National Exit Test (abbreviated as NEXT) is a proposed Licentiate Medical Examination which will constitute the final year of the MBBS Program in India. The purpose of introducing the National Exit Test is claimed to be that as the above is also a licensing exam and is governed by the government the graduates of the above exam will be more sophisticated and knowledgeable doctors. Introduced by The National Medical Commission Bill 2019, NEXT will also serve the purpose of Screening Test for Foreign Medical Graduates who are now required to qualify the Medical Council of India Screening Test (Foreign Medical Graduates Examination or FMGE) and will for admission into postgraduate medical courses. In January 2020, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare also introduced the draft National Dental commission Bill that also called for the National Exit Test after BDS for dentists in India.
The very first amendment to the NMC bill was in February 2018, then again in March 2019. A lot of debates and discussions regarding these came up from medical practitioners and medical aspirants.
On January 7, 2019, The National Commission for Indian System of Medicine Bill, 2019 (abbreviated as “National Medical Commission Bill” or “NMC Bill”) was introduced in Rajya Sabha by Shripad Yesso Naik, Minister of State for AYUSH.
On July 17, 2019, The Union Cabinet approved the Bill with a purpose to unify all the medical entrance examinations and setting uniform standards for the Indian System of Medicine.
Among other reforms, NMC Bill seeks to introduce NEXT in the Indian System of Medicine and replace the Medical Council of India with a new authority that will be called the National Commission for Indian System of Medicine (abbreviated as National Medical Commission or NMC).
INDIAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION MEDICAL STUDENTS’ NETWORK
A meeting was held with the Board of Governors of Medical Council of India at the Indian Council of Medical Research on 15th February 2020. IMA MSN represented at the meeting.
The following points were informed to the student attendees:-
1. SCHEDULE OF PROPOSED EXAMS
- ● With the change in GMER schedule, the Prof III part II exams are proposed to be held in January, in all medical colleges.
- ● Supplementary exams are proposed to be held in February.
- ● NExt 1 also known as Prof IV part I is proposed to be held in March.
- ● Internship is proposed to start from April
- ● Internship is proposed to complete in March
- ● NExT 2 also known as Prof IV part II is proposed to be held in April
- ● PG course is expected to start in JULY
- SUBJECT WISE DISTRIBUTION OF NExT 1
● It will be an All India Concurrent online exam
● Consisting of 120 items of MEDICAL and ALLIED subjects (3 hours, pre-lunch) + 60 items of PEDIATRICS (1.5 hours, post-lunch)
● Consisting of 120 items of SURGERY and ALLIED subjects (3 hours, pre-lunch) + 60 items of ENT (1.5 hours, post-lunch)
● Consisting of 120 items of OBSTETRICS GYNAECOLOGY and ALLIED subjects (3 hours, pre-lunch) + 60 items of OPTHALMOLOGY (1.5 hours, post-lunch)
- ● Out of total questions, 60% will be problem-solving, 30% comprehension and analysis, 10% recall
- ● Out of total on each stream, 10% questions will be from applied basic sciences, and 10% preventive and public health.
- NExt Exam 1 is expected to be first held in 2022.
NExT 2 is a pass or fail exam which includes
Practical exam by university/college to judge the basic practical efficacy of the student. A list of basic practical skills which a student should know,
Should be fulfilled.
NExT 1 is an objective exam
4. The score for NExT 1 will be valid for 2-3 years
5. A way to find scope for improving score of NExT 1 is expected
After passing university final examination students have to pass NExT 1 to start internship After completing 12 months of internship
Student has to pass NExT 2 to practice as a doctor
It is frightening that NExT is taking its name grammatically and is indeed indicating towards a NExT 3, 4, 5 coming up.
Are we ready for infinite NExTs or fight to stop this?
Dr. Simrran Kalra (National General Secretary IMA MSN) Aravind Swamy (National Convenor IMA MSN)
Dr. Mrityuanjay Gupta (Past general secretary IMA MSN)