In view of the unprecedented Coronavirus pandemic MCI, the Medical Council of India has created a significant development in NEET 2020. The Medical Council of India has enlightened the Delhi High court that all the candidates, who wish to pursue MBBS abroad, can take admission and pursue a medical course with ease on the condition that in 2021 they have to clear the NEET-UG test. Otherwise, they won’t be eligible for the practice in India after graduation.

The MCI has given a notice saying that students looking to take admission in medical universities abroad didn’t appear in the NEET 2020, which was held on 13th September can also join foreign universities. But they need to give the NEET 2021 exam in order to continue their medical practice in India after completion of a degree. Students who gave the NEET exam in 2018, 2019, and 2020 can also take admission at foreign universities.

According to MCI notice, the prerequisites of qualifying NEET-UG is compulsory for applicants of MBBS or its equivalent qualification from any overseas country. “Concerning the current situation due to Covid-19, the NEET-UG which was first held on 31st May 2020, (was) rescheduled to 27th July 2020 and was held on 13th September 2020. It is a conflict of the student in the aforesaid writ petition before Delhi High court that classes of the foreign universities will begin from 15th September and she has to reach prior to complete the formalities, by which time NEET-UG 2020 results would not be declared. Hence she stands to lose the academic year simultaneously, says the notice which mentions the Delhi High Court remark.

The MCI notice further says that exclusion is being allowed as a “one-time measure” to address the worries of the applicants who want to go foreign to pursue the medical course. They would now be able to take admission abroad without qualifying for the NEET first. But, applicants must satisfy all the other criteria required for permission.

The notice, nonetheless, says that it would be obligatory for such students to qualify for the NEET- UG in 2020 or 2021. It states “In case, if such applicants neglect to appear in the NEET-UG 2020, 2021, their decision to continue their MBBS in abroad thereafter shall be at their own risk, as they shall not be qualified for appearing for the National Exit Test and subsequently would not be qualified for the permanent registration by the State Medical Council.

Pros and Cons of Studying MBBS Abroad

1. Pros of Studying MBBS Abroad

MBBS abroad is one of the best alternatives to MBBS in India. Because the tuition fee of the foreign universities is relatively lower than private universities of India, along with that, their infrastructure, facility, and academic culture are quite impressive.

If you qualify for the NEET-UG with a minimum percentage, your scorecard is valid for 3 years from the year you will appear in the exam. This means you can take admission at any foreign university effortlessly without restricting yourself to not practice in India. Once you finish graduation, you can start your practice in India as well.

As per the new guidelines, to pursue MBBS in abroad, such candidates have to qualify NEET-UG 2021. If you are confident enough that you can qualify for this test in the next year, you can take admission to a foreign university without any worry.

2. Cons of Studying MBBS Abroad

The month of September is quite busy for the MBBS students. Amidst the Coronavirus (COVID19), the MCI has decided to give liability to the students to take admission in MBBS abroad without appearing in NEET-2020, but in 2021 they have to qualify with the minimum percentage to take the permanent registration by the State Medical Council. In case, if you fail in 2021, you cannot get that registration number after completion.

Coronavirus has ruined everything, right from life to the ambition of the students. However, MCI has granted permission to pursue MBBS abroad, but the picture is not the same. This pandemic has adversely affected the education system of India. Many foreign universities have already restricted entry borders. Well, there are few countries that are allowing Indian students to take admission. But, now students have got relieved after reading a notice issued by the MCI that “there will be no restriction in pursuing MBBS abroad, if the students forgot to appear on 13 September NEET 2020, but they have to qualify the NEET UG in 2021.” If they are unable to qualify for this test, their academic year will get wasted because they cannot avail themselves of the practice in India after graduation.

Students who are going to take admission in foreign universities have to make sure that without the NEET scorecard they cannot build their career in India.

Eligibility Requirements to study MBBS Abroad for Indian Students

However, each country has its unique eligibility requirements for the Indian students wanting to pursue MBBS abroad; now we are going to tell you the general guidelines that are set for the Indian students wanting to pursue MBBS abroad.

  • The students must have passed 10 +2 from the recognized board.
  • The students must have aggregated 50% (General Candidate) & 40% (SC/ST/OBC) in compulsory subjects like physics, chemistry and biology.
  • The students have to submit medical history at the time of admission.
  • The students have to qualify the NEET UG test with a minimum percentage. It is mandatory even if the student is planning to pursue MBBS abroad.

Percentile Required Qualifying NEET

  • General- 50th Percentile
  • General- PH- 45th Percentile
  • SC/ST/OBC- 40th Percentile
  • SC/ST/OBC-PH- 40th Percentile

Final Say

Concerning the present year and the circumstances, the decision which has been made by the MCI in favor of the students is highly appreciable. To not cut the tales of ambitions of the students, they had extended the NEET-UG test date from 31st May to 13th September. Along with that, they have also granted permission to pursue MBBS in Abroad without qualify NEET-UG 2020. But, as per the rule, every student has to pass this exam in order to start his practice, so in 2021, such students have to qualify for this exam. In case if they fail in the test, they will not build their career in India. So, if you can qualify for this exam in NEET-2021 then take the MBBS admission abroad. Students who have cleared NEET 2018, 2019, 2020 can also apply for admission at a foreign university.