Is NEET compulsory for MBBS in abroad 2020?

The Medical Council of India (MCI), in March 2018 made it clear that qualifying NEET, a centralized entrance exam for admission to MBBS and BDS courses offered by all the Government and Private medical institutions in the country was mandatory for getting admission in MBBS or any equivalent medical course in a medical university/college/institute outside of the country on or after 1st June 2018 for Indian nationals or overseas citizens of India.

The MCI has also seen to it that the medical universities in countries like China, Russia, Ukraine, the Philippines, Kyrgyzstan, etc. do not accept Indian students without NEET by sending out notifications to the respective Indian Embassies.

The notice by the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine on 8 September 2018 emphasizes NEET as eligibility criteria for admission for the MBBS course. It also reads that agents/companies/universities who admit the students for the course for the September 2018 session will be blacklisted and will be held answerable for the admission. This might even lead to the cancellation of their MCI recognition.

In September 2018, the MCI gave a dispensation for those who hadn’t qualified the NEET, following the students and parents approaching the Delhi High Court regarding this. The MCI also made its stand clear by mentioning that from the 2019-20 session, qualifying NEET is mandatory for MBBS admission abroad.

This is aimed at controlling the number of students planning to pursue MBBS abroad. Various agencies and educational consultants have been coming up, promising cheap medical education in foreign countries, since the introduction of NEET in India, as it paves the way for MBBS aspirants to bypass NEET as no formal entrance test is conducted for admission to MBBS courses in several foreign universities. All the aspirants, however, have to appear for FMGE (Foreign Medical Graduate Examination) organized by MCI to register as medical practitioners in India.

The students who take admission for MBBS abroad without qualifying NEET will have to face the consequences sooner rather than later. They would be barred from taking the screening test in India, after the course completion. This would mean that they can’t practice in India as their MBBS degree would be invalid.

Exploring the options for taking up MBBS without NEET, one cannot acquire direct admission to any of the MCI recognized institutions. However, MBBS from the Philippines comes as a viable option, where you can pursue a pre-medical course or BS course without NEET.

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