Students who have passed or graduated with a primary medical qualification in medical institutions outside India have to qualify & meet the criteria prescribed by the National Medical Council (NMC) to write & qualify the Screening Test required to obtain registration in India as medical professionals. The Medical Council of India (MCI) provides a list of medical institutions & universities for Indian students aspiring to pursue primary medical education abroad in MBBS or equivalent courses.
The students/medical professionals who have graduated from abroad universities have to qualify the Screening Test & meet the eligibility criteria which was stated in the 2018 notification of the Screening Test. The NMC does not endorse or provide any list of abroad medical institutions/universities for either MBBS or equivalent courses. The NMC also advises the public & students interested in pursuing such courses abroad to confirm details of the course, fees & other necessary details be obtained directly from the University/Institution concerned. NMC also suggests the course duration, syllabus & internship period be similar to the MBBS courses being taught in India.
The rule of Indian citizens of overseas citizens requiring to qualify the Screening Test to register as a medical professional provisionally or permanently with the NMC or any State Medical Council came into effect on 15th March 2002. Now along with the screening test, the applicants have to meet the eligibility criteria as well.
Eligibility for Appearing for Screening Test:
- The applicant must be a citizen of India or possesses overseas Indian citizenship & must have any primary medical qualification to be recognized for qualification as a medical practitioner in the country in which the institution awarding the qualification is situated.
- The applicant must have received the “Eligibility Certificate” from the NMC (or MCI) as per the ‘Eligibility Requirement for taking admission in an undergraduate medical course in a Foreign Medical Institution Regulations, 2002.’ This does not apply for Indian or Overseas Indian Citizens who have completed their medical qualification from foreign medical institutions or had secured admission in a foreign medical institution before 15th March 2002.
- Indian Citizens & Overseas Citizens of India with the intention of obtaining primary medical qualification from medical universities in other countries on or after the month of May 2018 have to qualify the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET). The results of the NEET exam will be considered as the Eligibility Certificate for these students, provided they fulfill the ‘Eligibility Criteria for admission to the MBBS course prescribed in the Regulations on Graduate Medical Education, 1997.’ The results of NEET exam of an applicant will be valid for a period of 3 years from the date of declaration of result which means the candidate will be entitled to pursue MBBS equivalent medical course or even pre-medical/language courses before MBBS equivalent course if required.
- Any applicant seeking permanent registration as medical practitioner does not have to qualify the Screening Test if he/she holds an undergraduate medical education qualification from United States of America/Canada/United Kingdom/Australia/New Zealand. Holders of post-graduate medical education qualification from the countries aforementioned & if they have already been recognized for enrolment as medical practitioner in the respective country.
The Screening Test will be conducted according to the schedule announced by the NMC or the respective prescribed authority. The procedure of conducting the test will be in accordance to the scheme declared by the NMC in the same context.
The prescribed authority conducting the exam will inform the results of the Screening Test to the NMC & the State Medical Councils as well as the candidates. The candidates who have been unsuccessful in clearing the Screening Test will also be duly informed about the same. Qualified candidates can apply to the NMC or State Medical Council for provisional or permanent registration as medical practitioner.