All about MCh Courses
Manashjyoti, 08 May 2019
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All about MCh Courses - Magister Chirurgiae (MCh) is a post-doctoral program that can be pursued after completion of MS degree. Admission to MCh course is done through the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (Super Speciality Courses), abbreviated NEET-SS, which is conducted by National Board of Examinations. The duration of MCh program is three years. AIIMS and JIPMER are some of the few institutions that are out of NEET-SS ambit, as they conduct their own exams. There are a total of 1312 MCh seats across medical colleges in India (source MCI). Popular MCh specialisations the candidate can purse include Cardio-Thoracic Vascular Surgery, Neuro Surgery, Urology, Plastic Surgery, etc. In this article “All about MCh course” we bring you key aspects related to the program, including eligibility criteria, admission process, career prospects etc.
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All about MCh Courses - Eligibility Criteria

If a candidate wants to get admission to MCh course through NEET-SS, then the candidate needs to meet the NEET-SS eligibility criteria, which have been described in detail below.

Eligibility criteria of NEET-SS 2019 for admission to MCh courses

  • The candidate needs to possess an MS degree/provisional pass certificate or an equivalent degree or likely to be in possession of same by prescribed date.

  • Candidates who are qualifying or getting results of MS (or equivalent exam) after cutoff date will not be considered for admission.

  • All candidates have to mandatorily get registered with MCI/ State Medical Council. A documentary proof to that effect has to be submitted at the test centre on the day of the exam.

Exceptions: Foreign nationals however don’t need to register with MCI. Such candidates will be granted temporary registration for duration of Post Doctoral Course by MCI on payment of prescribed registration fee. The temporary registration will be limited to the medical college/institute candidate is admitted to. Also, the foreign national must be duly registered with the appropriate authority in his or her own country where the MS degree is obtained.

All about Magister Chirurgiae (MCh) - Admission Process

Admission to almost all MCh courses in the country will be through NEET-SS scores. Exceptions include JIPMER and AIIMS, who conduct their own exams and consequently are out of the NEET-SS ambit.

NEET-SS is a single-day, computer-based exam that is conducted by National Board of Examinations (NBE).

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The allotment of seats will be based on the merit rank of the candidate in NEET-SS, course opted for admission and also availability of seats.

Documents candidate must bring to NEET-SS test centre:

  • Admit card with photo pasted in appropriate place

  • Photocopy of Permanent or Provisional SMC/MCI Registration.

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

NEET-SS Application Form

The application form of NEET-SS has opened in online mode on May 8; last date to submit completed application forms is May 28. The super-speciality courses the candidate can opt for admission will depend on prior qualification, also known as feeder broad speciality qualifications. One is allowed to choose a maximum of two super speciality courses for which one’s broad speciality qualification is eligible.

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NEET-SS 2019 Important Dates


Tentative Dates

Availability of NEET-SS Information bulletin

8 May, 2019

Start of online application form

8 May, 2019 ( 3 pm)

Last date to submit application formMay 28, 2019 (11.55 pm)


1st week of July, 2019

Intimation to candidate about deficiency in application form if anyJune 13, 2019
Last date to submit deficient documentsJune 16, 2019
Issue of admit cardsJune 21, 2019

Exam date

June 29, 2019

Declaration of resultJuly 15, 2019

MCh vs. MS

Master of Surgery is a postgraduate degree that can be pursued after completion of MBBS program. In fact, after completing MBBS degree, the candidate may either choose MS or MD degree depending on their NEET PG rank and preference.

MCh is a post doctoral course (super speciality degree ) that can be pursued after completion of MS degree. Please note that only MS degree holders can pursue MCh course; MD degree holders, however, are not eligible to pursue MCh.

All about MCh - Career Opportunities

A super speciality degree is more or less the acme in the academic front for a medical practitioner. It not only brings lot of name recognition, but also opens lots of career opportunities for the degree holder.

  • Setting up a medical clinic - An MCh holder is in the best place to open his or her own clinic, compared to an MS or MBBS degree holder. For one, their advanced degree puts them on solid ground to treat complex and specific diseases. Also, people today want specific solutions and not general treatment. As India moves upwards on the economic scale, such demands are only going to increases, meaning clinical set-ups would look like a very rewarding career.

  • Government job - If serving people is the prime driving force, then getting a government job is not a bad option. That being said the monetary compensation for doctors in government hospitals, especially for an MCh degree holder, is catching up fast.

  • Private jobs - The big names in the health care sector Fortis, Medanta, and Apollo Hospitals, all today run super speciality units. It is because the health care sector has taken giant leaps in the last few decades and there is greater awareness among people today to seek advanced treatment. General treatment are out the window, with more and more people desiring for treating the root cause of an ailment or disease. Super speciality hospitals, being the best equipped to deal with such demands, are getting greater attention from the public. In the scenario, doctors with super speciality degrees are in great demand, who in coming times will have an even greater role to play. Footnote - super specialty hospitals pay handsome money.

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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