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MBBS, also known as Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, has been one of the prestigious courses among medical courses across the globe since generations. Despite its reputation, MBBS is the most challenging course in higher education. MBBS aims to give an academic understanding of concepts such as human anatomy, chemistry, medicine, drugs formulation and effect, pharmaceutical experience and method of surgery through practical and theoretical experiences. In India, MBBS is the most sought-after courses and lakhs of students compete in MBBS admissions in India, every year. However, the MBBS seats in India are limited and the students face a tough competition to get admission.
NOTE- AIIMS and JIPMER MBBS haven been scrapped for MBBS admissions in India. NEET is the only entrance exam for admission in MBBS/ BDS/ BVSc/ UG AYUSH courses. NEET 2020 will take place on 26th July 2020.
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MBBS Course Duration
Before jumping into the MBBS admission process in India, it is advisable to know all about the MBBS course duration.
The duration of MBBS course is 5 ½ years including a rotating internship of one year. The internship is mandatory, and one can complete the course only by completing an internship. The duration of MBBS academic course is 4 ½ years that comprises of nine semesters. MCI (Medical Council of India) is the only accreditation body in India for MBBS course. Medical Council of India is responsible for structuring/ revamping the MBBS course in India.
MBBS Admission Process 2020
MBBS admissions in India for the academic session 2020 will begin in July 2020 as the NEET exam has been postponed due to the COVID-19 outbreak. In India, MBBS admission process is purely based on entrance tests, and direct admission to MBBS course is not possible without entrance exam score. Therefore, MBBS aspirants must clear the MBBS entrance exam to secure admission.
MBBS Entrance Exams in India
NEET is the only entrance exam for admission in MBBS/ BDS/ BVSc/ UG AYUSH courses.
NEET-UG: NEET-UG (National Eligibility cum Entrance Test) is a popular national-level MBBS entrance exam. All the government & private medical colleges, universities and deemed universities consider NEET-UG score for MBBS admissions. Usually, NEET-UG is conducted in the month of May every year. However, institutes such as AIIMS (All India Institute of Medical Sciences) and JIPMER (Jawaharlal Institute of Post Graduate Medical Education and Research) do not consider NEET-UG for MBBS admissions. These institutes conduct their own entrance exams for MBBS admissions.
NEET-UG 2020 be conducted by NTA. The exam will be a pen and paper-based (offline exam). More details about NEET-UG can be checked by clicking on the links below.
Which is the Best MBBS Entrance Exam in India?
Until last year, there were three major entrance exams in India NEET-UG, AIIMS MBBS, JIPMER MBBS. However, from this academic year, i.e. 2020 academic year, admission to MBBS/ BDS courses in India including in AIIMS and JIPMER institutes will be done on the basis of NEET exam only. AIIMS MBBS and JIPMER exams have been scrapped.
Example 1: If you apply for the NEET-UG entrance exam, it means that you are competing for MBBS admission in government or private medical colleges/ universities/ deemed universities/ private universities. With a valid NEET-UG score, you can get admission in any of the above medical colleges.
Through NEET-UG, you can compete for All India Quota (AIQ) or State Quota seats. Therefore, the chances of securing MBBS admission are high through NEET-UG. However, the admissions are purely based on the order of merit. One must clear the NEET-UG cutoff to be eligible for the admission process.
Example 2: If you apply for NEET MBBS entrance exam, it means that you are not only competing for MBBS admission in any of the nine AIIMS institutes across the country but for all the medical colleges across the country. With a valid NEET score, you can get admission in AIIMS institutes in India. However, other medical colleges in India and JIPMER also consider NEET score for MBBS admissions. The students must clear the NEET MBBS cutoff and feature in the merit list to be eligible for admission process. Here, the admission chances are broad, as there are multiple options.
Example 3: If you apply for NEET entrance exam, it means that you are not only competing for MBBS admission in JIPMER Puducherry or JIPMER Karaikal campuses. JIPMER does not conduct separate entrance exam for MBBS admission. Candidates who clear the NEET MBBS cutoff and feature in the merit list will be eligible for admission process. Here, the admission chances are board as multiple options are available for medical aspirants.
Example 4: While participating in NEET counselling through AIQ, it is always better to aim for AIIMS as well as top government and private medical colleges. While exercising the web options, you can choose AIIMS, JIPMER or any other government or private medical college across the country. You can get admission on the basis of your NEET AIQ rank.
How to Apply for MBBS Course?
After clearing NEET-UG respective admission authority will conduct a centralised admission process for MBBS admissions. Medical Counselling Committee (MCC) will conduct an admission process for MBBS course through NEET-UG. Students who cleared the entrance exam and featured in the merit list are eligible to take part in the counselling process. Students need to submit a separate application form for MBBS course to individual institutes.
MBBS Eligibility Criteria
The MBBS eligibility criteria for MBBS entrance exams and MBBS admission is as follows –
- The basic requirement for MBBS admission and entrance exam in India is Class 12 with a minimum of 50% marks. The students must have studied Biology, Physics, and Chemistry as main subjects in Class 12.
- The lower age limit for MBBS admission and entrance exam in India is 17 years while the upper age limit is 25 years.
MBBS Admission Process through NEET
Medical Counselling Committee (MCC) is the authority for conducting MBBS admissions through NEET-UG. However, MCC conducts MBBS admission process through NEET for 15% AIQ (All India Quota) seats. Students competing for AIQ MBBS admissions are eligible to get admission in any medical college across the country. For 85% of MBBS seats, state governments conduct MBBS admission process.
