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There is a plethora of options open for a medical graduates for further studies.

All India Entrance Examination
For admission to PG medical courses on All–India basis for admission to 25% of seats against open merit in Government Medical Colleges. The examination consists of one paper of 31/2 hrs. duration containing 300 marks consisting of pre clinical, para clinical and clinical subjects.

National Board of Examinations
An autonomous body of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare which conducts specialty examinations in various disciplines of medical sciences for the award of ‘Diplomat of National Board’. The examination is held in 2 parts – primary and final in February.
Primary Examination
Common for all board specialties and for direct 5 year course in Neurosurgery, Pediatric Surgery and Plastic Surgery. Candidates possessing a post graduate qualifications in any specialty (Degree/Diploma) from a MCI recognised universities are exempted from the primary examination.

Final Examination
Consult the bulletins of information for eligibility in the subjects of board and super specialties.

MD/MS/Diploma Courses
A few colleges take in students on the basis of merit obtained in the final year MBBS examination. Some colleges have their own entrance examinations.

Masters in Hospital Administration/Management
Many renowned colleges in India offer a 2/3 years course in MHA/MHM.
To name a few: Career openings came in the form of an hospital administrator’s job with more and more market survey private hospitals coming up these jobs are in demand, both in India and abroad.


Services Examinations Apply to:
The Director General Armed Forces,
Medical Services, DGIA,
Ministry of Defense,
L Block, New Delhi – 1.

Studies Abroad Write to:
ECFMG,
PO Box 820992,
Philadelphia PA 19182–0992, USA.

or go to your local USEFI center like
United States Education Foundation in India,
3rd Floor, American Center,
4, New Marine Lines,
Churchgate, Mumbai 20, Maharashtra

or check out these sites: www.ecfmg.org and www.usmle.org


UK – To get a postgraduate post in the UK, you must be registered with the General Medical Council (GMC). For this you have to pass the PLAB test, prior to which you have to take the International English Language Testing System (TELTS) exam and obtain minimum overall score of 7.0 and minimum scores of 6.0 in each sections. PLAB is taken in 2 parts.

Part 1 consists of 3 written papers, (i) MCQ exam to test your knowledge base, (ii) Clinical problem solving exam to test theoretical diagnosis and management skills and (iii) Photographic material exam. to test your ability to recognise/describe common medical conditions.

Part 2 consists of a 12 station objective structured clinical examination (OSCE) to test your Clinical and Communication skills.
Part 1 can be taken at centres in UK and overseas like India at New Delhi, Calcutta, Chennai and Mumbai. Part 2 can only be taken in the UK.

The first step in planning a career in UK is to get an information enquiry sheet from the GMC or British Council Office nearest to you.

For further information hit www.gmc-uk.org

GRE: The graduate records examinations (GRE) test are taken by individuals applying to graduate schools. This program offers a general test and a subject specific test. While the general tests are computer based subject test are Ahmedabad, Allahabad, Bangalore, Calcutta, Hyderabad, Chennai, Mumbai, New Delhi, Trivendrum. These exams are required for M.Sc programs in the USA in Biological Sciences like Anatomy, Bactemolgy, Cell and Molecular Biology, Pharmacology, etc. The GRE form can be downloaded from the GRE website at: www.gre.org