Medicine is one of the most popular careers in the world, and the journey to become a doctor usually begins with a degree in MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery). Unfortunately, there is a drastic difference between the number of MBBS seats available in India and the number of applicants. Last year, there were almost 13 Lakh students trying to enter NEET at approximately 60000 seats. That amounts to almost 22 students competing for a single seat! According to the Medial Council of India (MCI), there are 494 recognized universities in India that offer MBBS courses, with a total of 63,050 seats. In comparison, there are 407 additional institutes located worldwide that are recognized by the MCI for MBBS courses. Combine all this with the considerable cost of MBBS in India in private institutes (the same grade is often cheaper internationally!). And the appeal of traveling abroad, and you will not be surprised to see that MBBS in abroad is becoming a popular option today.
Advantages of Pursuing an MBBS from Abroad
There are multiple benefits of obtaining an MBBS degree from abroad. Here are the most important.
Less Dependence on NEET Rank
Although as of 2018 the highly competitive NEET entrance examination has become mandatory to apply for MBBS courses internationally, the competition will continue to be considerably less compared to Indian institutes. There are almost 3 times more students applying for the MBBS course in India than the number of available seats, and the competition is fierce as admission takes place according to the insured rank. In comparison, students pursuing MBBS abroad have minimum requirements in terms of NEET classification.
Lower Costs Compared to Private Indian Institutes
The medical schools of the government in India are certainly affordable, however, the private medical schools are expensive, with a cost of around Rs. 45 lakh to get an MBBS degree. In comparison, an MBBS degree in a foreign destination such as China, Russia or the Philippines would cost less than Rs. 30 lakh, depending on the specific country. Meanwhile, a medical degree in the United States would cost up to Rs. 70 lakh. In addition, there are many hidden costs involved in studying at a private medical school in India, which can be eliminated by studying abroad, where costs are largely upfront.
High Quality of Education
Institutes that are recognized by the MCI and also meet local education standards generally offer high quality education to MBBS students. Compared to national institutes, medical universities abroad face great censorship to maintain quality standards. However, it is better to verify the ranking and / or revisions of any institution to which you are considering applying.
Studying in abroad is a learning experience in itself, regardless of the course, as you learn about a new culture and how to adapt to a new environment. Specifically for an MBBS course, studying abroad provides exposure to a variety of medical conditions, along with advanced technology, state-of-the-art devices and services. In addition to the teachers, you will also learn by interacting with students of different nationalities.