Medical Education in India

Medical profession is one of the most prestigious professions of India. Over the years, India has produced several doctors who are world renowned and are known for their skills. However, there is still a dearth of doctors in the country and India is in true need of quality doctors. However, admission to MBBS programs need years of hard work and dedication.

The Medical Council of India (MCI) Indian Medical Council (Amendment) Ordinance, 2018 (Ordinance 8 of 2018), the Medical Council of India shall stand superseded now is not a statutory body for establishing uniform and high standards of medical education in India. 

Now the Supreme Court has allowed the Central Government to replace the medical council and with the help of five specialized doctors monitor the medical education system in India, from July 2017.

MBBS Degree in India


Students who have passed Class 12 with Physics, Chemistry and Biology can opt for MBBS. The MBBS is a 5.5 year (4.5 years academic education 1 year mandatory internship) at the undergraduate level. One can go for postgraduate program which is of 2 years and leads to MD and MS depending upon the area of specialisation. The courses taught at the undergraduate level include  Anatomy, Physiology and Biochemistry,Pathology, Pharmacology, Microbiology, and Forensic Medicine, Ear Nose and Throat and Ophthalmology among others. 

Medical Entrance Exams in India


Admission to medical colleges in India s through a common admission test called NEET (National Eligibility cum Entrance Test).NEET-UG is an entrance examination in India, for students who wish to study any graduate medical course (MBBS/ dental course (BDS) or postgraduate course (MD / MS) in government or private medical colleges in India. Another very important medical entrance exam is AIIMS MBBS entrance test for admission to MBBS programs. 



For details on various MBBS entrance exams, click here

Medical Courses in India


Undergraduate Medical Courses

  • MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery)
  • BDS (Bachelor of Dental Surgery)
  • BHMS (Bachelor of Homeopathic Medicine and Surgery)
  • BAMS (Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery)
  • BSMS (Bachelor of Sidda Medical Science)
  • BVSc (Bachelor of Veterinary Science)
  • BUMS (Bachelor of Unani Medicine and Surgery)

Allied Courses

  • B Pharma (Bachelor of Pharmacy)
  • BSC Nursing 
  • BPT (Physiotherapy)
  • BNYSc (Bachelor of Naturopathy and Yogic Sciences)

Postgraduate Medical Courses

MD (Doctor of Medicine)
MS (Master of Surgery)
DNB (Diplomate of National Board)
DM (Doctorate of Medicine)
MCh (Master of Chirugical)

Top Medical Colleges in India


AIIMS, Christian Medical College Vellore, Armed Forces Medical College Pune, Maulana Azad Medical College, Madras Medical College, Calcutta Medical College, King George's Medical College are among the top medical colleges in India.

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