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Clearing NEET now compulsory for Indian students planning to study abroad

In an unprecedented development, Indian students (including NRIs, OCIs, PIOs), who intend to study Medicine courses (MBBS, BDS, MD etc) outside India in foreign medical colleges, will also have to clear the NEET Entrance Exam as a prerequisite. If they do not clear the NEET Exam, such students will not be allowed to practice medicine in India, upon successful completion of their course.

As per the new update released by Health Ministry of India, the proposal presented by MCI (Medical Council of India) for making NEET compulsory even for the student going abroad to study medical, has been approved.

This move will affect thousands of students going abroad every year to study medicine. The students who wish to study MBBS and do not get admission in medical colleges in India generally go to foreign medical colleges.

Upon return to India after completion of the course these students are required to give FMGE (Foreign Medical Graduate Exam), the exam that they need to clear to register to practice in India, after obtaining a primary medical qualification (MBBS) overseas. However, only 10-15% are able to clear.

As per MCI, the foreign medical colleges admit students without proper assessment of one’s academic ability to cope up with medical education. As a result many students fail to qualify the Screening Test (FMGE).

MCI thus wanted to make it compulsory for student to clear NEET even if they want to go abroad to study MBBS as this will ensure that only quality students pursue MBBS from abroad.

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