On the recommendation of Medical Council of India (MCI), the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has approved MCI’s proposal to make NEET qualification mandatory for Indian students to study MBBS abroad.
This proposal was made as many Foreign Medical Universities give admission to students without any assessment and as a result these students fail to clear the Foreign Medical Graduate Exam (FMGE) which is mandatory for them to be able to be eligible to practice as a Doctor in India.
This rules comes into effect from academic year 2017-18.
In NEET a candidate has to score minimum 50% marks to be eligible for admission.
Every year more than 7,000 Indian students go for MBBS abroad and MBBS in Russia is a popular destination followed by MBBS in China.