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MBBS Vs Physiotherapy - Which is a Better Option?

Rohan TyagiUpdated On: July 25, 2022 12:33 am IST | NEET

In this article, we will discuss the differences and similarities between the MBBS course and Physiotherapy courses and draw a conclusion as to which one is a better option for you.

Physiotherapy Courses Vs MBBS

Getting admission to MBBS colleges is a dream for many medical aspirants. But in the world of cut-throat competition and aspirants about tenfolds the number of seats available, it would not be surprising if one misses an MBBS seat by a whisker. So one thing that you must know is that the way to the pot of success in healthcare is not only through the MBBS rainbow. If planned well, allied health sciences will lead you to substantial pots of wealth. There is always an alternative to MBBS. Physiotherapy is one of the top options that will provide you with equal opportunities to grow.

In this article, we will discuss the differences and similarities between the MBBS course and Physiotherapy courses and draw a conclusion as to which one is a better option for you.

AnchorAbout MBBS and Physiotherapy Courses

Where MBBS is a degree programme, Physiotherapy is a whole branch of medical sciences. So, the differences between these two entities are immense.


About MBBS Course

About Physiotherapy Courses


MBBS is an undergraduate degree programme that deals with practising medicine and preparing students to become a surgeon.

Physiotherapy is a branch of medical sciences that deals with rehabilitation to remedy or cure injuries or impairments.


51/2 Years (41/2 Years of the Programme + 1 Year for Internship)

Duration for Bachelor courses can vary from 3 - 5 years, 2 - 3 years for Diploma courses and 1 - 3 years for postgraduate courses.

Course Type


Undergraduate (Bachelor, Diploma and Certificate), Postgraduate (PG Diploma, Master and Doctoral)


INR 25,000 Per Annum - INR 35 LPA

INR 6,500 Per Annum - INR 25 LPA

Relevant Field


Medical Sciences

Popular Specialisations

  • Anaesthesiology

  • Dermatology

  • Obstetrics & Gynaecology

  • Psychiatry

  • General Medicine

  • General Surgery

  • ENT (Ear, Nose and Throat)

  • Orthopaedics

  • Ophthalmology

  • Occupational Therapy

  • Physical Therapy

  • Sports Physiotherapy

  • Neurology

  • Women's Health

  • Geriatrics

  • Paediatrics

  • Orthopaedic/ Musculoskeletal

  • Cardiorespiratory/ Cardiopulmonary

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AnchorMBBS Vs Physiotherapy Courses - Key Skills Required

There are a certain set of skills that one must possess in order to succeed in the respective fields. The skills are mentioned below.

Key Skills Required for MBBS

Key Skills Required for Physiotherapy Courses

  • Good communication skills

  • Problem-solving skills

  • Emotional intelligence

  • Attention to details

  • Quick decision-making skills

  • Teamworking skills

  • Quick to find solutions

  • Leadership skills

  • Professionalism

  • Considerate

  • Resilience

  • Hardworking

  • Capacity for learning

  • Excellent communication skills

  • Excellent organisational skills

  • Initiative, patience, sensitivity and tact

  • Ability to work in a team

  • Interest in anatomy and physiology

  • Encouraging

  • Empathetic and firm

  • Able to maintain good relations with patients and families

  • Problem-solving skills

  • Able to work under pressure

  • Able to manage time effectively

AnchorPhysiotherapy Vs MBBS Course - Admission Process

The difference between MBBS and Physiotherapy courses with respect to their admission process is mentioned below in the table.




Minimum Eligibility

10+2 with Physics, Chemistry and Biology

  • 10+2 with Physics, Chemistry and Biology for undergraduate courses
  • A relevant undergraduate degree for Master or PGD programmes
  • Relevant master degree for doctorate programmes

Admission Through

National Level Entrance Exam only (NEET 2022)

Entrance Exam/ Merit-Based

Top Entrance Exams


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AnchorMBBS Vs Physiotherapy Courses - Topics Covered

Listed below are the topics taught in MBBS course vs Physiotherapy courses.

