India has gained global recognition for its exceptional medical facilities and affordable treatment options. However, the country’s pursuit of excellence in healthcare does not cease. In recent years, there has been a concerted effort to cultivate highly skilled and proficient doctors. Following a significant webinar organized by the national medical commission (NMC) regarding the national exit test (NExT) exam, a gazette was released, highlighting the utility and importance of clearing NExT NEET PG.
In this blog post, we explained the utility of NExT scores mentioned in the gazette. This will help to understand the eligibility criteria for provisional registration to pursue medicine and internship in India.
But before that, it is crucial to understand the nature of scoring and the minimum passing scores for NExT Step-1 and Step-2 examinations.
Nature of Scoring:
NExT Step-1 Scoring:
- The marks obtained in NExT Step-1 are calculated as whole numbers, representing the raw scores.
- These raw scores may have appropriate decimals. If required, the corresponding percentages (out of 100) with appropriate decimals can be calculated.
NExT Step-2 Scoring:
- The results for NExT Step-2 examinations are declared as Pass or Fail.
- The focus is on assessing the acquisition of appropriate competence rather than assigning numerical scores.
Minimum Scores to Pass:
- To pass NExT Step-1, candidates need to score a minimum of 50% (50 out of 100) or half of the maximum possible raw scores.
- In each of the six papers, candidates must achieve a minimum of 50% (50 out of 100) or half of the maximum possible raw scores to pass the examination.
- The calculation of the candidate’s score is considered across the NExT Step-1 examination cycle.
- Candidate A has scored the minimum passing marks in two subjects and failed in four subjects.
- In the next National Exit Test cycle for Step-1, if candidate A scores the minimum passing marks in the remaining four subjects, they will be considered to have fulfilled the passing criteria.
- Candidate A has scored the minimum passing mark in two subjects and failed in four subjects.
- Candidate A can appear in the next exam cycle for step-1.
- If Candidate A scores the minimum passing marks in two subjects during the next exam cycle, they can appear again for the step-1 exam.
- If they then score the minimum passing marks in the remaining two subjects, they will be considered to have fulfilled the passing criteria.
Read our other detailed blogs on – How to prepare for NExT step 1 and step 2
Explanation of utility of NExT section in easy-to-understand language
i) Eligibility for Indian medical graduates to pursue internship:
A medical student who has completed their undergraduate medical education from a college recognized by the national medical commission can be eligible for a compulsory rotating internship. To qualify, they must meet the following criteria:
- Successfully pass each of the six theory papers of NExT Step-1.
- Pass the practical/clinical examination of the III MBBS/Final MBBS (Part 2) as conducted by the respective university or institution.
ii) Eligibility for foreign medical graduates to pursue an internship
A foreign medical student who has completed their medical education abroad and meets the requirements specified by the national medical commission can be eligible for a compulsory rotating internship. To be eligible, NExT aspirants must meet the following criteria:
a) Successfully pass each of the six theory papers of NExT step 1.
iii) Eligibility to become a licensed doctor in India and get registered
Both Indian medical graduates and foreign medical graduates shall be registered in the national medical register or state medical register, depending on the case, and obtain a license to practice modern medicine in India if they meet the following requirements:
- Complete the required internship and fulfill the specific criteria mentioned in the regulations.
- Pass the practical/clinical examination known as NExT step 2.
- Meet the registration and license requirements set by the NMC.
- Fulfill any additional requirements as specified by the commission.
iv) Eligibility for admission to postgraduate medical courses
If you have a license to practice medicine and are registered in the national or state medical register, you can apply for specialized postgraduate medical courses. These courses are offered in colleges approved by the commission. To be eligible, you must fulfill certain criteria.
- They must be eligible for and granted a license to practice modern medicine in India, meeting the requirements mentioned in subsection (iii) of section 2.3(4) in the Gazette.
- They should participate in the common counseling process prescribed by the commission through an authorized authority.
Note: Those who were granted a license and registered before the implementation of these regulations and wish to pursue postgraduate courses in broad specialties need to appear only for NExT step-I.
V) *Utilization of NExT Scores for purposes other than above
The government of India, the state governments, any organization of the government of India, the state governments, and any autonomous or private body /institution may utilize the NExT step 1 scores for purposes such as employment, scholarship, fellowship, etc.
*MBBS degree will be awarded after passing of final MBBS and successful completion of a one-year internship.
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