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UPSC CMS vs NEET PG - Which is the Best Option after MBBS?

Shruti ChatterjeeUpdated On: September 23, 2022 06:18 pm IST | NEET PG

Both options come with their pros and cons. So, let’s have a look at some factors that will help you decide whether to choose UPSC CMS or NEET PG after MBBS.


Tune into your inner calling. This world is full of opportunities and options to explore. Finding an opportunity is not very difficult for a skilled individual like yourself. It is the deciding on an option. And that’s where CollegeDekho comes in. 

Yeah, all that is fine but how do I reach a decision? Well, you will have the numbers and stats. You will have deciding factors listed. You will have a long list of pros and cons for both options. And most importantly, you will have tips and suggestions given by people who have been in your shoes. 

Now doesn’t that sound like a great way to decide on a better option after MBBS: UPSC CMS or NEET PG? Then keep reading. 

Check out: All About the MBBS Course

Factors to Consider While Choosing Between NEET PG and UPSC CMS After MBBS  

Before you move further scouring through the pros and cons list, here’s something you should know. Priorities. Responsibilities. Needs. Aspirations. These are not just random adjectives thrown together but major deciding factors. What works for you might not work for others. 

So, we are not going to hand you an answer. It is more of a self-exploration journey. And if you are not aware of what things to consider while making a decision then this list will help you. Happy surfing!  

1. Do You Want to Continue Studying?

Fortunately or unfortunately, the more degrees you have after your name the more prestige you get in society. But that should not be a deciding factor. What should be is your interest in continuing your education and specialising in a particular field. It goes without saying that MD/ MS has a better ring to it than MBBS when added after your name. But it also goes without saying that getting employed in your early twenties sounds more empowering than later twenties. So, take your sweet time in figuring out your preference. 

2. What Kind of Life Do You Want?    

Administrative services or private clinic? Fixed working hours or not? Authority over your work or not? What is your call? Think. Read about your options and then decide. Take it from someone who has been there, if you are not living the kind of life you had in your mind, the job satisfaction would not be very satisfactory. 

3. What is Your Salary Expectation?

Although government jobs come with financial security and additional perks, the salary is fixed. Whereas in private jobs or businesses, there’s no limit to how much you can earn. So the question is, are you looking for high financial stability with a fixed salary or not necessarily a stable income, but with no limit.   

4. Where do You Want to Work?

It is an important question, which can also be related to the second point. Have you always know where you would be working or the location of your job does not worry you a lot? The answer will help you decide whether you want a government job or your own clinic. 

5. What are Your Family Needs?

Your family needs someone to take over the financial needs as soon as possible. You want to have regular income to get your family's needs quenched. 


You have a financially stable family with no pressure to provide them anytime soon. You are free to explore further and build something of your own. 

What is your situation? Figure that out and make a decision.   

NEET PG vs UPSC CMS After MBBS - Pros and Cons

Now that you are aware of major factors that you should consider while deciding between UPSC CSM and NEET PG, here’s a list of pros and cons that you must check.




Detailed Description

All About UPSC CMS

All About NEET PG

Investment in Time

An opportunity to directly work after completing an MBBS degree. No more degrees required

3 more years of studying are required to grab a job opportunity

Prestige and Name

Would only have an MBBS degree to your name

Would have an MD/ MS/ DNB, along with MBBS, to your name


Fixed and stable salary

Depending on the work, no limit to the highest salary, but lacks stability

Side Hustle

No private practice would be allowed along with a govt. job

Can become an associate professor in an organisation, as well as do private practice. 


Being limited to the government-assigned clinic or hospital, low to no scope of fame

Not being limited to a particular organisation or location, a higher opportunity to fame


Job, future and financial security guaranteed, minus the pressure of the uncertainty of your future after a degree 

No immediate job security, plus the pressure of job hunt after a degree as medical colleges rarely provide placements

Job Location

No control over which city you work in. Could be a rural area as well

Rural or urban area, work anywhere you want

Work Load

Fixed work timings, minimum workload

The hectic life, heavy workload during the degree, as well as after completing it 

Job Satisfaction

Low chances of work satisfaction

High chances of work satisfaction as you are free to work in the specific field or branch you are interested in

Hustle/ Hardwork

Provides early settlement through a permanent job without investing a lot of time, money and work

With no campus placement after the course, you have to first establish yourself and work harder to settle down

Level of Examination Difficulty 

Despite the same syllabus, UPSC CMS is comparatively easier as only the syllabus of MBBS pre-final and final year is included 

The syllabus is comparatively tougher and includes subjects from the first, second, pre-final and final year of MBBS


Just mbbs, not as skilled, basic knowledge of everything but not deep

Help gain in-depth knowledge of a field and causes you to be more skilled

Field Competition

Comparatively less competitive

(Every year, there are around 40K candidates applying for 800+ vacancies. Out of all the applicants, only around 20K appear in the exam.)

Comparatively more competitive

(Every year, 1.04 - 1.9L MBBS graduates, both domestic and foreign, are produced with only about 66K PG medical seats available in India.)

