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It is now mandatory for Indian students to qualify NEET to pursue foreign medical course

New Delhi, February 13, 2018: The Union Health Ministry has approved the proposal of Medical Council of India (MCI) to amend the Screening Test Regulations-2002, making it mandatory to qualify NEET to pursue foreign medical course.

A common National Entrance Exam -National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET)-has been made 
mandatory for admission to all medical courses in the country.

Indian students can also pursue medical education abroad and have to qualify a Screening Test called Foreign Medical Graduates Exam (FMGE), for registration to practice in India after obtaining primary medical qualification (MBBS) overseas. It has come to notice that medical institutions of foreign countries admit Indian students without proper assessment or screening of the students’ academic ability to cope up with medical education with the result that many students fail to qualify the Screening Test.

“Thus, the Indian citizens/overseas citizen of India intending to obtain primary medical qualification from any medical institution outside India, on or after May 2018, shall have to mandatorily qualify the NEET for admission to MBBS course abroad. The result of NEET shall be deemed to be treated as the Eligibility Certificate for such persons, provided that such persons fulfils the eligibility criteria for admission to the MBBS course prescribed in the Regulations on Graduate Medical Education, 1997,” said a notification issued  by the Union Health Ministry.

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