NEET is now a compulsory test to pursue medicine abroad
Know why answering NEET is now becoming all the more important for students pursuing medicine
Ever since the declaration by the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on 14th February, a lot of speculation has been prevailing among students who were keen to pursue medicine abroad. So far, Indian students had to only sit through a screening test called Foreign Medical Graduates Exam (FMGE) after completing MBBS from overseas to be able to practise in India. According to the new rule, Indian students planning to acquire their MBBS from medical institutions outside India, on or after May 2018, will compulsorily have to clear NEET to seek admission in colleges and universities abroad.
The Declaration: The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has appropriated MCI’s proposal to amend the Screening Test Regulations, 2002, for medical students. It is true that clearing NEET is now mandatory for pursuing any foreign medical course.Check out our NEET Crash Course.
The Reason: When probed into the reason for such a declaration, it was found that medical institutions abroad are not too stringent about admitting Indian students. They do not properly assess student’s ability to cope with medical studies before granting admission. As a result, several students fail to clear the screening test that would permit them to practise in India after completing MBBS from abroad.
The Outcome: To remedy the situation, the new declaration has been passed by the Health Ministry according to which the result of NEET will determine the admissibility of aspirants, provided that they fulfil the MBBS admission criteria as per the Regulations on Graduate Medical Education, 1997.
So, how is this going to impact the life of medical students? That is still to be seen. Surely, this move was unforeseen for students, but do not let not confusion deter you. You may reach out to us, and we promise to help you so that your career is not at the mercy of the changing times or the changing rules. Keep an eye on our website, as we will keep you updated when anything new comes up!