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NEXT: Question Paper Pattern & Syllabus

NEXT: National Exit Test

NEXT (more commonly known as National Exit Exam for MBBS) will be a single window examination which will replace NEET-PG exam & MCI Screening exam (FMGE: Foreign Medical Graduate Examination). It will be implemented from 2022.

This exam will be mandatory for Indian as well as foreign medical graduates. The students who will pass NEXT exit exam will start their internship. Score (rank) in NEXT exam will also be used to allot PG (MD/ MS/ DNB/ Diploma) seats in Government and private medical colleges in India.

NEXT will standardise the medical education in India. It will judge the conceptual understanding and problem solving skills of final year MBBS students.

Pattern of NEXT exam

NEXT will comprise of two parts: Theory (NEXT-1) and practical (NEXT-2). Theory questions will be multiple choice questions (MCQs). NEXT-1 will be conducted after final year MBBS, before internship. After passing NEXT-1 students will start internship. Those who manage to pass theory (i.e. NEXT-1) will have to clear NEXT-2, the practical test, separately at the end of internship. The score obtained in NEXT-1 will help you to gain a PG seat after internship. Follow below structure to understand national exit test syllabus strategy

NEXT-pattern-and-syllabus

NEXT-2 will be a pass/ fail type of exam. Marks in NEXT-2 will not contribute to PG seats allocation. Thus NEXT-1 will be a qualifying as well as competitive exam.

There will be unlimited attempts in NEXT exam. Score of NEXT-1 exam will be valid for 2 to 3 years for the purpose of PG Entrance ranking.

National Exit Test Syllabus

All 19 subjects in new MCI curriculum will be included in NEXT exit test syllabus for MBBS. But subject-wise marks distribution will be drastically different than what it was in NEET-PG exam or MCI Screening exam (i.e. FMGE: Foreign Medical Graduate Examination). The clinical subjects will carry disproportionately more marks than pre- & para-clinical subjects.

As per a proposal which was discussed in a meeting dated 15 Feb 2020 with Board of Governors (NMC: National Medical Commission), following could be the NEXT-1 question paper pattern:

Day of exam Major subjects Allied subjects No. of MCQs Minor subjects No. of MCQs Total MCQs
1
Medicine
Dermatology, psychiatry,
120
Pediatrics
60
180
2
Surgery
Orthopedics, anesthesia,
120
ENT
60
180
3
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Radiology
120
Opthalmology
60
180

Total MCQs

360
180

540

Among above 540 MCQs:
• 10% MCQs from each stream will be from basic applied sciences (anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, microbiology, pathology & pharmacology)
• 10% MCQs will be from Preventive & Social Medicine (PSM)


Among above 540 MCQs:
• 60% will be problem solving
• 30% comprehension & analysis
• 10% recall


Above is a proposal which was discussed. The official announcement about NEXT question paper pattern is yet to come from NMC (National Medical Commission), NBE (National Board of Examination) or NTA (National Testing Agency)

NEXT: National Exit Test

NEXT or National Exit Test for MBBS will be a single window exit exam which will replace NEET-PG, INI-CET (AIIMS, PGI, JIPMER, NIMHANS) & MCI Screening Exam (i.e. FMGE: Foreign Medical Graduate Examination). Although the exact time of implementation has not been declared by National Medical Commission, it is likely to be implemented from 2023. Knowing the question-paper pattern & subject-wise marks distribution of NEXT exam will help you to design your study strategy to prepare for NEXT.

NEXT will standardize the medical education in India. It will judge the conceptual understanding and problem solving skills of final year MBBS students. NEXT will comprise of two parts: Theory (NEXT-1) and practical (NEXT-2).

NEXT: Step – 1

NEXT-1 exam will replace final year MBBS exam. Presently final year MBBS exam is conducted at the level of universities. NEXT-1 will be conducted centrally at All-India level. Thus, students will appear NEXT-1 exam after final year & before starting internship. The students who will pass NEXT-1 exam will start their internship. Score in NEXT exam will also be used to allot PG (MD/ MS/ DNB/ Diploma) seats in government and private medical colleges in India.

Significance of NEXT-1 exam: The qualifying cut-off for NEXT-1 exam will be 50%. Thus, if you score 50% (NOT percentile) in NEXT-1, you will be considered as passed in NEXT-1 and you will be eligible to start your internship. The score obtained in NEXT-1 will be considered in allocating PG seats after internship. The score of the NEXT-1 exam will be valid for 3 years for the purpose of PG Entrance ranking. So after completion of your internship, you can apply for PG with the same NEXT-1 score within 3 years of appearing NEXT-1 exam. Thus, NEXT-1 will be a qualifying as well as competitive exam.

Syllabus for NEXT-1 exam: Unlike NEXT-2 which will be a practical exam, NEXT-1 will be a theory exam. All 19 subjects in new Indian MBBS curriculum will comprise the syllabus for NEXT-1 exam. Thus, all preclinical, paraclinical & clinical subjects taught from 1st to final years will contribute to questions in NEXT-1 exam.

Pattern of NEXT-1 exam: NEXT-1 will comprise of theory questions in the form of multiple choice questions (MCQs) with single correct answer. All 19 subjects in new MCI curriculum will be included in NEXT-1 exam syllabus. But subject-wise marks distribution will be drastically different than what it was in NEET-PG exam or MCI Screening exam (i.e. FMGE: Foreign Medical Graduate Examination). The clinical subjects will carry disproportionately more marks than pre- & para-clinical subjects.

How to start preparing for NEXT?

As per a proposal which was discussed in a meeting dated 15 Feb 2020 with Board of Governors (NMC: National Medical Commission), following could be the NEXT-1 question paper pattern:

Day Major subjects Allied subjects MCQs Minor subjects MCQs Total MCQs
1
Medicine
Dermatology, psychiatry,
120
Pediatrics
60
180
2
Surgery
Orthopedics, anesthesia,
120
ENT
60
180
3
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Radiology
120
Opthalmology
60
180

Total MCQs

360
180

540

Among above 540 MCQs:
• 10% MCQs from each stream will be from basic applied sciences (anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, microbiology, pathology & pharmacology)
• 10% MCQs will be from Preventive & Social Medicine (PSM)


Among above 540 MCQs:
• 60% will be problem solving
• 30% comprehension & analysis
• 10% recall


Above is a proposal which was discussed. The official announcement about NEXT question paper pattern is yet to come from NMC (National Medical Commission), NBE (National Board of Examination) or NTA (National Testing Agency). Looking at the trend in recent NEET-PG & INI-CET, most probably NEXT-1 will be a single day exam with 200 MCQs. Watch the following video completely to prepare your mindset for NEXT exam pattern:

Attempts in NEXT exam: You will have to qualify NEXT exam (step 1 & 2 taken together) within 10 years from the date of your MBBS admission. Apart from this there are no restrictions on number of attempts of NEXT exam. This 10 years limit is only for the passing of NEXT exam. For PG entrance purposes you can attempt NEXT-1 exam unlimited times.

 

NEXT: Step – 2

NEXT-2 will be a practical exam conducted at the level of the university (not all-India level as NEXT-1). NEXT-2 will be conducted several times (3 to 4 times) in a year. You will have to appear NEXT-2 exam after your internship. So you will have whole 1 year of internship to prepare for it. NEXT-2 exam will be a pass or fail exam. Unlike NEXT-1 exam, NEXT-2 will not carry any score or marks. Thus NEXT-2 exam will not contribute to PG seat allotment. It will be just a qualifying exam. So main challenge which you will be facing is NEXT-1 exam.

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