Recognition of Foreign MBBS / MD / MS in India

Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS)

Previous to the year 2001, all Indian students were required to go to those medical colleges abroad which were listed by the Medical Council of India (MCI) in the Third Schedule of the Indian Medical Act, 1956. However, in the year 2001, the Indian Medical Act, 1956 was amended on 3rd September 2001 and was re-named as the Indian Medical Act (Amendment) 2001, where Section 13 (4A) and (4B) were amended to nullify the previous restricted list of ‘Recognized’ medical colleges and give permission to an Indian citizen to freely join any medical college in any part of the world, subject to the obtaining of an Eligibility Certificate prior to joining the medical college and upon the successful completion of the course appear and pass a screening examination in India to register the equivalent MBBS degree. The amendment of the relevant section of the Indian Medical Council Act can be viewed here

The Eligibility Certificate is issued by the Medical Council of India on the following basis:

  • Obtaining of 50% and more marks in Physics, Chemistry and Biology for General Candidates
  • Obtaining 40% and more marks in Physics, Chemistry and Biology for Reserved Candidates.
  • Completion of 17 years of age.
  • Submission of valid caste certificates in case of reserved candidates.

Screening Test:

All Indian citizens who have completed their medical graduation in any medical college in any country and who have obtained the Eligibility Certificate is required to appear and pass a Screening examination to register their degree in India. This examination is conducted by the National Board of Examination. Some of the Salient points of this examination are as follows:

  • This examination is not a competitive exam and covers the syllabus of the MBBS course that the student has studied.
  •  The examination is in the nature of Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ)
  • The examination consists of 3 parts.
  • The student requires only 50% aggregate in the examination to pass the same.
  • The examination is conducted twice a year ~ March and September.
  • There are no limitations on the number of attempts. A student can give unlimited attempts to appear and pass the exam.
  • Doctor of Medicine (MD) & Master of Surgery (MS)

Till the year 2008, post- graduation from nowhere in the world was recognized by the Medical Council of India for the purpose of registration as an additional qualification in the register maintained by the Medical Council of India. In the year 2008, the MCI started recognizing the additional qualifications from five “English speaking” countries namely, USA, UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand for registration.