National Testing Agency (NTA) has released a new guideline to study medicine abroad. As per the Medical Council of India, it has been notified in the official gazette that students who are preparing to study medicine abroad are required to qualify NEET 2019 examination.
Now the question arises, how many marks are required to qualify the exam and study abroad? Well to know this, it is essential to understand the official guidelines laid down by NTA. As per the official notifications, it has been stated that to qualify NEET 2019 the minimum cut off for general category is 50 percentile and for SC, ST and OBC category the usual cut off is 40 percentile. The PwD candidates are required to score at least 45 percentile (in UR) in the NEET 2019 exam, and for the reserved category, the cut off is 40 percentile.
The criteria of percentile are different from the percentage; percentile means that if a total number of 100 students appear in the NEET 2019 exam from the General Category then to qualify the exam a student needs to score more than the 50 students. Last year, the cut off for NEET was 50, 45 and 40 percentile in each category.
Here is a table that explains the expected cut-off score and cut off percentile for NEET 2019:
|Category||Percentile Cut off||Cut off score|
|General (UR) PwD||45||115-125|
|SC, ST, OBC||40||90-100|
|SC, ST, OBC-PwD||40||90-100|
Last year, approximately 13 lakh students enrolled for NEET 2018. The number of registered students is likely to increase this year because NEET is mandatory for overseas MBBS students as well. In India, only 60,000 medical seats are provided to students in both, private and government institutions which make it necessary for students to study abroad.
This year, the students who wish to study MBBS abroad will have to sit for the NEET exam. Earlier, they had a choice, if they fail at NEET, they could apply to some other universities abroad, and it was not compulsory for them to qualify the exam, but now it might be a disadvantage for the students if they do not qualify the exam.
Many candidates say that it is unfair that NEET 2019 is made mandatory to clear to study MBBS abroad. Students who will study abroad find it unreasonable because they will again need to remove MCI’s Foreign Medical Graduates Examination if they want to return to India to practice medicine.
There are also some students who manage to clear the NEET exam but still, they do not get a seat in government medical colleges in India. Such students wish to pursue their study from abroad where the tuition fee is affordable and no donation system. The reason why some deserving students do not get a medical seat in India is the reservation system due to which a less deserving student gets a place, but a deserving one has to struggle.