Requirements for MBBS Admissions and Career Progression in India | GoToUniversity

Requirements for MBBS Admissions and Career Progression in India         

As we all know, medicine is one of the most preferred studies after high school for most of the science students, but it requires students to prepare extensively due to the high demand and limited seat availability. It’s important to know the entry requirements, cost of MBBS studies, post-study licencing process, and progression to specialization programs.


Academic Qualification

Students should complete 12th grade, securing a minimum of 50% from Indian systems such as CBSE, ISC, or the State Board, with science subjects involving biology, chemistry, and physics.

Age Requirements: Intended students should be 17 years of age at the time of admission to a medical college.

Entrance Exam Requirement: Students must take the NEET exam, which is an entrance test taken by Indian students aspiring to get admission into Indian medical colleges. This exam consists of physics, chemistry, and biology subjects and is based on the 11th and 12th grade curriculum. The maximum score is 720, and the passing score is in the 50th percentile. It is to be noted that students who want to pursue their first degree in medicine abroad and then practise back in India also need to qualify for NEET, and the validity of NEET results is 3 years from the declaration date. tentative date of the NEET exam to be scheduled on May 7th, 2023, and the registration to begin from April 2023 onwards, which has yet to be declared.

Duration: MBBS is for 5.5 years, which includes one year of internship. One year of internship is mandatory, which is a part of the curriculum and done in different departments such as community medicine, general medicine, psychiatry, paediatrics, surgery, etc. It allows students to get hands-on training in the teaching hospitals associated with their universities. As per the circular issued in 2022, students can only complete an internship at the teaching hospital attached to their university; no externship is allowed, which was possible before.

Timeline for preparation: MBBS aspirants spend months preparing for the NEET entrance test. Many also take external classes. It's extremely important to work extensively on past papers to improve your understanding of concepts and the nature of the test. Some students take up to 2 years to prepare for the NEET entrance test to ace the score, and in many cases, some students take a gap year after 12th grade to retake the exam if they don’t get the medical seat.

Estimated Course Fee: In government colleges, fees for Indian residents range from INR 10,000 to 2.5 lakhs per annum with a NEET score between 620 and 700, and for non-resident Indians, the range is from INR 10 lakhs to 30 lakhs per annum with a NEET score between 350 and 500. Indian students residing in India may pay tuition fees for 5.5 years up to 70 lacs, while non-resident Indians may pay up to 1.6 crore INR.

Clinical Rotations: Whereas the 1st to 5th semesters are known as pre-clinical years during your MBBS program, Clinical rotations in university hospitals in areas such as community medicine, medicine, psychiatry, dermatology, obstetrics, gynecology, paediatrics, and so on are available from the sixth to ninth semesters.

After MBBS Options: Most of the Indian students choose to enrol for a specialty either in MS (Master of Surgery) in general surgery, ENT, gynecology, etc., or MD (Master of Medicine) in community medicine, pediatrics, etc.

Licensing Procedure: After completing MBBS from an Indian medical college, students can apply for registration at the National Medical Commission without appearing for any additional exams; however, Indian students studying medicine abroad need to pass the NMC screening exam to prove their eligibility to register with the NMC for a license. Additionally, students who completed their UG medicine in the USA, UK, New Zealand, Australia, or Canada along with their PG specialty are not required to sit for the NMC screening test and can get the eligibility certificate.

In India, the MD/MS program, also known as "residency" or "PG specialty," lasts three years. Although, after an MD or MS, you could pursue fellowships in subspecialties for an additional two years in your field of interest.

Cost of MD/MS- Indian students residing in India may pay a tuition fee of up to 70 Lacs for three years, while non-resident Indians may pay up to 2 Cr INR.

Admission Requirement for MD/MS: In order to apply for the MD/MS program, you should have a valid registration with the NMC and qualify as a NEET PG. Based on your NEET score, you could attend the counselling sessions at the various medical universities and start your residency.

Stipend during Specialization: Between $20,000 and $30,000 per month as per NMC guidelines.

Conclusion: To be able to become a specialist in India could take 8.5 years, and to complete your MBBS and MD in both private colleges could cost around 1.4 crore INR for residents and 3.4 crore INR for non-Indian residents. According to the NMC, India has 562 medical colleges that can offer around 90,000 seats, with 50% of those seats going to the reserved category. Government colleges have a less than 5% acceptance rate because their cutoff score is 650 or higher out of 720, which means thousands of Indian students choose to fly abroad to pursue their medicine studies.

How Do GoToUniversity Medical Studies Consultants Assist Students?

Our study abroad consultants have years of experience and in-depth knowledge of medical careers in countries across the globe. We have been successfully helping thousands of students get fully prepared and get admission to medical colleges in the UK, USA, Europe, and many other countries. We assist students by advising them on

  • Selecting the best country for long-term career opportunities
  • Cost of Medicine Studies for MBBS and Postgraduate Studies
  • The entire admissions and application procedure
  • Student profile to be best suited for medical universities
  • Entrance test requirements and preparation
  • Extracurricular requirements such as doctor shadowing programs, course exploration activities in medicine, community service activities, and much more
  • Interview requirements and preparing them for the same
  • Medical Licensing Requirements Post-Completion of Studies
  • Postgraduate specialization requirements



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