NExT National Exit Test For Medical Graduates Initial Updates

NExT National Exit Test For Medical Graduates Initial Updates

Amidst all the confusion prevailing about the NExT exam here is some initial information from sources

Comments & Suggestions from all medical students studying in India & abroad are Invited on this page to form an opinion about this issue & how should we proceed further in this matter

There was a meeting with The BoG at ICMR. The meeting was just for proposals. No final conclusion has been made.

As per preliminary information received from sources, NExT will be 2 step exams

NExT_1: 6 to 8 weeks after final proof exams. It will comprise of exams as shown in the slide

  • Medical & Allied – 120 items (3 hrs)
    + Paediatric -60 items (1.5 hr post-lunch)
  • Surgery & Allied – 120 items (3hrs)
    + ENT – 60 items (1.5 hr post-lunch)
  • Obst. & Gynae – 120 items (3 hrs)
    + Ophthalmology – 60 items (1.5 hr post-lunch)


  • 60% Problem Solving
  • 30% Comprehension/Analysis
  • 10% Recall
  • 10% Preventive & Public Health
  • (10% of the total in each stream will be asked from applied basic sciences)
  • Qualifying this exam is necessary if you want to enter an internship and get an MBBS degree. (cutoff will be decided by NMC)
  • The exam will be Online, it will decide your rank for getting admission in PG course
  • NExT-1 will be conducted over 3 days. (details are still confidential & can’t be disclosed as of now before ratification)
  • Scores will be in Percentile.

NExT_2: will be held After Internship (after 1 month)

It will be only an exam to test the practical skills of the Doctor.
It will be based on skills learned by MBBS graduate during his/her internship
extra attempts will be provided on failing in 1st attempt

Both Exams will get implemented for the Batch of 2017.
A batch of 2016 should be prepared to give a Qualifying exam at the end of the Internship to be allowed to practice.

There was a proposal of quashing the Final 2 Year Profs, converting them to IA by College and instead there can be conducted a NExT-1 exam (in March) after course completion (in Jan).
In other words, the suggestion was to :

Eliminate the theory exam of 3rd proof part 1 and part 2 and only test their practical exam.
Then at the end of MBBS 3rd proof part 2, NExT -1 will be held comprising of all subjects with the involvement of only applied knowledge from pre & paramedical subjects
In this manner, NExT-1 is claimed to reduce exam burden of students & also act as both licentiate as well as PG entrance exam
Now that plans for quashing an Essay based Final 3rd & 4th Profs are being discussed, the necessity of a Supplementary Exam was strongly put forward and it will be considered, so we can hope for a Supplementary Exam

  • With the change in the GMER schedule, the Prof III part II exams are proposed to be held in January, in all medical colleges.
  • Supplementary exams are proposed to be held in February.
  • NExt 1 also known as Prof-IV part I is proposed to be held in March.
  • The internship is proposed to start from April
  • The internship is proposed to complete in March
  • NExT 2 also known as Prof-IV part II is proposed to be held in April
  • PG course is expected to start in JULY
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