Oops! MCI did it again. The dirt on all the corrupt activities and blunder that Medical Council of India has done so far has not even settled. But, it is inviting flak with hands stretched out. After 2016 fiasco of reviving NEET just two days before the due date for AIPMT, once again the Council has come up with another “beneficial” strategy to improve the medical education standard in India. It has proposed that the Open Board students should not be allowed to appear for NEET 2018 as they will not be able to match the level with the regular board students.

Without haste MCI ran over medical dream of thousand of NIOS students but how does it justify the “level”? Is it to be on par with the CBSE Board student and know all the NCERT by heart or to have the stamp of state board? None matters when hard work and resolute persistence are put into force. Then, how can MCI judge students’ caliber on grounds of Board they are studying from.

The official release for banning NIOS students from taking the examination.

If for instance, MCI is to be considered right, even then there are numerous solutions to the issue. Firstly, MCI could have coordinated with NIOS in time and decide a way out. Not all the state boards are equally easy or difficult but the solution is not to exclude the state, rather raise the standard. NIOS could have implemented the required amendments and taken care of the matter.

Every year, more than 2 lakh register for NIOS and around 3000 apply for NEET. Last year, out of 3000 NIOS candidates, 864 qualified.

What runs beneath cannot be judged. Hence, let’s give a benefit of doubt to the Council. Then too I would like to know, how letting these students appear for the exam could be an adverse step. If indeed the student is not at par with the rest, then he will not qualify the exam and will be naturally delimited from the process.

If students are clearing NEET cutoff and are qualifying all the levels of assessment then they are worthy of the prize and if not then there is a major flaw in the evaluation process. In both the cases, the student should not be barred from their dreams because they deserve it and the flaw is the system’s to be corrected.

MCI, why you so naive??

This can be the last year before National Medical Commission takes over. The Council is itself to be blamed for the depleting standard of medical education that it intends to raise now. There is no smoke without fire, the allegation of bribery, unethical practices, forged seat intake, and so much more but similar is switched with it and this is the cause why the medical industry is filled with doctors who fail to perform at various levels.

There are issues with the school education boards as well. Nothing is perfect! But the solution is not to debar the students. Why is it always the student who is suffering all the time?

Even if one deserving candidate is banned from achieving their dreams, it is the loss of the entire nation.

The thought process behind such proposal is sad. It is a human tendency to generalize and very easily we misjudge the students of NIOS to be with inferior mental faculties. That is not true all the time, there are those who learn from mistakes and thrive to be better, there also those who choose open board due to personal issues. We teach our children to not judge a book by its cover but then we keep on grading them at every stage of life, producing a regressive race.

NIOS is India’s largest open schooling organization, which provides education to more than 13 lakh Secondary and Senior Secondary students. The purpose of establishing it was to extending open learning facilities. Then, why leave it behind.

The 2012 ruling made by the MCI Board of Governors clearly states that NIOS students will be eligible to pursue medical admissions.

As per the letter sent by the MCI to the NIOS in 2012, “if the requirement of Graduate Medical Education Regulations regarding eligibility criteria for admissions to MBBS course are fulfilled by the students appearing in 10+2 examination conducted by the National Institute of Open Schooling, they may be considered eligible for admission to MBBS course”.

The National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Examination (NEET) is the only medical entrance examination which is held for admission to MBBS and BDS across India. So, NEET is the only hope for candidates studying from Open School to achieve their medical dream.

Taken aback by the decision, NIOS has also written to HRD to intervene and demand MCI to revoke the decision. Prakash Javadekar, HRD Minister, and JP Nadda, Union Health Minister, will meet on Wednesday to disscuss the matter.

There is a little hope for NIOS students as the NIOS Director of Student Support Services to whom the MCI letter in 2012 was addressed, Dr. Sanyam Bhardwaj, is currently the Joint Director of the NEET Unit at the CBSE. However, the weather they will be allowed to appear for NEET 2018 will only be on the basis of the outcome of the meeting between the two Union Ministers.

Do you think it is right to exclude NISO students from NEET 2018? If this is the only solution? Or is MCI being a bully that it has always been and is taking an unjust step? Will excluding a section of candidates improve the standards? Speak out your mind, let us know what you think in the comment section. 


  1. Not at all a good decision.If a person has quality,he/she will qualify entrance exam.Why the officers of MCI have problem in that.Secondly,NIOS is under HRD ministry,it is not a private agency.MCI should not play with lives of students like this.If MCI had problems,then why govt continue to run such boards, unnecessarily playing with lives of students?MCI officers should be punished for such shameless attitude and one more point,mci said that open schools don’t have practical exams,this is false.Infact NIOS board exams have syllabus of both 11 and 12 along with practical exams.The officers of MCI in my view are criminals who are harassing children and that too at Last minute.

    • That’s true SHARMA the MCI members even are not that much qualified and they are ruling the empire of education…AND SAME AS EVERYTIME THEY ARE IMPLEMNTING THE DESCISION AT THE LAST MINUTES WHEN ALL THE STUDENTS ARE PREPARED FOR THE EXAMS!!

  2. Even MCI taking any action or proposal ,they have to keep cut of time example at least 2 years time period they have to provide for students future.Present situation open schools syllabus in valid also future it should be banned in india but look for present situation future for students.

  3. Shame to India, I’ll crack MCAT and be a clinical scientist. F*c*in* system of those officials. Asses are more intelligent than those officials.

