Published: March 25, 2019
Recently, Board of Governors, Medical Council of India issued a notification in its e-Gazette dated March 14, 2019, to amend the "Eligibility Requirement for Taking Admission in an Undergraduate Medical Course in a Foreign Medical Institution Regulation, 2002."
The notification inter alia stated that for admission in a foreign undergraduate medical course/ program, the NEET scores shall be valid for three years from the date of declaration of NEET results. Relevant excerpt of the notification is as under:
“Furthermore, the result of NEET shall be valid for a period of three (3) years from the date of declaration of result, entitling a candidate to pursue MBBS or equivalent medical course including pre-medical/language course, if any, followed by MBBS or equivalent medical course.”
What Does It mean for Indian Medical Students?
Indian students who clear NEET can now take admission in a foreign undergraduate medical program within a time frame of three years from the date on which they clear their NEET.
It means, once a student qualifies NEET, s/he shall be eligible for admission to a foreign medical university to pursue MBBS or equivalent medical course (including the pre-medical or basic foundation for medical science programs) for up to a period of 3 years.
Lincoln American University appreciates this move of the MCI. It will remove the burden from the head of medical students to re-appear for NEET in case they could not get admission in a medical university in the year in which they clear NEET and seek admission in subsequent years.
This commendable move will make it easy for Indian Medical Students to pursue MBBS abroad and take admission in foreign medical universities for MBBS or other undergraduate medical courses and programs.
MBBS Admission In India and MBBS Admission Abroad: Clarification on NEET Requirement & Validity:
Is NEET Required?
NEET Score Validity
A year from the date of the NEET result declaration.
Three Years from the date of the NEET result declaration.
For MBBS admission in India, NEET score shall be valid only for a year after the result is declared while for MBBS (or equivalent course) admission abroad, NEET score shall be valid for three years from the date of declaration of NEET results.
National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (UG) or better known as NEET (UG) or just NEET is an entrance examination for Indian students who want to pursue medical courses like MBBS (Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Surgery) or MD (Doctor of Medicine) or dental courses like BDS (Bachelor of Dental Surgery), in India or outside India.
NEET is held once in a year (most likely in May) in offline mode. NEET examines and assesses the academic abilities of the medical aspirants and checks the eligibility of the students for their admission to medical and dental institutions across the country and in medical and dental colleges run with the approval of Medical Council of India (MCI).
If you have any questions/ concerns regarding NEET or want to explore more about NEET, check out our updated NEET 2019 Ultimate Student Guide.
Indian Students Who Have Qualified NEET - Apply for Admission to Lincoln American University
LAU is one of the fastest growing medical colleges in Guyana, South America and is recognized by the Medical Council of India (MCI). If you’re a medical aspirant in India and have already qualified NEET, you can apply for our 5-Year MD Program and start your medical education in Guyana.