New Delhi: The union health ministry on Thursday unveiled the draft Indian Medical Council (Amendment) Bill 2016 which seeks to mandate medical students to clear the National Exit Test (NEXT) after completing their five-and-a-half-year-long MBBS course in order to practise as a doctor.
The draft Bill also seeks to introduce combined counselling for admission in medical colleges at undergraduate and postgraduate levels and reservation of upto 50 per cent of the seats of postgraduate medical courses for medical officers.
The exit test is expected to create a level-playing field in medical education and improve the quality of medical education in the country.
“It will substitute three tests, including NEET for postgraduate admissions, recruitment for central health services and the foreign graduate medical examination,” a senior official has been quoted by ToI as saying.
“The results of how students from individual colleges have performed in NEXT will be made public. If a college has over 90% students clearing the test, it will automatically act as an indicator. Students can make an informed choice while selecting colleges,” said the official.