Paramedical Vs MBBS - Which Has a Better Scope?

Diksha Nautiyal
Diksha NautiyalPublished On: September 28, 2020 | NEET UG

While the medical field deals with and practices medicine, paramedical is a field that is related to the provision of emergency medical treatment. Both MBBS and Paramedical courses might fall under the medical field but possess a lot of differences. 

Paramedical Vs MBBS

In the field of medicine, the confusion between medical and paramedical courses is prevailing. Medical Science deals with practising medicine whereas, Paramedical Science covers the diagnostic procedure, primary treatment, equipment detection, treatment and eradication of health problems or diseases.

When talking about Medical education in India, the first programme that comes in a student’s mind is MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery). Medical aspirants often get confused in the decision of choosing a particular branch of medicine to pursue. The same kind of confusion is experienced by students for MBBS and Paramedical courses. Where MBBS is an undergraduate degree programme, Paramedical is a whole branch in itself. So, differentiating between these two entities is like apples and oranges. But if you are stuck in this dilemma of choosing between MBBS or Paramedical courses, then this article is for you.

We have mentioned the basic differences between Paramedical courses and MBBS that will help you find out which of them has a better career scope.

About MBBS and Paramedical Courses

While the medical field deals with and practices medicine, paramedical is a field that is related to the provision of emergency medical treatment. MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery) is an undergraduate degree programme that prepares students to become a surgeon.

Paramedical courses or this branch of medical sciences, on the other hand, deals with the treatment and diagnosis of different diseases, health problems using clinical labs, diagnostic tools, X-ray, ultrasound, etc.

MBBS Vs Paramedical - Courses

The differences between MBBS and Paramedical courses are immense.

MBBS Course

Paramedical Courses

  • MBBS is an undergraduate degree programme that prepares students to become future doctors.

  • Candidates who have cleared a relevant entrance exam and have passed intermediate exam or equivalent are considered eligible for MBBS programme.

  • Where MBBS is a programme, Paramedical is a whole branch in itself.

  • At the undergraduate level, there are a number of Paramedical courses that are offered in different medical colleges in India.

  • The courses cover from Ophthalmic Technology to Nursing to Physiotherapy to Rural Health Care.

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MBBS Vs Paramedical Courses - Duration

Here is the difference between MBBS and Paramedical course duration.

MBBS Course

Paramedical Courses

  • The duration of MBBS course is 51/2 years.

  • 41/2 years out of the entire duration are dedicated to the curriculum of the programme.

  • After the end of 41/2 years, students are subjected to a mandatory internship of one year, making the programme a 51/2-year-long course.

  • The duration of Paramedical courses varies from programme to programme.

  • The duration of the courses can vary from one year to 41/5 years.

  • For instance, the duration of the Bachelor of Physiotherapy is 41/5 years whereas, Diploma of Physiotherapy is a 2-year long course and B.Sc (Radiography) is a 3-year-long course.

MBBS Vs Paramedical Courses - Key Skills Required

Key Skills for an MBBS

Key Skills for a Paramedic

  • Capacity for learning

  • Hardworking

  • Considerate

  • Professionalism

  • Resilience

  • Leadership skills

  • Quick thinking

  • Quick to find solutions

  • Teamworking skills

  • Quick decision-making skills

  • Attention to details

  • Emotional intelligence

  • Problem-solving skills

  • Good communication skills

  • A strong stomach

  • Teamwork (Paramedics work with multiple agencies)

  • Good communication

  • Quick thinker

  • Physically fit and strong

  • Able to navigate in challenging situations

  • Ability to be calm in stressing situations

  • Aware of advanced technology and diagnostic equipment

  • Awareness of the situation

  • Creative thinking

  • Mental toughness

MBBS Vs Paramedical Courses - Admission

The following table shows the difference between MBBS admission and admission to paramedical courses.

MBBS Admissions

Admission to Paramedical Courses

  • The admission to MBBS course is done on the basis of entrance exams.

  • On a national-level, NEET UG entrance examination is conducted to provide admission to MBBS course at different medical institutes in India.

  • It is important for candidates to crack the exam as there are almost no colleges in India that offer direct admission to MBBS.

  • The admission to paramedical courses in India is majorly done through entrance exams.

  • There are some colleges that offer admission to these courses on merit-basis as well.

  • The eligibility criteria for different paramedical courses vary.

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MBBS Vs Paramedical Courses - Career Scope

A career in MBBS is very rewarding in terms of scope and salary package. Check out the different career opportunities that an MBBS or paramedic can explore and make a decision.



Paramedical Courses

Employment Areas

  • Hospitals

  • Nursing Homes

  • Laboratories

  • Medical Colleges

  • Biomedical Companies

  • Health Centres

  • Personal Clinic

  • Research Laboratories

  • Biotechnology Companies

  • Pharmaceutical Companies

  • Hospitals

  • Nursing Homes

  • Colleges

  • Research Laboratories

  • Armed Forces

  • Railways

  • NGOs

  • Research Areas

  • Business Organisations

Job Profiles

MBBS Vs Paramedical Courses - Salary

The pay scale or salary after MBBS vs Paramedical courses depends on one’s experience in the field, their job role and skills.

Salary After MBBS

Salary After Paramedical Courses

  • The starting salary of an MBBS graduate can range from INR 2.4 LPA to INR 5.7 LPA.

  • For someone at a senior position, the salary can range from INR 12.8 LPA to INR 50LPA.

  • In this Sector, the initial salary structure can range from INR 2.2 LPA to INR 12 LPA.

  • The package will increase with more experience. Paramedics at the senior position can earn up to INR 40 LPA.

Also ReadList of Top Paramedical Entrance Exams in India

Top Paramedical Colleges in India

Have a look at some of the Top Paramedical Colleges in India as the demand for Paramedics in private hospitals is high and if you wish to apply for admissions in colleges mentioned belowor need details on the same fill our common application form.

Raffles University (RU ), Neemrana

Shyam Institute of Engineering & Technology (SIET), Dausa

People'S University (PU), Bhopal

University of Technology - Sanganer (UOT), Jaipur

IES University, Bhopal

PCTE Group of Institutes, Ludhiana

Jagannath Institute of Management Sciences - (JIMS) Sector-3 Rohini, Delhi

DPG Institute of Technology & Management (DPGITM), Gurgaon

Remo International College of Aviation (RICA), Chennai

Amity University, Lucknow

UPES, Dehradun

So these were the major differences between MBBS and Paramedical courses and their career prospect. If you have any questions regarding paramedical or medical education in India, ask away your queries through our Q&A section.

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