All about MD - To excel in the field of medicine, experts highly recommend candidates to opt for Doctor of Medicine or MD degree for specialization in post graduation. Job of a MD is not easy, and thus, it is obvious that course of study will not be easy as well. MBBS degree holders can opt for MD as their course and they will then be offered 'n' number of specializations to choose from. These specializations include Radiotherapy, Anatomy and General Medicine. It must be noted by candidates that admission to MD course in most of the colleges is through National level Eligibility cum Entrance Test, commonly known as NEET PG, except for some colleges who do not come under the ambit of aforementioned exam. As per MCI, 220 medical colleges of the nation, both government and private, offer a total of 17950 seats for MD course. Aspirants seeking admission in MD course should be familiar with the details of the aforesaid course like fee structure, eligibility, admission process, etc. Read this article by Careers360 to know more about MD admission procedures and requirements.

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All about MD - Course Details

Course duration of MD is 3 years and the curriculum of the said course id competency-based. It must be noted that as per PG Medical Regulation Act, 2000, Medical Council of India, the below mentioned points will also be followed while teaching the course at colleges:

  • Learning - For all post graduate programs including MD, learning will be autonomous and self-directed
  • Assessment - Most essential and also the twin pillars for success of the exam will be summative and formative assessments
  • Approach - The act recommends a modular approach in order to get a systemic exposure to the various sub-specialties which are related to the discipline.
  • Role of society - An important feature of the teaching plan is that the entire learning process will include such a learning process which will be ‘derived from’ or ‘targeted to’ the societal requirements. This will be done to expose students to activities which are community based

All about MD - Eligibility Criteria

In order to pursue MD course, candidates are required to fulfill a set of eligibility conditions as specified by the authorities for admissions. These conditions are a mix of educational qualification, registration, internship requirement, etc. Also, candidates who seek admission through NEET PG will have to fulfill NEET PG eligibility criteria 2020 in order to qualify. Whereas those who seek admission through AIIMS, JIPMER or other institutes who do not accept NEET PG scores will have to fulfill institute-wise eligibility conditions.

Here we are listing the eligibility criteria of NEET PG 2020 for MD course
  • Degree - The candidate needs to hold MBBS degree or provisional MBBS pass certificate as recommended under Indian Medical Council Act 1956.
  • Registration - The candidate must possess permanent or provisional registration certificate issued by MCI or State Medical Council showing MBBS qualification.
  • Internship - The candidate also needs to have completed one year of internship or must complete it on or before March 31 in the admission year.

All about MD - Admission Process

The admission process of most of the medical institutes, for post graduate courses, functioning in the country is going to be based on the scores of NEET PG 2020. National Board of Examinations (NBE) conducts NEET PG which is an eligibility cum entrance exam. The exam is conducted for admission to MS/MD/PG Diploma courses

In the below given division MD seats will be filled after declaration of NEET PG result 2020:
  • 50% All India quota seats (all states except Jammu & Kashmir)
  • State quota seats. (including Jammu & Kashmir)
  • DNB Broad specialty courses
  • Armed Forces Medical Services Institutions
  • All Private Medical Colleges, Institutions & Universities/Deemed Universities

NEET PG scores will not be applicable for admissions to MD course in the below mentioned institutions:
  • JIPMER, Puducherry
  • PGIMER, Chandigarh
  • AIIMS, New Delhi and other AIIMS
  • NIMHANS, Bengaluru
  • Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology, Trivandrum

Qualifying Percentile for NEET 2020

MD aspirants must go through the table below for category-wise NEET PG 2020 qualifying score. Candidates must keep in mind that admission to MS will be granted to candidates who qualify NEET PG 2020 by securing the below-mentioned cut off

Category-wise NEET PG 2020 cut off

Category Qualifying Percentile
General 50th Percentile
OBC, SC, and ST 40th Percentile
UR-PwD 45th Percentile

All about MD - Colleges

It is commonly MBBS graduate's dream to pursue MD or MS after completion of their graduation. There are multiple reasons for the same, some consider this as an opportunity to gain more knowledge and be more qualified , others find this to be a higher revenue extracting course. Here, the role of colleges and their rankings highly matter. Candidates who complete their MS specialization from renowned and highly sought for colleges have a higher chance of becoming successful in their future endeavors as it matters a lot. Institutes like LHMC or CMC, Vellore are such colleges who have really high brand value and post graduates from these colleges are always eyed by hiring teams and other people in the society

All about MD - Fee Structure

The MD course fee can vary widely depending on the type of institute - private or public. Also, within these two groups as well the fee may vary from one institute to another; the variation is more pronounced in private colleges than in public colleges, as could be expected.

Speaking of fee charged by public colleges, the premier medical institute in the country, AIIMS Delhi and the other AIIMS charge an annual tuition fee of only Rs. 702. Other components of fee structure include pot money, electricity, Gymkhana Fee, and caution money. The total annual fee after adding all the components is less than Rs. 2000. Also, AIIMS doesn’t charge any hostel fees from its students. While some. of the other government medical colleges may charge a bit higher, still it is far less than what is charged by private institutes.

For example, CMC Vellore, which is a private institute, charges Rs. 1200 an annual tuition fee, Rs. 15,000 as one time establishment fee, and Rs. 1,20,000 as university fee. The total annual fee comes out to be around Rs. 1,42,000. This fee is probably on the lower side for a private institute, as some institutes charge much higher.

Given the disparity in fee structure between government and private colleges, it is no surprise than most students would ideally like to take admission into a government institute. But the consequence of this is that the competition for a government seat is higher, and the candidate would need a good rank, whatever the exam may be - NEET PG, AIIMS PG, or JIPMER PG.

All about MD - Career Opportunities

Career is not a very easy choice and is not easily made for any of us. It takes in endless toiling and hard work and if you have pursued MD then its harder. Thus, a few career options are mentioned below to give candidates a fair idea of how to go about with their future plans.

  • Government job - It is not easy but not impossible either. A lot of jobs are available in the government sector which will pay you hefty salaries and will come with a lot of additional perks like security. Candidates would be pleased to know that a lot of Doctor recruitment exams are conducted by UPSC where MD qualified doctors can try their luck
  • Clinical setup - To be the master of your art setting up a clinic is the first stair that candidates need to step on. Having set up a clinic, candidates can have their own rules made on convenience basis.The beginning might not be great but if you cope through that then undoubtedly your future is safe and secure
  • Private job - We have seen a large number of medical hospitals opening up in our vicinity and most of these always are in hiring process for MD specialized doctors. Thus, there is an ever-increasing demand and shortage in availability of such medical practitioners.
  • NGO - If you believe in serving the poor and needy then NGOs are best options for you. Also you must note that not all jobs in NGOs are unpaid as some will pay u really well. If you think you got the nerve for it then go hit the nail
  • Further studies - This is never an option for an MD degree holder, it is always a choice. Having said that, it does not at all mean that this is not a good option. It is great if you decide to study further and add more feathers to your cap. However, candidates must keep in mind that their superspeciality option will depend upon the specialization that they opted for while pursuing MD
All about MD - Specialisations

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