UPSC CMS Application Process

The mode of the application process for admission is online mode and students need to pay the application fees via net banking, credit card, or debit card. 

UPSC CMS 2022 application form had been released by UPSC on April 6, 2022. The last date for filling up the application form was April 26, 2022. There are two parts of the application form which need to be filled in two parts. The first part of the application form for the UPSC CMS candidates is where students need to register themselves and they need to fill up basics with details such as father’s name, category, name, etc. The second part of the application contains details such as selecting the mode of payment, selecting the exam centre, and the final submission of the application form by the candidates. 

Details such as the Aadhar card needs to be filled up during the process of filling out the application form. Candidates who do not have an Aadhar card can make use of identity proof such as a Driving Licence, passport, voter ID, PAN card, etc. candidates belonging to the General and OBC categories need to pay INR 200 as application fees, and PH, females, ST/SC candidates need not make any payment. Candidates must be very careful while filling out the application form since it cannot be edited after the final submission is over. 

Here are the steps to fill out the application form:

The UPSC CMS application form needs to be filled out in two parts:

UPCS CMS Registration Form- Part 1

This part of the application form requires candidates to fill out basic details like name of candidates, mother’s name, father’s name, educational background, phone number, etc, and submit the application form. 

UPSC CMS Registration Form- Part 2

At this stage of the application process, candidates need to log in with their id and password and then move on to filling out the second part of the application form. The second part of the application form requires candidates to select any one mode of payment, exam centre, and then upload scanned copies of their photograph and signature. 

Photograph and Image Specification:

Check the specifications required for uploading the scanned photograph and signature:




3 to 40 kb


1 to 40 kb

Payment of application fees specifications

Payment Method

Payment Gateway


Bank Challan


Credit/Visa/RuPay/ Debit card and net banking

What are the documents applied at this stage of application?

  • Addhar card or any identity proof with a photograph
  • Scanned photograph and signature
  • Card details required for payment of fees
  • An active email id

Application fees

Check out the fees for different categories and gender:





OBC, General

Online and offline 


INR 200

NEET PG Admission Process

NEET PG Counselling 2022 is conducted for all the states, UT and for all relevant institutions. MCC conducts the counselling on the basis of all India for 50% quota seats. 

The seat allotment results will be posted soon. Following the announcement, admission will be granted on the basis of fulfillment of all the eligibility criteria. 

Candidates need to register themselves on the website of MCC in order to take part in the counselling process. It is also necessary to get the NEET PG Cut off marks for 2022 in place for taking part in the counselling process. 

NEET PG Counselling Schedule

Here is a list of dates for the NEET PG counselling events:

Counselling Round 1


September 15 - September 23, 2022 until 12 pm.

Payment Facility

September 15 - September 23, 2022 until 8 pm.

Choice Filling and Locking

September 20 - September 25, 2022 until 11:55 pm.
Choice LockingChoice Locking from 3 PM to 11:55 PM on September 25, 2022, as per Server Time

Verification of internal aspirants by the respective institutes

September 23 - September 24, 2022

Seat Allotment process

September 26 - September 27, 2022

Declaration of Seat Allotment Result

September 28, 2022

Reporting at the allotted institute

September 29 to October 4, 2022

Counselling Round 2

Registration Round 2

October 10 - October 14, 2022 until 12 pm.

Payment Facility

October 10 - October 14, 2022, until 8 pm.

Choice Filling and Locking

October 11 - October 14, 2022, until 11:55 pm.
Choice LockingChoice Locking from 3 PM to 11:55 PM on October 14, 2022, as per Server Time

Verification of internal aspirants by the respective institutes

October 14 - October 16, 2022

Seat Allotment process

October 17 - October 18, 2022

Declaration of Seat Allotment Result Round 2

October 19, 2022

Reporting at the allotted institute

October 20 to October 26, 2022

Counselling Round 3/ Mop-Up Round

Registration Round 3

October 31 - November 4, 2022 until 12 pm.

Payment Facility

October 31 - November 4, 2022 until 8 pm.

Choice Filling and Locking

November 1 - November 5, 2022, until 11:55 pm.
NEET PG Choice LockingChoice Locking from 3 PM to 11:55 PM on November 5, 2022, as per Server Time

Verification of internal aspirants by the respective institutes

November 4 - November 6, 2022,

Seat Allotment process

November 7 - November 8, 2022,

Declaration of NEET PG Seat Allotment Result Round 3

November 9, 2022

Reporting at the allotted institute

November 10 - 14, 2022

Stray Vacancy Round

Processing of Seat Allotment

November 15 - November 16, 2022

Result of Seat Allotment Rounds

November 17, 2022

Reporting to Institute

November 18 - November 25, 2022

NEET PG 2022: Counselling Procedure

The procedure of counselling is stated below:

Step 1: Registration for Counselling

  • Go to the official website of MCC.

  • Register yourself for the process of counselling

  • Password generated during the time of registration needs to be saved

  • Students are then required to pay the counselling fees which are INR 1000 (for AIQ/Central Universities UR candidates) and INR 5000 for all deemed university candidates.

