As per the National Medical Commission Bill passed in 2019 passed by the Government of India, all MBBS graduates will have to appear for an exit exam. The exam would be held at the National Level, and hence, be called the National Exit Test. With the NEXT exam, the government of India aims to standardize education in the Medical domain.
What is NEXT exam?
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, the National Exit Test [NEXT] may replace the 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 up to 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 favor 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.
The NEXT exam will be conducted in two parts. Some important highlights related to the exam, known so far are:
- The NEXT-1 has to be attempted by a candidate between 15 to 30 days, after appearing for their respective university's final exam.
- Qualifying candidates will proceed to intern for the next 10 months.
- The candidates who fail the exam will have to repeat the next academic year and retake NEXT-1 after that.
- Syllabus for NEXT-1 shall contain topics from all 5 years of MBBS.
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- Candidates will attempt NEXT-2 after completing their internship.
- The questions asked in NEXT-2 will be based on the student's experience at the internship.
Government's take on the introduction of NEXT Exam
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. The exit exam would be an outcome-based quality control mechanism instead of focusing on the verification of infrastructure.
Role of the public
In released suggestions in the amendment, the Government has invited comments: General Public is hereby requested to send suggestions/feedback in respect of the draft Bill. Suggestions may be furnished to - [email protected]
Objectives of NEXT
The NEXT exam shall replace the NEET PG exam. This exam will be held to validate MBBS graduates as qualified doctors, once they are done with their course. It will not be just an entrance exam acting as a gateway for MBBS students to attain admission in postgraduate courses. It will also act as a licentiate and screening test. Some more objectives of the NEXT exam are given below:
- The NEXT exam aims to bring forward a more skilled and qualified lot of medical practitioners in the country.
- The exam will also cater to graduates who pursued MBBS from colleges based outside the country. Such students were earlier made to appear for FMGE (Foreign Medical Graduate Exam). Thus, it is anticipated that NEXT will replace FMGE too.
The MBBS graduates who clear the exam will have to serve in a rural or tribal area for a minimum of 3 years. The candidates are planning to pursue an MD/MS or any PG medical course will be asked work for another 3 years in rural/tribal areas, in their chosen specialisation.
What is NEXT Exam?
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, the National Exit Test [NEXT] may replace the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test [NEET PG].
Which tests will be substituted if NEXT is held?
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).
Is the mock tests for the NEXT Exam conducted in Hindi as well?
Yes. The mock tests for the NEXT Exam is conducted in Hindi also.