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
1. Foreign Medical Graduates Examination (FMGE) is popularly known as Mci Screening Tes.
2. This test is conducted by National Board of Examinations (NBE).
3. An Indian students, who has completed MBBS from abroad has to appear in this exam and clear it in order to be eligible to practise in India.
However, candidates who have completed their MBBS in USA, UK, Canada, Australia or New Zealand are exempted from appearing in this test provided they have a license to practice in the country from where they have completed MBBS.
4. Schedule of Examination: Held Twice a Year.
5. Language in which exam is conducted is English.
6. The exam is of 3 hours duration and has 300 Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ).
7. The exam is to be completed in 2 sitings where n each sitting 150 Questions are to be attempted.
8. The FMGE exam does not carry any negative marking.
9. Passing marks in FMGE exam are 50% and more.
10. There is no provision for re-evaluation of answer sheet.
11. After clearing the exam the candidate can apply to any State Medical Council or to Medical Council of India for getting provisional / permanent registration.
12. This exam can be attempted unlimited times.
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.
Where all can I practise after completing MBBS from a foreign country?
After successfully obtaining your MBBS degree from abroad you can practice in that country from where you are doing MBBS.
You can also practise in India after clearing the MCI Screening Test.
Can I work in Europe, USA or UK if I want to?
The degree which will be awarded to you is globally recognized.
However every country has different requirements for starting practice or working as a Doctor.
You have to fulfil the requirements of that country to start your practise.
Please refer to USA section below for more details about working in USA as a Doctor.
For working in European countries you need to obtain license to practise as a Medical Practitioner and for that you also need to have proficiency in local language of that country.
Why can’t i do MBBS from countries like USA, UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand etc.?
Indian students, after their 10+2are not eligible for admission to various Medical Universities in countries like UK, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand as they do not accept Indian 10+2 as their entry requirement.
To pursue MBBS from these countries Indian students must have B.Sc. Biology degree or have to go for a Pre Medical program to qualify to appear in the entrance exam known as MCAT (Medical Common Admission Test) – and have a good score to apply to various Medical Universities. Admission is not guaranteed.
Government Universities give preference to their own citizens and do not admit International students for MBBS program. Private Universities do admit and set aside a small percentage of their annual seats for International students. Fees in these Universities are high.
CAUTION - Certain agents are promoting MBBS in Central America / North America but please note these countries are not a part of USA (United States of America) - if you choose to study there - still you have to clear MCI Screening Test.
I heard South America and Central America offers MBBS program. What are the advantages and disadvantages of studying there?
The countries in South America, Central America are basically small islands like St. Lucia, Guyana, Belize, Antigua etc.
The countries are not a part of USA or the United States of America.
The population of these countries is very little and mostly there are the private colleges who offer MBBS there – having very little infrastructure and they don’t even have own hospitals, so the students have to depend upon clinical rotations with the affiliated hospitals.
Since these countries are very small, population is little – hence clinical exposure is very limited.
How can I settle in USA after completing MBBS from abroad?
Admission into a Medical School in the United States of America (USA) is after completing 3 years of “pre-med” course at the University level.
Once admission is secured in a Medical School, it takes another 4 years of study to become a Doctor of Medicine (MD) which is equivalent of MBBS in India.
These 4 years of study are further divided into 2 parts:
(b) Clinicals (internship / clerkship in different departments of a hospital)
When the student is in the final year of MD, he / she has to apply for Postgraduate Residency (Residencies) in their chosen field of specialization. These positions are granted through a National Computer Match which pair’s applicants preference with the program’s preference of applicants. Residency programs range from 3 years after medical school for internal medicine and paediatrics to 5 years for General Surgeon and 7 years for Neurosurgery. This does not include research years – which are generally 1 to 4 years if the candidate wishes to pursue Ph.D. degree.
Residency is equivalent to Post Graduate (PG) training in India. After completing Residency, a candidate needs to complete Fellowship which is a formal full time training with focus on a particular area within the speciality.
Highly specialized fields like cardiology, oncology, endocrinology, pediatric surgery, surgical oncology, require Fellowship. Fellowship often contains research and duration can be 1 to 3 years. Fellowship is equivalent to Super Speciality in India.
