Pursuing an MBBS degree and completing it is a prestigious thing in itself and is something that not all students are capable of achieving. The annual intake of all medical colleges in India is just over 50,000 while the annual intake of engineering colleges is more than 50 times that number. Lack of sufficient number of medical colleges leading to stiff competition for Medical seats has given rise to an increasing trend of Indian students going abroad for their medical education. Let us discuss whether Is it worth to spend a hefty amount on private medical colleges or better to do it from overseas?

There are various parameters and factors that come into the picture once we take up the comparison.

1.Quality of Education

The quality of education is the most important concern,no matter where we study.No matter how good a private college you get enrolled into, if compared with western countries which are far more advanced and developed than India, you are bound to get superior quality of education in abroad countries no matter where you go. Boasting of top notch faculty combined with extensive practical training and advanced equipments and amenities, you just cannot go wrong when it comes to pursuing MBBS from a university abroad.

2.Price factor

Being a five and half-year course, completing an MBBS degree can prove to be quite expensive. Though private colleges in India are in no ways cheap, they can prove to be far more affordable than getting a degree in medicine in a foreign destination. India is a developing nation and offers a cheaper cost of living to its residents, especially the student class, even in metropolitan and big cities. No matter where you go, you will have to incur add on expenses such as lodging, food and commuting which are quite expensive in countries abroad. If you have a budget to work on, then India would be a better option for you.

3.Global Experience and Exposure

The global experience and exposure that abroad countries offer to Indian students makes all the difference. Staying in your native land, you will not get the kind of exposure and experience that you must gain during your college years. Such an experience will come to you automatically when you stay in a foreign land, meet new people and overcome new and difficult situations every day of your life.

4.Availability of seats

The huge population of India makes it quite difficult for students to secure a place for themselves in a private college as seats fill up fast and once the numbers are full, the colleges refuse to take on any more students. Even though there are a number of colleges in our nation, the ever growing population manages to outdo the availability of seats. When it comes to pursuing MBBS abroad, there are numerous countries to choose from and thousands of universities at a student’s disposal making it easy for him to choose the one that suits his own budget and requirements best.

5.Screening tests

If you completes your degree from foreign the for clinical practice in India , there is some rule & regulations , about which you should know ..

Details of MCI screening test –

Medical Council of India Screening Test , also known as Foreign Medical Graduates Examination (FMGE), is a licensure examination conducted by the National Board of Examinations (NBE) in India.The test is one of the necessary requirements for an Indian citizen who has a medical degree from a medical college outside India & he/she wants to practice medicine in the India.The screening test was introduced in 2002 as a qualifying examination for Indian students who has been completed their degree outside India.Other reason is also , many students claims after completing degree ,when he / she went to sit on MCI screening test then MCI tells them , their university is not recognize by MCI so you are not eligible for MCI test .This leaves the students with only one option-to practice abroad and cannot do so in home country.Between 2012 and 2015, only 19% of those appeared for the screening test has passed.

Indian students can seek medical qualification from any recognized medical education institution in a foreign country. But such students are required to register with a State Medical Council (SMC) in order to practice in India after obtaining their degree.

SMC can register a student with foreign medical qualification only after he appears and passes in the Foreign Medical Graduate Examination (FMGE) conducted by the National Board of Examination (NBE). The FMGE is conducted twice a year and a student has to score a minimum of 50% marks to be declared passed.

indian graduates with foreign medical degrees_pass percentages in fmge

The pass percentage in the FMGE has declined continuously from 2012-13. While 28.3% students passed in 2012-13, this went down to 16.7% in 2013-14. The pass percentage further reduced to 13.1% in 2014-15, while the pass percentage was just 10.4% in 2015-16 (only one session).




Most students, who pursue a MBBS degree abroad, take up jobs in the developed country itself, settle there and do not come back to their native land. Students consider this as a great opportunity as they get to reside in developed countries which are better than their own allowing them to earn more and lead a better life there.

So think about your future prospects, your budget and whether you wish to settle in your own country or abroad before deciding whether to pursue MBBS in a private college in India or abroad.There are various factors that are to be taken into consideration as it involves a hefty sum of money,no matter where you study.

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