Medical colleges in India are a choice for a vast number of students. The MCI, or the Medical Council of India, governs Indian medical education. Admission to India’s most prestigious private and government medical colleges is granted based on NEET UG score. Apart from that, 15% All India quota and 85% state quota, and Deemed Universities in India offer admission to NRI students under the 50% NRI quota reserved by the Medical Council of India.
Both the citizens of India having Indian origin and the overseas citizens of India are included in this NRI quota. However, they must clear the NEET Exam. That is the basic prerequisite for all NRI aspirants and Indian candidates. When we talk about the admissions of NRI aspirants in medical colleges in India, people generally think that this quota exists in private medical colleges only. But the truth is that some states of India provide NRI quota admissions in government medical colleges.
If you are an NRI who wants to get MBBS admission in one of the medical colleges in India, there will be a lot of questions on your mind. This discussion aims to answer all those questions and give you more detailed information on the topic. We will provide information regarding the states that provide NRI quota admission in MBBS colleges in government and private medical colleges, their fee structure, and the expected cut-off to get admitted to these colleges in NEET 2022. By the end of this discussion, you will be acquainted with every detail regarding the admission of NRI students to medical colleges in India.
Also See: NEET 2022 Counselling
Who falls under the NRI category?
- A candidate falls under the NRI category if they fulfill the following criteria:
- A person who is a citizen of India or is of Indian origin but is not living in India currently but rather living abroad.
- The candidate must be living abroad as an NRI for five years to be considered an NRI. That means you must have cleared your 10th and 12th examinations from that particular country.
- The children of Indian citizens who live abroad either for business or employment are also considered NRI.
- The children born abroad but the parents are of Indian origin fall under the NRI category.
- The candidates who are the children of central or state government employees staying abroad on deputation period are also considered NRI.
MBBS admission criteria for NRI students
- The applicants must hold a valid passport.
- The seats offered under the NRI quota will only be allocated to the bonafide NRIs.
- The candidate must have passed the NEET examination of that year.
- The candidates applying under the NRI sponsorship must have a real blood relation to the financial supporter, a father, mother, sister, brother, uncle, or aunt.
- The candidate must have passed Physics, Chemistry, and Biology in Class 12 or an equivalent examination with 60% or above marks.
- Age limit: The minimum age for giving NEET-UG is 17 years, and the maximum age limit is 25 years.
Indian States that grant NRI quota seats
There are, in total, five Indian states that provide NRI quota seats in their government and private medical colleges. Those are Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Rajasthan, and Puducherry. 7-15% of MBBS seats in these colleges are reserved for NRI students. The fee structure of these colleges differs from state to state. Some of these states have a fee structure of 12,500 $ per year; on the other hand, some states have a fee structure of 30,000$ as a tuition fee for NRI students.
If an NRI student secures a seat but does not claim it later or leaves it vacant, such seats are transferred to the state quota in general or any other category. The cut-off of these colleges for the NRI students is low as the number of students applying for these seats is generally low. Due to the fewer NRI candidates, the competition is less, and the cut-off doesn’t go that high. It has been seen that an NRI student is able to secure one of these seats at even 300-350 marks.
State-wise fee structure
- In Himachal Pradesh, the NRI fee structure for government colleges is equal to approximately 20,000$ or INR per annum.
- In Haryana, the NRI fee structure for the MBBS course in government colleges is approximately equal to 25,000$ at the time of admission and 12,500$ per year for the next four years.
- In Rajasthan, the fee structure of government medical colleges for NRI candidates was revised in 2020. The candidate must deposit 30,000$ and the subsequent per semester fee is 15,000$ at the time of admission
- In Puducherry, the fee structure for Indira Gandhi Medical College and Research Institute for NRI students is 100,000$ for the full course. Of this, 15,000$ is a caution deposit, which is refundable.
- In addition to the seats in government medical colleges, all these states have quotas for NRI students in their private medical colleges
- Apart from these five states that provide NRI quota seats in their private and government medical colleges, some states like Gujarat, West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh, Kerala, Karnataka, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, and Tamil Nadu provide only self-financed private medical college seats for NRI students. Apart from these, all Deemed Medical colleges or universities have 15% reservation quota seats for NRI students, for which counselling is conducted by NCC.
Indian medical colleges that offer NRI quota seats
Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College offers NRI candidates seats for admission in medical courses, that is, MBBS. It is situated in Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh. The number of NRI quota seats they provide is five, and the fee is one lakh rupees per annum. The admission criteria indicate that the applicant’s parent must hold a passport to India. The candidate must have qualified 12th or equivalent exam in subjects of PCB, that is, Physics, Chemistry, and Biology. English is also a compulsory subject.
