This website and the section below addresses the following key questions which every Indian student desirous of doing MBBS from India or abroad has in mind:
What are the entry requirements for MBBS admission in India?
In order to be eligible for MBBS in India, a candidate should fulfil the following criteria:
- He/ she should have attained the age of 17 years as on 31st December of the year he / she is seeking admission in.
- The candidate should have Physics, Chemistry & Biology in Class 11th & 12th.
- The candidate should have appeared in NEET UG (National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test for Under Graduates).
This test is conducted by Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) every year in the month of May.
- To be eligible for MBBS admission in any Government or Private College in India the candidate should secure a merit position in NEET UG entrance exam.
- In addition, 2 Universities – set up by act of Parliament conduct their entrance exam separately for MBBS admission. These are:
All India Institute of Medical Science
Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education & Research (JIPMER)
What are my chances of getting MBBS admission in a college in India?
In India getting an MBBS seat is highly competitive. In 2017, 11.38 lac students have appeared for NEET UG exam and there are only approx. 40,000 seats available in the various Government or Private Medical Colleges in India.
What options or choices do I have if I don’t get a MBBS seat in India?
Some of the options available are BDS, Veterinary, BAMS, Nursing, Pharmacy, Occupational Therapy, B.Sc. in Biology, Chemistry, Biotechnology, Agriculture, Botany, Zoology, Health Science & Nutrition are some of the options available from a huge list.
I have a dream to become a Doctor. Is doing MBBS and becoming a Doctor a good idea?
In India, as all of us are aware – there is a huge shortage of seats for MBBS aspirants. All over India there are nearly 40,000 MBBS seats but aspirants are more than 20 times the capacity and many go home disappointed despite preparing well and sitting for many entrance exams.
On the other hand, India has a huge shortage of Doctors. The Doctor – Patient ratio is amongst the lowest in the world. According to a World Bank report, in 2013 India had only 7 doctors for every 1000 people. Even smaller countries have better ratio than India. For example Malta has 35 Doctors per 1000 population.
In 2013 Indian Journal of Medical Research had predicted a shortage of over 6 lac Doctors in India.
Can I do MBBS from abroad?
Yes, every Indian student is eligible to do MBBS from abroad if he/she fails to get MBBS admission in India.
As a matter of fact, every year lakhs of students go abroad to pursue MBBS froma foreign country.
Is doing MBBS from abroad costly?
Doing MBBS from abroad is not at all costly.
Infact it is cheaper than doing MBBS from a Private University or a Private Medical College in India.
Government Universities of most foreign countries accept International students in their MBBS program and the tuition fee is low and affordable by even middle class families of India.
Living cost and food is also reasonably priced in many countries. As a matter of fact one can complete his / her MBBS from abroad in 6 years in as low as 15 lac Indian Rupees and this includes tuition fee, accommodation, food, books, 6 year return air tickets etc.
Are there any scholarships available? How do I apply for scholarships?
Yes, many Universities offer scholarships to deserving candidates.
You can contact our Counsellors for more information and guidance.
Can I do part time work during my MBBS studies?
Many countries do allow students to work part time but it is not recommended and we do not encourage as MBBS studies are tough and demanding and after college hours a student needs to do a lot of self-study.
However, we recommend that to gain knowledge and experience you should assist senior Professors at the University in their research activities. Opportunities like collecting data for analysis etc. available in almost all reputed Government Universities abroad.
Engaging this will add to more knowledge.
What are the pros and cons or advantages & disadvantages of doing MBBS from abroad?
Let us take this point by point. Some of the benefits of studying MBBS from abroad are:
- You gain an international experience which will help you in a long way – it will not only look good on your CV at the time of job search.
- You get the opportunity to study at some of the finest & biggest Universities which have a name & fame everywhere in the world.
- You get to meet a diverse range of people from different countries & cultures having different traditions and beliefs and you learn a lot by interacting with them.
- You gain more self-confidence, become self-reliant and independent.
As far as disadvantages are concerned – you will be staying away from your family, friends and relatives approximately 10 months every year – but it is a small price to pay for the sake of one’s future – to be a Doctor & be able to save lives – one of the most respected professions in the world.
For doing MBBS from abroad, what points should I consider before making a choice of a country and a University?
University and country selection needs to be done carefully considering the following points:
(a) Is the University recognized by the Medical Council of India?
(b) If the University is not recognized then the degree is not valid in India.
(c) Is the University recognized by World Health Organization?
(d) Is the University listed in World Directory of Medical Schools?
(e) Is the medium of teaching English?
(f) Is the city where the University is located big & well developed with good population? This is very important to have good exposure to patients for clinical exposure.
(g) What is the exact tuition fee and other expenses like food, transportation etc and whether it fits my budget / can I parents afford it?
