What Is Next ——–> National Exit Test?

    • NEXT, more commonly known as National Exit Examination at MBBS Level, will be an all India level based exam designed to judge the overall knowledge gained and practical understanding developed by MBBS enrolled medical students. 
    • It is expected that NEXT will extensively assess and evaluate the final year MBBS students’ overall skills in terms of regulation of practicing in different fields at the MBBS level.

Purpose of NEXT: An Overview

    • The exit examination- NEXT is supposed to enhance the quality intake of MBBS graduates willing to pursue their medical careers in postgraduate courses.
    • With the substitution of final year MBBS exams, held by respective MBBS universities/colleges, with one common test NEXT.
    • FMGE (Foreign Medical Graduate Examination) will be merged with NEXT for the Foreign Graduate Degree holders so as to provide them with the license to practice medicine in India post the completion of their MBBS equivalent graduate-level degree.
    • NEXT is proposed to become an examination equivalent to NEET for postgraduate medical courses across India.
    • NEXT for Indian overseas candidates will serve as a screening test instead of the earlier MCI Screening Test.
    • Candidates once clearing their MBBS examination will have to work for 3 years in a rural/tribal area. 

Merits of NEXT

    • Removal of the dearth of medical practitioners. With the implementation of the National Exit Examination, this scarcity of trained and professional doctors can be done away.
    • With the onset of NEXT in the final year MBBS examination, it is believed that uniformity in terms of trained MBBS graduates can be achieved.
    • NEXT will be designed in such a way so as to test both the clinical as well as written attributes needed in an MBBS graduate.
    • NEXT for MBBS will help initiate the practice of skilled and talented doctors willing to render their services in the rural sectors. This will ensure Quality Medical Facilities in rural areas.
    • Putting NEXT for MBBS in practice will only help build an International Framework.

NEXT Demerits

    • A surge of Exploitive Coaching Centres. 
    •  With the onset of NEXT for MBBS in the final year, candidates who would want to seek further studies might prefer to join coachings and classes they feel will enhance their preparation.
    • NEXT might regulate the minimum 3-year service in remote and rural areas post-graduation. What we fear is, doing so might increase the total number of years that is currently needed in order to become a refined doctor with an MD / MS degree.
    • Maintaining a Standardized Exam, What most of us fear under NEXT for MBBS is, how a single standardized exam will be maintained all over India!
    • It Should Not be a Hurried Implementation, with the proposed implementation time of 3 years, the internal framework should be so strong that hassle-free implementation of the same is assured.


With the dissemination of the above information about the NEXT exam proposed by the government, I want every MBBS/Medical aspirant to become aware of it. Thank you for your time and you can get in touch with us about anything regarding this.