MBBS Options in Top Private Medical Colleges in India under NRI Quota

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This post is in reply to the following question received from a blog reader from US for doing MBBS/BDS from India under NRI quota. “ I m in 12th frm Baltimore-US and am thinking abt MBBS/BDS from India to save time and $$. I know only abt Manipal n wld b grateful if u cld name few other gud coll and procedure to get adm.”

First I would list down top 10 private medical colleges in India for MBBS/BDS admissions under NRIs/ foreigners quota and then all about admission/ application procedure, fees, cultural issues, course approval and alternative options in Nepal/Ukraine and China.

List of MCI Approved Medical Colleges in India

Ranking of Top 25 Medical Colleges in India

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Top Private Medical Colleges in India for NRI/International Quota

1) Kasturba Medical College (KMC),  Manipal and Mangalore Campus, http://www.manipal.edu/Pages/Welcome.aspx

Top ranked private medical colleges, 5th rank overall. Established in 1956 as first private medical college. Most expensive, top rankers choose manipal followed up by mangalore. The college receives about 750 applications and accepts about 70. The institute has recently started twinning program and its degree has approval of many US states. Check out 2010- 11 prospectus and fee structure (US$150,000 for entire course) for KMC at the NRI Quota page of this website.

KMC Manipal MBBS Prospectus and Fee Structure for 2011-12 (incl. NRI Seats)

2) SRMC (Sri Ramachandra Medical College and Research Institute)-Chennai

This deemed University has membership in Association of Indian Universities and is a Harvard Medical International Associated Institution.  http://srmc.edu/

SRMC NRI Prospectus and Fee Structure

3) M.S. Ramaiah Medical College, Bangalore

This is one among the top private medical colleges in Bangalore, and too of Karnataka. http://www.msrmc.ac.in/

MSRMC-MS Ramaiah-NRI_AppForm_MBBS.pdf

4) KIMS (Kempegowda Institute of Medical Science), Bangalore,

: http://www.kimsbangalore.edu.in/

5) At this slot I would put 3 Bangalore colleges that are also popular amongst NRIs

St.Johns Medical College: http://www.stjohns.in/

Father Muller Medical College: http://www.fathermuller.com 

JSS College- Mysore  http://www.jssmedicalcollege.in/

Though above  colleges are most preferred by NRIs, the below colleges also rank in top 10 private medical colleges

6) Dr B R Ambedkar Medical College, Bangalore, http://www.bramc.org/

7) Amrita Institute of Medical Science (AIMS), Kochi Ernakulam: http://www.aimshospital.org/

‘8) At this slot I would put 5 Mumbai MBBS colleges that are hugely popular

KJ Somaiyya Medical College & Research Centre: http://www.somaiya.edu/Medical.htm

Dr. D Y Patil  Medical College- Navi Mumbai and Kolhapur, MH: http://www.dypatil.in/

Terna Medical College: http://www.terna.org

Bharati Vidyapeeth:  Pune, New Mumbai, http://www.bharatividyapeeth.edu/

Mahatma Gandhi Mission’s (MGM) Medical College. Navi Mumbai, www.mgmuhs.com/

9) Other MBBS Options in Maharashtra

Maharshtra Institute of Medical education and Research, Medical college Pune,  http://www.mitmimer.com/

Pravara Institute Of Medical Sciences.—> Ahmed Nagar, MH, pravara-medical-collge-ahmed-nagar-nri-form

10) One may consider following colleges if wish to do MBBS from north india

DMC (Dayanand Medical College)- Ludhiana, http://www.dmch.edu

DMCH Ludhiana Prospectus, Admission Procedure and Fee Structure for NRIs

Sharda Hospital, Greater Noida- http://www.sharda.ac.in/courses/mbbs-bds.html

Subharti Medical College, Meerut- http://www.subharti.org/admission.aspx

Mahatma Ghandhi College and Hospital, Jaipur- http://www.mgmch.org/college.htm

Admission Process: Foreign citizens, PIO card holders, OCI (Dual Citizens), NRI students and NRI sponsored students can apply under the Foreign/NRI category. 15% of the seats in private medical colleges in India are reserved for this category.