The physician or surgeon after completing Residency and Fellowship must pass written and oral exams in their speciality in order to become Board Certified and start practise.
What is the application process for medical college / university / school in the USA?
Medical Colleges & Universities in USA have a very streamlined process. The first part is to fill out the forms and send the same application to as many Universities & Colleges that you may desire. But before applying for any Medical College in the USA – you should be aware that the acceptance rate of International Students is very low. Every student needs to take MCAT and score during their Graduation years. MCAT is a computer based test which takes between 4 to 5 hours to complete. MCAT tests the knowledge of Science and also reasoning and writing skills. MCAT can be taken 3 times in a year and there are unlimited attempts.
Once you are satisfied with the MCAT scre then the next step to be taken is fill out the application form. Most Medical Schools, Universities & Colleges in USA encourage students to apply through American Medical College Application Service, popularly known as AMCAS. With the application letters of recommendation are also required. There is no financial aid or scholarship available for international students to pursue MBBS from there, and the costs are very high. Only few universities (that too private) accept International Students.
What are the steps to becoming a medical doctor in the USA?
After class 12th (for Indian students), a 4-year college or university degree is required which complies with the Pre-Med requirements. Pre Med requirements includes the following subjects:
1. “Freshman” Chemistry with appropriate laboratory courses.
2. Biology with laboratory courses
3. Physics with laboratory courses.
4. English with laboratory courses.
5. Calculus including advanced Maths classes & statistics.
Recommendation letters are also needed from professors who taught Pre-Med classes. To distinguish yourself from other applicants and stand apart from the crowd, it is recommended that during pre-med years you should actively participate in hospital volunteering, attending accredited pre-med camps and get additional certificates like first aid etc.
What is the sections of the MCAT Exam?
MCAT – Medical College Admission Test consists of 4 sections:
1. Physical Sciences – Physics & Freshman / Introductory (Inorganic) Chemistry.
2. Biological Sciences – Biology & Organc Chemistry.
3. Verbal Reasoning – reading comprehension section consisting of passages and questions.
4. Writing Section – Two Essays need to be written and each essay is to be completed in 30 minutes.
Are there any scholarships for doing MBBS in USA?
There are no scholarships or bursaries available for international students looking to study MBBS in USA. The entire study is to be self-financed or education loan is to be taken.
What is the process for Indian students to do MBBS in USA?
After class 12th, an Indian student who wants to do MBBS from USA should do the following way:
1. Complete Undergraduate Program / Pre-Med of 4 years.
2. Complete 4 years in a Medical School.
3. Residency Training which can be 3 to 7 years
In the Medical Schools the 1st 2 years are focussed on study and laboratory training. In the last 2 years clinical experience is offered where students work with Physicians and get trained.
Top 10 Universities in USA which offer MBBS (MD) program
1. Harvard University
2. University of Washington
3. Yale University
4. Duke University School of Medicine
5. University of Arizonia
6. John Hopkins University
7. Yeshiva University - Albert Einstein College of Medicine
8. University of Minnesota
9. Emory University School of Medicine
10. Dartmouth College – Geisel School of Medicine
System of Medical Education in USA
The education system to become a Doctor in USA is completely different than the way it is in India.
1. MBBS is known as MD (Doctor of Medicine) in USA.
2. A students qualified for MD after completing 4 years Bachelor degree.
3. After completing MD a student must complete a residency program which is of 3-4 years duration depending upon the specialization choosen.
What is the United States Medical Licensing Exam (USMLE)
The most important requirement to begin a Medical Residency in USA is to complete the United States Medical Licensing Exam, popularly known as USMLE.
The United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) must be passed by anyone wishing to practice medicine in the United States, whether they have undertaken their training there or abroad.
Each of the three Steps of the USMLE complements the others; no Step can stand alone in the assessment of readiness for medical licensure.
The exam is in three stages and all must be passed to obtain a license. Steps 1 and 2 are usually taken during the undergraduate years and Step 3 in the first year of postgraduate training.
Until January 2012 there is no limit on how many times a student can take the examination but now there is maximum number of attempts, currently set at six.
USMLE Step 1 and 2 Exam can be taken anywhere in the world including India.
