Registration of students with foreign medical degrees


02.08.17: As per Section 13(4A) of the Indian Medical Council Act, 1956 and Clause 3 of the Screening Test Regulations, 2002, an Indian National/ Overseas Citizen of India possessing a primary medical qualification awarded by any medical institution outside India and who is desirous of getting provisional/ permanent registration from the State Medical Council (SMC) on or after 15/03/2002 can be registered after he/she qualifies a Screening Test conducted by the National Board of Examinations.

As informed by the Medical Council of India (MCI), no specific data of foreign medical graduates who are registered with the MCI/ SMC is available with the Council before 2007. However, since 2007, MCI generated computerized registration certificate and as per the available records from 2007 till mid-2014, a total of 12,858 permanent registrations were granted by MCI in respect of Indian nationals who possess primary medical qualification from various universities outside the country.

As per the information furnished by MCI, a total of 10,22,859 Doctors who possess recognized primary medical qualification, are registered with the MCI/ SMC as on 31st March, 2017. State-wise data is given below:

Number of Doctors Registered with State Medical Councils / Medical Council of India as on 31st March, 2017

Sr. No. Name of the Medical Council Number of Doctors
1. Andhra Pradesh Medical Council 86129
2. Arunachal Pradesh Medical Council 792
3. Assam Medical Council 22454
4. Bihar Medical Council 40043
5. Chattisgarh Medical Council 6584
6. Delhi Medical Council 15246
7. Goa Medical Council 3336
8. Gujarat Medical Council 53954
9. Haryana Dental & Medical Council 5717
10. Himachal Pradesh Medical Council 2849
11. Jammu & Kashmir 14188
12. Jharkhand Medical Council 5003
13. Karnataka Medical Council 101273
14. Madhya Pradesh Medical Council 34347
15. Maharashtra Medical Council 153513
16. Medical Council of India 52666
17. Nagaland Medical Council 801
18. Orissa Council of Medical Registration 21681
19. Punjab Medical Council 44682
20. Rajasthan Medical Council 38677
21. Sikkim Medical Council 893
22. Tamil Nadu Medical Council 121847
23. Travancore Medical Council 52474
24. Uttar Pradesh Medical Council 69208
25. Uttrakhand Medical Council 6662
26. West Bengal Medical Council 65486
27. Telangana Medical Council 2354
  Total 10,22,859



The Government has taken the following steps to increase the number of doctors in the country:

  1. Relaxation in the norms for setting up of a medical college in terms of requirement for land, faculty, staff, bed/ bed strength and other infrastructure.
  2. Strengthening/ upgradation of existing State Government/Central Government Medical Colleges to increase MBBS seats with fund sharing between the Central Government and States.

III. Establishment of New Medical Colleges by upgrading district/referral hospitals preferably in underserved districts of the country with fund sharing between the Central Government and States.

  1. Enhancement of maximum intake capacity at MBBS level from 150 to 250.
  2. Enhancement of age limit for appointment/extension/re-employment against posts of teachers/dean/principal/ director in medical colleges from 65-70 years.
  3. DNB qualification has been recognized for appointment as faculty to take care of shortage of faculty.


The Minister of State (Health and Family Welfare), Sh Faggan Singh Kulaste stated this in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha here today.




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