Common exit exam for MBBS proposed

The first version of the NMC Bill had suggested a national level licentiate exam for all MBBS grads in India.

Published: 04th June 2019 01:53 AM  |   Last Updated: 04th June 2019 08:41 AM   |  A+A-

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Express News Service

NEW DELHI:  One fire triggered by the National Education Policy (NEP) 2019 might have been doused but a new one could be lit, as a controversial clause in the National Medical Commission (NMC) Bill that was dropped in the revised version, got loads of fresh oxygen in the draft.

The NEP draft has suggested that there should be a common exit examination for MBBS students across India.

The first version of the NMC Bill had suggested a national level licentiate exam for all MBBS grads in India. But it was dropped after strong protests by several groups of doctors, particularly the Indian Medical Association — the largest body representing private health practitioners in the country

‘Unnecessary burden on med students’

As a result, a revised version of the draft that was prepared after the Bill was sent to the standing committee on health in Parliament last year, dropped the contentious provision.

The NEP, unveiled three days back for public feedback, however has rekindled the debate.

“Just as the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test has been introduced as a common entrance exam for the MBBS, a common exit examination for the MBBS will be introduced that will play a dual role as also the entrance examination for admission into postgraduate programmes,” the NEP says. 

“This exit examination will be administered at the end of the 4th year of the MBBS so that students are relieved of the burden of studying for separate, competitive entrance exams at the end of residency period. 

The suggestion, however, is not going down well with many, just like the previous occasions.

“This clause is dangerous and undermines the autonomy of institutions,” said Ravi Wankhedkar, IMA member.

“If there is standardized medical education in the country, why is there a need for a common exit exam that will unnecessarily bog down medical students? We will oppose this.”


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  • Bhargavi

    If this is the case ..apply same exit exam for other branches also.. why is the medical stream getting complicated ....why is the administration and decision making body losing its common sense
    2 years ago reply
  • Shubham

    In 2019 neet ug 15 lakh students appear but only few get MBBS seat only 60k approx. After that student survive 5.5 year course in college if student is good scorer . After while new license exam it is ruthless and why do you object your own body and only in medical school why not exist for engineering student and why not for CA STUDENTS. WHY ONLY medical student suffer ..Medical students prepare 2-3year to get entry in medical college and after 5.5year what do you think ....????
    2 years ago reply
    • Chandan

      usa has this system for many years In usa students have to pass medical entrance nd after mbbs exit exam too that's why quality of doctor are high in usa so it's necessary in India too bcaz many students get admission in private college at very low marks
      2 years ago reply
  • Nakul sunil

    I am a 5 th year medical student in russia.Is the common exit exam suggested by NATIONAL EDUCATION POLICY applicable for indian students studying abroad??
    2 years ago reply
    • Dr. Rajnesh Kumar

      No it is not yet decided
      2 years ago reply
  • T.Vijayakumar

    NEP has suggested right that their should an EXIT exam on end of MBBS graduation and same will applied for admissions at pG level courses which is already recommended by National Medical Commission but it's unfortunately why IMA is opposing why they afraid it's public interested
    2 years ago reply
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