Want to Study Abroad? Now NEET is Compulsory to do BDS from Foreign Colleges

Dental Council of India (DCI) has made it compulsory for students who aspire to secure BDS from abroad or have already pursued the degree to clear NEET exam positively. The step is taken in order to improvise the dental treatment in the country.

Previously, students possessing license post screening test had authority to start practicing in India. But with the amendments brought, it has now become mandatory to clear NEET exam before enacting as a dentist.

This simply implies that no one is eligible to exercise as a dentist in India even if they have the degree from foreign institutes without clearing NEET exam.

This step has been implemented after making amendments in the DCI Screening Test Act 2009. All genuine colleges, universities and even State Councils have been notified about the same.

Dr. Smita Singh, an eminent dentist of India told in an interview that the step taken would help in improving the quality of dental treatment in India and also mentioned that standards of several countries such as Russia, China, Nepal etc. cannot be applied in India. In US, our doctors are not even allowed to examine the patient until they satisfy the American Standards being led by them.

In USA, Indian doctors may proceed with the treatment only after convincing American authorities by their work. DCI has thus decided to follow Indian Standards for which attempting and clearing NEET exam is made compulsory.

Previously, it was just that NEET was made compulsory for getting admission into government or private medical colleges in India. But after the new regulation being introduced, it is made compulsory for the students to clear NEET living abroad in medical field from foreign universities (MBBS/BDS).

Furthermore, Ministry issued a letter which says, “It is informed that the regulations prescribe that the Indian Citizens or Overseas Citizens of India intending to obtain primary medical qualification from any medical institution out of India on or after May 2018 shall have to mandatorily qualify the NEET for admission into MBBS course abroad. The decision will be implemented prospectively i.e. from May 2018. Thus, students who have already taken admission under current regulations to pursue primary medical course by taking Eligibility certificate from MCI are exempted from qualifying NEET”.

The decision has been taken in reaction to the complaints by the students urging to exempt students those who have already studied in abroad from cracking NEET.

NEET is a primary exam for getting admission in government affiliated or private medical college in India for various medical UG courses such as MBBS or BDS and post graduate course as well such as masters in surgery (MS), doctor of medicines (MD) etc. The exam is considered necessary for applying in any medical colleges in India and would be conducted by NTA (National Test Agency) for the first time from 2019 onwards which was previously being conducted by CBSE (Central Board of Secondary Education).

This year, the exam is scheduled to be conducted on May 5, 2019 for UG courses. Initially it was notified that the exam would be conducted twice but the changes have been reverted coming on a final decision of NEET being a single window entrance exam.

Candidates with an aggregate of 50% (for general category) in the qualifying examination which is class XII for UG courses from a recognized board are considered eligible for taking the exam. Further the qualifying marks are based on the category of the candidate.

Exam would be held in pen and paper mode and questions asked would be of objective pattern (i.e. MCQ) having time duration of three hours. Questions would be asked from Physics, Chemistry, Zoology and Botany (45 questions each). Each correct response would get 4 marks and also there is negative marking of 1 mark for incorrect answers.

Thus, candidate must now understand the value of NEET exam and should now get serious regarding the preparation of the same.

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