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MBBS  in abroad:

The first and primary question one should ask whether studying MBBS in abroad is a sensible and effective decision than studying in India. Well, both options have its pros and cons. In this article I am trying to find the answer to this dilemma.

In this year 7th May huge number of student will take Medical Entrance examination for the study of MBBS in India. This year there is lot of changes in the system. The overall scenario of Indian system is:

  • Single entrance examination for the whole India named NEET (National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test 2017); all state level medical entrance are withdrawn – single platform of assessment makes competition more fierce.
  • AIIMS and JIPMER do not accept NEET Score for MBBS admission, they have their separate examination
  • Question papers are only in English and Hindi. From 2018-19 Urdu will be introduced. So English language competency will be required to get success in the examination for the vernacular students in the non-Hindi belt.
  • The paper-based test comprises of 180 Multiple Choice Questions (with one correct option) on Physics, Chemistry and Biology(Zoology & Botany) with 45 questions for each module, to be answered in 180 minutes – so you have 1 minute for each answer
  • Each question is of +4 marks(correct) or -1 mark(incorrect) – negative marking is there
  • The country level merit list will be published. The pass marks are 50% for General, 45% for General Physically Handicapped and 40% for rest all categories.
  • In India, there are approximately 53,565 MBBS seats of which 50% is with Government colleges. Rest with private colleges
  • Only 15% all India quota seats to be filled by NEET 2017, of which there are further reservations for SC/ST/OBC/PH candidates.
  • No of examinees (as per the NEET 2016 data) were more than 7 lacs. There is high possibility of increase in this number, as it is the only test.
  • From 2016, the private colleges also are bound to take admission through NEET, thus reducing the chance of admission via management quota (only NRI quota seats are allowed)
  • As the private medical colleges are allowed to act as professional institutes from the not-for-profit institutes recently, there is possibility of higher fees this year.

So from the above it is clear that

  • First 4 %(appx 25,000 students) of the merit list will have the opportunity to join government medical colleges and following 4% will be able to join private medical colleges.
  • No alternative ways to join MBBS in India if your rank in NEET is not on the higher side.
  • Rest 92% (minimum 6.5 lacs) students will not get the chance to join MBBS this year in India. They can seat for two more session at maximum.

So this year students with higher ranks (who will be out of the first 4% but within top 8% of the merit list) will have to join private medical colleges

  • With approximately 70 lacs tuition cost.
  • With chance of less practical exposure to patient cases as the private colleges may be in remote area with less case-study opportunities due to lack of patient – cases
  • Or maybe the most cases will be with same type of cases with malnutrition etc, so variety will be limited or the critical cases will fall under referral system to bigger hospitals at the city.

Now, the point is what a student can do:

  • Wait for next year examination with a temporary admission to any local college for science subjects.
    • Result: loss of year and no guarantee next year admission will be possible
  • Leave the dream and accept the ground reality and join any other stream of study
    • Result: complete loss of career track.
  • The final option is joining MBBS in abroad
    • Result: you will get the perfect career track with direct admission to the MBBS

What is the basic necessity for studying MBBS abroad?

I think the primary necessity is:

  1. Parental awareness – most of our parents are not open for sending their wards abroad mainly because three cause:
    1. Assuming that studying abroad will be very costly
      • In practical, studying many abroad countries is less costly than studying in Indian Private Medical School, for living cost also some country allow part-time work , so that the students can earn while learn
      • No Capitation fee
    2. Recognition and registration with Indian system is complicated and the students will have to appear for MCI clearance test
    3. Whether the students will be able to cope with the study pattern
      • In most countries 1 year foundation is delivered in order to make students prepare more and from the 2nd year actual study of medicine starts.
      • Some countries will allow direct admission to the MBBS only with aggregate 50% in 12th with Physics, Chemistry and Biology.
      • Some country will have entrance examination after the first year, for which he will have 1 year time to prepare and the colleges also have the arrangements for the preparation.
  1. Parent should have a minimum fund (including the education loan given by Indian Banks) approximately 15 lacs
  2. Student should have minimum 50% in 12th with PCB or PCM
  3. Should not start the process after the end of the common counseling for NEET-UG as by then abroad admission will be on the verge of “closed”.
  4. So if you understand after the NEET-UG examination, that you will not rank within top 25,000, then look for study abroad opportunities

So, though, studying MBBS in India might be given priority but the point to ponder is whether you will get the chance to join a college. If not, instead of wasting time for the next year, join MBBS abroad is a wiser decision.

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17 thoughts on “Study MBBS

  • July 5, 2018 at 8:10 pm

    Is state board okay to go abroad for medicine?

