Due to strict pattern of MCI screening tests, 10,000 MBBS graduates have failed the test and have been hence left jobless.
Almost 10,000 Indians who have completed their undergraduate medical education abroad are either unemployed or under-employed because of failing the examination. More than 75 percent of applicants who appear for the test, fail.
Medical Council of India (MCI) has regulated mandatory screening tests as all medical students who failed the screening tests are determined to have it done away with.
The medical students who got their degrees abroad and failed the MCI test held a meeting along with their parents to talk about the issue in Chennai on 18th November 2012.
The test that is conducted in July and September has seen the highest pass percentage of 50 percent in 2005 but the score has also dropped down to 9 percent.
Chief patron, Dr Ameer Jahan, of All Foreign Medical Graduate’s Association stated that each student spends almost to Rs 15-20 lakh to study abroad. . "They spend half of what it would cost at a private college here. Every time they fail the screening test, they get delayed by six months and get depressed."
The Medical Council of India started the screening test to ensure the quality of doctors entering their respective fields in 2002.
Senior MCI officials said that they will not cancel or simplify the test as it is the barometer of quality. "Medicine, unlike other courses, cannot be taken lightly. Doctors deal with lives. We want to convince ourselves that every doctor is adequately trained," said an official.