Medical commission relaxes criteria for clearing MBBS examinations; Kerala likely to adopt

T.G Babykutty

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Thiruvananthapuram: Revised guidelines for MBBS students have relaxed the marks required to pass each subject. As per this change, subjects with two papers can be cleared if the student secures 40 per cent marks aggregate. For this, the National Medical Commission (NMC) has amended the Competency-Based Medical Education (CBME) curriculum.

The earlier requirement was 50 per cent marks in aggregate. The Kerala University of Health Sciences has begun discussions to implement this change in state medical colleges as well.

The marks required to pass practical examinations have also been relaxed. The requirement of 50 per cent marks each for theory and practical examinations has been waived. As per the new norms, a student will be declared passed if they secure 40 per cent for theory and 60 per cent for practical bringing the aggregate to 50%. The vice-versa of gaining 60 per cent in theory and 40 per cent in practical will also be sufficient. Viva is also included along with the practical/clinical examination.

However, the practice of awarding 5 marks for moderation for the third paper if a student has passed in two papers (for subjects with three papers) has been withdrawn.

The Kerala University of Health Sciences will reportedly implement this proposed amendment with effect from August 1. A meeting of the combined Board of Studies was called on Friday. The plan is to approve and implement this at the board meeting, Dr Mohanan Kunnummal, vice-chancellor of the University said.

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