MCI makes amendments in national level "exit" test for medical graduates

June 4, 2014

Medical graduates or MBBS students will now have to face a national level ''exit-test'' to show their competence if the plans of Medical Council of India (MCI) work out, said a newspaper report.

The proposal for the same was placed some time back but got the MCI's Executive Committee (EC) and the governing body's nod after further amendments and will be sent to the Union government for approval.

The regulating body in 2010 Medical Council of India (MCI) has given a statutory recommendation for a mandatory exit test, which is under active consideration of the health ministry. The Supreme Court, in line with the decision of the Bar Council of India (BCI), has made it mandatory for law graduates to clear a test to be able to practice in courts.

Elaborating on the status of the exam, Vedprakash Mishra, chairman of the MCI's Academic Cell, said the MCI governing body had cleared the proposal amended by the EC on March 28. Mishra also mentioned that the exit exam is optional.

According to Mishra, the exam has been deigned to set up a common yardstick essential to evaluate graduates since the standards of exams conducted by different universities varied.

Apart from making the test optional and not mandatory, another amendment made by MCI Executive Committee is including an incentive to those taking the test.

According to Dr. Mishra, those candidates who clear the test successfully can directly be in the Indian Medical Register. This could motivate the graduates to take the test, he said.

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