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MCI confirms, Students Free to Study Abroad If Absent in NEET 2018

Last Updated - September 20, 2018

In the latest public notice issued by the Medical Council of India (MCI), dated September 14, Indian citizens have been exempted from appearing in NEET as a pre-requisite to pursue medical studies in foreign universities. This is a one-time exemption granted with approval from Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, GoI, subject to the following conditions:

  • Only candidates who did not register for NEET examlast year enjoy the privilege of exemption.
  • Such candidates need to secure admission at their desired overseas university in the current academic year itself, i.e. 2018-19.
  • One has to furnish an undertaking to the effect that they did not register for NEET (UG) 2018.
  • Such candidates must obtain the eligibility certificate from the MCI before joining the foreign medical universities.
  • The MCI reserves the right to verify the genuineness of the undertaking submitted.
  • In case MCI finds the claim in the undertaking to be false / forged, appropriate action will be taken against the candidate concerned and may include cancellation of the eligibility certificate even.
Note: Candidates who appeared in NEET 2018 but failed to clear the test are not eligible to study in overseas medical institutes.

The notice is a result of a petition against NEET requirement for Overseas Medical Studies in front of Delhi High Court, in which the court had directed the petitioners to request for a one-time exemption from the MCI. Petitioners had pointed out the fact that foreign medical graduates are required to qualify a screening test conducted by the Council before they can register as medical practitioners in India. So, an eligibility test prior to enrolling in a foreign medical program as well as a screening test to start practicing after completion of the same program seems unjustified.

The notice definitely comes as a relief to scores of medical aspirants who did not appear for NEET UG 2018 and was targeting to pursue their medical education at an overseas university. Incidentally, in an earlier notice issued by the MCI, dated March 8, 2018, any Indian citizen, enrolling for MBBS or equivalent in an overseas medical university/college/institute on or after June 1, 2018, will have to mandatorily clear the 2018 session.

Prior to NEET mandatory notification, candidates enrolling with an overseas institution for MBBS or equivalent, simply needed to obtain an equivalency certificate from the MCI that they scored 50% or more in class 12th, having studied Physics, Chemistry, and Biology as compulsory subjects. CheckNEET Eligibility

Considering that preparation for NEET is a lengthy and tedious process, candidates who were not considering to pursue their medical education in the country skipped taking requisite steps to prepare for the said eligibility test. MCI’s ‘NEET mandatory’ notification had practically thwarted the plans of such candidates opening up the prospect of losing one year in their academic career. However, with the latest ‘NEET exempted’ notification, these candidates are certainly having a sigh of relief with the slight window of opportunity to enroll in their desired overseas medical institution opening up. It is worthwhile to mention here that most foreign universities will close their admission procedure for the current academic year in September 2018 itself. So, now is absolutely the last chance for these candidates to get head-on with the admission procedure at their desired overseas medical institutions.

About NEET 2019

The notification for NEET 2019 has been released. The registration window will become functional from November 1, 2018. This year, the medical examination is scheduled for May 5, 2019 in offline (pen-paper) mode. Register Now!

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