Postgraduate Medical Education (Amendment) Regulations, 2018 as on 2018-04-09

Apr 09, 2018 | by Avantis RegTech Legal Research Team

The Medical Council of India vide notification dated April 05, 2018 has issued Postgraduate Medical Education (Amendment) Regulations, 2018 further amending the Postgraduate Medical Education Regulations, 2000. Vide this amendment-

·         In Clause 6 –

1.       Sub-Clause (1) shall be substituted which reads as- An institution intending to start a post-graduate medical education course or to increase the annual intake capacity in an already ongoing course shall obtain the prior permission of the Central Government under section 10A of the Act. The prior permission granted by the Central Government for Postgraduate Degree/Postgraduate Diploma courses shall be for 4 and 3 academic years respectively

Provided that it shall be incumbent upon Medical Colleges/Medical Institutions to make an application for starting of Post-graduate medical education courses within 3 years of grant of recognition, i.e., 3 years from the date of inclusion of the MBBS qualification awarded by the Medical College in the First Schedule of the Indian Medical Council Act, 1956. Failure to make an application for starting of Postgraduate courses within the stipulated time shall entail the withdrawal of recognition of MBBS qualification.

Provided further that above shall be applicable to the scheme submitted from the academic year 2020-21 onwards, in order to provide time to the existing colleges to apply.

2.      Sub-Clause (2) shall be substituted which reads as- The Institution shall apply for recognition of the Post Graduate Medical qualification to the Central Government through the affiliating University, when the first admitted batch shall be due to appear for the examination to be conducted by the affiliating University. In the event of deficiencies being found in the assessment, the Institution shall be granted an opportunity to submit compliance within 30 days from the date of communication of deficiencies by the Council. Such an opportunity to comply with the deficiencies shall be availed by the Institute only twice.

·         In Clause 8(1) under the heading “General” following shall be substituted-

“The Medical Institution recognized under the Indian Medical Council Act, 1956 for running post-graduate courses prior to the commencement of the Indian Medical Council (Amendment) Act, 1993; the Medical Colleges recognised for running Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) course; and the Medical Institutions established by the Central Government for the purpose of imparting postgraduate medical education shall be eligible for starting a post-graduate medical education course or to increase the intake capacity in any already ongoing postgraduate medical education course.

Provided that it shall be permissible for Medical Colleges not yet recognized for the award of MBBS degree under the Indian Medical Council Act, 1956 to apply for starting of a Post-graduate medical education course in pre-clinical and Para clinical subjects, namely, Anatomy; Physiology; Biochemistry; Pharmacology; Pathology; Microbiology; Forensic Medicine; and Community Medicine at the time of third renewal i.e., alongwith the admission of fourth batch for the MBBS course; and in clinical subjects, namely, Anaesthesiology; Dermatology, Venerology and Leprosy; General Medicine; Paediatrics; Psychiatry; Radiodiagnosis; Radiation Oncology; Respiratory Medicine; Otorhinolaryngology; General Surgery; Ophthalmology; Orthopaedics; Obstetrics & Gynaecology, at the time of fourth renewal, i.e., along with the admission of fifth batch for the MBBS course

·         Procedure for selection of candidate for Postgraduate courses shall be as follows:-

1.       There shall be a uniform entrance examination to all medical educational institutions at the Postgraduate level namely ‘National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test’ for admission to postgraduate courses in each academic year and shall be conducted under the overall supervision of the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India.

2.      The “designated authority” to conduct the ‘National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test’ shall be the National Board of Examination or any other body/organization so designated by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India.

3.       In order to be eligible for admission to Postgraduate Course for an academic year, it shall be necessary for a candidate to obtain minimum of marks at 50th percentile in the ‘National Eligibility-Cum-Entrance Test for Postgraduate courses’ held for the said academic year. However, in respect of candidates belonging to Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, and Other Backward Classes, the minimum marks shall be at 40th percentile. In respect of candidates with benchmark disabilities specified under the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016, the minimum marks shall be at 45th percentile for General Category and 40th percentile for SC/ST/OBC. The percentile shall be determined on the basis of highest marks secured in the All India Common merit list in National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test for Postgraduate courses..

