MBBS in Nepal

About Nepal

In the lap of the soaring high Himalayas, Nepal has emerged as a study abroad option constantly rising in significance. A ‘developing’ nation signifies peaked opportunities for social and economic development. Nepal is a rapidly developing nation, and MBBS in Nepal comes with incentives.

The country offers 1800+ medical seats in 5 public and 15 private medical colleges. As per the Medical Education Commission, Nepal (MEC), around 540 seats are to be offered to international students. But for attaining a medical seat in Nepal’s Government Medical College, one has to qualify through the MEC examination. And for admission to Nepal’s private medical institutions, NEET is an absolute necessity.

Quick Facts  
No of Medical Colleges
Total Polpulation
3Crores( Est 2021)
Nepalese Rupee (NPR)

MBBS in Nepal for Indian students

ll the Medical colleges in Nepal were approved by MCI a while back. With reference, to the recent NMC guidelines laid on 18th Nov 2021 for accepting degrees for Licensing EXAM in India (NEXT), all the college of Nepal fulfils these requirements. You can view the list below for the colleges, and witness their carry-over.

Government Medical Colleges in Nepal

Private Medical Colleges in Nepal Affiliated to Kathmandu University

Private Medical Colleges in Nepal Affiliated to Tribhuvan University

Why choose Nepal for MBBS studies?

Certainly, there are many advantages of doing the Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) in Nepal for Indian students in comparison to any other destination.

Similar Education pattern: The education pattern in Nepal for MBBS is similar to the Indian MBBS course. Likewise, 19 subjects in Pre, Para, and Clinical study are being instructed in Nepal corresponding to India.

  1. High FMGE passing ratio: Passing FMGCE ratio is among the highest for Nepal’s medical colleges in comparison to any other country.
  2. Indian Faculties: Almost all the Medical colleges in Nepal are having Indian faculty, which gives a huge comfort to Indian students during their studies.
  3. Affordability: Although, the Tuition Fees in Nepal’s Medical colleges are at par with Indian Private Medical Colleges. Still, it is a better choice to study in Nepal in comparison to studying in a Private Medical College that recently opened up in India at a similar cost.
  4. Language: You will find it very easy to communicate in Nepal as the natives of Nepal, mostly, understand Hindi, unlike Russia, China, Georgia, etc where they speak in their native language &English speaking population is negligible.
  5. Availability of Indian Food: The food in Nepal is quite alike to Indian cuisine, and hence, students can hardly detect the change of the land, when it comes to food.
  6. Connectivity: Nepal is well connected with India by Air and Road. You don’t require a VISA to travel to Nepal. The travel cost in Nepal is the same as traveling within India.
  7. Weather: Though Nepal is geographically placed underneath the Himalayan region; still, the weather in Nepal is quite moderate. The minimum temperature in Kathmandu ranges from 3-4°C in winter to 20°C in summer.

Eligibility Criteria for MBBS in Nepal

  • The candidate should have passed 10+2 with Science as a subject (Physics, Chemistry, and Biology) with 50% aggregate or secured the percentage equivalent to or above.
  • Age should be at least 17 years by the last date of submitting the application, to apply for the MBBS or BDS course.

Admission process for MBBS in Nepal

There are two possible ways of admission in Nepal –

(A) Entrance Examination conducted by the Medical Education Commission (Similar to NMC in India) or
(B) Direct admission through the NEET score of the current year.

A. Entrance Examination Conducted by MEC:

he students who wish to study MBBS in Nepal, at Government (Public) Colleges such as:

  • B.P. Koirala Institute of Health Science, Dharan;
  • Institute of Medical Science (IOM), Kathmandu;
  • Patan Academy of health science, Kathmandu;
  • Karnali Academy of Health Science, Karnali,
  • Nepalese Army Institute of Health Science, Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu University School of Medical Science, Kathmandu

The Candidates need to-

1. Appear in Entrance Examination Conducted by MEC.
2. All candidates should score at least 50% in the entrance examination and qualify for the merit list.

