Medical Council of India (MCI) has extended the validity period of NEET scores to 3 years for students wishing to take admissions in MBBS or equivalent courses in Foreign universities. Last year, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, declared that every candidate will have to qualify NEET in order to get the eligibility certificate for admission to the MBBS course abroad. However last year one time exemption to NEET was made to such candidates as a result of Delhi High court’s intervention.
NEET score will be considered valid for a period of three years from the date of declaration of result, allowing the candidates to study MBBS or any such equivalent medical course in a foreign medical institution. Under “Eligibility Requirement for Taking Admission in an Undergraduate Medical Course in a Foreign Medical Institution (Amendment) Regulation, 2019”, the new policy by MCI has been brought into effect.
As per the media reports, yearly, as many as 7,000 students choose to study medicine in a foreign medical institute. Due to the prevalent competition for a seat in government colleges, studying abroad has become an attractive option for many as it is a relatively economical choice compared to the Private medical colleges of India
However such candidates need to clear FMGE/ MCI screening examination conducted by National Board of Examinations after completion of their Foreign MBBS degree. This FMGE/ MCI examination is often criticized for its high level of difficulty and minimal passing percentage of 4-11 %
NEET will be conducted on May 5, 2019, on a pen and paper based mode throughout the country.