MBBS has become the most sought-after career for students nowadays. The Path to MBBS is not that easy and requires a substantial preparation and wise planning. With a great competition surge and lack of seats in India, a majority of students are looking for options to study MBBS abroad. There are various other reasons which strongly reflects the brighter side of undertaking an MBBS degree overseas.
The current medical scenario in India is what we can call as deplorable. As per a recent survey, 9.8 lakhs doctors are registered on MCI website; there are only 8 Lakhs doctors practising. Results show we have only 1 doctor for 1668 people, pushing the country to the very edge of a healthcare crisis.
Indian Colleges – Availability of Seats
There are 479 private and govt. medical colleges in India with a total of approximately 65K seats. The number of NEET applicants account to roughly 13 Lakhs in 2018; even if around 7 lakhs students qualify, 65K seats would be considered as a drop in the ocean.
The first 5000 rank holders grab 15% seats of government colleges through All India Quota, and the rest 85% is filled by state quota. More than 50% of the total qualified students join private colleges with an average of Rs. 75+ lakhs to 2 crores fee.
Options for remaining students who don’t get a Govt. Medical seat
So what are the options open to those who don’t get a govt. seat? Let’s have a quick look:
- Reappear for NEET
- Join some other course – Biotech, Nursing or Pharma
- Get an admission in a private college (Costs average 75+ lakhs)
- Opt for a college abroad within your budget and other requirements
It’s pretty clear from above points that pursuing MBBS abroad is the best option for students who haven’t secured a seat in Indian government college or can’t afford the private college fees.
Parameters to choose a College Abroad
MCI Approved & FMGE Pass %
Check whether the college is MCI recognized and the FMGE pass % simultaneously. Only MCI recognized colleges can assure if you can practice in India after graduating.
Inbuilt Training Programs
Look for a college that provides training for exams that will help build a strong career, either in India or abroad. Be sure to research about the historical pass percentage to gauge success.
Clinical Rotations – Clinical rotation is the most important part of your medical career as it gives you the practical learning and adds value to your degree. Check thoroughly if the college has proper exposure available for clinical rotations and the hospital tie ups.
The path to your MBBS degree will be much frantic if you have to learn any other language apart from English during your program. Ensure the college supports the entire program in English language.
Food is a great driving force for many students. If you are fond of Indian food, you must check whether the college has the facility of Indian cuisine or not.
Consult the Alumni
Talk to Alumni or current students of that college to understand their experience.
Check your compatibility with the climatic conditions of the place you are shortlisting your college in.
FMGE Pass Percentage
As mentioned earlier, comparing the FMGE pass % helps in estimating the quality of education. Let’s take a quick look at the data:
Georgia – 25%
Kazakhstan – 20%
Ukraine – 19.9%
Germany – 0%
Nepal – 21%
Philippines – 24%
Guyana (Caribbean) – 96%
China – 18%
Bangladesh – 30%
What’s the Budget?
Private colleges in India – 70 lakhs to 1 crore
US via Caribbean – 72 lakhs
Georgia – 20-35 Lakhs
Bangladesh/Nepal – 40-55 lakhs
Caribbean – 38-40 lakhs
Kyrgyzstan/Russia – 12-18 lakhs
Philippines – 20-30 lakhs
Comparison based on Countries
When you start looking for countries that are best fit for an overseas MBBS degree, you probably will come across many countries with bulk of promises. Many students fall prey to these kind of traps and end up diminishing their chances to get a genuine MBBS degree. Let’s look at some factual data before you conclude:
Russia / Kyrgyzstan / Ukraine / Georgia – These nations no doubt provide the education at a very low cost, but they have their own disadvantages. Local language is not a barriers to be learned for survival as well as to pursue clinical rotations.
China –Indeed, MBBS in China comes with a comparatively very low fee. Learning Mandarin is compulsory for your two years of clinical rotations. Also, the MCI pass ratio is improving very fast from China. Don’t miss to check Indian Embassy’s advice for students who wish to pursue MBBS in China.
Philippines – In Philippines, one needs to appear for NMAT, after their pre-medical to enter the medicine program. The first two years are just basic sciences and your medical degree completely depends on your NMAT score.
Bangladesh – If you want to become a doctor and just want to study near home that is easy impassible , go for this country.
What Can We Conclude with ?
Winding it up, we would like to say that don’t just choose to pursue MBBS to get a degree, instead, make a right career. Think from a long-term perspective and do your research thoroughly before going for the final decision.
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