Students pursuing MBBS abroad this year should qualify for NEET 2021

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Students who have gained MBBS admission abroad after August 2020 have to qualify in this year’s National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) 2021, for working in India later. In case they fail to clear NEET, these students will not be allowed to apply for the screening test FMGE (Foreign Medical Graduate Examination) on their return to India after the MBBS course or register and practice in the country.

Considering the COVID-19 pandemic, the rule that students seeking MBBS admission in foreign countries should qualify in NEET was given a one-time waiver last year. However, it was stipulated that these candidates should clear NEET later.

FMGE on June 18

Meanwhile, the next FMGE screening test which enables candidates who have gained their MBBS degrees abroad to obtain the registration of the Indian Medical Council and practice in India has been scheduled for June 18 this year. Announcing the date, the National Board of Education ( said that students who have earned their MBBS from Australia, New Zealand, Canada, UK and the US need not write the screening test.

Deadline April 30

It was also informed that the ‘Eligibility certificate’ is mandatory to apply for the screening test and applications for this certificate could be submitted by April 30. However, candidates have been directed to submit their applications at an early date to avoid a rush before the deadline.

April 30 is also the last date to apply for making changes in the eligibility certificates obtained earlier. Candidates can learn the status of the applications by submitting their file tracking number to the IDs or 

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