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    MS ENT

    Nov 24, 2022 20:50PM IST

    MS ENT Course Overview

    Master of Surgery or MS ENT is a postgraduate degree. This is a 3-year course that can be pursued after completing a 5-year MBBS degree or any relevant medical program at the graduation level. Through this course, students get to study subjects like otolaryngology, and diseases of the ear, eyes, and throat.

    The primary admission criteria for students to study MS ENT in colleges is passing the entrance exams like INI CET, NEET-PG, etc. The exams are conducted every year at the national level. After registration, students get 3 years to complete the entire coursework. All the teaching and learning process is conducted in offline mode. 

    Several colleges are present across India that provide MS ENT degrees. A few popular choices for students are; AIIMS Delhi, Kolkata Medical College, Parul University, Christian Medical College, Madras Medical College, Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, etc. The average course fee for MS ENT in India lies between 50,000 to 20,00,000 INR. After completing MS ENT, there are many job profiles available for professionals to choose from. Some of the highest-paying designations after the ENT course are ENT Surgeons, Consultants, Professors, Researchers, etc.

    MS ENT Course Highlights

    Course Name

    Master of Surgery in ENT

    Course Duration

    3 years

    Course Level


    Course Fee

    50,000 to 20,00,000 INR

    Examination Pattern


    MS ENT Admission process

    Entrance exam, Counseling, Personal Interview, Group Discussions


    Through entrance exams conducted by respective colleges

    Minimum Aggregate Required for MS ENT

    • 60% in high secondary level
    • 50% in MBBS level
    • 1-year internship

    Top Colleges for MS in ENT

    • CMC Vellore - Christian Medical College
    • KMC Manipal - Kasturba Medical College
    • AIIMS Delhi - All India Institute of Medical Sciences New Delhi
    • Maulana Azad Medical College
    • Armed Forces Medical College

    Average Salary

    7,00,000 to 30,00,000 INR per annum


    • ENT Specialist.
    • Lecturer/Professor.
    • Medical Consultant/Visiting Medical Consultant.
    • Researcher
    • ENT Surgeon

    Recruiting Organizations

    Apollo Super Speciality Hospital, AIIMS, GNRC

    Why Choose MS ENT?

    There are many prominent reasons that make MS ENT an ideal course to choose from. Some of the reasons are

    • An individual with an MS ENT degree can find employment in both government and private sectors. All job profiles come with further research options and a high salary with other benefits.

    • Graduates can open their own clinic after completing all the legal methods for obtaining a license. The professionals with their own chamber earn in high figures.

    • There are a number of career choices available after graduating with an MS ENT degree.

    • Candidates with MS ENT degrees are introduced to modern technologies and other advancements in the field.

    • MS ENT is getting popular among students not only in India but also in foreign countries. 

    • Those who wish to complete their research degree can easily complete it as an MS ENT degree comes with many fellowship offers and several research grants.

    • A surgical degree is very valuable in terms of medical study.

    Entrance Exams for MS ENT

    Every year, entrance exams are held to help secure admission into postgraduate degree programs. The most popular entrance exams are:

    INI CET: This exam is conducted by the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi. Students from all over India can sit for this test as it is held on a national level. This is an online, computer-based test that students have to attend from the designated exam centers. The entire test continues for 3 hours. AIIMS conducts this exam twice every year. The entire syllabus of MBBS is covered in this entrance exam. There are 200 questions asked in the exam and all of them are multiple-choice based. After passing this exam, students can seek admission to any of the AIIMS branches present in India.

    PGIMER: Each year, the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research conducts this entrance test twice for providing admission into their postgraduate degree programs in medical studies. Papers are set in English medium. All the pre-clinical, post-clinical, and core clinical papers are included in this exam. All the questions are multiple-choice based. The paper-setters refer to the entire MBBS syllabus while framing the questions. Key areas covered in the curriculum are gynecology, pediatrics, radiology, neurology, internal medicine, ENT ophthalmology, psychiatry, etc. For each incorrect answer, there is a negative marking. 250 questions are asked to the students and they need to answer the same within 3 hours.

    NEET-PG: The National Board of Examination (NBE) conducts this national examination every year for admission to postgraduate degree courses. Previously, 300 questions used to be asked but now the number of questions has been reduced to 200 questions. All the questions are multiple-choice based. Like other national-level post-graduate medical entrance tests, NEET-PG also covers the entire MBBS syllabus. It is an online, computer-based test. 

