NEXT/ FMGE

What Is FMGE?

FMGE stands for Foreign Medical Graduates Examination. FMGE is conducted by the National Board of Examination (NBE) to procure medical license in India. It is one of the most important steps towards practising medical science in India. If you are a medical graduate from a foreign medical university and you desire to practice medical science in any private or government medical hospital in India, then it is mandatory for you to clear the Foreign Medical Graduates Examination.

This exam is conducted to maintain the standard of the Indian medical system. It allows any Indian citizen who has earned a medical degree from a reputed institution abroad can appear for this exam. Moreover, to take up a clinical internship in India, a medical graduate has to clear this exam. It should be noted that without a year of clinical internship, you cannot practice medicine in India.

FMGE is conducted two times a year, in June and in December. The mode of this examination is online and the language medium is English. The total duration of this test is 5 hours. There are in total 300 questions of 1 mark each. The applicant must secure 150 marks out of 300 to clear the examination.

What is NEXT?

The National Medical Medical (NMC) bill, 2019 proposed NEXT (National Exit Test) for the final year MBBS exams and also as a replacement of  NEET PG. NEXT will also replace the MCI (Medical Council of India) screening test which is required for practising medicine in India. The purpose of this examination is to introduce more sophisticated, knowledgeable and proficient medical professionals to the Indian medical system. This was proposed because of the demands of the students for a single practice exam.

Both the Indian students and foreign medical graduates have to take this exam to advance their career. Earlier, the Indian medical students could easily practice as interns in Indian hospitals. But, not they also have to clear this exam to get an internship. It brings an additional benefit to the students as there is no limit on the number of attempts. From 2022, NEXT will be divided into two parts; NEXT 1 and NEXT 2. NEXT 1 will replace the final year MBBS exam and will be the qualifying test for internships. NEXT 2 is proposed for April 2023. It would be the only exam that the graduates have to take who have completed their internship to either practice as doctors or go for post-graduation.