No, it is not compulsory to Clear FMGE/NExT before PLAB. PLAB is ithe entrance exam when you want to practice in Uk, and FMGE/NExT exam when you want to practice in India. Both are different countries’s exam. So there is no need to clear FMGE/NExT before applying PLAB.
There are two ways to get registered with the General Medical Council (GMC) in the UK:
- Through the UK Foundation Programme (UKFP): This is the most common route for IMGs to get registered with the GMC. To apply for the UKFP, you must have passed PLAB 1, PLAB 2, and IELTS. You do not need to have cleared the FMGE/NExT.
- Through the direct entry scheme: This scheme is for IMGs who have completed their postgraduate training in a relevant specialty. To apply for direct entry, you must have passed PLAB 2, IELTS, and have at least 12 months of postgraduate clinical experience. You do not need to have cleared the FMGE/NExT.
Overall, clearing the FMGE/NExT is not compulsory for applying for PLAB.