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Thursday, August 25, 2016

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SRM University MBBS/ BDS Admissions 2016

SRM University invites applications for MBBS/ BDS courses for the academic year 2016-17. In this article, you will find important information that will help you in applying to MBBS/ BDS courses at SRM University.

SRM University MBBS/ BDS Admissions 2016

SRM University MBBS/ BDS Admissions 2016

MBBS is available at SRM University, Kattankulathur campus, Chennai
BDS is available at SRM University, Kattankulathur campus, Chennai and also at Ramapuram campus, Chennai.

Application available at: http://apply.srmuniv.ac.in/medapp/AppCont

Last date for applying: 29 Aug 2016

Sanctioned intake for MBBS

  • MBBS, Kattankulathur campus: 150 seats
  • BDS, Kattankulathur campus: 100 seats
  • BDS, Ramapuram campus: 100 seats


  • The applicant shall complete the age of 17 years on or before 31st December, of the year of admission to the MBBS course;
  • Higher Secondary / +2 or equivalent qualification with English, Physics, Chemistry and Biology/Botany & Zoology with minimum marks as per Medical Council of India (MCI) norms.
  • Eligible NEET (UG) – 2016 score: Please note that only NEET (UG) – 2016 qualified candidates are eligible. Admission will be made based on the qualifying examination and NEET percentile score.

Fee Structure

  • Application Fee: Rs. 1000
  • Annual Fees for MBBS:
    1. Annual Tuition Fee: Rs.18 lacs
    2. Annual Development Fee: Rs. 2 lacs
    3. Annual Co-curricular Fee: Rs. 1 lac
  • Annual Fees for BDS: Rs. 7.5 lacs
There may be additional fees like registration fees, examination fees and hostel fees. You are advised to please check with the University administration.


All the information displayed above are as collected from SRM University web site. We do not monitor the University web site for any updates or changes. So, we advice the candidates to use the information here as a quick reference. Please visit the web site of SRM University before you apply or coming to any conclusion.
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Tuesday, August 9, 2016

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Revised Counselling Procedure for NEET All India Quota

We wrote about the online medical counselling procedure for successful NEET candidates in July 2016. That article was written based on the online counselling procedure followed in the years 2014 & 2015. Subsequent to this, Medical Counseling committee (MCC) has revised the online counselling procedure for 2016. In this article, we are covering the revised procedure for your information and understanding.

Revised Counselling Procedure for NEET All India Quota

Schedule for online counselling for NEET (All India Quota) MBBS/BDS seats – 2016

Medical Counselling Committee has released the counselling scheme and counselling schedule for admission to NEET (All India Quota) seats. You will find the same in the table below:

Main counseling registration, choice filling & indicative seat22nd Aug to 25th Aug 2016
  • Registration will be open up to 05:00 PM on 25th Aug 2016.
  • Facility for registration will be available before Round-1 only
Exercising of choices and locking (Round 1)26th Aug 2016Open up to 05:00 PM
Announcement of Round 1 result28th Aug 2016
Reporting at the allotted medical/ dental college against Round 1.29th Aug to 3rd Sep 2016
  • Should report before 05:00 PM on 3rd Sep 2016.
  • State if you are willing to participate in Round 2.
  • Joining at allotted Institution is necessary, if candidate allotted seat fails to join the allotted college/seat within stipulated time, the allotted seat will be cancelled and candidate shall not be eligible to take part in Round 2.
Exercising of choices and locking (Round 2)9th Sep 2016 to 10th Sep 2016
  • Earlier choices submitted by the candidate will be treated null and void.
  • Fresh choices submission for seat allotment in Round 2 is mandatory.
Announcement of Round 2 result12th Sep 2016
Reporting at the allotted medical/ dental college against Round 213th Sep to 20th Sep 2016Should report before 05:00 PM on 20th Sep 2016
Transfer of vacant seats to State Quota20th Sep 2016Transfer happens after 05:00 PM on 20th Sep 2016

Changes in Online Counselling Procedure for 2016

The procedure is more or less the same. But, the major difference is in the number of rounds of counselling. While it was three rounds of counselling in the previous years, it is reduced to just two rounds of counselling in 2016. We believe this change is disastrous for NEET candidates, particularly for students from states that do not use NEET scores for admission to state quota seats.

Why reducing to two rounds of counselling is not good?

Medical Counselling Committee (MCC) returned a total of 875 seats to the states after AIPMT 2015 Counselling Round 3, as they were unable to fill these All India Quota seats even after three rounds of counselling. In 2014, 858 seats were reverted back to the states at the end of three rounds. If the counselling is reduced to just two rounds, this number will go up and many meritorious NEET qualified students would be left disappointed.

