. Here are some courses that that guides MBBS graduates to see bright career ahead : Diploma in Emergency Medicine - s: goo.gl/zi3VTa Fellowship in Diabetes - s: goo.gl/7PRMwB PG Diploma in Hospital Administration - s: goo.gl/bTv6zl
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          Dr Sharma
          Apr 18, 2017 at 6:13 pm
          At very first I congratulate our present Government, for doing its best to bring India as the world leader in all respects. Education is one of pillar for all types of growth. The idea of EXIT exam is wonderful, as this way bogus candidates, fraud admissions, bogus ins utions, all will killed with one stone. Only those will survive, who will be able to do best in education. So our students will not be misguided, degrees will not be sold, students will start working hard, country will start getting so many good quality doctors. I request our government to start similar EXIST exam in every educational degree, like, PhD, Engineering, MSc, BSc, in Science, Medical, Arts, Computers etc. In that way country will get best engineers, scientists, teachers, doctors etc etc. Our country will be then world leader soon.
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            Ananya
            Mar 26, 2017 at 12:04 pm
            There is no need of exit exam in MBBS
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              Adarsh MJ
              Jun 13, 2017 at 2:32 pm
              Y?
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              Sumona ghosh
              Jan 10, 2017 at 3:48 am
              Instead of exit exam government should introduce centralised counseling for both ug and pg courses to ensure admission of eligible candidates only.lt;br/gt;Though neet was introduced in 2016 for ug course many low merit students took admission in medical colleges using unfair means due to lack of process of centralised counseling. lt;br/gt;In mata gujri medical college (bihar) students with very low neet score took admission in mbbs course. There was no transparency in admission proceedure. Govt must take some stand to stop unfair admissions.lt;br/gt;To bring quality in medical education gov must regulate the admission proceedure introducing UNIFORM ONLINE CENTRALISED COUNSELING. lt;br/gt;EXIT EXAM is not a solution. lt;br/gt;I have request to media and govt to take some steps against those colleges where there were no transparency in admission proceedure otherwise purpose of next will go in vein like neet.
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                Dr Pradip
                Jan 6, 2017 at 2:37 pm
                I am opposing strongly against lt;br/gt;NEXT After Ping MBBS !lt;br/gt;Students have to give 9semester exam lt;br/gt;Again sit for 4university mbbs part lt;br/gt;Exams ; lt;br/gt; Are they donkey ; We the teachers lt;br/gt;Goat ?lt;br/gt; It is totally inhumane for students lt;br/gt;To sit for exit exam ; lt;br/gt; No to NEXT
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                  Joel
                  Jan 9, 2017 at 11:27 am
                  There should be an exit exam ..... just like USA having usmle as medical licencing exam for undergraduate , for both US nationals and from those of other countries ... why can't we have a general exit exam for increasing the standards of medical education in india . It's not about whether u graduate from India or any other countries , it's about India having the finest doctors and having the best medicine in the world . We should have a set of doctors who are capable of being one .
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