Aspiring candidates are also required to pay the tuition fees which will be refunded if no seats are allotted to students. Here is a brief on the tuition fees:

  • Candidates appearing for AIQ/Central University UR counselling- INR 25,000

  • Candidates belonging to the reserved category (SC/ST/OBC/PH) are required to pay INR 10000, while deemed university candidates need to pay INR 2,00,000. 

Step 2: Choice filling and choice locking

After the registration process is over, candidates are required to fill in the choice of subjects along with their choice of colleges or institutions in the order of their preference. 

  • After the choices are filled in, it can only be modified before the modification is carried out. 

  • When the phase of choice locking, it is important to lock the choices of aspirants and also get a printed copy of the submitted choices. 

  • If candidates are not locking their choices, then they will be automatically locked in. 

  • Candidates are free to choose as many choice as per their preference. 

Step 3: Seat allotment 

  • Once the choice filling is over, candidates can move ahead with the process of seat allotment.

  • The seats that are allotted on the basis of choices filled by candidates, the number of seats availabl and the category to which candidates belong to. 

  • As various rounds take place, results are declared on the website. 

Step 4: Reporting 

  • Once candidates are allotted seats, they will be required to join their respective allotted colleges or courses within the given time period.

  • After the last date of admission, no further admissions will be entertained.

Step 5: State Quota Merit List

Seats under the state quota in various private universities are filled up on the basis of NEET PG result. Many factors are taken into consideration when the state quota merit list is prepared such as categories, sub-categories, final eligibility, state category rank and various other reservation poilicies. However, there is no reservation policy for offering admission to candidates. But seat reservation policies are in place for different categories.

NEET PG: Important Instructions

Here are some important instructions for the NEET PG exam:

  • For all deemed and central universities, there are three rounds of counselling and a final mop-up round that takes place at the university or institute level for stray vacancies. 
  • Since 2018, students hailing from the states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana are also eligible to apply for All India Quota seats.
  • Candidates who did not register themselves in the first round of counselling can apply for counselling in the second round.
  • Candidates who are applying for both AIQ and Deemed Universitites are only required to pay the higher fees of INR 5000 which is for the deemed universities.
  • In cases of any discrepancy in the firm of spellings in documents, then candidates are required to carry proof (an affidavit/undertaking) that states that those documents belong to the same person.  

NEET PG: Documents required on the day of counselling

It is crucial for candidates to note that they do carry all these documents with themselves when the process of counselling begins:

  • NEET PG 2022 Result 

  • NEET PG 2022 Rank card

  • Clas 10 and 12 certificate and results

  • Birth certificate as a proof of date of birth

  • MBBS/ BDS degree certificate or provisional certificate

  • Internship certificate

  • Category certificate for whomever applicable

  • Proof of identity

  • Permanent or provisional registration certificate issued by the MCI or the State Medical Council.  

Good Luck!  


Does UPSC CMS guarantee a permanent job?

Yes, if a candidate can successfully clear the UPSC CMS exam then he or she will be placed in the administrative department of the government where MBBS graduates are required. And these kinds of jobs are permanent. 


Can I gain in-depth knowledge in medicine by appearing for UPSC CMS?

No, if an MBBS graduate wishes to gain in-depth knowledge in a particular field of study then he or she must opt for NEET PG and complete their MS/MD course.


Is NEET PG more competitive than UPSC CMS?

Yes, the competition is tougher when it comes to NEET PG as only 66000 postgraduate medical seats are available in India whereas the number of students appearing for the exam is more than 1.9 lakhs. 


Is the level of exam difficulty more when it comes to UPSC CMS?

No, the level of difficulty when it comes to UPSC CMS is lesser since only MBBS pre-final and final year is included in the exam syllabus.


What kind of job satisfaction can I get if I pursue NEET PG and complete my MD/MS?

When working as a doctor with an MD/MS degree, the chances of high job satisfaction is very high. One can be free to choose which branch of medicine they want to pursue.

Is there job security for candidates pursuing MS/MD after clearing NEET PG?

Candidates who pursue an MS/MD degree after clearing NEET PG to get jobs through placements that after sometimes conducted in medical colleges. But there is no job security for medicos who have an MS/MD degree.


Can I get famous for pursuing UPSC CMS?

When it comes to working in a government-assigned clinic or hospital, there is almost low to no scope of fame.


Does UPSC CMS have a fixed salary?

Yes, candidates who appear for UPSC CMS and get jobs through the exam have a fixed salary. 


I like to have fixed working hours when it comes to daily work. Should I choose NEET PG?

If a candidate has a goal of fixed working hours then pursuing NEET PG would not be an ideal choice since doctors with MD/ MS degrees have an erratic work schedule. They have different types of shifts throughout the week and their life is very different from the life of candidates who have pursued other courses.


I want to continue studying after my MBBS course. What should I choose- UPSC CMS or NEET PG?

If you are someone who wants to continue studying, then it is better to choose NEET PG because UPSC CMS would open up a world of opportunities for you where you will get administrative jobs. But if you want to continue studying, then you can pursue NEET PG and go for an MS or MD course.


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