NEET now mandatory for Indian candidates wishing for medical degrees from foreign universities
The Health Ministry has made it clear that any Indian candidate wishing to pursue medical education from any foreign destination (on or after May, 2018) will have to qualify the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) from now on.
Earlier this month, the ministry had made NEET compulsory for students who wish to get admission to government and private medical colleges in India. However, now the government has applied the same for only Indian students living in Indian or abroad who want to study medical from foreign universities (MBBS/BDS).
An official statement was issued by the ministry reading, "It is informed that the regulations prescribe that the Indian citizens or 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 abroad.
It further reads, "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 MCI are exempted from qualifying NEET."
This decision came into being after Health Ministry received several complaints by candidates urging to exempt students who have already studied abroad to crack NEET.
National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) is primarily entrance test held every year for students who wish to study any (UG) medical (MBBS) and dental (BDS) courses. Students are also selected or PG course in MD / MS in any government or private Indian institute.