Further, according to the Medical Council of India regulations, every Indian student who completes his MBBS from abroad (known as Foreign Medical Graduate) has to clear Medical Screening Test in India before he can start to practice. This examination is known as “Foreign Medical Graduate Examination” (FMGE). This examination is conducted by National Board of Examinations (NBE) on behalf of Medical Council of India.
A mandatory requirement for eligibility for FMGE is that the University / Medical School from here the candidate has completed his/her education is listed in the World Directory of Medical Schools
And, He / She should have studied for the medical course at the same Institute located abroad for the entire duration from where he / she has obtained the degree.
What important procedures & formalities do I have to follow in India before I can take admission abroad?
According to Medical Council of India (MCI) rules, every Indian student who wishes to purse his MBBS degree from abroad should fulfil the following criteria:
(a) Candidate should have Physics, Chemistry & Biology in Class 12th.
(b) Candidates should have attained the age of 17 years plus as on 31st December of the year in which the admission is being taken.
(c) The foreign Medical University should be listed in the World Directory of Medical Schools.
(d) A candidate from General category should have scoed more than 50% in PCB (Physics, Chemistry & Biology) in Class 12th.
(e) If a candidate is from OBC / SC ? ST category then the candidate’s score in Class 12 exam should be more than 40% in PCB (Physics, Chemistry & Biology).
(f) You should have a valid passport. Passport is not required for taking admission but it is required for obtaining a student visa to enable you to travel abroad to your chosen country and start your studies.
Once the above criteria is fulfilled, after taking admission in a Foreign Medical University, and before leaving the country to join the classes – every Indian citizen / student has to apply to the Medical Council of India to obtain Eligibility Certificate (popularly known as MCI Eligibility Certificate).
Our office and trained Counsellors will be assisting you in applying for the same.
Where all I can do MBBS from and what are the advantages, disadvantages and important points which I need to consider?
Indian students after 10+2 are eligible for MBBS without any entrance exam in:
(a) Countries which were part of former Soviet Union like Ukraine, Russia, Kyrgyzstan (Kyrgyz Republic), Georgia – these countries have well respected Government Universities that accept Indian students.
Most of the Universities in Ukraine & Kyrgyzstan have Indian Mess (including Vegetarian) facility.
(b) Philippines – which offers American Curriculum – 5 years duration – English Medium. Some Universities have the option of doing final year clinical rotation in USA.
(c) China – 5 years – Government Universities English medium.
(d) Bangladesh – 6 years – English Medium.
(e) Caribbean Islands like Guyana, Curacao etc. where:
Student can complete entire 4.5 years there, OR complete 2 years there & final 2.5 years in USA after fulfilling the entry requirements for USA.
Medium of Instruction is English and Duration is 4 years. Degree is awarded from Caribbean islands and not from USA.
As we mentioned earlier, after obtaining MBBS degree from abroad, every Indian student has to clear MCI Screening Test to be eligible to practise in India.
Keeping the above in mind, you should also look at the Universities which are offering MCI Coaching classes.
You can contact our Counsellors for more details.
How can I practise in India after doing MBBS from abroad?
MCI SCREENING TEST
Medical Council of India Screening Test, also known as Foreign Medical Graduates Examination (FMGE), is a licensure examination conducted by the National Board of Examinations (NBE) in India. The FMGE Screening test has been introduced by the Screening Test Regulations 2002. As per regulations, “ An Indian citizen possessing a primary medical qualification awarded by any medical institution outside India who is desirous of getting provisional or permanent registration with the Medical Council of India or any State Medical Council on or after 15.03.2002 shall have to qualify a screening test conducted by the prescribed authority for that purpose as per the provisions of section 13 of the Act.”
The Examination is held twice a year.
The test is conducted in English language.
The exam consist of one paper.
There will be 300 multiple choice question (MCQ) of single response type in the paper (divided in two sittings of 150 qs each).
There is no negative marking.
An applicant shall be declared as having passed only if he/she obtains a minimum of 50% of marks in the examination.
Results (pass/fail) for eligible candidates will be displayed at the website and the office of NBE. There is no provision of review or retotalling.
The applicants who qualify the Screening Test may apply to the Medical Council of India, New Delhi or to any State Medical Council for provisional/permanent registration.
There are no restrictions on number of attempts that can be availed by an applicant.
I heard that MCI Screening Exam is very tough and difficult to clear. Is it so?
Questions asked in MCI Screening Test are from the MBBS syllabus only.
Recommendations on How to clear MCI Screening Test:
The 300 MCQ’s in MCI Screening Test cover the entire syllabus from 1st year onwards.
Now – if we ask you to take a similar test – from what you studies in Class 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th & 12th – and with a coincidence – 200 questions are from syllabus of Class 8th, 9th & 10th. Do you think you can get 50% answer’s right?
Chances are NO. Because it is not possible for a human mind to recollect all details of what it studied in 3,4,5 years back.
Proper revision needs to be done before appearing for MCI Screening Test – only then a candidate will clear it successfully.