National Exit Test [NEXT]

About 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 by 06.01.2017.

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