    Eligibility Criteria for MS ENT

    Some of the eligibility criteria that are associated with the admission process of MS ENT include:

    • Students need to study biology, physics, and chemistry as core subjects during higher secondary-level studies.

    • It is mandatory to enroll for a 5-year MBBS degree or complete any graduate degree in relevant medical studies.

    • After completing the MBBS degree, candidates have to apply and sit for any entrance exams that are conducted every year for admission to a postgraduate degree.

    • Another eligibility criterion includes 1-year in-house internship after an MBBS degree.

    • Those who want to study abroad for their MS ENT degree course, have to produce their English language Proficiency test results like IELTS, TOEFL, etc. to the university along with mark sheets and other documents.

    Admission Process for MS ENT

    As mentioned above, all the students have to complete an MBBS degree with at least 60% marks in aggregate. After completing the 1-year in-house medical training, applicants have to apply for entrance tests. Students who qualify for the entrance exam are ranked according to the marks obtained. This ranking decides which colleges they can apply to. A counseling session is held for these students to know their preferred list of 3 colleges. Before final admission, all the respective colleges hold a round of private interviews with the students. Some colleges also hold group discussion sessions with all the applicants, before deciding on the final admission list. 

    Popular Colleges in India Offering MS ENT

    Many colleges in India offer a degree in MS ENT. Some of the renowned colleges are:



    CMC Vellore- Christian Medical College

    Tamil Nadu

    St.John’s Medical College


    All India Institute of Medical Sciences


    Kasturba Medical College- KMC


    Armed Forces Medical College


    Institute of Medical Science of Banaras Hindu University

    Uttar Pradesh

    Maulana Azad Medical College


    Dr. DY Patil Medical College Hospital and Research Center


    Hamdard Institute of Medical Sciences and Research


    Vydehi Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Center


    Foreign Colleges Offering MS ENT

    A specialization in surgery improves the weightage of any medical degree. This makes MS ENT an exceedingly popular choice among students in foreign countries as well. A few of the best choices for students in terms of college for an MS ENT degree abroad are listed below:



    University of Toronto


    The University of British Columbia


    Texas A & M University

    United States of America

    Coventry University

    United Kingdom

    University of Greenwich

    United Kingdom

    The University of Melbourne


    Harvard University

    United States of America

    McGill University


    Arizona State University

    United States of America

    The University of Illinois

    United States of America

    University of Hertfordshire

    United Kingdom

    University of Oxford

    United Kingdom

    University of Manchester

    United Kingdom

    University of New Haven

    United States of America

    Stanford University

    United States of America

    York University


    Colleges in India Offering MS ENT (State and City-Wise List)

    Candidates can refer below to find the state-wise and city-wise breakdown of the colleges that offer MS ENT courses.




