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NEET 2018: Clarification on Students Pursuing MBBS Abroad

Last Updated - April 16, 2018

The Medical Council of India (MCI) has stated that qualifying NEET will be mandatory for aspirants seeking admissions to foreign universities for pursuing MBBS. Currently, the National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test (NEET) is the centralized entrance exam for aspirants seeking admission to MBBS and BDS courses at all the Government and Private medical institutions across India.

However, in a major relief for students currently enrolled in MBBS programs abroad, clearing NEET 2018 will not apply to them. This startling announcement is aimed at regulating eligibility and talent of the students who plan to pursue MBBS in foreign universities.The need to implement NEET requirement arises as several educational consultants and agencies are offering admissions to MBBS programs in foreign universities with minimal academic requirements.

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Additionally, the students who opt such to join MBBS courses abroad are not required to go through any formal entrance examination for determining their eligibility. This leads to a potential threat of sending mediocre talent to many foreign medical institutions for pursuing MBBS. All such aspirants need to clear the Foreign Medical Graduate Examination (FMGE) conducted by MCI for registering as medical practitioners in India. However, most of these candidates have performed miserably in the test in recent years.

Most universities abroad offer direct admission to a medical course based on prior academic records of candidates. Many universities located in China and Russia do not bother to determine a candidate's suitability for pursuing medical studies which is quite alarming as these candidates are to become medical practitioners in future.

Check Here NEET 2018 Eligibility Criteria

As a formal process, they just ask for the eligibility certificate issued by MCI, for which there is a fixed criterion. Students need to obtain just 50% in class 12th examination. The major loophole with this procedure is that students usually come from different educational boards whose academic curriculum also vary to a great degree.

As per the official records, at least 7000 medical aspirants from India join various medical institutions based in Russia and China annually for pursuing MBBS. However, only around 10-15% of them manage to clear the FMGE examination conducted by MCI.

MCI stated that the medical field could not afford development of low-quality doctors, as that would lead to the compromise with the health of patients. All this to led to implementing a formal selection procedure for the aspirants seeking admissions to foreign medical universities.

To make the selection process fair and uniform for all medical aspirants, MCI devised new criteria as per which the basic eligibility requirement for Indian students is to be amongst the top 50 percentile of appearing candidates of NEET 2018. Know About NEET Merit List

These new requirements will take effect from May 2018 when candidates start applying for the Eligibility Certificate. However, these would not impact the medical curriculum of the students who are already currently pursuing the MBBS courses in the abroad universities through any prior criteria.

Amendment of Revised Rule for Aspirants Seeking MBBS Admission in Abroad

MCI has declared in an official notification dated February 09, 2018 that NEET exam will be mandatory for students as eligibility criteria to get admissions to the foreign universities. Such students will be issued the Eligibility Certificate to be produced at the foreign universities only post securing stipulated rank in NEET exam.

This decision is expected to fix up the problem of sending low-grade students to pursue MBBS degree abroad, which is the case currently. Aspirants would be issued the Eligibility Certificate for foreign medical education only if they are amongst the top 50 percentile in the NEET exam.

One of the top health ministry officials quoted officially - “The Indian Citizens/Overseas Citizen of India intending to obtain primary medical qualification from any medical institution outside India, on or after May 2018, shall have to mandatorily qualify the NEET for admission to MBBS course(s) abroad. The decision will be implemented prospectively i.e. from May 2018. Thus, students who have already taken admission under current regulations to pursue primary medical course by taking Eligibility Certificate from (the) MCI are exempted from qualifying NEET”.

Apart from introducing this criterion, MCI is also aiming to improve the quality of doctors who complete their MBBS from foreign countries like China. The Ministry of Health, India has approached the Ministry of Education, China to identify, prepare and agree upon a list of 45 good colleges in China where Indian students should get admission to the MBBS course. The MCI is also likely to release an official notification in this regard soon on their official website.



