NEET PG to be replaced by NEXT (National Exit Test)

On July 22 the National Medical Commission Bill was introduced in the Lok Sabha. The Bill will be replacing the Medical Council of India with a new body – National Medical Commission.

The National Medical Commission will regulate medical education in India. The main feature of the Bill is to remove the NEET PG exam, which up until now has been the eligibility-cum-entrance exam for admission to postgraduate broad-speciality medical courses in medical institutions.

However, for the under-graduate program like MBBS and BDS, NEET-UG will continue to be the entrance exam for both the courses. Also, NEET SS will continue to be the entrance test for admission to PG Super-Specialty courses.

Instead of a separate entrance exam, there will be only one common entrance exam which will be known as National Exit Test or NEXT.

The Provision for the same has been dealt with in Draft of National Education Policy 2019.

Following are the purpose that this NEXT entrance exam will serve :
1. Firstly it will replace NEET-PG as an entrance exam for postgraduate courses.
2. Secondly, the exam will be held for granting a licence to practice medicine as medical practitioners and for enrolment in the State Register or the National Register.
3. Lastly, it will act as a qualifying criteria for seeking foreign medical qualification.

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