National exit test likely to replace NEET PG from next year

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With the ongoing changes in the education system, many examinations and patterns have been revised in the last one year. After the introduction of CUET for undergraduate admission in various central universities, the medical entrance exam will also see a major change. According to reports, the National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET) post graduate exam may be replaced by a new entrance test, the National Exit Test (NexT).

The test was introduced to provide license to practice MBBS final year students in India after the completion of the course. However, now it is also expected to become the criteria for admission to post graduate and diploma courses in various medical courses. The government has proposed to conduct NExT from 2023 session. Recently, a senior central government official told Hindustan Times, “If NExT is introduced in the education system, it will do away with the need to conduct NEET-PG (National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test). This will be a common test for multiple purposes which is to be implemented across the board,

He further said that this system will be implemented from 2023 batch. He added that the National Board of Examinations in Medical Sciences is planning to conduct NEXT, but since things are at an early stage, they may outsource the process to a third party.

Before starting the exam at the national level, NBE is likely to conduct a mock test to familiarize the students with the pattern and help them become stress free.

A review meeting was held last year after the National Medical Commission proposed to introduce NExT for medical entrance examinations in 2020.

In a statement, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya had highlighted the importance of the new pattern. “The importance of NEXT exam lies in the fact that it will be same for all trained in India or any part of the world and hence it will solve the problem of Foreign Medical Graduates (FMG)/mutual recognition,” he said. ,

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