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Your Pathway to Government Medical Colleges in India via NRI quota

by PW Gulf
November 1, 2023

Every year, numerous medical aspirants apply to government medical colleges in India. Getting accepted into a government medical college is frequently considered a fantastic accomplishment. Students living abroad can avail the opportunity of admission to prestigious government medical colleges in India via the NRI (Non-resident Indian) quota. 

In this article, we will share details about the scope of the NRI quota at government medical colleges, its advantages, eligibility, application procedure, and other relevant information to give a clear insight into the MBBS admission process through the NRI quota. 

Who are NRI Students?

If an applicant satisfies the following requirements, they are considered for the NRI quota:

  • The applicant needs to be an Indian national living abroad.

  • Children of Indian citizens who stay abroad for employment or business purposes are regarded as NRIs. 

  • NRI candidates are those born outside of India but whose parents are from India.

  • Candidates considered as NRIs whose parents are employees of the State or Central Government and serving a deputation period overseas.

  • Candidates must be foreign nationals who have obtained NRI status after living five years outside India.

  • Additionally, candidates need to complete the 10th and 10+2 exams in the country in which they now reside.

NRI Quota for Medical Admission

The term NRI quota describes the seat reservation scheme in medical institutions for students with NRI status. Usually, those of Indian origin who now live outside of India are eligible for NRI quota seats. Families of these students may be employed abroad or have other reasons for relocating. 

Regarding education, the NRI quota permits a specific proportion of seats reserved for students who meet the NRI criteria. Admission through the NRI quota may have different entrance requirements and fees, and they are frequently offered in addition to the ordinary or general category seats.

Students from NRI backgrounds offer a variety of experiences and perspectives and encourage building relationships across cultural boundaries to enhance the learning environment. 

The NRI quota gives people of Indian descent living overseas a way to get admitted into esteemed Indian educational institutions, which benefits the institutions' academic environment and the individual student's career goals.

Eligibility Criteria for NRI Quota

A portion of seats in medical courses can be reserved for non-resident Indians (NRIs) under the government medical institutes' NRI quota with a consideration that students accepted under this quota satisfy the same academic standards as normal Indian students, NRI quota seats are distributed based on NEET (National Eligibility cum Entrance Test) scores and other eligibility criteria as set by the authorities. 

For students to apply to Indian MBBS colleges and fulfil the NRI quota, they meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Candidates need to have a valid passport.

  • Candidates fulfilling the legitimate NRI status would be given seats under the NRI quota in specific government medical colleges.

  • Applicants must qualify for the NEET entrance exam for admission to medical courses.

  • Applicants for NRI sponsorship must have blood relations with the financial supporter, whether the mother, sister, father, brother, aunt, or uncle.

  • Candidates must qualify for the class 12th exam or an equivalent exam with at least 60% marks in Physics, Chemistry, and Biology.

  • The minimum age of candidates applying for the NRI quota for admission should be 17 years, and the maximum age limit is 25 years.

State-Wise NRI Quota Seats

NRI students hoping to study MBBS in India can get seats through NRI quota allocations in different states of India. There are five states which offer seat under the NRI quota in government and private medical colleges. These states are Rajasthan, Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, and Puducherry. Each state has a different fee structure for admission to medical colleges. 

In India, government colleges typically have the most affordable NRI MBBS fees. The annual tuition charge varies greatly throughout states ranging from $12,500 in some states to $30,000 in others for NRI quota students enrolled through NEET. Open NRI seats that are not filled are often transferred to the general or reserved categories under the state quotas.

State-Wise Fee Structure for NRI Quota

The fee structures for admission to medical courses in medical colleges vary from state to state. The below table gives an idea about the lowest and highest fee structures for a better understanding of candidates.

State-Wise Fee Structure for NRI Quota


Admission fees

Tuition fees

Himachal Pradesh





$12,500 (annual)



$15,000 (per semester)



Application Process for NRI Quota in Government Medical Colleges

Students must follow the essential steps below to register for the counselling sessions for admission under the NRI quota.

  • Visit the official website: Go to the NTA to apply for the NEET exam.

  • Qualify with minimum marks: Pass the NEET exam with a minimum qualifying score.

  • Register for NRI quota: To gain admission to a government or private medical college that allows admission under the NRI quota through NEET, register for the state counselling session and attend the rounds.

  • Check status on the website: For confirming admission through the NRI quota, check the corresponding state website link, as each governmental authority has a different process of seat distribution. 

Documents Needed for NRI Quota MBBS Admission

The students applying for NRI quota under NEET admission to medical colleges need to bring the following documents when applying for MBBS admission:

  • Student visa along with a valid passport

  • A NOC from the Government of India's Ministry of External Affairs

  • Non-Objection Certificate granted by the foreign country's ambassador or other appropriate authorities to permit candidates’ study and stay in India

  • Class X Passing Certificate

  • Class X Mark sheet

  • Mark sheet of Qualifying Exam

  • Vaccination certificate

  • Transfer certificate

  • Health Certificate

  • Health Insurance Certificate

  • Community Certificate

  • Migration Certificate

  • Candidates' passport-sized colour photos (six copies)

  • Joint declaration in the format requested, signed by the applicant's parent 

Government Medical Colleges Offering NRI Quota

Different government medical colleges in India offer seats for overseas students under the NRI quota after qualifying for the NEET exam. The list of medical colleges offering NRI quota for admission to medical courses is below.

Government Medical Colleges Offering NRI Quota

Sr. No.

Name of college


All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi


Armed Forces Medical College (AFMC), Pune


Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research (JIPMER), Puducherry


King George’s Medical University (KGMU), Lucknow


Maulana Azad Medical College (MAMC), New Delhi


Grant Medical College and Sir J.J. Group of Hospitals, Mumbai


Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute (BMCRI), Bangalore


Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Chandigarh


Stanley Medical College (SMC), Chennai


Government Medical College (GMC), Nagpur

Some states, such as Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Karnataka, and Tamil Nadu, offer self-financed seats in medical colleges for NRI students. Deemed universities in India reserve 15% of NRI quota seats as recommended by the Medical Council of India. 

This article will help you get a better understanding of the NRI quota in medical colleges and its applications. For students applying for the NEET exam for admission to medical courses, join the PW NEET Online Course to make your medical dream come true today.

NRI Quota in Government Medical Colleges: Faqs

Q1. What academic qualification is needed for students seeking admission to medical colleges under the NRI quota?

Ans. Applicants must have completed their class 12th exam with qualifying marks in Physics, Chemistry, and Biology. They should also have a valid score in relevant entrance exams like NEET (National Eligibility cum Entrance Test).

Q2. Is English proficiency required for admission under the NRI quota in medical colleges?

Ans. English is the medium of instruction, colleges may require evidence of proficiency in the language demonstrated through language test scores like TOEFL or IELTS.

Q3. How many states offer admission to government medical colleges under NRI quota?

Ans. Five states (Rajasthan, Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, and Puducherry) offer admission to government medical colleges under the NRI quota. 

Q4. Who is included in the NRI quotas for admission to medical colleges in India?

Ans. Persons of Indian Origin (POI) living abroad and Overseas Citizens of India (OCI) are included in the NRI quota for admission to medical colleges in India.

Q5. Which state has the lowest fee structure for medical courses for NRI students?

Ans. Himachal Pradesh has one of the lowest fee structures for NRI students in government medical colleges.

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