students aspiring to take up medicine courses now have to take the National Eligibility/Entrance Test (NEET). The eligibility test has been made mandatory for admission to all medical courses in India.

Indian students who pursue their medical education abroad have to take the Foreign Medical Graduates Exam (FMGE), for registration to practice in India after obtaining MBBS overseas.

There have been several scenarios of foreign universities and medical institutions overseas admitting Indian students without proper assessment. The proposal of Medical Council of India (MCI) to amend the Screening Test Regulations, 2002, makes it mandatory for students to qualify NEET to pursue medical course overseas.

It is mandatory for every Indian citizen or an overseas citizen in India, who wants to obtain primary medical qualification from any institution outside India, on or after May 2018, to take the National Entrance Exam. The scores of the exam will be treated as the Eligibility Certificate, provided the candidate fulfils the eligibility criteria for admission to the MBBS course as prescribed in the Regulations on Graduate Medical Education, 1997.

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