4.      The reservation of seats in Medical Colleges/institutions for respective categories shall be as per applicable laws prevailing in States/Union Territories. An all India merit list as well as State-wise merit list of the eligible candidates shall be prepared on the basis of the marks obtained in National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test and candidates shall be admitted to Postgraduate Courses from the said merit lists only..

5.       5% seats of annual sanctioned intake capacity shall be filled up by persons with benchmark disabilities in accordance with the provisions of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016, based on the merit list of National Eligibility-Cum-Entrance Test for admission to Postgraduate Medical Courses.

6.      In non-Governmental medical colleges/institutions, 50% (Fifty Percent) of the total seats shall be filled by State Government or the authority appointed by them, and the remaining 50% (Fifty Percent) of the seats shall be filled by the concerned medical colleges/institutions on the basis of the merit list prepared as per the marks obtained in National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test.

7.       50% of the seats in Postgraduate Diploma Courses shall be reserved for Medical Officers in the Government service who has served for at least three years in remote and /or difficult areas and / or rural areas. After acquiring the Postgraduate Diploma, the Medical Officers shall serve for two more years in remote and /or difficult areas and / or rural areas as defined by State Government/Competent authority from time to time.

8.      The Universities and other authorities concerned shall organize admission process in such a way that teaching in broad specialty postgraduate courses starts by 1st May and for super specialty courses by 1st August each year. For this purpose, they shall follow the time schedule indicated in Appendix-III.

9.      There shall be no admission of students in respect of any academic session beyond 31st May for postgraduate courses and 31st August for super specialty courses under any circumstances. The Universities shall not register any student admitted beyond the said date.

10.   No authority / institution shall admit any candidate to any postgraduate medicine course in contravention of the criteria / procedure as laid down by these Regulations and / or in violation of the judgments passed by the Hon’ble Supreme Court in respect of admissions. Any candidate admitted in contravention / violation of aforesaid shall be discharged by the Council forthwith. The authority / institution which grants admission to any student in contravention / violation of the Regulations and / or the judgments passed by the Hon’ble Supreme Court, shall also be liable to face such action as may be prescribed by the Council, including surrender of seats equivalent to the extent of such admission made from its sanctioned intake capacity for the succeeding academic year / years.

·         In Clause 14 under the heading “EXAMINATION” following shall be substituted as under:- Obtaining a minimum of 40% marks in each theory paper and not less than 50% cumulatively in all the four papers for degree examinations and three papers in diploma examination. Obtaining of 50% marks in Practical examination shall be mandatory for passing the examination as a whole in the said degree/diploma examination as the case may be

[No. MCI-18(1)/2018-Med./100818]


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admission process

Fifty Percent

clinical subjects

eligible candidates

Practical examination

50th percentile

General Surgery


Postgraduate level

Entrance Test

minimum marks


National Eligibility

Respiratory Medicine

educational institutions

MBBS degree

Community Medicine

medical education course

Indian Medical Council


super specialty courses

Postgraduate Courses

merit list

overall supervision



Postgraduate courses


third renewal

Medical Institutions


benchmark disabilities

Backward Classes


Family Welfare


vide notification

Postgraduate Diploma Courses

prior permission

medical education courses

Government service

fourth batch

wise merit list


other authorities




Scheduled Castes

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Medical College

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graduate courses

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Postgraduate Medical Education


MBBS course

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All India


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diploma examination

Competent authority

postgraduate medicine course

General Medicine



Indian Medical Council Act

State Government

broad specialty postgraduate courses



Forensic Medicine


Union Territories

General Category


annual intake capacity

medical education

highest marks


Scheduled Tribes

Common merit list

applicable laws

intake capacity

Medical Colleges

already ongoing

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MBBS qualification

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Disabilities Act



Postgraduate Medical Courses

First Schedule

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Postgraduate Diploma


fourth renewal

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Postgraduate Medical Education Regulations

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