USMLE Step 3 needs to be completed in the USA. After completing USMLE Step 2 the student needs to find residency in USA and then approach US INS (United States Immigration & Naturalization Service for employment authorization.
What are the Tuition Fees for MBBS in USA?
|Harvard University|| US$ 43,280/- per year|
|Stanford University|| US$ 48,987/- per year|
|Johns Hopkins University|| US$ 47,060/- per year|
|Yale University|| US$ 44,800/- per year|
|Duke University|| US$ 44,705/- per year|
|The University of Chicago|| US$ 65,756/- per year|
What are the benefits of studying MBBS in America?
- Good quality education.
- American Medical Schools, Colleges & Universities have a very good respect and reputation in the entire world.
- Doctors from USA are in great demand all over the world.
- A licensed Medical Practitioner in USA can work anywhere in USA or Europe or in India without clearing any additional exams like MCI Screening Test.
What are the best countries to do MBBS for Indian students?
Philippines, Russia, Bangladesh, China, Kyrgyzstan (Kyrgyz Republic), Ukraine, Georgia, Bulgaria are some of the countries which accepts Indian students after 10+2 for MBBS studies. Country and University selection needs to be done based upon budget, financial capability and medium of instruction. Some countries have bilingual method of teaching which should be avoided and preference should be given where MBBS is taught in English Medium.
Popular countries where Indian students go for MBBS abroad are Ukraine, China, Kyrgyz Republic, Philippines, Russia, Bangladesh etc.
Quality of Education in MBBS Abroad
The quality of education imparted in Foreign Medical Universities are at par with the best in the industry. There is no compromise on quality.
All the Universities which are licensed to give MBBS education are recognized by their respective Medical Councils and are also listed in World Directory of Medical Schools of World Health Organization (WHO).
Are there any scholarships for doing MBBS Abroad?
Some Universities offer scholarships. You can contact us for more details.
What is the lowest fee while doing MBBS from Abroad?
The lowest fee for doing MBBS from abroad is approximated Rs. 1.32 lacs per year
Are the universities MCI Recognized?
All Universities that SEED represents are approved by MCI.
Can I do MBBS Abroad without MCI Screening Test?
Students who complete PG degree from USA, UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand are eligible to work in India without the MCI Screening Test.
Why do Indian Students go for MBBS Abroad?
Indian students find international universities:
- Affordable (cheaper than Indian Medical Colleges)
- Quality Education (better than Indian Medical Colleges)
- Degree recognized worldwide
- MCI Approved
- Reasonable cost
- Safe & Secure
- Indian Food / Mess available in many Universities
I did not clear NEET. What to do now for MBBS Admission?
If you are not getting any government college MBBS admission in India, then it is recommended that you should study MBBS from abroad without donation and at very low cost in foreign government colleges approved by MCI.
In addition to low fees for MBBS, many Universities also offer Scholarships for MBBS studies. Fees for MBBS in Europe for Indian students is in the range of Rs. 7-10 lacs per year. A lot of Indian students go abroad to study MBBS as there are very few seats in India and applicants are far more.
What country options do I have for MBBS Abroad based on my budget?
Many Indian students look for lowest package in MBBS abroad. In this section, we will cover the average costs (including tuition fee & living cost) for MBBS Abroad for Indian students in various countries:
|MBBS in Kyrgyzstan||Rs. 15 lacs to Rs. 25 lacs for full course|
|MBBS in China||Rs. 20 lacs to Rs. 30 lacs for full course|
|MBBS in Russia||Rs. 12 lacs to Rs. 30 lacs for full course|
|MBBS in Philippines||Rs. 20 lacs to Rs. 40 lacs for full course|
|MBBS in Georgia||Rs. 20 lacs to Rs. 30 lacs for full course |
|MBBS in Bangladesh||Rs. 25 lacs to Rs. 35 lacs for full course|
|MBBS in Ukraine||Rs. 25 lacs to Rs. 35 lacs for full course|
Please note that these are from MCI Approved English Medium Low Cost universities which have direct admission (No entrance exam). Many countries offer an option to do MBBS for Indian students at low cost. Low cost MBBS option does not mean that the quality of education is compromised. These countries are able to offer MBBS at low cost as these are Government Universities. MBBS in all these countries is recognized by MCI (Medical Council of India)