3. The allocation of seats & colleges will be done through “MATCHING Mechanics as per the Merit and priority order selected by the candidate by Medical Education Commission (MEC)

4. Exams are conducted only at the Centers of Nepal so students need to travel to Nepal to appear for the examination conducted by MEC.

B. Directly through NEET Score for Indian Students

1. Students who are looking for direct admission in any of the Private medical can get admission based on the NEET Qualifying score of India.

2. Only the present year’s Academic year NEET score will be considered for admission.

3. The General Category minimum NEET score will only be considered for admission.

4. If Applicants applying through Medical Entrance Examination are compared to Direct NEET Admission, then Priority will be given to such candidates who have qualified Entrance Examination conducted by MEC.

Syllabus for NEPAL MBBS Entrance Examination

  • Question type: Single best response type of multiple-choice questions
  • Cognitive Ratio: Recall: Understanding: Application – 30:50:20
  • Option: Four options (A, B,C, D)
  • Number of questions: 200
  • Full marks: 200
  • Duration: 3 hours

MBBS Admission Timelines in Nepal

Application form for admission into Medical colleges in Nepal is available in September / October and can be collected from the Nepal Embassy in India.

Documents required for MBBS Application in Nepal

  • Passport or Aadhaar Card
  • Recent Passport size picture
  • Submission of duly filled application form attached along with the documents
  • NEET Score card (if applying for direct admission on the basis of NEET score).
  • 10th, 12th Mark sheet — attested with Notary lawyer / authorised signatory like Principal
  • Application Fee charge of INR 5000 /- payable to Medical Education Commission, Nepal.

Tuition Fee for MBBS in Nepal

The cost of studying MBBS in Nepal for Indian students is 75,000 USD for all the colleges as per Govt rules, equivalent to 62 Lacs Indian Rupees. If we add hostel and mess charges then it becomes 65 Lacs-70.

In addition to tuition fees, students should also consider the cost of living in Nepal, which can vary depending on the location and lifestyle. However, compared to other countries, the cost of living in Nepal is relatively low.

Government Medical Colleges in Nepal

Private Medical Colleges in Nepal Affiliated to Kathmandu University

Private Medical Colleges in Nepal Affiliated to Tribhuvan University

Hostel and Accommodation in Nepal’s Medical Colleges

Mostly, students prefer staying in hostels offered by the college as they are the most affordable and safe option. In general, the hostel rooms are provided on a shared basis, counting basic amenities such as a bed, desk, and wardrobe. Note that all the hostels have AC /Non AC/shared and independent categories of rooms. Based on individual preference and affordability, one can choose accordingly. On the other hand, the cost of a Non AC room on a shared basis approximately would be 700 USD or 60 K INR yearly in most of the colleges.

Indian Food in Nepal’s Medical Colleges

Every Medical college in Nepal offers a mess facility to their students. As almost 1/3rd of the student population in these Medical Colleges is Indian, hence Indian food is available. The charges for the food range from 5-6K INR per month.

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the MBBS Session start in Medical Colleges in Nepal?
Post-COVID Session in Nepal running behind their usual schedule. Typically, the MECEE exam happens in January every year, and the result is declared within 2-3 weeks of the Examination. By the end of March Month, counselling is accomplished while the Session commences in April of every year. In 2023, the MBBS session in Nepal will start in May Month.

Here is the list of 2022 Session Important dates of MECEE BL 2023 /MECEE UG

  • How can | apply to Medical Colleges in Nepal?

The NEET Score Card is used to admit Indian students to all private medical colleges in Nepal.
The candidate can directly apply to the college by filling out their application form. However, for government (public) colleges in Nepal, you should clear the MECEE Exam.

  • What’s the cost of MBBS in Nepal?

