According to a Gazette notification released by the Medical Council of India or MCI which states that the common national level entrance exam, National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET), conducted for admission to medical courses, is now mandatory for pursuing MBBS medical course abroad. From March 15, 2019, onwards the new regulations came into force from the date of publication in the official Gazette.
The result of the NEET shall be valid for a period of three (3) years from the date of declaration of result, according to the notification released. Earlier Indian students were allowed to pursue medical education abroad and it was mandatory for them to qualify a Screening Test called Foreign Medical Graduates Exam (FMGE), to get registered in order to practice in India. But now the rules have changed which have been clearly mentioned in the notification.
Many students go to China and Russia. Approximately 7,000 students go abroad to study medicine, every year.
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