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NEXT (National Exit Test)

What is NEXT?

NEXT (National Exit Test) will be a single-window test for final year MBBS students, for both foreign and Indian medical graduates. This test is speculated to start from 2022 and aims to replace NEET PG and FMGE (Foreign Medical Graduate Examination).

Before NEXT was introduced, foreign medical graduates had to appear and pass the FMGE and then work as an intern to be able to practice in India. For Indian medical graduates, they needed to work as an intern and then they could get a license to practice in India. 

The NEXT examination aims to resolve this discrepancy and standardise medical education in India. Now, every medical graduate, whether he/she has studied in India or abroad, has to pass the NEXT exam to be able to do an internship and finally practice in India. On clearing this exam, aspirants can also apply for PG medical programs such as MS, MD, etc.

NEXT Exam Pattern

The NEXT exam would comprise NEXT 1 (theory) and NEXT 2 (practical). The theory exam, i.e. NEXT 1 will be Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs). Aspirants have to sit for the NEXT 1 exam after completing MBBS, before starting an internship. Once a student clears NEXT 1, he/she can start an internship. The score in the NEXT 1 examination will help in gaining a PG seat after you complete the internship.

If the goal is to get a license for practising medicine, aspirants have to clear the NEXT 2 exam after the internship. The NEXT 2 exam will be a pass/fail type of examination and upon clearing it, you can get a license to start practising medicine in India. 

Note: 

  1. There will be unlimited attempts at NEXT
  2. The marks obtained in NEXT 2 will not contribute to PG seat allocation.