Mbbsexperts is the leading education consultancy and overseas education firm specializing in the field of MBBS education. We have the expertise in offering MBBS abroad in countries like Russia, Ukraine, China, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Armenia, Philippines, USA, Romania, Nepal, Poland, Germany as well as Belarus. We also provide consultancy to medical aspirants, who are interested in pursuing MBBS examination from private medical colleges of India.

At Mbbsexperts, we are concerned on overall development of students and their aspirations. We guide them through all stages of admissions, and even beyond. Our consultants provide crystal clear image of the process of admission to medical colleges in India and abroad. We follow one on one approach to interaction with the prospective candidates and their parents.

Mbbsexperts ensures world-class service amalgamated with guidance and suggestions. Whether you need to know about the date of admission or NEET guidelines or a new set of rules and guidelines of MCI, we are always here to help you.

National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test (NEET) Guidelines

The regulations drafted within framework of Indian Medical Council Act-1956 and Dentists Act-1948 (both amended in the year 2018) National Eligibility Cum and Entrance Test (UG Studies),in short (NEET-UG-2018) is organized on national level by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), for securing the admission to BDS/MBBS Courses in India in Medical/Dental Colleges, conducting these courses within the Medical Council of India/Dental Council of India. However, NEET is not meant for medical institutions established through an Act of Parliament i.e. AIIMS and JIPMER Puducherry.

NEET is known to be a compulsory examination for aspirants, who are interested in studying either medicine or dentistry on the undergraduate level. NEET replaces the AIPMT, which like NEET, was also conducted by CBSE.

It is estimated that approximately 12 Lac prospective medical and dental aspirants appear for the examination for admission in MBBS/BDS. Out of these, there are 68,000 seats available under the MBBS quota. Remaining seats are left open for the BDS and Ayush. Statistics from Government of India show that around 3000 to 4000 students apply for medicine and dentistry in foreign universities.

Earlier, the aspirants from Medicine and Dentistry, who intended to pursue MBBS/BDS in universities abroad did not have to appear for entrance examination. However, according to the latest protocols, the admission criteria has changed significantly. Such students need to appear for the NEET and clear with minimum marks.

Medical Colleges under NEET

There are 420 medical colleges IN FULL OPERATIONAL capacity within the country, out of which 150 colleges are directly run by either the State or Central Governments, while remaining 270 colleges work under the aegis of private management. 118 of these colleges are deemed universities. Total seats in the Government colleges are estimated at 25085 and there are around 38715 seats available in open quota for the private medical colleges.

The total estimate is that 53,380 seats are offered for MBBS and another 11,000 seats are left open for Post Graduate medical course. The MCI has given clear indication that Reservations and State Quotas in Medical Universities, which are integrated inside NEET (National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test), will display merit lists at national levels and state levels distinctly in case of General, OBC, SC/ST and PH candidates.

NEET UG Examination Pattern

NEET (UG) Entrance Examination comprises one paper containing 180 objective type questions (four options for a single correct answer) taken out from Physics, Chemistry, and Biology (Botany & Zoology). The answers to these objective type questions are recorded by the students on the machine-gradable sheet with either the Blue/Black ball point pen.

Allocation of Questions

There is 45 Questions each from the Subjects such as Physics, Chemistry and 90 Questions from Biology (Botany and Zoology). The total duration of examination is 3 hours.

MCI Guidelines

The Medical Council of India, the MCI Screening Exam, or foreign Medical Graduate Examination, is the license exam conducted by the NBE (National Board of Examination). This screening test is given approval by the Screening Exam Regulations 2002.

The regulation delineates:  Any Indian citizen, who has attained his/her basic medical degree from medical colleges outside India, and has the intention of getting permanent or temporary registration with the MCI and its subsidiaries medical council, should qualify through a screening test steered by the designated authority, provided inside the provisions of section 13 of the Screening Exam Regulations, 2002.

FMGE (MCI Screening Test)is specifically designed for students, who chose to study MBBS in foreign countries like Russia, Ukraine, China, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Armenia, Philippines, USA, Romania, Nepal, Poland, Germany, and Belarus.

Indian doctors holding the graduate medical degrees from countries outside India need to take the MCI screening test. It is also essential that the Medical School should be within WHO international directory of Medical Schools.

