FMGE to be scrapped, DNB likely to continue

There’s good news for Indian medical students who study abroad and want to practice in India. The Centre has decided to do away with the mandatory screening test — the Foreign Medical Graduate Examination (FMGE), a pre-requisite to start medical practice in India. Instead, these students will have to appear in the NEET, which will be a single entrance exam for those wanting to practice in India after earning an MBBS degree abroad and for those wanting to pursue post-graduate courses.

The NEET is expected to replace the FMGE by the next academic year. Senior government officials said that after introducing NEET (the single entrance test for students seeking MBBS degrees) from this year, the scrapping of FMGE was another attempt to help students who otherwise have to take multiple exams.

While replying to a query on DNB, Dr. Bipin Batra, Executive Director, NBE said: "DNB admissions will continue in July and January sessions respectively."

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