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Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) Course Admissions 2018 - 2019 Academic Year

Pursuing an MBBS degree can be one of the most challenging as well as fulfilling endeavors in one's lifetime. It is one of the hardest professions to join and candidates must have a strong appetite for service in their career. In this section of Indiastudychannel.com describes more about the scope and traits of a MBBS degree.
The profession of a doctor is considered to be the noblest profession among all, for the prime reason that a doctor is burdened with the job of saving lives and becoming a doctor is a dream that many young Indian students foster. It must be remembered that people from across the world come to India to get treated because medical costs in India is much less when compared to countries like the US. Another reason why so many people like to travel to India for treatment is because people know that if a sickness or medical condition is not cured through one kind of treatment, there are many other treatment options that are simultaneously available, such as Ayurveda or Homeopathy also and they all come at affordable costs. However, if in India a student desires to gain knowledge or mastery in Allopathic medicine, then basically he is desiring to get enrolled into an MBBS course.

The word MBBS is made of technically two words – M.B. which stands for ‘Medicinae Baccalaureus’ and is the Latin Translation of Bachelor in Medicine, and B.S. which means ‘Bachelor in Surgery’ in English. A degree in MBBS is required to become a doctor in India. The MBBS course is basically divided into three phases in which students begin with introduction to subjects like anatomy, biochemistry and physiology. Then in the second phase, they get to acquaint themselves with Pathology, Forensic Science etc. And in the last phase of their course, they study about general surgery, ophthalmology, medicine, etc. Becoming a doctor is not an easy task. A student needs to begin with a clean and honest heart and not to be driven by the idea of minting money but to serve the society. It is only then a person can be dedicated enough to gather all the energy, honesty and concentration with which this course needs to be approached

Duration of MBBS Course - In total, the MBBS course is five and a half year long. In these five and a half years, a period of four and a half years is invested in certified study and is divided into 9 semesters, each semester being of a 6-month’s duration. During the certified study period, an MBBS student mainly learns the various concepts and theories associated with various subjects of medicine and surgery. At the end of the certified study period, every MBBS student needs to do what is known as a compulsory rotating internship. During this one year internship, a MBBS student trains himself and gains practical experience with the aim of enabling himself with the required skills to do independent practice. The MBBS students interns under the supervision of medical experts and in places such as local hospitals. The structure of the compulsory internship is fixed and the time distribution is as follows: Community Medicine (3 months), Medicine (2 months), Surgery including Orthopaedics (2 months), Gynaecology (2 months), Welfare planning (15 days), Opthalmology (15 days), Otorhinolaryngology (15 days) and 1 month of casualty experience. The above mentioned is the time distribution of the compulsory internship period for a MBBS student. Apart from this, a MBBS student needs to invest 15 days each in any of the two elective subjects. This was the overall detail of the duration of the MBBS Course.

Eligibility for MBBS Course - To obtain admission into MBBS, a candidate needs to clear a MBBS entrance test. Some of the most important MBBS entrance tests are the NEET, the AIPMT and JIPMER. To talk about NEET first, NEET stands for National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test and is the ticket to some of the most reputed medical schools of the country. To be eligible to attempt the NEET, the candidate must be of at least 17 years at the time of admission. The maximum age limit for candidates desirous of getting enrolled into an MBBS program through NEET is 25 years for the general category. However, the candidates belonging to SC, ST or OBC category are given an extra relaxation of 5 years. Additionally, there are minimum percentage requirements. A candidate of general category needs to have scored at least 50% marks in his class XII exams having taken Physics, Chemistry and Biology, while the SC, ST and OBC category students need to score a minimum of 40% marks. The eligibility criteria for attempting AIPMT as well as JIPMER is more or less the same.

Cost of Study for MBBS Course - The importance of clearing entrance exams such as NEET and AIPMT are realized when comparing the cost of study of private and government colleges. There is a huge, with enough emphasis supplied, a huge difference in the cost of study between private and government colleges. For instance, the fee for studying MBBS at AIIMS Delhi is Rs. 2000 (approx.) every month. The annual fee for MBBS at Lady Hardinge Medical College is just about a thousand and a half annually while the hostel fee is just about 500 rupees. On the other hand, if analysing the cost of study for MBBS at some reputed private medical schools, the fee at Manipal University is something close to 40 lakhs. Students studying in Dy Patil Medical College, Pune need to shell out a little over 10 lakhs every year.

Admission Procedure for MBBS Course - A student willing to get into a medical school needs to apply for taking MBBS entrance tests like NEET, AIPMT, JIPMER etc and qualify the same.

Career Prospect for MBBS Course - Earning an MBBS degree means earning the title of ‘Dr.’ before one’s name. And we all know what that means. An MBBS student has no reason to worry about job prospects because we all know the kind of money successful doctors make. After completing the MBBS program, a graduate with enough backing from the family can rightaway move on to start his own practice. He may join a medical college, hospital, biomedical company or get invested in the pharmaceutical industry which is known for rewarding handsomely able researchers. Besides becoming a doctor and starting independent practice, an MBBS graduate can also become a medical professor or scientist.

Higher Study Opportunities in MBBS Course - Despite no dearth of job opportunities after completing MBBS, there are endless opportunities should the candidate choose to opt for higher studies. The most commonly chosen path after completing of MBBS is opting for MD or MS which are advanced courses in any area of specialization. Those who are willing to become a specialist doctor can also opt for a Diploma of National Board. It is a postgraduate course offered by NBE and recognized by MCI. The only disadvantage of this course is that the extremely loss pass rates. Candidates can also attempt the CMS examination which is conducted by the UPSC and which is a ticket to government service in institutions such as railways, municipal corporations etc. Further, there is nothing stopping and MBBS graduate to attempt the civil services exam conducted by the UPSC. Additionally, the demand of Doctors with an MBA degree has seen an exponential rise. Many private hospitals welcome doctors with MBA with open hands. MBBS graduates can also opt for other postgraduate programs such as Masters in Health Administration, M.Tech in Biomed engineering and Bio-sciences or Masters in Med Science and Technology or choose to go ahead with getting invested in research institutes. Some MBBS graduates also opt to study law with a desire to specialize in laws related to the medical field. Such people are also welcomed by big private hospitals because these days there is a lot of medical litigation and doctors who know where to be careful are always an asset to hospitals.
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