Is NEET Compulsory to Study MBBS Abroad?


Subhashri Roy
Updated on Sep 15, 2022 09:55 AM IST

NEET results for 2022 have been declared. Students who are planning to study MBBS abroad must know these requirements for pursuing a medicine degree in a foreign country.

Is NEET Compulsory to Study MBBS Abroad?

In the NEET results of 2022, 292 students scored above 500, while 176 students scored over 550, 75 over 600, and 23 medical aspirants scored over 650. An applicant named Tanisha topped the examinations with a score of 715 out of 720.

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Formerly the All India Pre-Medical Test (AIPMT), the National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET)-UG is the qualifying test for BDS and MBBS in Indian medical and dental colleges. It is administered every year by the National Testing Agency (NTA).

This year, a total of 18,72,343 individuals registered for NEET UG 2022, the greatest number of registrations in comparison to prior years. There were 17,64,571 of them. The total number of qualifying applicants for the NEET 2022 test was 9,93,069, bringing the overall percentage to 56.27%.

There are 91,927 MBBS seats available in 612 colleges for medical students. There are 48012 government seats and 43915 private MBBS seats out of them. NEET 2022 will have counselling for 91,927 MBBS and 26,949 BDS seats.

The NEET exam is conducted in online mode and in 11 languages including English, Hindi, Odia, Tamil, Kannada, Assamese, Marathi, Marathi, Urdu Bengali and Telugu. The total duration of the exam is 3 hours within which candidates are asked to answer 180 questions. The paper is divided into the sections of Biology (Botany and Zoology), Chemistry and Physics.

About NEET-UG Scores, Cutoffs to Study MBBS Abroad

With the help of NEET results 2022 answer keys, students can easily predict their scores and chances of getting into a medical university of their choice, be it in India or abroad. 

  • For each correct answer, four marks will be awarded.

  • For each wrong answer, one mark will be deducted.

  • The formula to calculate NEET UG scores is total correct answers X 4 – total incorrect answers X 1.

  • The NEET results cutoff percentile remains the same every year although the corresponding marks change.

Is NEET Compulsory to Study MBBS Abroad?

According to the National Medical Commission (NMC; formerly MCI), NEET exam has been made compulsory for admission to MBBS abroad after May 2018. All students willing to study MBBS abroad must qualify for NEET, the result of which shall remain valid for three years from the date of announcement of the result.

Qualifying NEET also entitles a candidate to pursue an equivalent medical course including a pre-medical or language course, if required followed by MBBS or equivalent medical course for taking admission to an undergraduate medical course in an international medical university. 

Furthermore, candidates must avail of an eligibility certificate for the same. The NMC says that an Indian citizen who wants to join an undergraduate medical course in any medical institution abroad should approach the Council to get an Eligibility Certificate. 

General Eligibility Criteria to Study MBBS Abroad

While each country may have its own set of laws and eligibility requirements for Indian students wishing to continue their MBBS abroad, we will discuss the basic eligibility parameters for Indian students wishing to pursue MBBS in the top countries abroad today.

  • Students must first pass the NEET exam. This is required even if the student intends to pursue medical courses overseas.

  • Applicants should keep in mind that the age restriction for taking the NEET exam is 25 for general candidates and 30 for SC/ST/OBC candidates

  • The student must be 17 years old on December 31st of the year he is applying for admission. There is no higher age limit for applying to MBBS programmes abroad.

  • The student must have graduated from a recognised high school.

  • The student must have at least a 50% aggregate percentage in Physics, Chemistry, and Biology, as well as have studied English as a required subject during his 10+2 years.

  • At the time of admission, the candidate must also provide a medical certificate certifying that he or she is free of communicable infections.

Applicants who wish to study MBBS abroad must submit the following documents during the admissions process:

Can I Practice Medicine in India After Studying MBBS Abroad?

YES, you certainly can practice medicine in Inda after completing your MBBS abroad! Most of the MBBS universities abroad are approved by the NMC, making the degree offered by the universities valid in India along with other countries. To be able to practice in India, a foreign medical graduate should pass the FMGE exam. 

The FMGE exam is only to verify students for practising medicine in India and clearing it is not as difficult if students devote enough time to preparing for it. They have to answer 150 questions out of 300 correctly, which is a 50% passing rate. 

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