NMC has released draft for NEXT examination : check the important details
In a move to regulate uniformity in the evaluation and implementation of minimum common standards of education and training of a medical graduate NMC has proposed draft regulations relating to the National Exit Test (NExT) and has requested to share comments for the same. National Ext Test (NExT) will form the basis of verifying the eligibility of the medical graduate to register to practice the modern system of medicine in India and serve as a licentiate examination. NEXT Exam will also determine the eligibility and ranking for the purpose of admission of those who want to pursue further PG medical education in the country in broad medical specialties and therefore serve as an entrance exam for admission.
NExT will be conducted as two separate exams one in December and the other in April denoted as ‘Steps’. Step 1 will be a comprehensive computer-based theoretical exam comprising high-quality Multiple-choice Questions (MCQs) for testing higher domains of knowledge aligned to competencies expected of an Indian Medical Graduate or a graduate practicing the modern system of medicine, especially in India. Step 2 will be a comprehensive practical/clinical examination to be conducted after completion of the Compulsory Rotating Internship that shall evaluate competencies in clinical diagnosis, patient and clinical decision-making, practical and communication skills necessary for the practice of the modern system of medicine.
SCHEDULE FOR NEXT EXAM
The proposed Schedule for the National Exit Test (NEXT) shall be as follows:
- The NExT Step I Regular Exam is proposed to be held by 2nd Week of December and the expected date of result declaration is 2nd Week of January
- The NExT Step 2 Regular Exam is proposed to be held by 2nd Week of March and the expected date of result declaration is 1st Week of April
ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA FOR NEXT EXAM
The National Exit Test (NEXT) shall be applicable to the following candidates:
- Undergraduate medical students pursuing the degree of MBBS in any Medical College approved by the National Medical Commission
- Foreign Medical Graduates approved by the National Medical Commission for obtaining a license to practice medicine as a registered medical practitioner in India and for enrolment in the State Register or the National Register as may be specified by regulations.
- Candidates with a Medical Degree for pursuing an academic course/ observer ship, or any other purpose as specified and approved by the National Medical Commission through regular notifications or regulations from time to time
MARKING SYSTEM FOR NEXT EXAM
- The marks in NEXT Step 1 shall be calculated corresponding to Percentages [marks out of a maximum of 100]
- NEXT 2 Examinations results shall be declared as only Pass / Fail based on the acquisition of appropriate competence being evaluated
QUALIFYING CRITERIA FOR NEXT EXAM
Minimum scores for passing the NEXT EXAM have been explained as follows:
- The minimum mark required for passing the NEXT STEP 1 exam shall be 50%. The candidates need to score a minimum of 50% in each of the six papers in the NExT Step 1 to pass the examination
- The criteria for passing NExT Step 2 shall be a satisfactory demonstration of having acquired the competencies that are being evaluated to be declared as a Pass /Fail result.
QUALIFYING CRITERIA FOR PG MEDICAL COURSES IN NEXT EXAM
- Total Marks for the purpose of determining merit, especially for admission to broad specialty Postgraduate Courses will be calculated from the sum of scores obtained in each paper /subject of NEXT Step 1 Exam
- In the case of failure in one or more subjects, the Total Marks /Percentage of NExT Step I for a candidate shall be calculated from the sum of total marks scored in each subject /paper obtained in both Regular and Supplementary Examination in which the candidate has secured passing marks
- The Total Marks/Percentage of those candidates who have appeared in NExT Step 1 Examination to improve their scores shall be calculated from the average /mean of the last three consecutive scores
- For the purpose of determining merit, especially for admission to broad -specialty Postgraduate Courses the NExT Step scores shall remain valid for a period of 3 years
NEXT EXAM FOR INTERNSHIP
The NEXT Exam shall be applicable for determining the candidate’s Eligibility for Provisional Registration in an appropriate body to practice modern medicine as an intern as well as the eligibility to pursue an Internship as governed by the Internship Regulations of the National Medical Commission
For Indian Medical Graduate
A Medical student from a college recognized by the NMC for imparting undergraduate medical education shall be eligible for a Compulsory Rotating Internship provided all of the following criteria are met:
- The candidate has passed each of the six Theory Papers of NExT Step 1 as provided in the NMC gazette
- Pass in MBBS III & Final MBBS (Part 2) Practical / Clinical Examination as regulated by the concerned University /Institution
For Foreign Medical Graduate
- A medical student who has completed undergraduate medical education overseas from a college recognized by the NMC and has fulfilled applicable requirements provided in the Foreign Medical Graduate Regulations shall be eligible for a Compulsory Rotating Internship as approved for such students provided the following criteria are met:
- Pass in each of the six Theory Papers of NExT Step 1 as provided in Section 2.2 (2) (ii) as indicated above
NEXT EXAM FOR LICENSE
The NEXT Exam shall be applicable for determining the candidate’s Eligibility for obtaining a License to practice modern medicine in India as well as the eligibility to get registered in the National Medical Register/ State Medical Register /State Medical Registers for practice.
A medical graduate who has qualified in India or overseas shall be eligible to be Registered in the Indian Medical Register/ State Medical Register and also obtain a license to practice medicine in India provided they are able to meet the following criteria:
- Has completed the appropriate duration of the internship as applicable, having fulfilled the requirements provided in Section 2.2 (4)(i) Subsection (a) and (b) as applicable
- Has passed the NExT Step 2[Practical / Clinical] Examination provided in Section 2.2 (2) (ii) as applicable
- Any other requirements as may be considered appropriate by the Commission, Concerned University/Institution and duly applicable at that time
- Eligibility for admission to Postgraduate Medical Courses in Board specialty subjects in a college/institution approved by the Commission
- All those who have been granted a License to practice and are Registered in the Indian Medical Register/ State Medical Register for such practice having fulfilled the requirements in Section 2.2 (4)
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