NExT Exam 2025 dates, Application Process, Exam Pattern, Eligibility and Syllabus

NExT Exam or National Exit Test or NEXT Exam for MBBS is a renowned exam in India. It may replaced NEET PG and FMGE exams from 2025. It will be held twice every year to provide admission to postgraduate courses such as NEET PG and FMGE. It is commenced in May and November. The exam is conducted by the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi. NExT Exam gets over in two steps-theory and practical. The article provides complete information such as NExT Exam dates, application process, exam pattern, and so on.

Know in Detail about NExT: It is a National Exit Examination for providing admission to various postgraduate courses. It is a licentiate examination compulsory for students doing UG medical. Those who clear the MBBS from India or any other part of the nation need to clear the exam to register with the Medical Council of India. The examination is conducted by AIIMS Delhi.

NExT Highlights

Check the essential details of NExT below:

Name of the ExaminationNational Exit Test or NExT
Exam Conducting BodyNational Medical Commission (NMC)
Exam LevelPostgraduate Exam at the National level
Aim of the ExamMedical License
Eligibility for ExamFinal year MBBS students, Foreign Medical Graduates
Exam ModeOnline
Number of PaperPaper 1 and 2
Question TypeMCQs, LAQs, SAQs
Number of AttemptNo Restriction

Candidates need to apply for the Mock Examination for NExT latest by the month of July. Make sure to complete the application form and submit it. The application procedure will begin with the registration procedure and basic information about the candidate.

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NExT Exam 2025 Process

The National Exit Test is conducted in two parts- NExT 1 and NExT2. The first exam will be a theory paper and the second test will be practical test. Those who qualify for Step 1 will be eligible for an internship and later appear for a practical exam.

Details of NExT Step 1

NExT 1 will be a computer-based test comprised of 540 multiple-choice questions. There will be 6 papers consisting of the subjects studied in the final MBBS course, Part 1 and Part 2. After completing the final year of MBBS from a recognized medical college will appear for the exam. NExT MBBS is commenced once in a year before the University Practical Examination for the III MBBS (Part2)/Final MBBS preceding Compulsory Rotating Internship.

NMC NExT Step 1 supplementary exam is commenced once in a year and those who fail to clear one or more subjects will appear in the same. Candidate can appear ‘N’ number of times without any restriction. Kindly note, candidate need to clear the NExT step 1 exam in 10 years of joining MBBS.

Details of NExT Step 2

NExT Step 2 is a practical/clinical and viva-based examination. NExT 2 would be a live exam commenced by the respective state Health Universities or Institutions. Paper 2 will be consisted of 7 clinical subjects/disciplines.

Paper 2 is fully clinical-based, stimulated patients aimed at making out the clinical skills in the candidate. Candidate’s decision-making skills and communication skills are also tested in test 2.

Eligibility Criteria for NExT 2025

Here are the eligibility conditions to appear in the EXiT Test:

All the applicants must be undergraduate medical students pursuing MBBS from medical colleges approved by NMC.

All Foreign Medical Graduates approved by NMC to obtain the license to practice medicine as a registered medical practitioner in the nation.

If the person is possessed with the medical degree for obtaining the academic course, observership, or any other requirement approved by NMC

Process to Apply

Check the details of the Application Process below:

  1. To apply for NExT Examination, go to the official website of NMC
  2. You will find the exact application date from there.
  3. Register online and start the application form online
  4. Fill in all the details carefully
  5. Upload the images in the prescribed format
  6. Submit the application form


The syllabus of NExT will be consisted of the following six subjects based on Clinical, Pre, and para-clinical areas. However, NExT 1 test will be a theory exam and students must have knowledge of all the subjects in deep. Here is the list of the subjects:

  • Medicine & allied subjects
  • Pediatrics
  • Surgery & allied subjects
  • Otorhinolaryngology
  • Obstetrics & Gynaecology
  • Ophthalmology

Exam Pattern

The NExT 1 will be commenced in the online mode while NExT 2 will be the practical exam or viva voce. Overall, there will be 540 questions (MCQs) in NExT 1. After clearing National Exit Paper 1, applicant will be eligible for an internship program. Applicants must attain at least 50% marks to clear NExT 1 and NExT 2 to seek admission in post-graduation courses.

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