There is no transparent admission process except in KMC (Manipal/Mangalore) and SRMC Chennai. You shortlist few medical colleges, visit India, start talks with the admissions staff directly. If one can’t visit the college personally, hire a ‘broker’ (may charge Rs. 50k to 2 lacss without you knowing about it) as college admission staff hardly talks on phone. Since most of these colleges milk NRIs, they charge higher than set fees by the states by way of donation fee in cash without receipt. Therefore, even to initiate talks with admission staff, be ready to butter the palm of junior staff. A donation amount will be set. When the ‘deal’ is done, proceed to pay the amount and you get a seat in the college. This is why it’s important to make a deal early (preferably in May/June than late July when rates are higher by about 5 lacs). Except Manipal and KIMS, most others like to take the entire course fee in advance.

School Scores: As long as the school transcript mentions that the candidate had passed 12th Std with 50% marks in physics, biology, chemistry (and English in), everything will be taken care of since donation money will start ‘walk the talk’.

Course Fee: The donation fee changes every year and in the same year- every passing week. Be ready to cough up 35 lacs-70 lacs for entire MBBS course depending on college. KMC Manipal charges about us $150,000 for entire course. I may be able to help you about donation/capitation/auction fee in case of any specific query on any private medical college in India

The annual tuition fee, for instance, of KIMS is given as Rs. 4.56 lakh (COMEDK fixed fee) for the clinical degree course as against Rs 10 lakh that it charges the NRI students per year. Additional costs will include books, food & lodging of approx 8 lacs. In general, branded private medical colleges charge about Rs 40-50 lacs and less-branded would charge 30-40 lacs for whole course duration. Out of this total sum (say 35 lacs), 20 lacs is official fee (receipt given) and Rs.15 lacs is donation in cash (no receipt)

Academic and Cultural Issues: NRI/Foreign student who have not been to India and not tuned to ‘study-by-rot’ method, find it difficult to cope up with the new system. The complaints regarding hygiene in mess/hostel, hot water un-availability, room sizes,  un-friendly professor, tough academic curricula should be considered closely before making up ones mind as most colleges take fees of entire course in the beginning. Also consider, if one is ready to spend 5.5 years in a town like Manipal or whether big metro like Bangalore is a place for you. Though I wished to stay clear of regional feelings towards one another, but this has been the case with few MBBS students doing their MBBS from other part where both professors and patients made the life difficult for north Indians and NRIs

Course Approval: one must make sure how to register with MCI after graduating from colleges (all the above colleges are approved ones) not listed here or if doing MBBS from other countries (some foriegn degrees are also recognized by MCI). The US students should check if the medical college would prepare them for USMLE or arrange to do such preparatory course from institutes like  KAPLAN.

Other Alternative CountriesCheaper options are available in Nepal (Manipal group),  Russia, Ukraine and Philipines which will cost about $35K with food for entire course. This could save potentially about $40K in MBBs – which could be invested in PG course. Also, China is attracting many students for studying 5year medicine (course conducted in English) at highly competitive rates of about $6k per year including fee, accommodation, books, insurance (except food and traveling). Some of these courses have been approved by the Medical Council of India. However, if you are going to study outside India, you need to file for a certificate of eligibility from the MCI and also give a screening test on your return to India

Conclusion: The best medical education in India is provided by govt colleges at highly subsidized fees and one needs to qualify in entrance exam. It is highly recommended to appear for exams like AIPMT (central) and COMEDK (Karnataka state exam), MHT-CET (Maha) as most of the good private medical colleges are situated in Karnataka and Maharashtra. You may refer to previous years question paper for AIPMT, COMEDK and other at following link

The private medical education in India is quite expensive, though less expensive and time consuming as compared to USA. However, one has to be very serious for studies as it’s quite a challenge to do MBBS in straight 4.5 years. The college and city has to be chosen carefully as many students go thru very tough times if selection is not proper. Most importantly, starting early to search a right college is key to success.

Good luck.

PS: Please refer below link for ranking of top 25 medical colleges of India

Ranking of Top 25 Medical Colleges in India

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Medical seats for sale in Maharashtra

Yogita Rao, TNN | May 25, 2011, 06.45am IST

MUMBAI: Students who have filled up forms for medical entrance exams of private colleges and deemed universities in the state are being offered a shortcut to success. But it comes at a steep price: Rs 12-16 lakh, besides regular fees.

