NEXT may be mandatory for foreign medical graduates
Foreign medical graduates keen to practice in India may have to clear the National Exit Test (NEXT) instead of Foreign Medical Graduates Exam (FMGE) from next year.
In an attempt to streamline medical education and maintain uniformity in quality of doctors practicing in the country, the health ministry is planning to merge FMGE with NEXT, which has been proposed to assess quality of MBBS pass-outs.
At present, foreign medical graduates are required to write the FMGE and need to show Medical Council of India (MCI) eligibility certificates to become eligible to practice here. Now, the government is planning to merge FMG with NEXT and scrap the MCI eligibilty score and instead introduce NEET score for foreign graduates.
FMGE are conducted twice a year and require 50% marks to clear. Earlier this year, the ministry has also made it mandatory for Indian students to clear the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) if they want to pursue medical studies outside the country.