NEXT Exam 2021

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Next Exam

In the year 2019, a bill was passed to replace two major examinations FMGE & NEET PG in the field of Medical across India with one Exam known as the NEXT Exam. It will set a standard for the medical practice & education system in India. The exam will be applied at all universities offering medical degrees. In this blog, we will discuss the NEXT Exam.

Exam NameNational Exit Test
Exam Mode NEXT 1 – Online
NEXT 2 – Practical at University
BenefitsPractice License in India
Seat in medical PG courses
No. of attemptsUnlimited
EligibilityFinal Year MBBS students & after Internship
Implementation Year2022

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What is the NEXT Exam?

A bill was introduced by the National Commission Medical Bill (NMC) in 2019 and was approved by the cabinet ministry. NEXT is a single-window examination that will be replacing three major examinations NEET-PG & Foreign Graduate Medical Examination in India. A batch of 2017 MBBS will be the first batch to appear for the test in the year 2022. It is mandatory for all the students of MBBS final year & it will be conducted in two phases.


It will be conducted in two phases – NEXT 1 & NEXT 2. Here all the details about both phases.

Mandatory for final year students of MBBSNEXT 2 will be conducted after the completion of internships
Students failing in NEXT 1 have to retake the examMandatory to clear NEXT 2 for medical practice in India
Students will not be allowed for internship without clearing NEXT 1NEXT score is valid for
2- 3 years
You will be awarded a medical practitioner license after NEXT 2
It is a theoretical exam judgment of medical students.NEXT Exam 2 is to judge the practical knowledge of students
PG Seat allotment will be based on ranking/marks in NEXT 1.

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NEXT Exam Syllabus

The Official pattern has not been released by the official authority, the below-mentione pattern was proposed before. NEXT 2 will be a practical examination that will be conducted by the university/college.  There might be some changes & we will update accordingly.

Phase 1 Pattern

SubjectsTimeNo. of Questions
Medical Allied3 hrs120
Pediatrics1.5 hrs60
Surgery & Allied3 hrs120
ENT1.5 hrs60
Obstetrics and Gynecology3 hrs120

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It is not just a replacement for the other tests it has various other objectives as well. Here are the Objectives:

  • Students from India have to clear the test if they want to get a license & practice in India.
  • Ensure the high standard of medical professionals
  • It will help to test the theoretical & practical knowledge of medical students. 
  • Students that have completed medical studies from abroad will also have to appear for the test for license & practice in India.
  • It will also be used for admission into MBBS & PG courses.
  • After clearing the test, students will have to complete a 3-year internship in rural/tribal areas of India & students of the PG course will have to work another 3-year internship according to their course specialization. 


It has various advantages for the nation & as well as students. Here are all the advantages:

  • It is a common test for everyone pursuing MBBS will produce more skilled & qualified doctors.
  • It will evaluate various tests & bring more standardization in the medical educational facilities of India.
  • Students have complete a 3-year internship after the exam in rural/tribal areas of India, this will help improve the medical conditions of Rural/tribal regions of India. 


What type of question will be there in the exam?

There will be multiple-choice questions in the exam.

When will be NEXT implemented?

It will be implemented in the year 2022.

What is the duration of the internship after the NEXT exam?

It is a 3-year internship.

What exams will be replaced after NEXT exam implementation?

NEET-PG & Foreign Graduate Medical Examination in India will be replaced after the implementation of the NEXT exam.

Is NEXT mandatory for MBBS students?

Yes, it is mandatory for MBBS students.

Will the NEXT exam determine my seat at PG level?

Score/Rank in the NEXT exam will determine the admission of students in PG courses.

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  1. Very important information. Here is a question toask. Will the 2021 batch students appear NExT exam?

    1. Hi Dhirendra,

      No, the NEXT Exam is not for 2021 batch students. It will take place from 2023. Hope this helps!

  2. If i pass both NEXT 1 and NEXT 2, but I’m not satisfied with my NEXT 1 marks, can i reappear in NEXT 1?

    1. Hi Parthvi,
      Yes, you can reappear for the NEXT 1 exam after the NEXT 2 exam. There will be unlimited attempts in the NEXT exam. A score of the NEXT-1 exam will be valid for 2 to 3 years for the purpose of PG Entrance ranking.

  1. Very important information. Here is a question toask. Will the 2021 batch students appear NExT exam?

    1. Hi Dhirendra,

      No, the NEXT Exam is not for 2021 batch students. It will take place from 2023. Hope this helps!