Why is NEET Compulsory for Students Who Want to Go Abroad 2018

Why is NEET Compulsory for Students Who Want to Go Abroad 2018

If you think that the CBSE conducts the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) exam to screen candidates for the MBBS and BDS courses in the Indian medical colleges, you’re wrong. According to the new rules, from May 2018, medical aspirants who wish to go abroad to study medicine will have to write the NEET exam too.

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Why is NEET Compulsory for Students Who Want to Go Abroad 2018


Based on Medical Council of India’s (MCI’s) recommendations, the Indian Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has amended India’s Screening Test Regulations (2002). Till now, students who study medicine overseas could take admission in foreign medical institutions and universities easily. Many of them do not have proper screening processes in place.

Hence, when the doctors who graduated from medical colleges and universities outside of India came back to their homeland, they had to seek the license to practice from the MCI. The MCI conducts a licensure exam called the Foreign Medical Graduates Exam (FMGE) for the purpose. The exam determines whether the candidates have the requisite skills or knowledge to practice as a doctor or not.

More than 80% of candidates who do their MBBS overseas fail in this exam.

Why has NEET been made Mandatory for Study Abroad Students?


About 7,000 Indian students go abroad to study medicine – with China and Russia as their most favored study destinations. Only about 12 to 15 percent of these students were able to qualify the FGME exam.

The ministry officials claim that those who fail to qualify the Screening Test start practicing illegally or start to work as quacks – which pose a threat to their patients’ lives. Making NEET mandatory for students going abroad to study medicine will make sure that those who do study MBBS in foreign universities are competent enough for the medical program.

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Indian Citizens or Overseas Citizen of India who want to study in a medical institution outside India will now have to clear NEET to get the No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the authorities and be able to study in the MCI-approved medical universities across India. Earlier, just 50% marks in Class 12 board exams allowed one to get the Eligibility Certificate from the MCI and pursue MBBS abroad.

Now, the medical aspirants will have to be in the Top 50 percentile of NEET to be able to go for medical education outside India. The move aims to improve the quality of Indian students who go abroad to become doctors.

Top 5 Medical Universities in China


China is the most sought-after destination for Indian students who want to study MBBS or BDS abroad – because of the affordability and the high quality of the programs it offers. About 6,000 Indian students are already studying medicine there. There are 52 medical universities in China that offer medical programs in English and accept international students.

The top five Chinese universities which you can opt for are:

  • Huazhong University of Science & Technology
  • Shandong University
  • Fudan University

These are all A+ grade universities. The top two have 20 seats each for Indian students while the Fudan University has 5 seats for Indian students. You need 80% to 85% marks in Physics, Chemistry and Biology to seek admission in these universities.

  • Dalian Medical University
  • China Medical University

These A-grade Chinese Universities have 30 seats each for Indian students and those who have scored 75% to 80% marks in PCB can target for these universities.

Find the entire list of MCI-approved Chinese universities here.

You can do MBBS in 40 to 60 lakh rupees in an A+-grade or an A-grade Chinese university, and in 20 to 30 lakh rupees in a B-grade Chinese University. The budget mentioned here includes the tuition fees for MBBS course and hostel accommodation fees for the entire course, as well as the basic food and living costs for the entire course duration.

NEET Preparation Tips for Study Abroad Aspirants


In NEET 2017:

  • Around 11.38 lakh students wrote the NEET exam.
  • Around 6.11 lakh students cracked it.
  • All the medical colleges in India (include government and private institutes) had only one lakh MBBS and BDS seats to offer to the NEET qualifiers.

It means that it is not very difficult to crack the NEET exam as long as you are in the Top 50 percentile in the exam. Here are some of the NEET basics you should know:

  • The CBSE is conducting the NEET in the offline mode in 2018, but from 2019, the exam may go online. So, if you are going to join a medical coaching institute, try to opt for an online NEET coaching class instead of an offline one. It will help you be familiar with the online study and test-taking system, and also offer you the advantage of latest digital technologies that are being adopted by the global medical education world.
  • Read the Class 11 and Class 12 books from NCERT for all the three Science subjects (Physics, Chemistry, and Biology).Remember, NCERT has a history of throwing up several questions that are picked directly from the NCERT books or problems that are quite similar to ones they carry. Hence, read the examples and questions in the books very carefully.
  • NEET preparationis easier if you do it over a period of two years, but it is still possible to complete the course in one year – at a more intense pace. So, if you are opting for NEET 2019, you should consider joining a rigorous one-year program of the popular medical coaching institutes in India.
  • If you would like to try your luck in NEET 2018, solving the previous years’ NEET and AIPMT papers (for the last 10 years) is a good idea. It will familiarize you with the exam pattern, and type of questions asked in the exam. Do match your answers with the given NEET solutions – and check where you went wrong.

If NEET seems like a tsunami that may wreck your study abroad plans, seek help.

Take it as a challenge, and prepare yourself to overcome it with hard work and determination. As a future doctor, you may look it as an ‘emergency’ that only you can handle. The NEET experience will surely enhance your confidence and make you a better doctor.

Best of Luck!


Nishant’s Author Bio

-Why is NEET Compulsory for Students Who Want to Go Abroad 2018-

NishantSinha is the co-founder of www.emedicalprep.com, an Online Medical Coaching platform for Medical Entrance Exams like NEET (earlier known as AIPMT), AIIMS and other school entrance exams aiming for a career in the Medical sector. He is passionate about making Doctors and Medical aspirants meet their goal (NEET or AIIMS). The mission was clear to give breakthrough education to the students in the field of online Medical Exam Preparations and make them pass with flying colours in exams such as NEET, AIIMS or other medical entrance exams.

For this dream of his, he left his lucrative career in one of the American Management Consulting firms named Kurt Salmon Associates. He can rightly be called an optimistic entrepreneur and passionate educationist. You can check his LinkedIn profile to know more about him.


Why is NEET Compulsory for Students Who Want to Go Abroad 2018


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