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NEET Mandatory for Students Pursuing MBBS Abroad

Last Updated - February 14, 2018

MCI (Medical Council of India) in a major announcement has decided to mandate NEET for admission to MBBS courses abroad. National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test (NEET) has already being made the centralized entrance exam for admission to MBBS and BDS courses offered by all the Government and Private medical institutions in the country. The move is aimed at regulating the quality of students looking to pursue MBBS abroad.

Latest Update: NEET 2018 Application Form likely to be available in the second week of February – 2018. Click here for more information

Since the introduction of NEET, various agencies and educational consultants have been promising cheap medical education in foreign countries. It also paves the way for MBBS aspirants to bypass NEET as no formal entrance test is conducted for admission to MBBS courses in several foreign universities. All the aspirants however have to appear for FMGE (Foreign Medical Graduate Examination) organized by MCI to register as medical practitioners in India. 

The performance of many of these students have deteriorated over couple of years. The major reason cited behind this is the effluence of “low quality” students in countries like China or Russia which see the bulk of medical applications from the country. As per official sources in the health ministry, almost 6000-7000 medical aspirants move to Russia and China every year for pursuing MBBS. However, only a fraction (10%-15%) are able to pass the medical licentiate examination conducted by MCI. Read Also MCI Debars NIOS students from NEET 2018, HRD Ministry reverts decision

Currently, all medical aspirants need to obtain 50 per cent in the final 10+2 examination from a recognized board in order to procure Eligibility Certificate from MCI in order pursue MBBS in other countries. The multiplicity of educational boards also lead to differential quality among students. Moreover, there is no strict regularization on the foreign medical universities or the kind of education offered by them.

New Rule for MBBS Aspirants Seeking Admission in Foreign Universities

As per the officials in MCI, using NEET as the basis of eligibility for issuing eligibility certificate to MBBS aspirants would address the ongoing crisis of quality. According to new proposed rule, candidates among top 50 percentile in NEET are only eligible to pursue MBBS in offshore institutes. “There are concerns about the quality of the students who can easily get a degree in medicine from abroad and the poor quality of education being imparted in the institutions they go to. By making NEET mandatory, we can at least address one of the main issues,” was commented by one of the health ministry officials.

Any medical aspirant would have to qualify NEET and rank among top 5 percentile to keep alive their dreams of pursuing MBBS abroad. There will no alternative route for candidates. Check Expected Cutoff for NEET 2018

Besides making NEET compulsory for students seeking admission to MBBS courses in foreign universities, there are also other efforts on the part of health ministry and MCI to improve the quality of doctors who have completed their medical education outside India. China is one of the major recipients of MBBS applications from Indian students. The health ministry has therefore approached the Ministry of Education, China to identify and prepare list of 45 “good” colleges in China.

Candidates seeking eligibility certificates from MCI will be also guided on these “recognized” medical colleges in China. These rollout of these new policies is still not sure but the recent announcements from MCI is a clear indication on their approach in allowing only deserved candidates to become professional medical practitioners.



santosh kumar

Sir can I change my 2 percentage during correction time

23 Feb, 2018 10:24
Sakshi Garg Expert

Hi Santosh, Yes, you can change it so don't worry and get more details please check this link: Correction Form

23 Feb, 2018 11:20
Sourav Mandal

Sir can I change my photo which is uploaded in application form neet 2018 due the date on photograph is 2017 . Plz tell me how?

15 Feb, 2018 16:43
Sakshi Garg Expert

Hi Sourav, Don't worry, you can change it and get more details about the how to change the uploaded photo through this link: Correction Tips

16 Feb, 2018 16:27
ravi v

Sir can i change candidate name in correction period ?

14 Feb, 2018 22:47
Sakshi Garg Expert

Hi Ravi, Yes, you can change candidate name in the correction period.

15 Feb, 2018 14:58
Sella muthu

sir while uploading my photo a message was sent to me that INVALID CANDIDATE PHOTO FOUND. what should i do sir.

14 Feb, 2018 18:50
Sakshi Garg Expert

Hi Sella, Before uploading the photo please read the instructions how to upload the Photo & Signature through this link: Photo & Signature Specification

15 Feb, 2018 15:15

my daughter studying in Gulf country since last 1o years, in NEET form Nationality what we have to select? Indian or NRI? we are holding Indian Passport.

14 Feb, 2018 00:20
nilesh khoont

Hello, i am US citizen living and studying in ahmedabad,india since 6th grade, i have OCI card and also got Aadhar card. question 1. what kind of selection should i make to apply for NEET UG? with aadhar card or passport? question 2. if i select OCI, am i still eligible to get admission in State 85% quota if i secure enough marks in NEET? or i must go for state NRI quota to get admission? can you please guide?

13 Feb, 2018 11:46
Sakshi Garg Expert

Hi Nilesh, You can apply for NEET UG with your Passport Number. And, Yes. Indian Nationals and Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) are Eligible for appearing in the NEET-UG, 2018 and also eligible for seats under 15% All India Quota. Eligibility of OCI candidates for admission under seats in the control of States/Universities/Institutions shall be ascertained before applying for NEET-UG, 2018.

13 Feb, 2018 17:45

I fill wrong examination code in neet 2018 form.what can I do now.

13 Feb, 2018 00:20
Sakshi Garg Expert

Hi Yogita, The form correction facility is expected to commence in the second week of March-2018. The corrections can be done online at Candidates have to visit the official website and access their NEET application form using login credentials.

13 Feb, 2018 13:13
Stephen Paul

Hello. Even i tried to apply the signature as per the specifications given but it says "candidate signature is invalid". No matter how many times I did, it's still not accepting. I hope you may know something.

12 Feb, 2018 12:34
Sakshi Garg Expert

Hi Stephen, To get information regarding the signature through this link: Photos and Signature Specifications

12 Feb, 2018 18:13
Bhushan Rameshrao Bhute

Is it mandatory to have exactly same name (or in same pattern)as on matriculation marksheet on aadhar card for NEET 2018 application form??

10 Feb, 2018 21:09
Sakshi Garg Expert

Hi Bhushan, Yes, It is compulsory to have the same name as on your mark sheet or your aadhar card for NEET 2018 application form.

12 Feb, 2018 16:56
Mayank Kapadia

I tried uploading my image with the given specifications(name of the candidate and date of clicking the photograph. 82.4Kb) but it is still not being accepted. What are the probable reasons for this invalidity? Plssss help me

10 Feb, 2018 19:01
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