Foreign MBBS degree-holders must have 50% marks for Plus-Two science subjects

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New Delhi: The Delhi High Court noted that for an MBBS degree-holder from a foreign university, it is mandatory to obtain at least 50% marks for the Science subjects in Plus-Two to be eligible for appearing in the screening test and to get registered as a medical practitioner in India.

The High Court had made this observation in compliance with the provisions in the Indian Medical Council Act, 1956. In India, a candidate should score 50% marks in Physics, Chemistry and Biology in Plus-Two to be able to apply for the MBBS courses. Justice Kameshwar Rao said that the same minimum marks criterion should be followed in the case of foreign MBBS degree-holders, in order to grant registration in India.

The court made the observation while dealing with a writ petition filed by a student whose application for eligibility certificate to appear for the screening test was rejected by the National Medical Commission. The Commission had rejected the application citing that the candidate had scored just 47.8% marks for the PCB subjects in Plus-Two. The candidate then approached the court challenging this.

The student argued that he had passed the Plus-Two from the Bihar School Examination Board and had secured 50% aggregate marks in PCB subjects and Maths. He pointed out that he had secured admission for MBBS course at BP Koirala Institute of Health Sciences in Nepal based on this.

The Delhi High Court, after hearing the arguments of both the sides, rejected the petition.  

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