Hello and welcome to our channel My name is
Mansi Sharma and today I am going to talk about the National Exit Test (NEXT). Many
people are talking about this new Exam, many questions are being raised about its system,
format, implementation and a lot more. So there are many questions regarding this exam
that people have asked and that is why we have made this video today to give an answer
to those questions. But before we proceed, let’s talk about the National Medical Commission
first, so that those who are unaware about it, can get a basic clarity on it. Firstly,
this Bill is now an Act as it has been passed by the Parliament as well as the President
of India. So what does the NMC Act say? The Act says that it is replacing the Medical
Council of India, and it is annulling the Indian Medical Council, 1956. So by removing
these two authorities, now we will only have one commission called the National Medical
Commission. Now why has this commission been introduced?
The reason behind introducing the NMC is that there were several aspects of the Indian medical
education before that were either not being done properly, or were finding place in the
news for the wrong reasons. The NMC is thus being introduced so that errors can be changed,
and the Indian medical education industry can be improved to set a global and uniform
level for the doctors in the country. The NMC Bill states that there will be NEET for
all medical universities and colleges in the country. No university will now have its own
separate method of admission. Secondly, under the NMC, there will be common counseling for
all universities and colleges in the country. Third is the topic of today – National Exit
Test. The Bills states that NEXT will be introduced as a common exam which will give a license
for practicing medicine in the country to everybody. So whether you have completed your
MBBS from India or abroad, you will have to given the common exam for licensing called
NEXT. Through NEXT, you will not only get your license, but it’s score will also be
used for when you seek admission in a Post Graduate course of broad specialty medicine.
So these are the basic points about the NMC that are being proposed which will now be
formulated and implemented in the next 3 years. Let us now talk about today’s topic – National
Exit Test. What is this test? How will it be implemented?
When will it be implemented? What will its format be? Let’s discuss all these points
one by one. First, let’s talk about NEXT as a concept. National Exit Test (NEXT) is the
exam which has been proposed into the NMC as one of the key points of the Bill that
is being heavily debated upon. NEXT proposes to replace the final year exam for MBBS which
currently has a different set up and format for all colleges and universities. Therefore
all those who pass in India as doctors, will have a similar level of licensing exam. It
will be the licentiate exam for people studying MBBS in India. Secondly, those who pursue
MBBS from abroad, the foreign medical graduates, will also sit for NEXT to get their licensing
practice. Therefore NEXT will replace FMGE (MCI Screening Test) too. Thus all doctors
practicing in India, whether Indian graduates or FMG, will have a uniform level for a standard
in the medical industry. Now coming to the third point of NEXT. The score of NEXT will
be used to get admission into post graduate courses of broad specialty medicine. There
will not be a separate method or procedure for admissions now for PG courses for broad
specialty medicine. There have been several queries on our previous explainer videos on
the NMC Bill in Hindi and English. Many had posted the question in our comments asking
if there will be two exams for foreign medical graduates – FMGE and NEXT. So the answer for
them is No, there will only be one single exam under NMC – NEXT. The next query which
our viewers have raised is the format of the exam. The answer for this is not very clear
yet because the government has not given any clear details on this. However, based on the
views and opinions of most doctors, it is expected that the exam will be objective and
computer based to prevent any scope of scam or cheating. Regarding the NMC Bill, people
have frequently said that it has been ‘passed’ which has led to confusion in the minds of
people who are now wondering when the exam will have its first edition. So this brings
us to the implementation of the exam. However, as of yet, there is no clarity on this topic
as the government has said that Bill will be implemented within the next three years
when all their rules, regulations, and policies are formulated. So will there be a NEXT 2019?
No. Will there be a NEXT 2020? To a great extent, no. There is a possibility for a NEXT
2021. Another question that many people have had is what does a licentiate exam mean? Will
there be a limitation on the number of times one can sit for it? So the answer for that
is no, there is no limitation on the number of times you can sit for the exam.
You can appear for NEXT multiple times if you wish to improve your score for admission
into PG courses. So this was our discussion on NEXT and the questions people have had
regarding this topic. Apart from these, there is a question that many have asked which is
about a bridge course for Ayush doctors. Ayush doctors are the doctors who practice ayurveda,
homeopathy, unani and others. The bridge course introduced in the previous draft of the Bill
has been removed in the final passed bill. Thus, there is no bridge course now. Instead,
there is a provision for Community Healthcare Providers.. CHPs will be those people who
are already associated with modern scientific medicine professions. They will now be given a mid-level limited license that will
allow them to prescribe basic medicines for regular ailments like fever and pain. These
doctors will however not have the authority to prescribe antibiotics
and other heavy medications. But it is important to note here that the government has not
given any details on this topic either. More clarity will be available when the Act finally
passes with all rules and regulations within the
next three years.