Examination Scheme – FMGE

The test has one paper with 300 multiple choice questions. All questions carry equal marks and in the English language. There are two parts to the paper, of 150 questions each with time distribution of 150 minutes for each part.  No negative marks will be given for a wrong answer.

The screening test is conducted two times in a year in June and December respectively. You need to check the precise dates of the examination on the NBE website. The applicant clears examination when he/she gets150 marks out of 300 (50%). The results of all applicants are displayed on NBE website, and also at NBE office.

NB.: No restrictions have been levied on the number of attempts that a candidate makes for the examination.

Criteria of Eligibility:

The applicant, who is likely to appear for MCI Screening Test, should meet all the eligibility criteria. Here are the criteria that the applicant should adhere to:

  1. Should be a citizen of India, either through the way of naturalization or acquiring the citizenship;
  2. Should have the MBBS qualification, recognized by the government of the country, and formally documented by none other than the government of that country. This recognition should make it easy for the applicant to conduct medical practice in the country from where he/she has studied;
  3. The medical school/college should also be within the list of WHO directory of medical schools;
  4. The applicant should have attained Eligibility Certificate’ from the Medical Council of India. This clause is appropriate, in particular, relates to medical students, who have taken the admission abroad either on or after 15.03.2002. This is not a mandatory obligation in respect of Indian citizens who received the admission in foreign medical institute prior to 15th of March in the year 2002;
  5. All students who were admitted in a foreign medical school/university before 15.03.2002, should successfully pass the Screening exam to make the registration, and in this case, would be allowed to present for the Screening Exam even if you have qualified the basic admission standards delineated by MCI given for the MBBS programs. This clause is again subjected to the Judgment of the Apex Court on such matters, including but holding no restriction to the judgment of 8th March 2002 in Civil Appeal No. 2779 of 2000 & other judgments /orders as well as instructions dispensed by MCI;
  6. From 15.03.2002 and afterwards, all the medical students should receive Eligibility Certificate from MCI before they choose to travel abroad for studies in Medicine.

Verifying Academic Documents

In order to get the academic and other relevant documents verified, it is mandatory that the applicants should submit attested (self-attested and by Gazetted Officer) copies of:

  1. Birth Certificate as proof of applicant’s date of birth;
  2. Passport and Voters ID Card to prove the nationality of the applicant;
  3. Certificate of the X11th standard, as issued by respective examination board;
  4. Marksheet of the X11th standard as issued by respective examination board;
  5. Certificate of Basic Medical Qualification, which is MBBS or equivalent certificate, along with the certificates and mark sheet. Candidates should submit the attested copies of certificates. It is mandatory that all such degrees/certificates are authenticated by the way of attestation by Indian Embassy. To know the details on Apostilled documents, the applicant should visit the website of External Affairs Ministry: meaindia.nic.in
  6. The internship certificate should be verified if the internship has been done abroad;
  7. The candidate/applicant should provide the translated copied of documents in English/Hindi, in case the certificates are issued in languages other than English/Hindi;
  8. All such candidates/applicants need to provide an Equivalence Certificate from Association of Indian Universities if they have done 10+2 from the country outside India.

News You Can Use

Are you an MBBS aspirant? News on Medical Education will catch your eyes, especially when you are deliberately waiting to secure the seat in reputable medical colleges in Russia, Ukraine, China, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Armenia, Philippines, USA, India, Romania, Nepal, Poland, Germany, and Belarus. Here are a few NEWS HEADLINES relevant to Medical Education:

  • The government of India introduced the Bill on 15th December 2017, proposing replacement of MCI with a new regulatory body – National Medical Commission (NMC).
  • Students currently enrolled in MBBS, (either in India or Abroad) need to qualify Licentiate exam (Exit test) after MBBS. There will not be any MCI screening test for students who are currently studying MBBS outside India.
  • The same Exit test would be eligible for NEET postgraduate examination. Furthermore, the seats for medical Post Graduation in India will be allotted after the performance in Exit test.
  • In 2017, a whopping 11 lac students appeared for NEET examination.
  • Total medical seats in India 52,715 (excluding AIIMS and JIPMER) and the total seats in Government medical colleges in India are only 2,588.

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