Rishita Nankani

Best coaching institute in ajmer for preparing neet .and what about the criteria for getting admission in mbbs through payment seat in jln medical college

23 Apr, 2018 01:44
Akansha Expert

Hi Rishita Nankani, Please go to this link for Institute for NEET Exam: Institute for NEET . For Admission in MBBS from JLN Medical college please check this link too: MBBS Admission criteria and Fee Structure .

23 Apr, 2018 11:12
Anadya Jaiswal

What will be the cut off for OBC candidates in neet 2018

21 Apr, 2018 12:08
Akansha Expert

Hi Anadya Jaiswal, To get the OBC category cutoff of NEET 2018 please check this link: Neet cutoff link .

21 Apr, 2018 16:29
shivam prabhakar

Plz inform neet cutoff of OBC student

20 Apr, 2018 22:40
Akansha Expert

Hi Shivam Prabhakar, To get the OBC category cutoff of NEET 2018 please check this link: neet cutoff link .

21 Apr, 2018 18:12
manasa taddi

how many marks should be scored for neet for bc this year 2018

08 Apr, 2018 12:44
Sakshi Garg Expert

Hi Manasa, To get information about the NEET score through this link: NEET Cutoff List.

08 Apr, 2018 14:25
Ranjeeth lahari

what may be cutoff marks for NEET for SC this year 2018..?

06 Apr, 2018 08:28
Sakshi Garg Expert

Hi Ranjeeth, You get information about NEET Cutoff for Sc students through this link: NEET Cutoff List

06 Apr, 2018 12:35
Sharuk Khan

Is there any document other than PRC which will be applicable in Assam neet counselling

29 Mar, 2018 19:31
Sakshi Garg Expert

Hi Sharuk Khan, To get information regarding the Assam NEET Counseling by this link: NEET Information

30 Mar, 2018 12:54
sk nehayet

Please inform me your coaching centre in Kolkata.

29 Mar, 2018 19:27
Sakshi Garg Expert

Hi Sk Nehayet, All the centers in Kolkata are fully equipped to provide best NEET coaching to the aspirants. The top institutes in this region are listed below:

  1. Aakash Institute
  2. Bhatia Medical Coaching Institute
  3. Abharav Education
  4. Singh Vision Classes
  5. Dreamz Education Centre
  6. New Age Knowledge Solutions Ltd
  7. Takshyashila
  8. C. Tutorial
  9. Leapbig Education
  10. Toppers Academy

30 Mar, 2018 13:02
Manmath Sethi

Please clarify whether wards of Bank employees are eligible for Punjab MBBS admission

15 Mar, 2018 21:13
Sakshi Garg Expert

Hi Manmath, NEET is compulsory for the MBBS program. To get more information about the Eligibility Criteria of NEET through this link: NEET Eligibility Criteria.

23 Mar, 2018 15:26
Siddhita Bankar

What type of photo is required n is it mandatory to have white background in photo

14 Mar, 2018 22:02
Sakshi Garg Expert

Hi Siddhita, You get information about the Photo specifications through this link: Photo Specifications.

22 Mar, 2018 12:00
In Search Of Justice

Sir what's the obc reservation in assam medical mbbs 2018

13 Mar, 2018 21:59
Sakshi Garg Expert

Hi Sir, You get information about the OBC Reservation of NEET through this link: NEET Reservation

20 Mar, 2018 15:15

I asked about state qouta reservation

29 Mar, 2018 23:09
Sakshi Garg Expert

Hi Jahirul, Reservation for Seats Other than All India Quota

  • Merit List will be released by the state based on candidates’ All India Rank.
  • Under the state quota, 85% of the seats are filled through state counseling conducted separately by each state/Union Territory.
  • Candidates must contact their respective state counseling authority to know the dates and procedure for the same.

For more details please check the given link: NEET Reservation Details

30 Mar, 2018 12:07
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