The Undergraduate Medical Education Board of the National Medical Commission (NMC) has made modifications to the Competency-Based Medical Education Regulation 2023 (CBME 2023) guidelines, specifically regarding the passing criteria for MBBS subjects with two papers. These changes were notified on September 1, 2023, and they have immediate effect. Here are the key details of the modification:
The previous CBME guidelines required candidates to secure 50 percent marks in the university-conducted examination separately for both theory and practical components, which included practical/clinical assessments and viva voce.
Changes in Passing Criteria:
The passing criteria have been revised, and now MBBS students must achieve a minimum aggregate score of 40 percent for these subjects. Specifically, students should achieve 50 percent aggregate marks and a minimum of either 60:40 or 40:60 in the university-conducted examination for theory and practical components to be declared as passing in that subject.
CBME Curriculum for MBBS:
The CBME curriculum for MBBS includes a structured approach to medical education. Students focus on different subjects as they progress through their program:
In the initial year, they study Anatomy, Physiology, and Biochemistry.
In the second year, their studies encompass Pathology, Microbiology, and Pharmacology.
The third year covers subjects like Forensic Medicine and Toxicology, Community Medicine, Oro-Rhinolaryngology (ENT), and Ophthalmology.
In the later stages of their program, students delve into subjects such as General Medicine, Pediatrics, Dermatology, Psychiatry, General Surgery, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Orthopaedics (including Trauma), Anaesthesiology, and Radiodiagnosis.
Students are required to take university examinations at the end of each academic year. If a student does not pass these university exams, they will need to participate in supplementary exams. The results of supplementary exams will be finalized within a timeframe of 3-6 weeks after the announcement of the primary exam results. This process is designed to ensure that successful candidates can continue with their academic progression.
These modifications aim to provide clarity on passing criteria and streamline the assessment process for MBBS students under the CBME 2023 guidelines.
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