Dec 14, 2018

NEET Exam Mandatory to Study MBBS Abroad From 2019

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NEET exam is the MCI screening test for the medical students in India. As an exemption in 2018, NEET was not mandatory. Now, according to MCI, NEET will be mandatory for 2019 candidates who are willing to study MBBS abroad. How will it fare for the Indian Student willing to study MBBS abroad? Here are details about NEET exam, NEET Exam Date 2019, and all the other information you will need.

About NEET Exam:

NEET stands for National Eligibility cum Entrance Test, which is an entrance exam for candidates willing to study medicine in India and abroad. The scoring scale of NEET is -180 to +720. Till now, NEET exam was conducted by CBSE. From 2019, NEET exam will be conducted by National Testing Agency, NTA.

NEET Exam Date:

NEET exam registration has recently ended on 7 December 2019. The NEET exam dates for 2019 is May 5 and the results will be declared on June 5 2019.


NEET Exam Dates


01-Nov-2018 to 07-Dec-2018

NEET Exam Date


NEET Results


Exemption in 2018 and Mandatory NEET Exam in 2019:

As we mentioned earlier, the NEET exam was not mandatory for the candidates willing to study MBBS abroad. For 2019, the NEET exam has been made mandatory again for the candidates willing to study MBBS abroad.

The mandatory NEET exam means that students who will study MBBS Abroad will have to clear two exams to practice medicine in India. Candidates who have studied MBBS abroad cannot practice medicine without clearing MCI’s FMGE (Foreign Medical Graduates Examination), which makes it two exams to clear if you wish to practice medicine in India.

How Does it affect Medical Students?

The number of admissions for MBBS and BDS in India are limited. Only 66000 seats are there in total for the medical graduates. Due to this, many medical students opt to study MBBS abroad.

Now, as we have mentioned those students will have to take two screening tests to practice medicine in India. The decision was taken to establish the quality of medical professionals in India, as the India Today Report 2016 suggests that almost half the doctors in India are not qualified properly.

Shortage of Doctors in India and NEET Exam 2019:

As per WHO, World Health Organisation, the number of Doctors should be one doctor for every 600 people. However, in India, there is a serious shortage of doctors. There is only one working government doctor for every 10189 people.

Now that NEET 2019 has been made mandatory for the students willing to study abroad, along with FMGE, it will further affect the number of doctors in India. The aim of MCI is to have highly qualified doctors in large numbers.

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