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NEW DELHI: Giving a final stand on whether MBBS passouts will appear in NEET PG 2023 or National Exit Test (NEXT) exam as a gateway to postgraduate medical courses, the National Board of Examinations (NBE) has given its verdict. . Next year will conduct NEET PG exam.

Releasing its tentative calendar for the upcoming examinations, NBE in its recent notice dated 16.09.2022 has mentioned March 5, 2023 for the upcoming NEET-PG 2023 exam. a

When PG medical aspirants are eagerly waiting for any confirmation regarding the upcoming entrance exam, the NBE notice gives them some clarity as it confirms that the much awaited National Exit Test (NEXT) is not going to be conducted very soon. .

Although NEXT was to be implemented from 2023 onwards, candidates were confused about such a possibility and there was no official communication from NMC in this regard.

Medical Dialogues had earlier reported that NEXT, a common exit test envisaged by the government to standardize medical education across the country, was proposed by the NMC as a part of a bill passed in the year 2019. The exam is scheduled to replace NEET PG. FMGE Exam.

The nEXT exam will not only serve as a licensure test for those who have done MBBS in India as well as abroad, but will also serve as a gateway for admission to postgraduate comprehensive-specialist medical education in the country. Will do In other words, MBBS graduates have to complete their final internship in order to be licensed to practice as a doctor in India. In addition, Foreign Medical Graduates (FMGs) have to qualify after the conduct of the examination to practice as a doctor in India and obtain registration with the State Medical Councils for repeat India.

Also, to get admission in MD, MS, DM, MCh programmes, doctors have to qualify for NEXT instead of one time NEET PG starts. According to various sources, the next exam was scheduled to start from 2023. As per the NMC Act, the NEXT exam is to be conducted within three years of NMCEarlier this year, responding to a petition seeking further lowering of the NEET PG cut-off percentile, the central government informed the Delhi High Court bench about the possibility of offering it as an “exit test”. did. Which is similar to AIBE for lawyers and will act as a qualifier for medical graduates to get their medical registration. Meanwhile, the Right to Information (RTI) reply by the NMC started circulating on social media and the commission It reportedly said that NEXT will be implemented from 2023. According to rTI, NMC confirmed this and mentioned, “Next to come into force from 2023.. The modalities for NEXT will become clear once NEXT publishes the NEXT Regulations.”

Even though the NEET PG 2022 results were published in June, 2022, NMC remained silent about the much-awaited NEXT exam. Amidst all this, central government officials have reportedly indicated the possibility of a delay of one year in the implementation of the Common Exit Test, NEXT.

Speaking to a leading daily, officials had reportedly mentioned that discussions were on whether NBE or All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi should conduct the tests. Apart from this, the official of the new Ministry of Health had also informed that a decision needs to be taken regarding the modalities of the examination including the syllabus and also about the fact whether the examination will be an analytical test or a multiple choice question based test.

It was further mentioned by the official that NMC was not yet fully prepared for the conduct of this exam and hence, NEXT may be implemented in 2024 at the earliest.

Amidst all such rumors about the postponement of NEXT, now NREMS has provided some clarity to the student by confirming that NEET-PG and not the next will be held tentatively in March 2023

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