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India has always been a center of learning from time immemorial, starting with the Nalanda University which was the oldest university system in the world. Today education in India is provided by excellent universities, both in the public and private sector. India is a popular destination for higher education amongst international students due to quality education that is also highly affordable. English being the common language of communication, it is also hugely popular with large multinational companies, who regularly recruit from Indian campuses. With over 350 universities and 20000 colleges, India offers a wide spectrum of courses that are recognised globally.

Medical studies has long been popular with NRIs due to options for affordable colleges providing excellent education and training. Almost all public and private medical colleges have reserved seats for NRIs.

The most popular undergraduate medical courses include:

> M.B.B.S. (Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery): MBBS is the undergraduate medical degree awarded in India and the duration is 5.5 years.

> B.D.S. (Bachelor of Dental Surgery): BDS is a first professional degree programme in dentistry. Course duration is 4 years.

The Top Colleges for Medical Studies in India are:

  • AIIMS, New Delhi
  • AFMC, Pune
  • Lady Hardinge Medical College, New Delhi
  • Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi
  • University College of Medical Sciences, New Delhi
  • CMC Vellore, Ludhiana
  • Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Medical Science, Wardha
  • St. John Medical College, Bengaluru
  • JIPMER, Puducherry
  • BHU, Varanasi
  • Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College (AMU), Aligarh

The Challenge

Tough Entrance Exams

Medical Entrance Exams in India are held both on an All India basis as well State Level. Some national level institutes also conduct their own entrance exams.

NEET (National Eligibility cum Entrance Test)

The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) is a national level undergraduate medical entrance exam conducted by Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE). It allows medical aspirants to take a single entrance examination to get admission to almost all medical colleges in India, including private medical colleges.

Currently 15% of the total seats in all medical and dental colleges run by departments under the Government of India are reserved for candidates who pass this examination. This includes more than 2500 MBBS and approximately 400 dental seats.

NRI Quota

Indian Nationals and Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) are Eligible for appearing in the NEET 2017. All participating States/Universities/Institutions have an NRI quota, which varies from college to college. The exact number and country-based allocation of these reserved seats may vary annually. Students seeking admission to the reserved seats are required to apply through the Indian missions abroad or through the diplomatic missions of the respective countries in India.


  • AgeApplicant must have completed the age of 17 years at the time of admission or will complete the age on or before 31st December of the year of his/her admission.
  • Academic RequirementAny applicant who passed Class XII examination with an aggregate of 50% marks in the subjects of Physics, Chemistry and Biology (Bio-Technology) and also passed English in the Qualifying  Examination from any recognised Board/University can appear in the NEET subject to other conditions.

Exam Format:

The exam is conducted in a single stage which generally takes place on the first Sunday of May. The examination consists of one paper containing 180 objective type questions from Physics,Chemistry and Biology (Botany & Zoology). The duration of NEET 2017 will be 03 hours.

Important Dates:

Date of applying – 1st week of December

Date of examination – 1st week of May

Important Dates for NEET 2017

Online Registration – 1st Dec to 31st Dec 2017

Date of Examination – 3rd May, 2017

Declaration of Results – 5th June, 2017


  • 523,701 candidates appeared for the exam in 2016
  • 46,271 candidates qualified
  • 18,115 passed under the 15% all India quota seats


15% seats are reserved for SC candidates, 7.5% seats are reserved for ST candidates, 27% seats are reserved for OBC


Each state in India also has its state level medical exams. These are known as state level PMTs. They cover over 40,000 seats for MBBS. The most popular of these are:

COMEDK – Consortium of Medical Engineering and Dental Colleges of Karnataka

DPMT – Delhi University Pre-Medical Test

GUJCET – Gujarat Common Entrance Test

PMET – Punjab Medical Entrance Test

MHTCET – Maharashtra Common Entrance Test

KEAM – Kerala Engineering Architecture Medical Examination

UPCAT – Uttar Pradesh Common Admission Test


India has some excellent private colleges as well for Medical Studies. Foreign citizens, PIO card holders, OCI (Dual Citizens), NRI students and NRI sponsored students can apply under the Foreign/NRI category. They cover about 40,000 seats across India. 15% of the seats in private medical colleges in India are reserved for this category, however there may be a slight variation as per individual college rules.

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