MBBS Course

Physiotherapy Courses

  • Anatomy

  • Physiology

  • Community Medicine

  • Pharmacology

  • OPDs

  • Bio-chemistry

  • Obst. Gynae

  • E.N.T.

  • Forensic Medicine

  • Ophthalmology

  • Anatomy

  • Biochemistry

  • Psychology

  • Physiology

  • Electrotherapy

  • Pathology

  • Exercise Therapy

  • Pharmacology

  • General Surgery

  • Allied Therapies

  • Neurology and Neurosurgery

  • Neuro-physiotherapy

  • Community-Based Rehabilitation

  • Community Medicine

Here are some links that will help you know the topics better.

AnchorPhysiotherapy Vs MBBS Course - Career Scope

The following table shows the career opportunities you can explore after physiotherapy courses or MBBS programme.



Physiotherapy Courses

Employment Areas

  • Pharmaceutical Companies

  • Biotechnology Companies

  • Govt. or Private Hospitals

  • Nursing Homes

  • Biomedical Companies

  • Private Clinics

  • Health Centres

  • Research Laboratories

  • Govt. or Private Hospitals

  • Fitness Centres

  • Defence Medical Establishments

  • Health Institutions

  • Educational Institutions

  • Physiotherapy Equipment Manufacturers

  • Sports Physiotherapy

  • Orthopaedic Departments

Job Roles/ Types/ Profiles

  • Cardiologist

  • Researcher

  • Surgeon

  • Junior Surgeon

  • Junior Doctor

  • Physician

  • Neurologist

  • Doctor

  • Paediatrician

  • OB-Gyn.

  • Sports Physio Rehabilitator

  • Therapy Manager

  • Assistant Physiotherapist

  • Private Physiotherapist

  • Researcher

  • Osteopath

  • Lecturer

  • Consultant

  • Customer Care Assistant


  • The initial salary can vary from INR 3 LPA - INR 12 LPA.

  • With experience, the salary can reach as high as INR 65 LPA.

  • The initial salary can vary from INR 5,000 per month - INR 4 LPA.

  • With experience, the salary can reach as high as INR 12 LPA or more.

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Which is better in MBBS and Physiotherapy? - Honest Comparison

  • Both the students will be getting jobs in healthcare facilities such as hospitals, Nursing Homes etc. Both the medical professionals will be treating the patients but from a different set of treatment procedures.

  • The MBBS doctors are the experts in specific organs and the human anatomy, while the physiotherapists are limited to physical movement-related diseases in the patients.

  • The MBBS doctors diagnose, and provide treatment for the illness through a medication plan and have to conduct surgeries at certain times, whereas the physiotherapists are involved in physical movement and exercises along with non-surgical methods

  • Physiotherapy is a separate health profession which is mainly focused on the prevention or improvement of movement anomalies in patients. Meanwhile, an MBBS doctor is someone who concerned for the overall wellness of the patient including the outer and inside organs.

  • Although Physiotherapy is a non-surgical treatment method that aims to reduce pain, improve body movement and restore functional imparity to improve the patient’s health, the MBBS course involves a surgical approach for diagnosis and treatment of illness.

  • Physiotherapists use novel methods with some equipment/devices to help cure diseases or pain that  the patient is suffering in most cases. On the other hand, MBBS doctors prescribe oral medication to give relief to the patients irrespective of their illness. But in the case of critical sicknesses like heart, kidney, and brain surgery might be considered and performed by MBBS doctors

  • Physiotherapy is devoted to movement science of the human body and it is related to the function of the body structure. While the MBBS course and profession after that is devoted to overall treatment for any sickness caused in the human body.

MBBS Vs Physiotherapy Courses - Top Colleges

Mentioned below is a list of top MBBS and Physiotherapy colleges in India. You can get admission to these courses simply by filling up our Common Application Form (CAF) and you will be guided throughout the admission process by our education experts.

