The health ministry of the Indian Medical Council (Amendment) Bill 2016 recommends an exit exam for the MBBS students, which is necessary as said by the health experts. The health ministry also recommends a combined counseling at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels and reservations of up to 50% seats of the PG courses for medical officers, Reports HT
The Indian Medical Council Act 1956, proposes to conduct a uniform national exit test (NEXT) for all medical institutions at the undergraduate level. The exit test will also replace the uniform entrance exam at the postgraduate level.
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An exit test will serve as “an essential tool for meeting the basic objectives of quality and safe physicians for the society”. The test is likely to be at the level of an MBBS final exam to assess the basic knowledge and skill set of an MBBS graduate.
A single exam in the early phase of internship can be used as the exit test for MBBS and for entry to PG residency programmes. The same exam can be applicable for foreign and Indian medical graduates. The introduction of exit exam will have no effect on foreign medical graduates and their licensing requirements.
The proposed bill also seeks to introduce a common counselling for UG and PG medical students. The Directorate General of Health Services will conduct the counselling for 15% all-India quota seats at the UG level, 50% all-India quota seats at the PG level and for remaining seats including private colleges and private/deemed universities at both levels. The common counselling is already conducted for admission to NITs and IITs.
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The Medical graduates across the country and the Delhi Medical Association had supported the Central government’s proposal for common counselling as the students will not be required to participate in multiple seat allocation sessions. In addition, the wastage of seats due to multiple admission processes will be minimized and admissions will be done only on merit. Common counseling will also help in the admissions at postgraduate level.