NExT 2024: Application Form, Eligibility Criteria, Important Dates, Exam Pattern and Syllabus

National Exit Test (NExT) is a licentiate entrance test compulsory for undergraduate medical students to practice in India. The NExT exam will be organized most likely by AIIMS, New Delhi for offering admission to PG medical courses. The NExT MBBS exam will be held twice a year i.e., May session and November session.

It will be divided into two steps- Step 1 (theory-based exam) and Step 2 (practical knowledge exam). This entrance exam has become a single gateway to getting a license and practicing medicine in India. It is said that the NExT exam will be replacing existing NEET PG and FMGE exams from 2024 onwards. Aspirants can check the complete details about NExT 2024 from the article below.

NExT Highlights

Examination nameNExT 2024
NExT full formNational Exit Test
Level of examNational-level exam for Post Graduate Admission
ObjectiveServe as licentiate exam to practice medicine in India
Conducting BodyAIIMS Delhi (most likely)
Eligible studentsFinal year MBBS students & Foreign medical graduates
Exam frequencyTwice a year
Exam modeOnline
Application modeOnline

NExT Important Dates (tentative)

The exact dates have not been announced by the authority. Candidates can check the NMC NExT tentative schedule from the table below.

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EventsExam datesExam result
NExT Step 1 regular dateMay/November1st week of June /December
3rd year MBBS /Final MBBS PART 2 Practical / Clinical University Examination1st week June/December3rd week June/December
Internship1st January/July31st December/30th June following year
NExT Step 2 Regular3rd week June/DecemberLast week of June/ December
NExT Step 2 Supplementary1st week September/March3rd week September/ March
PG admissionMay-June (Counselling)30-Jun-2024
Postgraduate course1st week July/1st week January

NExT Eligibility Criteria 2024

Candidates must satisfy the necessary eligibility criteria before applying for NExT exam. The NExT exam will be valid for only undergraduate medical students. Candidates can check the important eligibility conditions for NExT exam below.

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Applicants must possess a valid MBBS degree with no less than 50% marks from medical colleges approved by NMC.

Candidates who will qualify NExT Paper 1, have to complete a 12-month internship.

Candidates who satisfy the above conditions will be eligible for NExT Paper 2.

NExT Exam 2024 Application Form

The conducting body will release the NExT application form 2024 online mode. Candidates will have to first complete the online registration process by visiting the official website link.

The application process included different stages such as online registration, filling application form, uploading scanned images, and paying the registration fee.

After completing the online registration process, candidates will have to fill in the asked details in the application form such as personal and academic.

Upload scanned images of important documents such as passport-size photograph, signature, etc.

Candidates must pay the required application fee to complete the application process.

Take the printout of the application form for future use.

NExT Exam Pattern 2024

Candidates must check the examination pattern before starting the exam preparation. The authority will release exam pattern details along with the information brochure. The exam will include two papers i.e., theory and practical.

Paper 1 will be divided into 3 parts. The theory-based exam will be conducted in three days comprising 6 papers. Candidates who clear the NExT 1 will be eligible for NexT 2 paper. NexT 2 exam will be held in offline mode. Candidates can check the important details regarding NexT 1 examination pattern from the section below.

Mode of examOnline mode
Total number of questions540
Type of questionsMCQs
Number of subjects19 subjects

Candidates can check the days-wise distribution of questions along with exam duration from the table below.

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DaysSubjectsNumber of questionsAllotted time
Day 1Medicine & allied subjects120180
Day 2Surgery & Allied120180
Days 3Obstetrics & Gynecology120180
Total 540810

NExT Exam Syllabus 2024

Candidates must be familiar with NExT Syllabus before preparing for the exam. The exam will consist of six subjects including clinical, pre, and para clinical areas. The NExT 1 Syllabus is as follows:

Medicine & allied subjects, Paediatrics, Otorhinolaryngology, Surgery & allied subjects, Ophthalmology, and Obstetrics & Gynecology.

NExT cutoff 2024

The NExT cutoff is the minimum qualifying marks that candidates need to score to qualify for NExT exam. The passing criteria for NExT 1 and NExT 2 will be different from each other. For NExT 1, the qualifying marks will be 50% whereas for NExT Step 2 the qualifying criteria will be satisfactory demonstration of skills.


Who will conduct the NExT 2024 exam?

It is assumed that AIIMS, Delhi will organize NExT 2024 in May 2024.

Is the NExT exam difficult?

It is not difficult than NEET PG. The NExT syllabus will be similar to NEET PG.

What will be the NExT exam mode?

The NExT 1 will be held in online mode. The paper 1 will comprise 540 multiple -choice type questions.

What are the minimum qualifying marks for NExT?

For NExT Step 1, the qualifying requirement is set to at least of 50% or half of the maximum possible raw scores.

Is the NExT exam mandatory?

The exam is started to serve as a licentiate exam which must be required for undergraduate medical students to practice in India.

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