    • August 3, 2018 at 2:16 pm

      yes, all board acceptable. you need requisite marks in the subjects (PCB)

  • May 7, 2018 at 12:43 am

    Is there any country in abroad which gives MBBS study programme free of cost on behalf of only 60%- 70% in 12th in PCB

    • May 7, 2018 at 2:30 pm

      not in my knowledge. minimum cost of study 8/10 lacs for the whole duration; lesser than this is not possible. PCB 60-70% is okay.

  • May 3, 2018 at 5:12 pm

    Is neet marks of 2017 valid to study abroad….

    • May 4, 2018 at 12:03 pm

      Yes, but the benchmark is set by MCI as 50 percentile. Please note to apply to abroad universities which are approved by MCI, you do not need NEET-UG score; NEET UG is required in order to come back and register in India.

  • March 16, 2018 at 12:58 pm

    What is procedure after NEET result for MBBS abroad?

    • April 6, 2018 at 3:15 pm

      I should make one point clear, for applying to MBBS in abroad countries, there is no requirement of NEET-UG; but if you take the NEET-UG, you will be able to come back in India after the completion of MBBS and get registered here, provided you clear the NEET EXIT TEST. Now this NEET Exit Test is common for all passouts, be it from India or abroad in order to register.

      So to take admission for abroad, you should not wait for the NEET-UG results; as because people who are determined to settle abroad, they should start admission process as soon as the 12th board is complete.

      You need to have a passport, 10th marksheet, 12th admit card, a photo

    • May 4, 2018 at 1:26 pm

      For MBBS abroad no abroad university has any requirement, so the NEET-UG score benchmark is not defined. MCI wants everybody who takes MBBS abroad to have NEET-UG 50 percentile, otherwise if you come back after MBBS, you will not be able to take the registration examination (Exit Test) for practising in India.

  • February 26, 2018 at 5:49 pm

    How about the one who had just finished BS biology and took admission in medicin course this year (in Philippines)?does he require to go through NEET UG first?

    • April 6, 2018 at 3:08 pm

      not necessarily to continue the study and complete MBBS in Phillipines. After the MBBS if you follow the USMLE pathway, you may land to USA too; BUT IF YOU WANT TO COME TO INDIA AND WANT TO PRACTICE AS A DOCTOR, YOU NEED TO TAKE NEET-UG TO GET THE ELIGIBILITY OF TAKING THE MBBS EXIT TEST FOR REGISTRATION IN INDIA

  • January 16, 2018 at 1:47 pm

    Do we have to give neet 2018 exam for studying MBBS in foreign countries?

    • January 16, 2018 at 1:57 pm

      It is yet to be decided by MCI, only a proposal is given by the governing body to MCI. The notification (if at all) might be given after February 2018 by MCI.

      Please note, foreign universities does not require Indian students to appear for NEET-UG as their entrance requirement. You need to take the NEET-UG in case you are planning to come back to India after your MBBS for registration, if you want to practice in the foreign countries, then this requirement may be avoided.

    • February 28, 2018 at 1:39 pm

      Hi Aman!

      The foreign universities have not imposed the requirement of NEET-UG in their entry criteria and they will not as for joining any course in Abroad Universities, there is no standardized Indian entrance examination. This is valid not only for Medicine study, but for other verticals also.

      MCI has imposed this extra burden on the students going to study MBBS abroad in order to ensure that the doctors practicing in India (be it from India or abroad) have the same benchmark of passing NEET-UG with the minimum percentile.

      The examination have no connection with your study abroad; but in order to get the “NOC” from MCI while going to abroad the NEET-UG is required. Now again, NOC from MCI has no connection with your study invitation from abroad or visa for the foreign countries. But if the NOC is not with you then you will not be allowed to sit for the NEET test (MCI screening test more popularly known as) for the registration in India.

      The beauty of the Indian system is, you may take the NOC from MCI during your MBBS study in abroad too, so you may take the NEET-UG in later years also (uptill the age bar given by CBSE for appearing the NEET-UG, get the required percentile and apply for NOC from MCI).

      Registration as doctors in few abroad countries also nullify the separate requirement of registration as doctor with MCI to practice in India.

      So, in short, you need to seat for the NEET-UG in order to appear for the MCI screening test after the completion of MBBS from abroad, but not to study and practice as doctors in abroad.

      For study MBBS abroad you need 12th board with Physics, Chemistry and Biology with minimum 50% in aggregate (but for good universities you need 60% with strong marks in Biology and Chemistry). Mathematics not mandatory. Some countries have their own examination, some are happy with our board results. And believe me, admission to abroad is almost guaranteed. There is no possibility of loosing the year.

      For any admission assistance you may contact me at or whatsapp me at +917044434969.

  • July 12, 2017 at 6:19 pm

    Can I get mbbs adminition in India or Abroad with 45%in 12 th with PCB.

    • July 13, 2017 at 11:14 am

      Yes, possible. In Philippines. Cost approximately 20 for the full MBBS study. No examination, No Capitation. Send me your 12th marksheet at Also leave your phone number. My number is 8961000154.


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