NMC To Permit Relief Attempt For 2019-20 Batch Of MBBS Students

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New Delhi, 15th May 2023: After receiving a second chance to pass their initial professional tests for the academic year 2019–2020, medical students around the nation can finally sigh with satisfaction.

Yesterday (May 12), the National Medical Commission (NMC), India’s main regulatory body for medical education and practice, released a circular providing MBBS students a second or mercy chance to pass the first professional exam for the 2019-2020 academic year.

In response to a directive on the subject released by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on May 2, 2023, a new attempt has been made. “In compliance with the direction dated 2.05.2023 issued by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare in the above matter, the National Medical Commission hereby allows one additional attempt (5th attempt) to such MBBS students,” writes Dr. Pulkesh Kumar, NMC Secretary, in the NMC circular.

To pass their professional MBBS examination, students enrolled in medical schools in 2019–2020 would be given a fifth or additional chance. Only members of this cohort and those who failed their first-year test four times are eligible for this remission.

Previously, passing the initial professional MBBS exams in the first four tries was a requirement for the students. However, because of the pandemic, medical schools were closed in the academic year 2019–20, which made it difficult for many students to complete their MBBS degrees in that period.

According to the NMC circular, “This shall be a one-time measure and may not be treated as a precedent for subsequent.”