Usually, NEET-UG results are released in the month of June, and the counselling for MBBS course under AIQ and state quota begins in the second week of June every year. Only those candidates who featured in the merit list released by MCC are eligible to take part in the admission process. The systematic MCC MBBS admission process through NEET-UG for 15% AIQ seats can be checked below.
Registration: NEET-UG 2020 counselling begins with the registration process, and the candidates aspiring for 15% AIQ MBBS seats must visit the official website of MCC to complete the registration process. Click on the application form link to register for MBBS admission process.
Counselling Fee Payment: After the registration process, the candidates must pay the prescribed counselling fee online by using a credit card/ debit card/ net banking. The NEET-UG counselling fee details are elaborated below.
Name of the Category
Counselling Fee (Non-Refundable)
General Category – UR (for 15% AIQ/ Central University MBBS seats)
SC/ ST/ PwD/ OBC (for 15% AIQ/ Central University MBBS seats)
Rs. 5,000 (for all categories)
Exercising and Locking of Choices: At this stage of the admission process, the candidates must submit preferences. The students must note that MBBS admissions through NEET will be based on NEET-UG merit and preferences submitted by candidates during the counselling process. There is no limit on the choices to be selected by the candidates. After selecting choices, candidates can change the order of choices, add new choices, or delete existing choices. Finally, lock the choices so that you will be eligible for seat allotment.
Seat Allotment: Seat allotment result will be declared based on NEET-UG merit and choices locked by the candidates. Candidates can download the seat allotment letter through the official website.
Reporting: After downloading the seat allotment letter, candidates must report to the respective college with all the mandatory documents. The admission will be confirmed only after reporting and submission of mandatory documents.
Documents to Submit at the Time of Reporting: The students who secured MBBS admission through NEET-UG must submit the following documents to the college at the time of reporting –
- Seat Allotment Letter
- NEET-UG Score Card
- Class 10 & Class 12 Pass Certificate or Mark Sheet
- NEET Admit Card
- Identity Proof
- Eight Passport Size Photographs
- Caste or Category Certificate (If Applicable)
- PwD Certificate (If Applicable)
State-Level MBBS Admission Process through NEET
The state governments are responsible for conducting MBBS admissions for 85% of seats in India. The state-level MBBS admission process through NEET of popular states can be checked by clicking on the links below.
- Maharashtra NEET-Based MBBS Admissions
- Uttar Pradesh MBBS Admissions through NEET
- Delhi MBBS Admissions through NEET
- Tamil Nadu MBBS Admissions through NEET
- Gujarat MBBS Admissions through NEET
Follow the cross-linked link for other states MBBS admission procedures.
MBBS Admission Process in AIIMS through NEET
From the year 2020, AIIMS MBBS exam has been scrapped, and NEET is the only entrance exam in India for admission in MBBS course. AIIMS MBBS admission process begins in the month of July every year. However, from 2020, AIIMS MBBS admission dates shall comply with the NEET counselling dates, and MCC will be responsible for conducting the counselling process for AIIMS MBBS admissions. AIIMS New Delhi will not release the merit list of candidates, and a separate merit list will be released by MCC. Candidates who featured in the merit list of MCC AIQ are eligible for MBSS admission process of AIIMS.
MBBS Admission in JIPMER through NEET Entrance Exam
From the year 2020, JIPMER MBBS exam is scrapped, and NEET is the only entrance exam for the admission in MBBS course. JIPMER MBBS admission process begins in the month of June every year. However, from the year 2020, JIPMER MBBS admission dates shall comply with the dates of counselling conducted by MCC for the admission in MBBS course. All the seats in the MBBS course offered by the two campuses of JIPMER shall fall under the All India Quota, and the candidates aspiring for admission in JIPMER should compete for AIQ seats.
MBBS Fees in India
In India, the fees for MBBS course vary from one institute to another. In general, the MBBS fees under concession or convenor quota ranges from Rs. 50,000 – Rs. 5,00,000 per annum. In premier medical institutes like AIIMS, the MBBS fee will be approximately Rs. 10,000 per annum.
MBBS Course Subjects
The following subjects are included in the MBBS course –
- General Surgery
- General Medicine
- Forensic Medicine and Toxicology
- Ear, Nose and Throat
- Dermatology & Sexually Transmitted Diseases
- Introduction to Humanities and Community Medicine
- Human Physiology
- General Medicine
- Human Anatomy
MCI (Medical Council of India) launched the new syllabus for MBBS course that came into effect from the academic session 2019-20. The syllabus for every undergraduate medical course, i.e. MBBS has been outlined by the MCI. The subjects and topics that have been specified for UG medical courses have been divided among Pre-Clinical, Para-Clinical and Clinical Phases. Some of the subjects that students will be asked to study throughout the entire duration of an MBBS course includes:
- Pre-Clinical - 1st & 2nd Semester
- Para-Clinical - 3rd to 5th Semester
- Community Medicine
- Clinical Postings in Wards
- Clinical - 6th to 9th Semester
- Medicine and Allied Subjects such as psychiatry and dermatology
- Paediatric Surgery and Allied Subjects such as Ophthalmology, Orthopaedics
- Clinical Postings
If you wish to learn more about MBBS courses and the subjects that are taught under an undergraduate medical programme in India, then click on the link below:
Top MBBS Colleges in India
Here is the list of some of the top MBBS colleges in India –
- Christian Medical College (CMC) Vellore
- University College of Medical Sciences – University of Delhi
- Kasturba Medical College – Manipal
- Institute of Medical Sciences – Banaras Hindu University
- Armed Forces Medical College – Pune
- Lady Hardinge Medical College for Women – Delhi
- Madras Medical College – Chennai
- JSS Medical College and Hospital, Mysore
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