    Armed Forces Medical College


    Seth GS Medical College


    Lokmanya Tilak Municipal Medical College


    Byram Jeejeebhoy Government Medical College


    Maharashtra Institute of Medical Science and Research


    Bhartiya Vidyapeeth DeemedUniversity


    MGM Medical College

    Navi Mumbai

    Government Medical College and Hospital





    Kasturba Medical College


    JSS Medical College and Hospital


    Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute


    Hassan Institute of Medical Science


    BLDE University


    JJM Medical College


    KVG Medical College and Hospital


    Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College


    Delhi NCR



    Maulana Azad Medical College

    New Delhi

    Sardah University


    Vardhman Mahavir Medical College 

    New Delhi

    Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University

    New Delhi

    Lady Hardinge Medical College

    New Delhi

    University College of Medical Sciences

    New Delhi

    Andhra Pradesh



    PES Institute of Medical Sciences and Research


    Great Eastern Medical School and Hospital


    GSL Medical College and General Hospital


    Guntur Medical College


    NRI Medical College


    Narayana Medical College and Hospital


    Siddhartha Medical College


    Santhiram Medical College and General Hospital





    College of Medicine and JNM Hospital


    Institute of Post-Graduate Medical Education and Research 


    West Bengal University of Health Sciences


    Midnapore Medical College and Hospital


    North Bengal Medical College


    ESI Post Graduate Institute of Medical Science and Research


    Nilratan Sircar Medical College and Hospital


    Kolkata Medical College


    RG Kar Medical College and Hospital





    JSS Academy of Higher Education and Research


    AdiChunchanagiri University


    Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute


    St. John’s Medical College


    Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College


    Kasturba Medical College


    Yenepoya University


    KS Hegde Medical Academy




    Dr. BR Ambedkar Medical College





    National University of Ayurveda


    Geetanjali University


    Dr. SN Medical College and Hospital


    Government Medical College


    Sardar Patel Medical College


    RNT Medical College


    RUHS College of Medical Sciences


    Mahatma Gandhi Medical College and Hospital


    Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College


    Madhya Pradesh



    Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Medical College


    LNCT University


    People’s University


    Chirayu Medical College and Hospital


    Gajra Raja Medical College


    Index Medical College Hospital and Research Center


    Sri Aurobindo Institute of Medical Sciences


    Gandhi Medical College


    Fee For MS ENT Course

    The average yearly course fee for an MS ENT degree ranges from 50,000 to 20,00,000 INR. All colleges decide their fees depending on the facilities they are providing to the students such as the laboratory equipment, surgical demonstration facilities, the ranking of the college, etc. 

    Those who do not have a high budget can apply for government or public colleges as the course fee is considerably lower in comparison to private colleges. The average cost of studying MS ENT from any government university lies within the range of 45,000 to 3,00,000 INR per annum. Simultaneously, the course fee of MS ENT in private colleges lies between 5,00,000 to 20,00,000 per annum. It should be noted that securing admission to government medical institutions requires a higher ranking of the students in the entrance exams.

    Subjects Under MS ENT Course

    Students have to study various subjects that comprise in detail information on the ways of ENT surgeries, diseases, and cures of ENT problems, etc. Some of the main subjects included in the curriculum are

    Surgical Methods: MS ENT is the study of surgical techniques involved in the diagnosis of ENT-related issues. Students are taught about all the surgical tools and techniques that are necessary. The main areas focused on here are the eyes, neck, throat, and head area. 

    Plastic Surgery: Many times, diagnosis of ENT-related issues requires plastic surgery. It is basically a surgical technique that involves reconstructing and reviving muscles, nerves, and tissues in the head and neck region. All these techniques are demonstrated in this subject. 

    Maxillary Surgery: This particular surgery involves a surgical procedure to correct any kind of disorders in the jaw or mouth area. All the necessary methods to perform these surgeries are demonstrated to the students. 

    Pediatric otolaryngology: Various diseases that attack and cause ENT issues in children, and their possible diagnosis is taught under this subject.

    Anesthesia methods: Almost all the surgical processes and other major diagnosis methods in ENT issues require the administration of anesthesia on the patients. Without proper knowledge of the right methods to perform anesthesia, it can be a big threat. So, for this reason, all the students are given basic knowledge about how to safely administer anesthesia which is thoroughly discussed under this subject.

    Course Curriculum of MS ENT

    The course work of MS ENT is divided into 6 semesters and spread across a 3 years timespan. Alongside the theoretical examinations, all the students have to undergo several other curricular activities like practicing surgical procedures, learning laboratory techniques, guest visits to hospitals, writing research papers, attending seminars, etc. The semester-wise division of the MS ENT course is given below for your reference:

    Semester 1

    Semester 2

    Semester 3

    Semester 4

    Semester 5

    Semester 6

    General surgical methods

    Maxillary surgery

    Radiology and Radiotherapy

    Anesthesia methods

    Thesis presentation

    Screening for diseases


    Cardiothoracic surgery

    Pediatric otolaryngology

    Operation theater session

    General surgical method

    Research work presentation

    General medicine ward

    Plastic surgery

    Basic audiology

    ENT surgical methods


    Upper Aerodigestive Tract Endoscopy


    Neuron surgery

    Basic neurology

    Practical session

    Internship/ Practical training

    Comprehensive viva

    Best Books for MS ENT

    Some of the suggested reads for MS ENT are:



    Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery

    Matti Anniko, Patrick Bradley

    New Aspects of Fundamental Problems Of Laryngology and Otology

    C.R.Pfaltz, Patrick J. Bradley

    Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology

    Gerg R. Licameli

    Scott-Brown’s Otorhinolaryngology

    Michael J. Gleeson, Ray C. Clarke

    Ballenger’s Otorhinolaryngology

    James Brown Snow Jr.

    Physiology and Pathology of the Mucociliary System

    T. Deitmer

    Recent Management in Otorhinolaryngology

    Rupinder K. Ranga

    Otology and Lateral Skullbase Surgery

    Bachi T. Hathiram


    Abir. K Bhattacharya, Nupur Kapoor Nerurkar

    Rhinology and Anterior Skullbase Surgery

    Bachi T. Hathiram

    Biomedical Optics in Otorhinolaryngology

    Brian J.F. Wong

    Symptom Oriented Otorhinolaryngology

    Zahoor Ahmed

    Case Studies in Otorhinolaryngology

    Kevin D., Ron B.