Venkateswara Institute of Medical Sciences: The admission for NRI candidates into this medical college is conducted through Dr. NTR University of Health Sciences Vijayawada. So, interviews are conducted through this University as well. It is situated in Andhra Pradesh and offers 23 seats for NRI students. The NRI quota fee is 20,000 $ per annum and 24,500 rupees. You can calculate from dollars into the currency of the country you currently reside in. The admission criteria include that the candidates or their parents should hold a valid Indian passport, and they must have qualified 12th or equivalent exam in PCB as English
Gandhi Medical College, Bhopal: It is located in Madhya Pradesh, and the number of NRI seats they offer is five. The admission criteria include that the candidate or their parents must hold an Indian passport, and they should have qualified 12th or equivalent exams with PCB + English subjects.
Indira Gandhi Medical College and Research Institute Puducherry: Although a bit on the expensive side, this institute offers quality medical training and is one of the best options for NRI students. The number of NRI quota seats they offer is 22. The NRI quota fee per annum is discussed above. The eligibility criteria for applying to these seats are almost the same as the colleges above.
Government Medical College and Hospital Chandigarh: This medical does not offer sponsored seats for the NRIs as of now, but this is being contested by a vast number of students who wish to apply under the sponsored NRI category. They offer 9 NRI quota seats. The NRI quota fee is 1 lakh dollars per annum, and the admission criteria are the same as above.
GMERS Medical College Gandhinagar: It is located in Gujarat, Gandhinagar. It is a great choice for the wards of Gujarati NRIs. The college offers 22 seats for the NRI candidates, and the fee structure is 20,000$ per annum. The admission criteria are the same as for the other colleges above
Government Medical College Patiala: It is located in Punjab. They give preference to wards of NRI who belong to Punjab. The NRI quota fee is 20,000$ per annum, and the prerequisites for admission are the same as for the colleges mentioned above. But, they specifically require the candidate to be of Indian origin.
Pandit Bhagwat Dayal Sharma University of Health Sciences Rohtak: It is located in Haryana, and they give preference to candidates who are themselves NRIs and belong to Haryana. The number of NRI quota seats they provide is six, and the NRI quota fee structure is approximately 25,000$ to be paid once and 12,500$ per annum. The admission criteria are the same
Government Medical College Kota: Kota is already famous among students for competitive exam coaching, making it a great place to study for NRIs. It is located in Rajasthan, and the number of NRI quota seats is 6. The fee is 10,000$ per annum. The eligibility criteria are the same
Government Medical College, Amritsar: They offer NRI seats, most of whom come from Canada, the United States of America, and the United Arab Emirates. It is located in Punjab, and the number of NRI quota seats they offer is 13. The fee is 20,000$ per annum, and the admission criteria are the same.
If you have gone through the whole discussion, you now have a thorough idea about the states of India that allow NRI quota seats, the name of the colleges, their fee structure, and eligibility criteria. We have also briefed you about the documents you will require to submit in order to get admission to these medical colleges. Owing to the high standard of Indian medical education and the low costs, availing NRI quota seats in an Indian Medical College is a dream of many NRIs.
FAQs on MBBS Admission in India
Why do NRIs want to get admission to Indian medical colleges?
The cost of medical education abroad is skyrocketing. So, Indian citizens or citizens of Indian origin who reside abroad prefer getting medical education from medical colleges in India. There are many medical colleges in India that offer NRI quota seats as discussed above. The standard of medical training in these colleges is quite high, another reason why NRIs prefer studying MBBS in these colleges.
What documents are required for the NRI MBBS Admission in India?
Following are the documents required for NRI MBBS admission in India
A valid passport
NOC from the Ministry of External Affairs and the Government of India, New Delhi
No objection certificate was issued by the ambassador or the competent authority of the Embassy of the candidates' country to allow their stay and study in India
Class 10th Marks sheet
Class 10th passing certificate
Class 12th Marksheet
Marksheet of the qualifying exam that is, NEET score
Covid 19 vaccination certificate
Health insurance certificate
Passport-sized colored photographs of the candidate - 6 in number
Recent stamp size colored photographs of the applicant - 4 in number
Joint declaration by the parent and the applicant as per the format
What are the prerequisites for NRIs to get admission to Indian medical colleges?
The NRI candidate must give NEET examination to get the admission
The candidate or his parents must hold a valid Indian passport
The seats offered under the NRI quota will only be allocated to the bonafide NRIs.
The candidates applying under the NRI sponsorship must have a real blood relation to the financial supporter.
The candidate must have passed Physics, Chemistry, and Biology in Class 12 or an equivalent examination with 60% or above marks
The candidate must be aged between 17 years to 25 years.