The National Medical Commission (NMC) has made a significant reversal in its recent decision to lower the passing marks for the MBBS examination to 40 percent.
Rethinking the Change
After careful consideration, the NMC has decided to withdraw its earlier guideline that aimed to reduce the passing marks for MBBS students. This decision comes after a comprehensive review of the matter, during which it became clear that implementing this change retroactively would not be practical.
The NMC has explicitly stated that lowering the MBBS passing marks to 40 percent is not a feasible proposition. In September, the commission had officially announced an amendment to the Competency-Based Medical Education (CBME) guidelines. This amendment, among other things, lowered the passing marks for the MBBS examination from 50 percent to 40 percent.
In an official notification, the commission stated, “This is in continuation to the new Amendment in CBME guidelines issued through ‘Corrigendum’ bearing No.F.No.U/1402t/B/2023-UGMEB dated OL.O|.ZOZ3 where a new amendment was introduced to the CBME Guidelines vide page number -58. After thorough consideration of the subject matter, it has been decided that retrospective effect in this connection is not possible.”
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