    Diseases of Ear, Nose and Throat

    Mohan Bansal

    Cummings Otolaryngology: Head and Neck Surgery

    Thomas Robbin

    Career Prospects After MS ENT Course

    There are ample opportunities for graduates after they have completed their MS ENT course. Graduates can bag a job in both Government and Private sectors. Some of the top-profile jobs that are available are mentioned below:


    Job Profile

    Average Salary Scale


    These professionals are trained and registered medical practitioners who treat all the diseases associated with the ear, eye, and throat. 

    5,00,000 to 9,00,000 INR

    ENT Researchers

    People who are interested in continuing their studies can engage in research work after MS ENT. They are responsible for conducting research on several known and unknown topics of this subject and contribute a great deal towards the development of this field.

    3,00,000 to 5,55,000 INR

    ENT Assistant

    Fresh graduates with MS ENT often work as ENT assistants at the chambers of their senior ENT Specialists. Their main work involves assisting their ENT medical practitioners, managing the records of patients, managing the clinical works, etc.

    2,00,000 to 4,00,000 INR

    Chief Surgeon

    They are entrusted with the task to run the entire surgical department of the hospitals, maintaining the quality of the tools and machines of surgery, etc. 

    8,00,000 to 12,00,000 INR

    Medical Scientists

    All the laboratory work that is conducted for the diagnosis of the diseases related to ENT is done by these professionals.

    5,00,000 to 8,50,000 INR

    Top Recruiting Agencies in India

    Some of the top recruiting agencies in India for MS ENT professional graduates are

    • AIIMS
    • ArtemisEnterprise Medical Service
    • Apollo Super Speciality Hospital
    • Columbia Asia
    • Indo-American Hospital
    • Max Healthcare Institute Ltd.
    • Indian Railways
    • Sparsh Hospitals
    • Vitality Healthcare
    • Narayana Hrudayalaya Health City
    • Recmasters
    • Fortis Hospital
    • StaffPointe Recruiter
    • Onyx M.D
    • Oncquest Laboratories Pvt. Ltd.
    • Medall Healthcare Pvt. Ltd.
    • National Institute of Health
    • Central Bureau of Investigation

    Skills Required for MS ENT Career

    Good grades can build a strong foundation for graduates. But, some skill sets make an individual stand out from the rest. This helps them achieve more success and satisfaction. Some of the desirable skills are mentioned below:

    • They should be able to handle any medical emergencies related to ENT.

    • Oftentimes, it is required that professional graduates conduct training sessions and give demonstrations to their peers. They should be able to conduct these sessions with utmost interest.

    • They manage the services and equipment that should be available at any pathology lab.

    • One should utilize their skills and knowledge towards constructing resourceful and updated study material. 

    • Professionals of MS ENT must keep an eye out for minute details and processes. 

    • Candidates studying the MD in Pathology course have to comprise exceptional analytical skills. 

    • They should be updated with all the latest developments in the MS ENT field. 

    FAQs about MS ENT

    Is it possible to do MS ENT without MBBS?

    It is not possible to apply for an MS ENT degree without completing an MBBS degree. For those who want to study postgraduate medical degrees like MS or MD, it is mandatory for them to obtain an MBBS degree and clear the entrance tests conducted each year by respective colleges.

    Can ENT surgeons become Neurosurgeons?

    It is possible to become Neurosurgeons or ENT surgeons. ENT surgeons, as per the new rules, can apply for MCh in plastic surgery or MCh in Neurosurgery, etc

    What is the scope after MS ENT?

    There are plenty of opportunities after graduating with MS ENT. Professionals can work as Clinical Assistants, ENT Specialists, ENT Surgeons, etc. Since there are varied fellowships and research grants associated with this degree, candidates with a knack for research can also study MS ENT.

    Which degree is better: MD or MS?

    Though this is a debatable answer, compared from a professional point of view, an MS or Master of Surgery degree is better than an MD or Doctor of Medicine degree. It is because an MS degree makes a person a registered surgeon, while an MD degree makes people eligible to be physicians.

    What is MS in ENT?

    The MS or Master of Surgery is a postgraduate degree in ENT. Students can take this course after completing their MBBS degree. The course duration is 3 years.

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