Even before the results are out, with some exams yet to be conducted, SMSes are raining down on candidates, promising them a place on merit lists. It is not clear how touts obtained the candidates’ cellphone numbers, but collusion of college authorities is evident. The racket is being carried out blatantly, as the touts, who call themselves education consultants, issue post-dated cheques as securities for taking an advance from willing candidates.

“I started receiving the messages just the day after submitting my form. Till now, I have received more than 15 messages and all of them look like they have been sent using a website. I initially thought they were spam, but friends who called up the numbers told me they were for real,” said a student from Matunga.

Among the students TOI spoke to, some said they were confident about making it to the colleges on their own and have ignored the messages. But many have fallen for the touts. TOI obtained the numbers of a few touts from the students and called up (see transcripts in graphic), pretending to be a candidate. Almost all said appearance in the entrance tests is a prerequisite for them to ensure a seat. One of them claimed he would be able to ensure admission in 10 days.

“You need to pay an advance. I will take care of things after that. You need to make the final payment to the owner or the trustee of the college; it should be at one go. And yes, the annual tuition fee would be higher than the regular fee. The amounts will be higher if you score very low in the entrance test,” said a tout, who maintains an office in Pune. He said the admission would be provided under the 15% NRI quota.

When TOI contacted a college mentioned by a tout, an official said: “Admissions to all our group colleges are done completely on the basis of merit. The NRI quota is the management’s prerogative, but that too is filled on the basis of merit.”

Kamal Kishore Kadam, president, Association of Managements of Unaided and Private Medical and Dental Colleges, which conducts the entrance exam ASSO-CET, said: “Students should not fall prey to such messages. They should approach the police and file a complaint.”



19 responses to this post.

  1. […] to get admitted- private medical colleges under NRI Quota (there is a separate post on this topic here) . Following discussions is useful for engineering […]

  2. Posted by Nishant sharma on March 1, 2010 at 3:48 am

    I am looking to get admission in MBBS in ms ramaiya Medical College Bangalore or any other In bangalore only. I have done 12th grade last year and now in third year of B.SC.( biology).
    can you look something and send me info.

    • Dear Nishant,
      Follow below instructions
      1) Browse thru MCI approved list of medical colleges as given below

      Click to access mci-approved-medical-colleges.pdf

      The colleges are listed state-wise
      2) Look-up for colleges in your preffered city and visit the college website. Normally, very sketchy details are given for NRI quota, therefore, you would need to contact college directly or hire a broker (we can’t help you with any list of brokers-please find them on net).

  3. Posted by m. aftab hussain on March 9, 2010 at 6:25 pm

    i want 2 take addmission in private medical collage plz help me out

    • Dear Aftab,
      First, please go thru list of medical colleges approved by MCI -available on this blog at below link

      Click to access mci-approved-medical-colleges.pdf

      Then, select the private colleges from your preferred city or state. Finally, directly approach the medical college for admissions or hire a broker. (I can’t suggest any – this is a very messy affair).
      Good luck

  4. Posted by Danica D'costa on March 12, 2010 at 2:48 pm

    I am Danica D’costa, and I wanted to know what is the procedure for me to get admission in the M.B.B.S course under NRI criteria in either the k.j somaiya, d.y patil, terna or mahatma gandhi missions medical college in mumbai. I currently have a Bachelor of Biomedical Science Degree from the University of Auckland, New Zealand. My grades for this degree are also very high. Also I have not done 10th or 12th standard in India, I have done it in New Zealand and completed it with very high grades. I was born and brought up in India but completed my higher studies in New Zealand. To get entry into the M.B.B.S course will I have to sit any entrance exam? And what is the procedure for admission and the approximate fees for each of the 4 colleges?

    Danica D’costa

    • Dear Danica,
      For admission to private medical college, one needs to directly apply to the concerned college, either yourself or thru a broker. Let me let you that the process is not transparent at all and ‘highest bidder’ normally get the seats. Your scores of 12th std would only be counted (Biology, Phy, Chemistry and English). The dates for entrance exam applications are already gone in Dec for getting the normal seat. However, NRIs don’t need to write any entrance exam for NRI seats. You would need to give about us$75k upfront and rest of the annual fee is about us$ 7k.