  4. Two conditions have been cited by Ld Addl SG namely class room training and practical exams. Of course any open schooling will provide only limited class room coaching. On the practicals NIOS provides for it. But what is NEET about? It is supposed to set an absolute screen and those clearing is said to have the required caliber to undertake the medical course and be competent doctors. Questioning this knocks out the very rationale of NEET. Let NEET decide the eligibility of the NIOS students and not the opinion of a lawyer on a point of order. Let nobody overlook the rationale of NIOS.

  5. We should respecttgeir decision but i would say that givt should make their syllabus equivalent to ncert which help them to crack entrance tests and then they would.be eligible. Matter is solved.

  6. I urge prime minister of India dear Modiji to kindly intervene for the sake of the poor students who had appeared and passed the senior secondary science from NIOS to appear in. NEET and AIIMS undergraduate MBBS entrance examination of 2018. Till 2017 they were eligible for the examination. But this year with a sudden unmindful decision and order by MCI which is corrupt and inefficient body has banned these students from appearing in the said examination. I on behalf of the hapless NIOS students request you to order MCI to revoke it’s wrong decision Dear PM you are the only hope for these students. There fore please take necessary action..
    Dr JCSharma MD.

  7. I also belong from NIOS and I was appeared to give an exam for neet I’m not only one student who preparing for neet,there has a many students in india who prepared for NEET 2018. Why the decision was taken at the last minute. Why was not said since once year ago. Now what should we do who we are belong from NIOS. If the board is not recognize so please ban this board from India and destroy the life of millions of students.Then why was established this open schooling,it’s not just open school it’s a best school in world in where I can study without any difficulty. There has many students who are not able to complete their study in the lack of money and other personal problem and NIOS is the such a board which gave us priority. What will be now.NOW PM MODI JI, I WOULD LIKE TO REQUEST PLEASE TAKE ANY STEP AND JUSTIFY US WHO WE ARE BELONG FROM NIOS STUDENTS, WE HAVE A LAST HOPE TO YOU PLEASE SAVE OUR LIFE!!!!!!!!!!!!NIOS NOT FOR INDIA IT’S A SITUATED WHOLE OVER THE COUNTRY. PLEASE PM MODI SAVE OUR LIFE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. I Krishna Narayan Yadav completed 12 exam from NIOS. NEET raising point that NIOS student not qualify practical test. I have appeared in practical test of Physic, Chemistry and Biology. In code 02 NEET instructed that NIOS student not appeared in NEET 2018. But, in Code 03 NEET mentioned that the Intermediate/pre degree examination in science of an Indian University/Board or other recognized examining body with Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Bio-technology (which shall include practical test in these subjects) and also English as a compulsory subject. CODE 03 is contradictory of CODE 02 and as per CODE 03 NIOS students are eligible for NEET 2018. I am preparing for NEET examination hopefully, but NEET decision is very bad and destroying the life of lakhs of students. I AM REQUESTED TO HON’BLE PRIME MINISTER SHRI MODI JEE TO TO TAKE STEP IMMEDIATELY AGAINST THE DECISION OF MCI AND SAVE THE LIFE OF LAKHS OF NIOS STUDENTs. WE HAVE HOPE ON MODI JEE. IF, MCI NOT ADHERING THE INSTRUCTION OF HRD MINISTRY, GOVT MAY CLOSE NIOS AND HRD MINISTRY TO AVOID LOSS OF LIFE OF LAKHS of STUDENTS IN THE COUNTRY. DECISION TAKEN BY MCI IS A CRIMINAL TYPE DECISION FOR HARASSMENT OF NIOS STUDENTS. SIR, I AGAIN REQUESTED TO ALLOW NIOS STUDENT TO APPEAR THE NEET 2018 AS I HAVE ALSO QUALIFIED PRACTICAL EXAM AS PAR WTIH CBSE STUDENTS.

  9. This is totally wrong the MCI should rethink on their deciSion. The students are preparing for their exam since long so how MCI can do like this. If they had to do pass any information they must notify it 2 or 3 years before . If they are against the open school then they should banned it . It shows partiality against NIOS students They can’t judge anyone’s calibre like this . Shamless MCI shame on you look at yourself and decide what you have done . You are snatching the dreams from NIOS students eyes to become a doctor.so its my humble request that you should rethink over your decision .According to me it is a punishable act . the government must take strict action aginst those regulation makers.

  10. EVERY Indian citizen protest this unfair rule and go to supreme court for justice , this is gross injustice and against our rights of education and equal opportunity. why is government shutting doors on us just because of age and study open school. is it even constitutional?

  11. Yes I am also nios student..it is heart breaking news…..I..don’t know….My dreams and my ambition ended..only suicide is answer to this decision

  12. Respected GOVT,

    Today the hope and trust of every student appearing 12th from NIOS upon the government of our country has been broken and if you are capable of taking this decision so I think you should know very well that the syllabus for clearing NEET 2018 is the same for all and we clear this examination on our own hard work then how are we not eligible for this we also go through the same procedure as the students of other boards are going through, no special criterion or syllabus is provided for us and after your so called decision I don’t know what’s going to be the future of this country. NIOS is established under government’s order and you are saying we are not eligible so why did you established this.Tell me one thing are you gonna fulfill our dreams by going to each and every student.If you can’t follow your own rules then don’t make them and don’t born a hope indsie us.Keep your so called decision with you only. And you know what am proud to be a student of NIOS.

    From- Dhruvi Tewari
    a trusted student of NIOS

  13. Its very brutal decision . Why are you barring students from exam?? Eligible candidates can qualify the exam . Without any prior information this sudden decision will destroy many students future. This is the first time before taking the exam candidates are disqualified. If any reason any student cannot give the 12th exam then next year he is not able to give neet exam its a very bad game with students . Shame on MCI

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