Philippines has become a super popular destination for all aspiring students who wish to pursue medicine as their career. To understand eligibility criteria to study MBBS in the Philippines for Indian students overall education can broadly be divided into 2 parts :

>>>A pre-medical BS course

>>>MD course for Indian students

The duration of pre medical course can be anywhere from 1.5 years to 2 years, depending upon the college. While, the MD course is for 4 years, which includes the internship too.

For your information, the MD course in Philippines is equivalent to MBBS course in India.

To understand the inherent eligibility critetia for MBBS in Philippines pl note that no direct MD admission in the education system of the country. All students need to study BS Course before they hop on to the MD course.

However, students who have already pursued college and have a graduate degree, can directly enroll for the MD program, as the country follows a curriculum like USA, and it considers MD to be a post-graduate program.


Following is the admission criteria in pre-medical course:

> In pre-medical course, you can either go for BS Biology or AB-Psychology. AB Psychology is a more preferred option by most Indian students, as this helps them in NMAT as well.

> After students are through with their 12th Standard, they can directly apply for admission in the pre-medical course.

> The eligibility criteria is different for all categories. For general category, students must score a minimum of 50% in Physics, Chemistry and Biology and the student should be pass in all subjects. While for ST, SC and OBC, 40% marks are needed in Physics, chemistry and biology, and the student should be pass in all subjects.

> When it comes to qualification, NEET qualification is must for all students who are wishing to do MBBS abroad. 

> In order to qualify NEET, one needs to score a minimum of 50% marks. A student from the general category must score 147 marks and ST/SC or OBC student must score 113 marks. This limit keeps increasing, so one must aim to score minimum 150 marks.

> Talking about the age, the student should be a minimum of 17 years as on 31st December of the year of admission. 

> There is no entrance exam to take admission in the pre-medical course.

Eligibility criteria for the MD course:

> After finishing your pre-medical course, it is mandatory to appear for the NMAT (National Medical Admission Test).

> However, if you have completed your graduation in any course from India or any other country, then you need not take admission in the BS Course. Enrolling directly in the MD Course would be the perfect option for you. This is because the country follows a curriculum just like USA, and MD is considered to be a post graduate degree. 

> The medical regulatory board, CHED recommends at least 40% to be scored to get admission in MD.

> This exam involves more of logical thinking, English comprehension, and basics of Physics, Chemistry and Biology. A lot of rumours have been spread which say that the exam is too difficult and most students are not able to pass it. However, it is not true. 

In fact, it is much easier than the NEET exam. Any student who has scored decent marks in NEET, can easily pass NMAT. Talking about NEET, let us be clear that if the student has already cleared NEET before enrolling for the pre medical course, they don’t need to appear for it again before MD. These scores are valid for 3 years. This confusion was recently cleared by MCI.

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