Students aspiring to study medicine in foreign universities can now use their NEET scorecard up to three years. National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) is the biggest entrance exam for medical students. It is mandatory for students aiming to pursue an undergraduate medical program in foreign universities.
Medical Council of India (MCI) has now made the NEET score valid for three years. The official statement of MCI goes, “The result of NEET shall be valid for a period of three years from the date of the declaration of result. This will entitle a candidate to pursue MBBS or equivalent medical course including pre-medical or language course, if any, followed by MBBS or equivalent medical course.” This announcement has opened up a wider window of preparation for the students.
Normally, the process for admissions into abroad institutes takes about half to one year. During this period, students take care of necessities like finance, visa, etc. But sometimes everything doesn’t fall into place as planned. And, this leads to delayed admissions. At other times, certain universities offer admission a year after the results which once again results in delay. Under such ambiguity, students are compelled to write NEET once again.
VK Paul, chairman of MCI and member of NITI Aayog reveals that the increased validity of NEET score is to ease the admission process. He further adds that the three years validity isn’t set on stone and may change over time. The MCI Chairman clarifies that this newly increased validity will merge the timeline difference between Indian academic session and foreign academic sessions.