The cost for an Indian Student in Nepal is 75,000 USD for the complete Program which is 60 Lacs INR approx. The Hostel, Food, and Admission Charges are in addition to mentioned amount. This may reach 8-10 Lacs INR. The total cost of MBBS in Nepal is approx.70 Lacs INR.

Is it Mandatory to pass the Nepal entrance Exam for MBBS?

Private Colleges accept Indian students based on their NEET Score Card only. MECEE Exam is mandatory for those who are looking for Government (Public) colleges in Nepal.

Are Medical Colleges in Nepal approved by NMC?

All the Medical Colleges in Nepal meet the new NMC norms for Licensing Exam in India for MBBS Abroad.

Can | practise in India after doing my MBBS in Nepal?

You need to clear the NEXT Exam followed by a 1-year internship after completing MBBS in Nepal in order to practise in India.

What’s the duration of MBBS in Nepal?

The duration of MBBS in Nepal is the same as MBBS in India. It is 4-1/2 Years of classroom teaching followed by 1 Year of Internship in the attached hospital.

Can | get admission to Government (Public) Medical College in Nepal?

Any Indian Student can get Admission to Government (Public) Medical Colleges in Nepal through a foreign Student Quota. To get a seat in this Quota, the Applicant needs to clear the MECEE Exam of Nepal and Seat will be allocated based on merit through counselling.

Which is the best Medical College in Nepal?

Students should prefer the Government (Public) Medical College in Nepal as the tuition fee remains the same for all the colleges, either public or private. Getting a seat in a government (public) college is based on an entrance exam, whereas Private Medical Colleges accept students directly on the basis of their NEET scores.

Is the NEET score valid in Nepal?

Yes, it is valid solely for Private Medical Colleges. Moreover, your latest NEET Score will only be considered for admission.

Is MBBS in Nepal good to study?
Yes, the quality of MBBS in Nepal is at par with any Indian medical college. You can study there with confidence.

What are the eligibility criteria for MBBS in Nepal?
The candidate should have passed 10+2 Science, containing Physics, Chemistry, and Biology with 50% aggregate or equivalent grades. The seekers age should be at least 17 years.

PG Option after MBBS in Nepal

Medical PG in India or NEXT

During MBBS study, a student realizes the importance of being a specialist. They also understand the competitiveness to secure MD/MS Seat in Govt College. If we look at the success ratio to get PG in Govt Medical College which is 11% Broadly we can say that only 1 out of 10 will get PG Seat whereas the chances of getting a Clinical specialty is 1 out of 20 applicants. It is obvious that the PG journey is going to be very difficult or else students should have enough money to get a paid seat in Pvt Medical College which may be in Crores!

Do you feel early preparation and the right mentorship will pave your dream of becoming a specialist? NMC already notified the introduction of the NEXT Exam in India from 2023. This exam will replace all Medical PG exams in India. The exam will be conducted in two parts
NEXT-1and NEXT-2.

The Objective of the NEXT-1 is to assess the Student’s Knowledge of Pre, Para, and Clinical Subjects on the National Level. Only post-qualifying of NEXT-1 any Medical student will be eligible for an Internship. Post completion of internship Students needs to go thru NEXT-2 which will assess their Clinical skills, Patient Management, and Keeping of Medical history. Those who will Clear NEXT-2 awarded a license to practice and Rankers of NEXT-1 will get PG seats of their choice. You may refer to Page for detailed information on the NEXT Exam.

Your Chance to get an MBBS Seat in India

The most difficult time for any of the students is to wait after NEET till the counselling process to know whether he/she is getting a college of his/her choice or not? Sometimes this dilemma continues for a couple of months due to multiple rounds of counselling. It has become more difficult due to parallel counselling of All India Quota and various States due to COVID-19. The counselling process is very complex where 550+ Govt. and Private colleges offer 83000+ Seats and fee variation is also huge ranging from less than 1 Lac to 2.5 Cr for the course.