Published: 31st May 2019
MBBS students will soon have to write a common exit exam, just like NEET
The exit exam is said to serve a dual purpose of acting as an entrance examination for postgraduate courses. It will be held in the end of the fourth year
The aspiring doctors in India have been going through a series of changes in the system for years now. As the students are still struggling to get used to the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET), the MBBS students may also now have to write a common examination to pass the course. This will happen if the cabinet approved the Draft National Education Policy 2019.
The policy was formed by an 11-member team, which was headed by the former ISRO Chairman K Kasturirangan. It was submitted to the new HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank on Friday, a few hours after he took charge. The committee was constituted in June 2017. The policy that is said to be inspired by India's heritage, presents 'A vision for the education system in India'.
"Just as the NEET has been introduced as a common entrance examination for the MBBS, a common exit examination for the MBBS will be introduced that will play a dual role as also the entrance examination for admission into postgraduate programmes. This exit examination will be administered at the end of the fourth year of the MBBS so that students are relieved of the burden of studying for a separate, competitive entrance examination at the end of their residency period. With the entrance examination out of the way, they can spend their residency period acquiring valuable skills and competence," reads the policy. A similar exam maybe introduced in Dentistry too.