National Exit Test [NEXT]
- NEXT Exit Exam has been proposed to be conducted as a uniform National Exit Test. The proposal will see NEXT replacing the uniform entrance examination at Post Graduate Level for MBBS graduates. To put it in a simple way, National Exit Test [NEXT] may replace National Eligibility cum Entrance Test [NEET PG].
According to a new proposed amendment, in addition to NEXT, Exit Examination for MBBS level, combined counselling for admission in UG and PG levels and reservation of upto 50% of the seats of PG courses for Medical Officers will be introduced.
NEXT, if it is held will substitute three tests. These include (1) NEET PG which is currently conducted for postgraduate admissions, (2) Recruitment exam for Central Health Services, (3) Foreign Graduate Medical Examination (FMGE).
Government officials have presented another key point in favour of NEXT stating that it will act as an indicator for colleges. In other words, if a large number of students from a particular college clear NEXT then it will mean that the concerned college has good educational standards.
Government's take on the introduction of NEXT:
- In the draft National Medical Commission Bill considered by NITI Aayog, an Exit Exam has been provided for at the undergraduate level. It is expected to help as a method for quality certification of graduating doctors. No separate exam for a foreign graduate is provided for in the draft bill. Exit exam would be an outcome based quality control mechanism instead of focusing on verification of infrastructure.
Role of the public:
- In released suggestions in the amendment, Government has invited comments: General Public is hereby requested to send suggestions/feedback in respect of the draft Bill. Suggestions may be furnished to firstname.lastname@example.org by 06.01.2017.