  5. Posted by SS on March 29, 2010 at 2:52 pm

    Hi Raj,
    Are you required to have done biology, physics and chem at school to apply at the private med colleges?

  6. Posted by sailaja on March 31, 2010 at 7:08 pm

    Hi Raj,

    My son is studying 12th grade in US. We wish to join him for MBBS in Bangalore. Will St. Johns medical college in Bangalore gives admissions to NRIs? Also I want to know the fee structure of the medical colleges in Bangalore.


    • Please visit the following link on St Johns Medical College, Bangalore for NRI seat
      For fee, directly check with the college as fees of medical colleges are normally not fixed but depends on demand (except KMC/SRMC/DMC have a fixed fee given on their website). For estimate purposes, consider minm $100K.

  7. Posted by Nikhila on April 3, 2010 at 10:26 pm

    Hi Mr. Raj
    Your blog on NRI Education is excellent. You have really summed up the information well and it was really helpful. Thanks. So basically, I’m studying my 12th in an American school but I would like to move back to India for further studies (MBBS). I was looking at the Kempegowda and Ramaiah college websites but I was unable to find any info on the tuition fees for NRI students. Can you please help me out with this?? And also do you know if the entrance or admission tests in these colleges are compulsory for NRIs???
    Thanks again.

    • Dear Nikhila,
      For MBBS, both the noted medical colleges in Bangalore ‘auction’ their NRI/management quota seats. So obviously, best thing would be to start talking to the college admin staff on immediate basis. You would need to spend somwhere between $110-120k for full course under NRI quota. For NRI seat, there is absolutely no need to take any entrance/admission exam.

  8. Posted by Divya on April 5, 2010 at 10:58 pm

    I am in 11th grade now in the US and would like to go to medical school in India. I will be taking physics next year (in grade 12). I am taking chemistry now( in grade 11) and I took biology last year (in grade 10). you mentioned that they would only take scores of biology, physics, and chemistry in grade 12 but I am not taking those classes in 12th standard. should i submit scores of those classes?

    • For MBBS/BDS, the candidate need to have Biology, chemistry and Physics in last 2 years (11/12 std). Different states have different rules wherein if this criteria is not met, candidates need to undergo 1 year of pre-proffessional training. Best option for you would be to start contacting the shortlisted colleges as to how they would process your case.

  9. Posted by Anita on April 6, 2010 at 11:39 am

    Thank you for the informative blog.
    We are in Muscat, and my daughter will be appearing for CBSE XII next year. She has been a good student throughout and is very keen to do MBBS. We are very confused regarding MBBS admissions.

    1.Apart from AIPMT ,is there any way to get admission on merit ? We are from Kerala , and she intends to write kerala medical entrance apart from AIPMT.
    2.Are institutions like ST.John’s ,M.S.Ramaih, bangalore Medical college covered under COMEDK or do these colleges have entrance exams of their own? Will writing the entrance exam reduce the fees/donation? Will she be considered at par with other indian students for admission in pvt medical college in Karnataka?

    3.Does Bharathi Vidyapeeth , pune have entrance exam for MBBS admission for nri students like her?
    4. How does MGIMS Wardha compare to these colleges?
    We look forward to your advice.

    • 1) AIPMT is the central exam, while states conduct their own exam for govt colleges, eg KEAMS for Kerala
      2) COMEDK exam is for Karnataka private medical colleges. Please follow link provided in the post to individual colleges for their entrance exams (as few have their own separate exams).
      3) Yes. Exam is common to all. One needs to appear for entrance exam if you are looking for free seats or resident indian management quota seat. NRIs need not to give any entrance exams for NRI quota.
      4) The college is not highly rated

  10. Posted by surbhee on April 19, 2010 at 2:20 pm

    i m a mbbs 1st yr student……taken admission on nri quota…. my query is whether i can migrate to some other collge or place/abroad/india… frm this place .l.due to unfavourable conditions to me here……plzz do help me wid ur knowlgde bout d rules… plzzz mail me soonn i’ll be very very grateful to him/her.


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