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The OCI MBBS admission in India varies for different states due to the varying state laws. NRI (Non-Resident Indian) students can avail 15% quota, but not all of these seats can be availed by the students belonging to OCI category. In fact, out of the 15% NRI Reservation Quota, only OCI students are entitled to only 1% of it.
Then again, the rules and regulations in different states vary. Due to the lack of standardisation and uniformity in India, the topic may become confusing to you. So, if you are interested in getting MBBS admissions under OCI category then this article is for you. Here, we will be discussing the eligibility requirements, MBBS admission process, state-wise rules and regulations and all the necessary information about OCI MBBS admissions 2021.
|13th July 2021: As per the newly released dates, NEET 2021 will be taking place on 12th Sept. Applications for the same has commenced on 13th July 2021.|
What is OCI Quota and Who Comes Under it?
OCI stands for Overseas Citizen of India. Basically, students who are the citizen of some other country but are of Indian origin or belonged to a territory which became a part of India after its independence on 15th Aug 1947.
These are the candidates who are eligible to apply for MBBS admissions in India under the OCI category. In fact, states like Karnataka has asked to treat students holding OCI cards as Indian citizens for admissions to the professional courses. These candidates are even entitled to admission under the State Quota.
Eligibility Criteria for OCI MBBS Admission 2021
Meeting the entry requirements for admissions to MBBS course under OCI category is indispensable for the selection. Here are the criteria that you are required to meet if you are interested in getting admission.
You must be holding a valid OCI card.
You must possess a valid passport.
You must have participated in and qualified the latest NEET-UG, i.e., NEET 2021.
Seats under NRI Quota are only allocated to those who have met the cut-off criteria for NEET.
If you are applying under NRI sponsorship then you are required to have a real blood relation to your financial supporter/ investor, be it the father, mother, aunt, sister, brother or uncle.
OCI MBBS Admission Process 2021
Here are the steps that you would need to follow for admission to MBBS course under OCI Quota:
Your journey to the admissions will begin by appearing in the NEET entrance examination.
In the exam, you will have to meet the minimum qualifying scores or cut-off marks.
Once the NEET results are announced, you will have to register yourself with the official website of MCI (Medical Council of India) to participate in the counselling process.
Then, based on your NEET rank, scores and state rules, you will be allocated a seat at a medical college in India.
Every state in India has its own separate MBBS admission process and rules regarding the OCI Quota admissions. The state-wise details are discussed below.
Documents Required for OCI Quota Admissions
Here is a list of important documents that you will be required to possess at the time of admissions.
A valid OCI card
A valid passport
Class 12 mark sheets
Class 10 mark sheets
Valid address proof
NEET 2021 scorecard
A hard copy of the online application form along with passport size photographs
A NOC (Non-Objection Certificate) from the Ministry of External Affairs, Govt of India, New Delhi
NOC issued by the competent authority or Ambassador of your country to grant permission for your study and stay in India
State-wise Rules and Policies for OCI Admission 2021
As we mentioned at the beginning of this article, different Indian states have different rules regarding the MBBS admission for OCI students. Here are some of the examples:
Karnataka and Gujarat: Both states consider OCI category students as NRI. According to the Karnataka High Court, candidates with OCI cards are to be treated as Indian citizens for admission to the professional courses.
Maharashtra: The Government of Maharashtra required an OCI candidate to hold at least 10 years of domicile with Class 11 and 12 mark sheets to take admission in professional courses through the OCI Quota.
Uttar Pradesh: The Government of Uttar Pradesh also treats the OCI category students as NRIs, provided that they are holding an OCI card issued by the embassy.
Tamil Nadu: Some states consider OCI candidates equal to NRI students, whereas Tamil Nadu treats OCI candidates the same as Indian citizens.
Other States: The remaining states required different documents to confirm a candidate’s eligibility with the respective state medical councils.
OCI Admissions Guidelines 2021
Apart from the above-mentioned information, there are a few other things that you need to keep in mind.
Be it an overseas student or a domestic one, qualifying NEET is compulsory. Things may have been different before 2016, but with the interception of the Supreme Court, this national-level entrance examination has become mandatory.
You are required to hold a valid Adhaar Card as ID proof. This is mandatory for all but candidates native to Assam, Jammu & Kashmir, and Meghalaya.
If you do not possess an Adhaar Card, your valid passport would be used as authentic ID proof. For this, you must mention your passport number on the application form.
It is important for you to choose the city for the exam wisely. Choosing a state with the maximum number of seats offered can be proved beneficial for you. There are 80 cities around the country that conduct the examination. At the time of application, a foreign student such as yourself can mark three different centres in a city for participating.
Although NRI (in some cases, OCI as well) students are entitled to 15% management or institutional quota in private colleges, for the state reservation quota, that state is the sole authority for providing quota or not. For instance, the Govt. of Kashmir rejects entertaining a request for such quota. Maharashtra Government, on the other hand, has nodded to provide candidates with quota seats for the admissions.
Hope you found this article informative. We would also advise you to validate the facts and regulations mentioned here with the concerned official authorities. To know more about MBBS admissions in India, stay tuned with CollegeDekho.