The NMC introduced the FMGE/ NEXT Exam for foreign medical graduates and it is a licensing test for students to practice in India. This exam is conducted for the applicants who have completed an MBBS degree from foreign medical universities.

It is a centralized common exam for all medical graduates, applicants need to qualify to practice or join the postgraduate program in medicine. The main to conduct the examination is to meet the following needs,

  • 1
    Provide license to practice in India.
  • 2
    Applicants can apply for PG Medical programs like MD, MS, etc.
  • 3
    Students need to qualify for the NEXT Exam only rather than FMGE Exam or NEET PG exam.

The NMC is proposed to replace the FMGE exam & NEET PG with the National Exit Test (NEXT Exam) and it will count as the qualifying final exam for MBBS students. Applicants need to get a good NEXT Exam Score which is used for MD or MS Admission or other postgraduate medical courses. Basically, it is the most important examination for Indian applicants as well as foreign medical students.

FMGE/NEXT Exam Highlights

Exam Name

(National Exit Test)

Conducted by

NBE (National Board of Examination)

Exam Paper

Paper 1 (Theory)
Paper 2 (Practical)

Mode of Examination

Computer Based Test

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FMGE/NEXT Exam Eligibility

Whether you are an Indian Medical Student or Foreign Medical Student, you just need to meet the below FMGE/NEXT Exam Eligibility to take the examination. If any of the students fail to meet the below-mentioned criteria, then they are not eligible to take the exam.

  • 1
    Candidate should be an Indian or overseas citizen of India.
  • 2
    Candidate should have passed or qualified the MBBS program from any Indian medical university or foreign medical university.
  • 3
    Candidates need to submit the proof of required documents such as an Eligibility Certificate (if applicable) and the Provisional Pass Certificate/ Degree Certificate of their Primary Medical Qualification duly apostilled/ attested by Indian Embassy concerned.

Documents Required For NEXT Exam


10th Class

Mark Sheet


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FMGE/NEXT Exam Application Process

The NEXT Exam Application Process is still in the proposal, as it is proposed by the NBE that the FMGE exam will be replaced by the NEXT exam. So we have mentioned the FMGE Exam Application Process which is almost similar to the proposed NEXT Examination.Students who seek to study MBBS Abroad and then practice in India need to keep in mind the points mentioned below:


  •  Applicant’s name
  •  Date of Birth (DD/MM/YYYY)
  •  Gender
  •  Nationality
  •  Contact number
  •  Student’s Email Id
  • 1
     Go to the official website of
  • 2
     Select “FMGE” and click on “New Registration”
  • 3
     After successful registration the User Id and password will be sent to the registered email.
  • 4
     Login and select “Go to application form”
  • 5
     Fill the FMGE application form.
    •  Personal details
    •  Academic Qualification
    •  Select Test Center
  • 6
     Pay the application fee.
  • 7
     Save a copy of the FMGE application form

Students can check the regular updates by visiting the official website of NBE or they can also Contact Us for further updates.

NEXT/FMGE Exam Centers

The National Board of Examinations (NBE) has proposed the NEXT Exam Centers for students. As per the sources the test centers are held in over 40 cities in the country. Applicants can choose the exam center according to their convenience and preference while applying for the NEXT Examination.

S. No. City S. No. City
1 Ahmedabad/Gandhinagar 24 Kottayam
2 Ajmer 25 Kozhikode
3 Aligarh 26 Lucknow
4 Bengaluru 27 Madurai
5 Bhopal 28 Meerut
6 Bhubaneswar 29 Mehsana
7 Bikaner 30 Mumbai
8 Chandigarh/Mohali 31 Muzaffarnagar
9 Chennai 32 Nagpur
10 Coimbatore 33 Patiala
11 Dehradun 34 Patna
12 Delhi/NCR 35 Pune
13 Ernakulam 36 Raipur
14 Gangatok 37 Ranchi
15 Guwahati 38 Roorkee
16 Hyderabad 39 Shillong
17 Imphal 40 Sikar
18 Jammu 41 Srinagar
19 Jodhpur 42 Thiruvananthapuram
20 Kannur 43 Thrissur
21 Kohima 44 Tiruchirappalli
22 Kolkata 45 Vellore
23 Kollam 46 Visakhapatnam

NEXT/FMGE Exam Syllabus

The NEXT Exam Syllabus includes all the subjects that appear during the MBBS program. Basically, the NEXT Exam is conducted in two phases NEXT-1 and NEXT-2, the NEXT-1 is an online test and NEXT-2 is a practical exam. As per the proposal which was discussed by the National Medical Commission the complete NEXT examination syllabus is mentioned below.

NEXT/FMGE Exam Syllabus

FMGE/NEXT Exam Pattern

The NEXT Exam Pattern for the examination is still in the proposal and NBE will declare the final pattern soon. It is suggested that the test is conducted in two phases NEXT-1 and NEXT-2. The NEXT-1 phase is totally MCQs based questions while the NEXT-2 covers the Oral and Practical based questions. Check below the proposed exam pattern for the examination. The official announcement about the NEXT pattern will be declared by the NMC, NBE, or NTA soon.

  • NEXT-1

     Conducted for final year aspirants.

     It is an online-based MCQs examination.

     Valid up to next 2-3 years.

     The Next-1 score is used for PG Admission.

     If you fail the Next -1, you are not eligible to participate in the internship program.

     You can re-appear for the examination.

  • NEXT-2

     Who qualifies the NEXT-1 can appear for NEXT-2.

     It is a Practical exam to check the basic practical knowledge.

     After passing the examination you will get the license to practice in India or you can apply for a postgraduate program in medicine.

How NEXT Exam is differ then NEET PG Exam?

Paper Parts Conducted in 2 parts: NEXT-1 and NEXT-2 Conducted only once after the internship
Exam Type NEXT-1 MCQ’s NEXT-2 Oral & Practical MCQ’s
Time Duration 3 Days 1 Day
Mode of Exam Online Online
Total Questions 540 200 from 2021 onwards
Valid Up to 3 Years Only for 2 Years