Master of Surgery

Stream Medical
Course Type Master
Duration 3 Years

Master of Surgery (M.S.)

Master of Surgery (M.S.) is a postgraduate Academic programme. Surgery is a branch of medical science that treats disease or injury by operative procedures. The duration of Masters in Surgery Course is 3 years, imparted in 6 Semesters, including the period of examination. If a student has completed a recognised Two Year Postgraduate Diploma Course in the same subject, the period of training, including the period of examination, shall be 2 years. The candidates must qualify in the Examinations within 5 Years of the date of his/her admission. However, a candidate may be permitted to undergo a further period of study and training of minimum 6 months duration in a recognised Post-Graduate Department in the speciality in an Institution approved by Medical Council of India for every subsequent appearance up to a maximum of 2 Appearances. The candidates will not be, however, permitted to appear for more than 7 attempts in the final examination and shall be discharged from the course if he/she fails to fulfil this provision. The candidates joining M.S. degree course are called Junior Residents in the Clinical Disciplines and Junior Demonstrators in Basic Clinical Disciplines. Surgical residents are trained in the principles of surgery and actually operate under supervision. Master of Surgery provides a Doctor qualification in surgery. Upon successful completion of the course a doctors becomes a certified Surgeon. The course is not available under Distance mode of education as it is practical based. The Medical Council of India (MCI) is a statutory body with the responsibility of establishing and maintaining high standards of medical education and recognition of medical qualifications in India. It registers doctors to practice in India.

Top MS (Master of Surgery) Exams

  1. NEET PG
  5. NIMHANS PG exam
  6. Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology PG entrance exam

Institutes like AIIMS, JIPMER and PGIMER will conduct their own individual exams and consequently may have their own eligibility criteria. Please note that the broad criteria may remain the same, like an applicant needs to be an MBBS degree holder, but there may be some minor points that the candidate needs to be aware of. 


NEET PG is conducted nationwide by the National Board of Education (NBE) and is the common exam for admission to both MS and MD courses. It is at the time of counselling that the candidates have to choose whether they wish to opt for MD or MS. The allotment of seats will be on the basis of merit rank of each candidate and score.


Duration:  2 year


Job Types

Ophthalmologist, Lab Technician, Paediatric Surgeon, Neonatal Surgeon, Orthopaedic Surgeon, Vascular Surgeon, Upper Gastro-Intestinal Surgeon, Lecturer & Professor, Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon, Urological Surgeons, Researcher.

  1. M.S. can be pursued by those candidates who have completed M.B.B.S. Course from a medical college recognised by Medical Council of India (MCI).
  2. The candidate should have obtained full registration either from MCI or any of the state council after passing final MBBS examination and should have completed one year Internship.
  3. Admission is strictly done on the basis of their academic merit. The minimum percentage of marks for eligibility for admission to course is Fifty Per Cent for General Category Candidates. It is Forty Per Cent for the candidate belonging to Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Other Backward classes
  4. Most state government-affiliated programs at the M.S. level accept 50% of students based on the national examination and 50% based on state examinations.
  5. In addition, 50% of positions are also reserved in most states for physicians belonging to the economically underprivileged segments of Indian society as specified in the Indian Constitution.
  6. The foreign nationals are required to send their applications routed through Diplomatic Channels. They are also required to appear in the Competitive Entrance Examination along with other regular candidates.
  7. The foreign nationals will be considered against the seats advertised under the `Sponsored'  category.

Entrance Exam - Master of Surgery
Exam Name Grade Level Exam Date
NEET-PG PG 5th March 2023