MBBS Colleges

Physiotherapy Colleges

Fighter Wings Aviation Academy (FWAA Chennai), Chennai

Noida International University - NIU, Greater Noida

Dr. M.G.R. Educational And Research Institute (DRMGRERI), Chennai

Sankalchand Patel University (SPU), Visnagar

Parul University, Gujarat

Centurion University of Technology and Management (CUTM), Bhubaneswar

GITAM University, Visakhapatnam (Deemed to be University)

GNA University, Phagwara

Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology - KIIT, Bhubaneswar

CT Group of Institutions, Jalandhar

Vels Institute of Science, Technology & Advanced Studies (VELS University), Chennai

Shobhit University, Meerut

Maharishi Markandeshwar (Deemed to be University) - [MMDU] Mullana, Ambala

Krupanidhi Group of Institutions, Bangalore

Jaipur National University

The Neotia University (TNU), Kolkata

Swami Rama Himalayan University (SRHU), Dehradun

Shyam Institute of Engineering & Technology (SIET), Dausa

Teerthanker Mahaveer University (TMU), Moradabad

G.C.R.G Group of institutions (GCRG), Lucknow

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What is the qualification required to do Physiotherapy in India?

A graduation degree from a recognised university is the most popular way to become a physiotherapist in India. A full-time undergraduate degree takes at least three years and a part-time course in physiotherapy will take six years to complete. A two-year Master's degree is also a recommended option if you already have a relevant degree. This will help you in specialising in a particular field.


Can I do MBBS after BPT?

Yes, any student may pursue MBBS after doing BPT (Bachelors in Physiotherapy). In order to appear for NEET 2022, you will have to fulfil the minimum eligibility criteria i.e. The candidate must have completed class 12th with physics, chemistry, biology, and English as mandatory subjects with an aggregate score of a minimum of 50%.


Is NEET mandatory for BPT?

No NEET score is compulsory for admission to the BPT course as per the guidelines issued by NTA. However, other state-level entrance exams are conducted for admission in BPT in different medical institutes in the country.


Which is better in MBBS and Physiotherapy?

An MBBS course has better scope in a career than physiotherapy. Physiotherapy is also a rapidly growing field that will reach more height in the upcoming time. An MBBS is a full-time course that will make a student doctor.


Is Physiotherapist equal to MBBS?

There are several differences between these two courses. An MBBS is a UG degree programme that deals with Medicine Practice and prepares students to become a surgeon. However, Physiotherapy is a separate branch of medical sciences that deals with rehabilitation or cure of injuries or impairments.


What is the scope of Physiotherapy?

A career in physiotherapy can rise to a variety of challenging job opportunities in the health care infrastructure. As a Physiotherapist, one can pursue specializations in the fields such as geriatrics, cardiorespiratory, orthopaedics & neurology. Students can also get a doctorate degree & work in the research field of Physiotherapy.


Can physiotherapists be called doctors?

No, Physiotherapists can not use the prefix 'Dr' along with their name. The physiotherapists are considered rehabilitation professionals who register for a practising license from the Rehabilitation Council of India. This clarification was made by the Honourable Supreme Court of India, during the matter “Poonam Verma versus Ashwin Patel, CA No. 8856/1994 dated 10th May 1996.


Is Physiotherapy a well-paid job?

Over one-third of physiotherapists practised out of their independent offices, and earned an average income of $79,180 annually. The physiotherapists working at hospitals also earn a similar average pay of $80,060, as did physical therapists working at specialised hospitals, who get $80,690 per year.


What is the salary of a BPT in India?

A BPT’s salary in India ranges from ? 0.1 Lakhs to ? 4.5 Lakhs with an average annual salary of ? 2.1 Lakhs initially. Salary estimates are based on a recent survey conducted between Physiotherapists working in private hospitals and independently as freelancers.


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