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Niti Ayog decides National Exit Exam for MBBS, asks for comments

Niti Ayog decides National Exit Exam for MBBS, asks for comments

The Preliminary Report and the draft NATIONAL MEDICAL COMMISSION BILL, 2016 has been placed for seeking public opinion. Please send comments/suggestions/feedback on the draft bill latest by 31 st August, 2016 through e-mail only at

dirhealth-niti@gov.in.

New Delhi: An national level exit exam, may soon be a reality for clearing MBBS in the country. Niti Ayog in its Draft National Medical Commission Bill, 2016 has put forward both a National Entry and Exit Exam towards regulation of the medical education in the country.

While proposing various structural changes, including establishment of the National Medical Commission as the apex body towards regulation of the medical education in the country, has also recommended a Common Licentiate Examination (Exit Exam) after completion of the undergraduate medical degree, to enter medical practice. This came based on A Preliminary Report of the Committee on the Reform of the Indian Medical Council Act, 1956, which clearly states

The committee is of the view that we must provide for a statutory basis for common entrance examination for admissions to under-graduate and post-graduate courses in Medical institutions so that there is a transparent admissions process based on merit rather than ability to pay capitation fee. We must also provide for a statutory basis for a Common Licentiate Examination for practice by medical professionals after completion of the undergraduate medical degree. Central Government may also prescribe skill tests as necessary, as part of Licentiate examinations to ensure medical professionals have appropriate knowledge, skills and attitudes for providing health care as per societal needs.

Keeping the above view in mind the committee has put forward the following main suggestions (summary)

Should there be a national exit exam for Doctors after MBBS?

a. There should be an all-India National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) for intake of students in the medical colleges based on merit.

b. Similarly, the Commission/ Board(s) shall be charged with the responsibility of conducting a Common Licentiate Examination after the completion of undergraduate medical education. Passing the Common Licentiate Exam will be mandatory for license to practice and for registration in the Indian medical register. This examination shall also serve as the NEET for admission to the PG courses in Medical Educational Institutions.

c. The common licentiate exam shall come into force from such date as appointed by the Central Government but in any case not later than 3 years from the date of coming into force of this Act. This is to provide sufficient time for transition arrangements to be put in place.

d. This would ensure common standards of knowledge and skills for Doctors on a Nation-wide basis and would also constitute an objective benchmark to judge outcomes of the medical education process in any given institution.

e. The Committee deliberated upon creating an enabling statutory provision of a similar licentiate examination in the PG and other Super-Speciality Courses. However, it was unanimously decided that we should desist from creating a statutory provision in this regard for the following reasons:

  1. Given the diversity of courses and in the practices across states, it would be difficult to evolve a common template.
  2.  Given that the population in question would have already appeared in two different examinations [NEET and the Licentiate Exams], the quality would have been assured.
  3. Since NBE is contemplated to play an important role in shaping the functions of the PGMEB, they could continue conducting the system of voluntary examinations with those institutions/ candidates who are willing to voluntarily take part in such a process.

f. The Committee also deliberated upon inserting an additional enabling provision of voluntary recertification/ renewal of license exam once every ten years which is prevalent in many countries but it concluded that while desirable in the long run this may not be an appropriate time for such a radical step. The proposed changes will already entail substantial transition from the old to a new system and it would be imprudent to frontload this change.

The Preliminary Report and the draft NATIONAL MEDICAL COMMISSION BILL, 2016 has been placed for seeking public opinion. Please send comments/suggestions/feedback on the draft bill latest by 31 st August, 2016 through e-mail only at dirhealth-niti@gov.in.

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  1. qualifying NEET-UG entrance can\’t be used as a yard stick for assessing the quality of Drs produced by govt/non-govt or foreign medical colleges. I am of the opinion that all paramedical courses and professional health courses should also come under one such umbrella to test their quality of education and practical knowledge gained. This will help to stop mushrooming of so called medical colleges and other colleges- root of all evil practices in admission.

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    Dr Kewal Krishan January 3, 2017, 1:09 am

    Exit exam will only promote dummy admissions in medical colleges also, as entry exams already have done with 10+1 and 10+2,
    India is not so shining as we think.
    Taking exam is also a big money making GST buissness, instlling on students and proffesionals by one reason or other.
    Instead of correcting the system directly, we are used to introduce new blind methods to hope for auto good, It is very bad on us, not to believe in callibre of our cream students and estimed teachers who dared to enter this field.
    Medical proffession is not all theory, it is all practical and utilisation of skill, just as in army.
    We Must read the motive behind the mind, who originally advocate to introduce these things.
    They have already destroyed the 10+1 and 10+2, regular class teachings, now they are inclined to destroy the regular class teaching in medical colleges also,
    They promote the students to just
    pass 10th class board exam,then do coaching or Just sit at home, give one entery exam ( PMT),wait for 5-1/2 year , give one exit exam, get a tag of doctor, and do nothing, learn nothing and then they will make more policies to make these tagged doctors skilled for doing actual work as a doctor as per guidlines issued to treat this or that, in this way or that way.

  3. Its good decision to make competent medical graduate. But why only for medical graduate.what about other field of education ?
    Medical graduate may be a tip of iceberg.
    Uniformity should be maintain in private and government medical colleges to form competent Medical Graduate.

  4. We already wrote an exam (NEET UG)get admission. Why is there a need for another exam

  5. Not all take admission on NEET basis. The private college give admission on capitation fees. Also sc st obc class do get reservation in NEET qualifier. In CG a ST candidate have just to score qualifying marks of 40pc and he will be sure of getting admission in medical college. So how come the system will come to know about the standard of studies of such medicos. And if a student has studied good during his her tenure then why he /she should be worried about this. This is just a one exam of many of their medical career

  6. a welcome step.