On 29th September, the Madras High Court restrained the Medical Council of India (MCI) and the Centre from issuing eligibility certificate to those students who wish to study MBBS Abroad if their score was less than 80 percent in the qualifying 12th class exam.
Indicating the low score in the screening tests for foreign medical graduates, the court said, “The minimum qualifying marks should be raised from 50% to at least 80%.”
Justice N Kirubakaran mentioned that in the past 10 years, only 15-25% of doctors with foreign degrees managed to pass the Foreign Medical Graduate Examination. FMGE is conducted by the National Board of Examination to practice Medicine in India.
“This would only make one understand that the minimum marks of 50% prescribed by MCI has to be revised and higher marks have to be prescribed,” the judge noted.
In 2018, the minimum marks should be raised from 50% to at least 80%. This statement was quoted by the judge to the Madras High Court.
The judge speculated how candidates with 50% in the Foreign Medical Graduates Examination would be allowed to practice in India. The decision has been taken after the detailed survey of the same.
Before NEET Examination, the minimum score prescribed by the Counsel for Medical Council of India was 50% in Biology, Chemistry, and Physics for getting an eligibility certificate (EC) for studying MBBS from abroad. The same procedure would continue for this year as well as one-time exemption has been given to the students of the batch 2018-19 from NEET Examination.
“Qualifying in NEET was made mandatory on March 1, 2018 by a notification and the last date for registration was March 9 and the candidates did not have enough time to prepare for the examination,” the MCI said.