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Yash Overseas, the leading education consultancy for MBBS abroad, is committed to keeping students informed about the latest developments in the medical education field. In this blog post, we bring you important information about the National Exit Test (NExT) as per the recent notification released by the National Medical Commission (NMC). Aspiring doctors, including Foreign Medical Graduates (FMGs), who wish to pursue a postgraduate (PG) course in India, can benefit from understanding the purpose, schedule, and procedure of the NExT exam.

Understanding the NExT Exam:

The NExT exam is designed for all doctors aspiring to join a PG course in India. While the existing NEET PG will continue to be held for previous batches, the NExT exam will eventually replace it for PG admissions. The NExT exam will be conducted twice a year, in May and November, or as per the decision of the NMC.

Exam Structure:

The NExT exam consists of two phases: Step 1 and Step 2. Step 1 is a Computer Based Test (CBT) and includes Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs). It covers six papers, encompassing both parts 1 and 2 of the Final MBBS subjects. Step 2, on the other hand, is a practical exam accompanied by a viva voce, focusing on seven clinical subjects.

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Scoring and Passing Criteria:

To pass Step 1, candidates must secure a minimum of 50% marks in all six papers. In case a candidate fails to pass a subject in the first attempt, they will have to reappear for Step 1 after six months specifically for that subject. Only upon passing all subjects can a candidate begin their internship. While there is no limit to the number of attempts for clearing the NExT exam, candidates must pass both Step 1 and Step 2 within 10 years of joining the MBBS course.

NExT exam curriculum & Exam duration:

PapersSubjectsNo of itemsDuration
1Medicine & allied Disciplines120 items3 hours
2Surgery & allied disciplines120 items3 hours
3Obstetrics & Gynecology120 items3 hours
4Pediatrics60 items1.5 hours
5Otorhinolaryngology60 items1.5 hours
6Ophthalmology60 items1.5 hours

Improvement and Validity of Scores:

Candidates who wish to improve their scores in Step 1 must clear Step 2 before reappearing for the exam. The NExT exam scores will remain valid for five years. Physicians who already hold a license to practice medicine in India but seek to pursue PG courses are only required to appear for Step 1. FMGs are also required to pass Step 1 to be eligible for the Compulsory Rotating Medical Internship (CRMI).

Conclusion: Staying updated with the latest developments in medical education is crucial for aspiring doctors, especially FMGs. Yash Overseas, with its reputation for quality education and 16 years of experience in the education consultancy business, understands the significance of the NExT exam in shaping the careers of medical professionals. By equipping yourself with the necessary knowledge about the NExT exam, you can plan your educational journey effectively and enhance your chances of success.

For personalized guidance and expert assistance regarding the NExT exam and admissions to PG courses, contact Yash Overseas, your trusted partner in realizing your dream of pursuing quality medical education abroad.

Remember, Yash Overseas is here to support you every step of the way!

(Note: This blog post is for informational purposes only and should not be considered as professional advice. Candidates are advised to refer to the official notifications and consult with appropriate authorities for accurate and up-to-date information.)

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