To understand this better, let me give you the data of Round 3 in 2015:
  • Number of seats allotted in third round (first time) - 999 (886 MBBS seats & 113 BDS seats)
  • Number of seats upgraded in third round - 966 (889 MBBS seats & 77 BDS seats)
So, by removing Round 3, we are denying a medical seat for about 1000 candidates and another 1000 candidates are denied a chance to study in a better college.

Our request to Medical Counselling Committee

It is a pity that MCC took a short-cut by deleting one round of counselling to meet the Sep 30 deadline set by Supreme Court. The delay this year is mainly due to the Supreme Court, Central government, MCI and CBSE. But, why should they punish the students?

We sincerely request MCC to reconsider its decision and should revert back to at least three rounds of online counselling. Let us stop playing with the career and dreams of young children of our beloved country.
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Monday, August 8, 2016


Number of Medical Seats in Tamil Nadu

We noted in our previous article, Total number of medical seats in India, that Tamil Nadu has the third highest number of medical seats in India.

Number of Government Medical Colleges in Tamil Nadu

We also noted that Tamil Nadu has 23 government medical colleges, the most in India. Though Medical Council of India (MCI) shows 23 government medical colleges in its list, Tamil Nadu shows only 21 government medical colleges. Why is there a discrepancy between MCI and Tamil Nadu state records?

Two medical colleges, IRT Perundurai Medical College and ESIC Medical College, Chennai are considered as government medical colleges by MCI. However, Tamil Nadu state government does not treat them as government medical colleges. So, these two colleges do not contribute to the 15% All India Quota.

Number of Medical Seats in Tamil Nadu

Number of Medical Seats in Tamil Nadu
The following is the list of 21 government medical colleges in Tamil Nadu. Overall, they have 2750 MBBS seats. Out of these, 2318 seats come under the 85% state quota. Admission to these 2318 seats was already completed during the first counselling held by the state in the month of June 2016.

For those candidates who have appeared for NEET entrance examination, 412 seats are available through All India Quota. The detailed breakdown of seats for each medical college in Tamil Nadu is given below:

Sl. No.Name of the CollegeTotal SeatsState QuotaAll India Quota
1Chengalpattu Medical College1008515
2Coimbatore Medical College15012822
3Dharmapuri Medical College1008515
4Govt. K.A.P.V. Medical College, Trichy15012822
5Govt. Medical College, ESIC Hospital, Coimbatore 100 65 15
6Govt. Medical College, Omandurar Estate, Chennai 100 85 15
7Govt. Mohan Kumaramangalam Medical College, Salem 100 85 15
8Kanyakumari Medical College 100 85 15
9Kilpauk Medical College 150 128 22
10Madras Medical College 250 212 38
11Madurai Medical College 150 128 22
12Sivagangai Medical College 100 85 15
13Stanley Medical College 250 213 37
14Thanjavur Medical College 150 127 23
15Theni Medical College 100 85 15
16Thiruvarur Medical College 100 85 15
17Thoothukudi Medical College 150 127 23
18Tirunelveli Medical College 150 127 23
19Tiruvannamalai Medical College 100 85 15
20Vellore Medical College 100 85 15
21Villupuram Medical College 100 85 15


We have taken utmost care to ensure the information is correct to the best of our knowledge. These information are as collected and consolidated from the web sites of Health & Family Welfare Department, Government of Tamil Nadu and Medical Council of India. We recommend you to use the above information as a guide only. For the latest and current information, please refer to the appropriate Authorities.
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Sunday, August 7, 2016

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Total number of medical seats in India

Do you know the total number of medical seats in India? This article gives an update on the total number of MBBS seats available in India. The information is collected from the web site of Medical Council of India.

Total number of medical seats in India

We have summarized the information from the web site and presented in a format that is easy to understand. There are about 425 medical colleges all over India, almost a 50:50 distribution of government and private medical colleges. These 425 medical colleges provide about 53,000 medical seats a year, 28790 seats under government medical colleges and 24440 seats under private medical colleges.

The total number of MBBS seats available in India is given state-wise in the table below, and further broken down into government medical colleges and private medical colleges.

Total number of medical seats in India

Further insight into number of medical seats in India

Three states have more than 5000 MBBS seats each. Karnataka leads the list with 7245 seats, Maharashtra has 6520 seats and Tamil Nadu state has 5510 seats.

Tamil Nadu has 23 government medical colleges, the most among states in India. Maharashtra, though with only 21 government medical colleges, leads the number of seats in government medical colleges. Maharashtra has 2950 government seats while Tamil Nadu has 2910 seats. Gujarat has 2680 seats from 16 government medical colleges.

In the private medical colleges count, Karnataka is far ahead of other states. Karnataka has 35 private medical colleges, which contribute as many as 4845 seats. Maharashtra is a distant second with 28 private medical colleges that provide 3570 seats. Tamil Nadu has 2600 seats from 23 private medical colleges.


