All about MCh Courses
Updated on Nov 27, 2019 - 2:14 p.m. IST by Sahiba.Sharma
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All About MCh Courses - Medicos seeking admission to the post doctoral medical program must know all about Magister Chirurgiae (MCh) courses. First thing to be noted is that admission to MCh courses is through National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (Super Speciality Courses), also known as NEET-SS. The aforementioned exam is conducted by National Board of Examinations (NBE) and the course is pursued for a duration of three years. As per the data from the Medical Council of India (MCI), a total of 1499 seats are offered for the course, across the nation. The popular specialisations offered under the course are Neuro Surgery, Cardio-Thoracic Vascular Surgery, Plastic Surgery, Urology, etc. Candidates can go through this article by Careers360 to know all about MCh course and the key aspects related to the program.
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All about MCh Courses - Eligibility Criteria

It is essential for candidates to fulfil certain eligibility conditions if they are seeking admission to MCh courses through NEET-SS. The same has been mentioned in the points below:

  • Degree - Aspirants must possess an MS degree or provisional pass certificate (or equivalent degree) by the stipulated time. They can also be likely in possession of the same by the due date
  • Registration - It is mandatory that candidates be registered with the Medical Council of India (MCI)/State Medical Council (SMC). Candidates will also have to submit a document of proof for the same at the test centre on the day of exam
  • Results - Candidates must get their qualifying exam results before the cut off date, failing which admission will not be granted

Those candidates who come under the category of Foreign Nationals are not required to have MCI registration. For these candidates MCI will grant temporary registration which will be for the duration of Post Doctoral course. This temporary registration will be granted after payment of prescribed registration fee. Foreign nationals must also note that the temporary registration that they receive will only be valid and limited to the medical college/institute in which they get admission. The candidates are also required to be registered with the appropriate authority in his or her own country where the MS degree is obtained.

All about Magister Chirurgiae (MCh) - Admission Process

Medicos are familiar to the fact that admission to almost all the MCh courses in the country will be granted through NEET-SS scores. This does not include admission to AIIMS and JIPMER institutes as they conduct their own exams. The entrance examination of NEET-SS is conducted in a single shift by NBE in computer based mode.

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Candidates will be allotted seats on the basis of merit rank of candidates in NEET-SS, course opted by them and also the availability of seats. Medicos are also required to furnish certain documents at the test centre on the day of NEET-SS examination. They are as follows:

  • Photocopy of Permanent or Provisional SMC/MCI Registration.

  • Admit card with photo pasted in appropriate place

  • A valid and original photo ID - PAN Card, Voter ID, Driving License, Passport, or Aadhaar Card

NEET-SS Application Form

NBE will release the application form of NEET-SS in the first week of May 2020 and last date to register will be in the fourth week of May 2020. Candidates who fulfil the eligibility criteria of the exam can fill NEET-SS application form. Candidates must keep in mind that admission to the super-specialty course candidates opt for will depend on their prior qualification. This is also known as feeder broad speciality qualifications. Every individual candidate is allowed to choose for a maximum of two super speciality courses for which they are eligible as per their broad speciality qualification.

NEET-SS 2020 Important Dates



Availability of NEET-SS Information bulletin

First week of May 2020

Start of online application form

First week of May 2020

Last date to submit application form

Fourth week of May 2020


First week of July 2020

Intimation to candidate about deficiency in application form if anySecond week of June 2020
Last date to submit deficient documentsSecond week of June 2020
Issue of admit cardsThird week of June 2020

Exam date

Fourth week of June 2020

Declaration of resultSecond week of July 2020

*denotes dates are tentative

MCh vs. MS

Master of Surgery (MS) is the course that a candidate is required to qualify in order to pursue the post doctoral program of MCh. Once a medical aspirant completes his/her MBBS degree successfully they can pursue their higher studies by choosing between MS and Doctor of Medicine (MD). Admissions to the same depend on the rank secured by them in NEET PG and their preference. It must also be noted by candidates that MCh course can only be pursued by candidates who complete their MS degree.

All about MCh - Career Opportunities

Medicos are aware of the fact that a super specialty degree, like that of MCh, requires a lot of hard work than they put in during their MBBS and MS. Also, the perks that it brings along are name, fame, career opportunities and a lot of money. Some of the career opportunities available for an MCh degree holder are mentioned below:

  • Medical clinic - This is an option available to MBBS, MS as well as MCh degree holders. What makes the difference is recognition and preference by patients on the basis of qualification. Medicos who are higher in qualification are placed higher in preference by the patients

  • Government job - This again can be opted by all the three degree holders, but here also their degree and qualification decides their salary and security for them

  • Private job - Candidates must know that super specialty hospitals pay a very handsome amount as salary to the doctors working there. Hospital chains like Medanta, Fortis and Apollo have their own super specialty cells running in the premises. Such hospitals have a huge demand for MCh degree holders. They are equipped with the best and are looked up to by the patients.

All about M.Ch - Courses

  • M.Ch. (Cardio-Thoracic Vascular Surgery)

  • M.Ch. (Neuro Surgery)

  • M.Ch. (Urology)

  • M.Ch. (Surgical Gastroenterology)

  • M.Ch.(Plastic Surgery)

  • M.Ch.(Pediatric Surgery)

  • M.Ch.(Surgical Oncology)

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