At a family function last week, I happened to meet a distant relative of mine, and we got into talking. She mentioned that her daughter is an MBBS graduate. She is an ambitious girl. She sat for her NEET PG exam to get admission to one of the best PG medical colleges in the country. Sadly, her performance in the exam could not get her a PG medical seat. Both the daughter and her parents were very disappointed. This is just one incident.
Their next option was to try for a PG medical seat through management quota, and sure they did. Disappointment greeted them here too. They were shocked after hearing the cost of the management seat cost and almost dropped the idea, just like thousands of bright students, each year. So, is it really the end of their big dream and bright career? It doesn’t have to be. So, what are the options in front of an MBBS holder, who
- Has not secured enough marks in his/her NEET exam to be eligible for a PG medical seat?
- Can’t afford the PG fees in private colleges?
- Doesn’t have enough to pay the management seat cost?
If you belong to one of the above categories, direct admission to PG medical program is definitely what you are looking for. It is a beacon of hope for thousands of students like you, out there, who are rightly living in the hope that they will accomplish their dreams and serve humankind with their advanced skills and expertise in medicine.
Before exploring the options, let me share some important information about PG medical admission through the NEET PG exam and management quota and discuss their fees and other aspects. You may learn more about this by reading the information from the link given in each section below.
What Is the NEET Exam?
Admission to PG medical course in India, for both MD or MS, is possible if you get through the NEET PG exam, a PG medical entrance exam, by obtaining a minimum 50% mark. It is conducted by the National Board of Examinations every year.
According to Career 360, in the coming NEET PG 2020 exam, there are only 30 thousand seats available, whereas around 1.5 lakh students are going to appear for the exam.
Some Facts and Figures on PG Medical Seat through Management Quota
Admission through the NEET PG exam is a dream come true for many students. However, it is crucial to know alternative options like PG medical seat through management quota or fellowship courses in case you fall short on your performance in NEET PG.
Eligibility criteria for a PG medical seat through management quota is between 40% and 50% depending on your social group (FutureMBBS). The annual course fee for a PG medicine program varies from colleges to colleges and from specializations to specializations. However, a PG medical seat fee through NEET PG could be roughly between 10 lakhs and 15 lakh, whereas a PG medical seat through management quota will cost a whopping four times of it (Times of India). Due to this high cost of the management quota seat, an increasing number of students are forced to abandon their dreams and choose a different career path.
According to Admission Backup, 50% of total PG medical seats are reserved for candidates who have passed NEET PG. PG medical seat through management quota in some of the best PG medical colleges is 5% for NRIs, 50% in private colleges, and 60% in deemed colleges. Sounds confusing? I agree. But not to panic. This article gives you basic information about different admission processes and their fee structure. Prior to the actual admission, we suggest that you attend the PG medical counseling organized by the Medical Counseling Committee and make an informed decision. Click here to know the dates for 2020 PG Medical Counseling.
Read more about the PG Medical Courses to Be Considered After MBBS.
PG Medical Seat Price in Some Countries Other Than India
If you think the cost of PG medical seat through management quota in India is high, it will even higher in other countries like the US, UK, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. One must spend an unbelievable INR 3–4 crores for pursuing a PG medical course, in their choice of specialization. This is even more depressing for students and parents alike. But don’t lose all hopes yet. Continue reading….
Alternative Options for PG Medical Courses
If statistics on NEET PG exam or course fees in private medical colleges have made you anxious, don’t drop your hats yet. Texila American University is offering a few medical programs for medical aspirants like you. If you are looking for admission, either into MS or MD, outside the NEET spectrum, the following programs of Texila American University would be the right option:
- Fellowship with Master of Medicine/Master of Surgery (Royal College UK exam training program) – A Full-time Program
- Fellowship (MMSc) – An online Program
- Fellowship in Non-Invasive Cardiology – A Full-time Program
Difficulties in getting PG medical seats through NEET PG or management quota should not curb the growth of the potential doctors. There are other options available to upgrade your knowledge and skills in your desired specializations. Therefore, find out all the other possible options that can provide you with ample information and learnings that you may need to upgrade yourself in your career.