NEXT or National Exit Test is a common exit exam for medical students:-
- As an entrance test to seek admission in Post Graduate (PG) Medical Course.
- Screening test for foreign medical graduate.
- Screening test for Indian medical graduate.
NEXT will act as a standard qualifying test for achieving License to practice medicine in India.
When NEXT will get implemented or becomes Operational?
As per the NMC Bill 2019, the NEXT exam will be implemented from 2022.
Will NEXT replace NEET-PG ?
Three years from the implementation of the NMC Bill 2019, the Exit Test namely NEXT, will replace the NEET-PG examination in the process as well. It is expected that NEXT will replace NEET-PG in 2022.
Minimum Eligibility for NEXT Exam
Any Medical Graduates (MBBS or equivalent) are eligible for NEXT Exam. Either completed MBBS from India or MBBS from Abroad, both are eligible to take NEXT Exam.
Reasons for introducing NEXT
The reasons for introducing NEXT to raise the quality of Medical Education and to bring all medical school on the same page.
Uniformity by making one common Exam
NEXT Examination system will bring uniformity. Medical graduate students from any medical colleges, whether from Government, Private or Foreign Medical Colleges, need to clear NEXT exam.
Improvement in Medical Facilities
As per act all the MBBS graduates are supposed to work for a minimum of 3 years in rural and tribal settings. At present, the medical facilities available in rural and remote areas do not meet the standard. But via NEXT, it will become possible to improve the conditions especially in remote areas and make the best health care facilities accessible to all citizens of the country.
Lesser Paperwork for Foreign Students
Earlier, any foreign MBBS graduate planning to pursue his/her career in India was supposed to clear the MCI screening test, also known as FMGE, which has been known to include a lot of paperwork. But NEXT will surely lower the paperwork and will make the process more streamlined.
The pattern of the NEXT exam
NEXT exam will be divided into two parts including Theory (NEXT-1) and practical (NEXT-2). In the theory part, MCQs will be asked. NEXT-1 will be conducted after final year MBBS, before applying for the internship. MBBS students who clear NEXT-1 can begin working as interns but have to clear NEXT-2, the practical test, separately post completing their internship.
The score obtained by MBBS students in NEXT-1 will help them get a PG seat post completing their internship.