The Medical Council of India (MCI), is a government organisation established to provide and maintain world class standards in medical education till 25 September 2020. In September 2020 it was replaced by the NMC. The council grants recognition and accreditation to the medical colleges and the medical practitioners in the college in India. The last President of MCI was Dr. Jayshreeben Mehta.

The Supreme Court had allowed the Central Government to replace the medical council and with the help of five specialized doctors to monitor the medical education system in India, from July 2017.

Rules for Studying MBBS in Abroad

These are some of the rules proposed by the MCI in order for a student to study MBBS in India and other countries around the world. Before the NEET, the MCI  used to issue the eligibility certificate for a student to study MBBS in abroad.

  • The student must have completed the age of 17 years on or before 31st December of the year of admission to the MBBS Course.
  • The students must have passed the qualifying examination with minimum eligibility marks.
  • The higher secondary examination or the Indian School Certificate Examination or 10+2 Higher Secondary Examination after a period of 12 years study or equivalent, the student must have studied Physics, Chemistry, maths, Biology as the major subjects.
  • The student must have taken English as a subject in their higher secondary.
  • Please note that where the course content is not as under the 10+2 education structure of the National Committee, the candidates will have to complete a year of pre-professional training before admission to the Medical College.

Functions of MCI

The MCI, is responsible for the maintenance of the quality in medical education within India. The MCI issues recognition and accreditation certificates to the medical institutions and colleges within India. The MCI also issues accreditation to the medical practitioners who want to practice medicine in India. 

Students who have completed MBBS in abroad countries will only be eligible to appear in the Foreign Medical Graduates Examination (FMGE), if the students have graduated from a college which is accredited or recognised by the MCI. It is very much advised for the students who are willing to study MBBS in abroad countries to check if their college is accredited or approved by the MCI.


In this blog, I have mentioned very few important rules and regulations followed by the MCI. I hope this would have helped some of the medical aspirants who want to pursue their medical education in abroad countries.Kindly share your valuable reviews and your thoughts in the comment section below.