The above information is collected from Colleges & Courses Search | Medical Council of India on 4 Aug 2016. The information provided in this article may not be updated, you can use it as a guide. For the latest information, we suggest you to visit the Medical Council of India web site.
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Thursday, August 4, 2016

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Private medical colleges are affordable?

Private medical colleges are affordable? Are they within the reach of common man? Can a student from poor/ middle income family achieve his dream of pursuing medical education through a private medical college? Or, is it still in the hands of only the super rich people? Has the introduction of NEET this year changed the playing field?

The current topic of discussion in the country is "One Nation, One Tax"; the GST. Last month, it was "One Nation, One Exam". Yes, I am referring to the recent Supreme Court verdict on NEET examination and the NEET Ordinance by the Central Government. This has turned the attention of many students towards private medical colleges.

Private medical colleges are within the reach of common man?

The most expensive private medical colleges may now be within the reach of common man, or at least qualified candidates who could afford the high fee structure of the private colleges. While many of us are assuming that NEET ranks will be used by private medical colleges for admission, it may or may not be true. Neither the Supreme Court nor the Central government has made it clear the process of admission to seats in private medical colleges. This is being kept as a secret. The students are kept in dark and their anxiety levels continue to grow as the date of NEET results is nearing.

Questions bothering NEET aspirants

Are the seats going to be allotted through a central single window counselling for both government colleges and private medical colleges? Or, do we need to apply separately to each and every private medical college I am interested in?

Are the private colleges going to use NEET scores for ranking the candidates? Or, the NEET scores merely going to be used to shortlist the candidates?

How do private medical colleges respond?

Recently, we visited a private medical college to enquire about the admission process. They informed that they were awaiting the NEET results and further instructions from CBSE/ MCI. We could not get any clear picture in spite of visiting the college personally.

We are also hearing information that certain colleges are accepting advance payments foe admission to MBBS seats. They seem to be promising candidates with MBBS seats; the only condition being that the candidate should qualify the NEET exam. After all, qualifying the NEET exam may not be a big challenge. CBSE has specified that anybody who scores above 50 percentile would qualify. IN 2013, when NEET was conducted, the qualifying marks was a mere 98 marks/ 720 marks. Is it the way to go? Are private colleges allowed to admit any one who qualifies NEET without going through the ranking process?

Recently, Christian Medical College (CMC) Vellore has called for applications for MBBS seats. Their prospectus states that NEET scores will be used for shortlisting the candidates. The shortlisted candidates had to go through an aptitude test and interview before getting selected. While I respect CMC Vellore, I worry that this will set the trend for other private medical colleges to overcome the NEET ranking through their own selection process. Will this not lead to manipulation? Will this not take us back to the days when capitation fees decided the seats?

Going by the above discussion, it is clear that there is a danger of losing the benefits of having a common NEET examination. Will Supreme Court/ Central government/ CBSE/ MCI will interrupt and set the procedure right? Will they ensure the ultimate goal of moving towards NEET is achieved? Will the deserved candidates get an opportunity to achiever their dream of studying in medical colleges?

Fee structure in Private Medical Colleges

If the above discussion is threatening the basis of NEET exam, the private colleges are also working overtime to ensure that they don't lose whatever happens. Here is what we have observed:

Sri Ramachandra University was quoting an annual fee of INR 11 lakhs when prospectus was issued. Now, their web site is revised and showing an annual fee of INR 15 lakhs.

Fee structure of Sri Ramachandra University (before)

Fee structure of Sri Ramachandra University (new)

Saveetha University's web site also now shows an annual fee of INR 15 lakhs. Add to it other so-called one-time fees like admission fees, equipment fees, etc.

Fee structure of Saveetha University

Amrita University looks better as their web site still indicates an annual tuition fees at INR 7 lakhs. But, their foot note "Institution reserves the right to revise the same at any time without notice" does not give any peace of mind to the students. The extra fees that could be charged include hostel, mess, other fees and caution deposit.

Fee structure of Amrita University

If the annual fees is going to be 15 lakhs, you are about to spend not less than INR 1 Crore to complete the undergraduate medical degree. Looking at the fee structure, how can a middle income person afford a medical seat in private colleges? Forget about poor man, he cannot even dream of this. It looks even an upper middle class would find it difficult to cope.

So, what is the point of admission through NEET if the fee structure is not monitored and controlled through an Authority?


The NEET exam was arranged in haste this year without answering many of the questions. This had left lakhs of NEET aspirants anxious and depressed. It is worse to keep them in suspense on what to expect. Will someone take the steps to clear the mist? We are waiting ...

Note: The fee structure details are collected from the Prospectus and web site of the respective colleges. These colleges are selected at random to just show the prevailing fee structure. We have not discussed whether it is worth the fees or the quality of the colleges. We leave it to the aspirants to assess the quality of each private medical college before selecting them. To be honest, we have high regards for Sri Ramachandra University for the infrastructure and the patient flow to the hospital.
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