Final year MBBS exam will be exit exam: Union Cabinet approves National Medical Commission Bill

The Union Cabinet on July 17 approved the National Medical Commission (NMC) Bill, 2019 which aims to rework India’s medical education system. The Bill was contentious as it replaced the National Medical Commission with the Medical Council of India (MCI) and also repealed the Indian Medical Council Act, 1956

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  • Major reforms in Medical Education Sector – Cabinet approves setting up of a National Medical Commission
  • The final year MBBS exam will serve as a licentiate exam for entrance to post graduate medical courses and as a screening test for foreign medical graduates.
  • The Commission will regulate fee and all other charges for 50% seats in private medical colleges and deemed universities.

With the Bill, the common final year MBBS exam will be known as National Exit Test (NEXT) and will serve as a licentiate exam for entrance to postgraduate medical courses and as a screening test for foreign medical graduates.

While speaking to the press Union Minister of Human Resource Development Prakash Javdekar, informed, “Today, the situation is such that students are appearing NEET exam and besides that, they are also appearing for the exam of All India Medical Council. Students have to appear for multiple tests. But now, onwards everyone will be appearing for NEET exam.”

He further said, “There is a new suggestion that MBBS final exam will be considered as exit exam. On the basis of exit exam students will be given the license to practice. This exam is applicable for everyone.”

He explained, “Exorbitant fees in the private medical colleges are one of the big issues for students. We have decided to regulate the fee structure of 50 per cent seats in private medical colleges and deemed universities. This will benefit students from lower-middle-class and middle-class background.”

The Medical Assessment and Rating Board (MARB) will conduct an assessment to the medical college and develop a system of ranking of medical colleges which would enable the students to choose the medical college wisely.

There is no clarity, as of now, on the number of attempts that the student will get for his post-graduate admissions after MBBS.

The government has been pushing the NMC Bill amid resistance from the Indian Medical Association (IMA) and other sections. The Bill has however been facing flak over various issues and the apex medical body—IMA—has claimed that replacing MCI with another body may attract new forms of corruption.