Soon, those who aspire to practise as doctors after completing their final year MBBS examination may have to take a national-level ‘exit test’. The Union Ministry of Health and the Medical Council of India are seriously contemplating the introduction of a single, nationwide exit test for those who have passed the MBBS examination.
In fact, the MCI’s Board of Governors has unanimously accepted the proposal, made by the Health Ministry. The board members feel that a national-level exit test will further improve the quality of medical education. The proposed test will be similar to the All India Bar Examination for fresh advocates.
The MCI board accepted the proposal at a meeting on July 23, chaired by R K Srivastava.
The board has decided to deliberate on a comprehensive report on the issue before taking a final decision. The report has been prepared by an expert committee consisting of Dr Ranjit Rai Chowdhury and Dr R K Srivastava.
Opposition to exam
Meanwhile, there is strong opposition to the move for an exit test. G R Ravindranath, general secretary of the Doctors Association for Social Equality (DASE), said, “The students study in MCI-recognised colleges and write exams conducted by MCI-recognised universities. So, an exit test is unnecessary. It will deny those who fail the test the opportunity to register with the council and start practicing”.