Most people think that there are no options for MBBS graduates apart from clinical and teaching practices. This is a wrong perception, since medicine these days is as vast as any other field and options are numerous. Here we list 10 career options for you that you can choose from post MBBS.

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Various career options after MBBS in India


1. MD/MS/Diploma

MD/ MS/Diploma is the most commonly chosen path after MBBS for people who wish to continue with their medical career. You can obtain post graduation course in various specialties like internal medicine, general surgery, gynaecology, paediatrics, etc. For this a candidate needs to appear in various PGMEE's held every year. MD/MS are 3 year degree courses while diploma is a 2 year program. MD/MS prepares a specialist doctor who's always a need of the hour.


2. Diploma of National Board(DNB)

This is the second best option for MBBS graduate to pursue continuing with their dreams of becoming a specialist doctor. DNB is a postgraduate diploma course offered by the National board of Examinations, and recognised by the MCI. Though there are a few problems with DNB. Firstly, the passing rate in DNB is very low, depending on your course and hospital from which you complete your course. Secondly, many hospitals give preference to MD/MS candidates than DNB candidates. Thirdly, DNB course is provided mostly in private hospitals where the amount of exposure is less than govt. hospitals, especially in surgical branches.


3. Combined Medical Services(CMS)

UPSC conducts Combined Medical Services Examination every year in the month of July/August for recruitment into government institutions like Railways, Municipal Corporations as Medical Officers. Candidates can appear in the exam after clearing the final year of their MBBS degree. The prestige, pride, and power associated with the UPSC CMS is far more in Indian society. For some, getting recruited through UPSC is of utmost priority considering the esteem, repute, and honor associated with UPSC jobs.It is a good option if you want a permanent job with the government and if you like to be a part of the administrative work force of the hospital.

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4. MBA

The demand for Doctor's with an MBA degree is increasing overwhelmingly, with many private hospitals and pharmaceutical companies. Due to this increase in demand many MBA institutions are absorbing doctors in their programs. Institutes offering MBA like IIM's, FMS Delhi, IBS Hyderabad, MDI Gurgaon, XLRI Jamshedpur absorb students based on merit list of CAT exam held every year.


5. Clinical Research

When it comes to the sphere of research, India is far behind. There is an immense need and demand for clinical researchers. Various institutes that offer research opportunities are ICMR(Indian Council for Medical Research), CIMAP, CCMB(Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology), St. John's Research institute. One can also join WHO. Many institutes like AIIMS, PGI, NIMHANS, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai (TIFR) offer a Ph.D. degree.


6. Masters in Health Administration(MHA)

It is a 3 year post-graduate degree(M.D.) in Health Administration which helps medical students to acquire the skills required in managing big specialty hospitals, clinics, insurance companies, etc. This is a career option that paybacks in loads.


7. M.Tech in Biomedical Engineering and Biological Sciences

MBBS graduates can go for another option that is different from attending patients and that option is opting for M. Tech. It is offered in the IIT's for students who want to pursue their careers in inventing medical machines, developing machines and instruments to provide better health care.


8. Masters in Medical Science and Technology (MMST)

Candidates can also go for MMST. It is also offered by the IIT's which deals with Bioinformatics, medical biotechnology, healthcare imaging, etc. 


9. Masters in Public Health

The significance of Public Health is recognized in the western countries and India is also recognizing its value. Taking up Master’s in Public Health can also be an alternate option.


10. Work with Primary Health Centers

MBBS graduates can get a rural posting mostly in rural and remote areas and work as a practitioner in primary health centers in their respective states.

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Know of any other good career option? Tell us about it in the comments below.

With so many options available after MBBS, doctors now have versatile opportunities to do what they like. Completing MBBS is not the end.

Go have the career you've always wanted.


Best wishes!

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