MCI Permitted and Recognised Medical Seat Differences

Difference Between MCI Permitted & Recognised Medical Seats


Lot of queries by Medical Aspirants regarding MCI Permitted and Recognised Medical Seat Differences. Each year during Medical admissions into MBBS or PG Degree/ Diploma courses candidates facing confusions as they want to know about actual Medical Colleges/University or Institutes they want to pursue is recognised or approved or affiliated by Medical Council of India (MCI)

Difference Between MCI Permitted & Recognised Medical Seat

Every year at time of Medical admissions into MBBS or PG Degree/ Diploma courses students get confused as they do not know difference between a Medical Council of India (MCI) permitted seat and an MCI recognized (recognised) seat. So this article here try to explain it as simple as possible.

An MCI permitted seat is any MBBS or Post Graduation (PG) Degree/ Diploma seat which has been allowed by MCI to admit students.

A MCI permitted seat is any MBBS (UG) or Post Graduation (PG) Degree/ Diploma seat which has been allowed by MCI to admit students. So If a student has completed his/her UG/PG in a MCI permitted seat but not a MCI recognized seat can only practice in state in which the institute is located. For example a student has done his UG/PG Degree from an institute in Maharashtra which has a seat which is MCI permitted but not MCI recognized then that student can only practice in Maharashtra and not in any other state in India. But If that seat gets recognized by MCI in future then he can practice anywhere in India.

In practice MCI recognizes seat within 3 years of it making the seat permitted in most of the cases unless the institute doesn’t have enough faculty, facility or the infrastructure to meet the standards or norms stipulated to satisfy MCI inspection done on the institute. If application of recognition  is rejected by MCI, institute can again apply for recognition of the seat after improving its facilities and offer for inspection to the MCI. If MCI is satisfied with improvements done by the institute to it’s faculty, facility or the infrastructure on re-inspection, it gives recognized status to that seat which was earlier approved.

So in short a student who has done MBBS/PG Degree or Diploma from a MCI approved seat cannot practice outside the state of the institute and those from MCI recognized seats can practice anywhere in India.

MCI Permitted and Recognised Medical Seat Differences

Recognised means – completed and satisfied the requirements for starting and continuing with a course of study (regarding infrastructure, teaching staff strength and their qualifications, facilities available to students, library, journals, conference room, amenities etc. so that students would not face any handicap in getting the standard of education prescribed by MCI.

Permitted — means one or two requirements are yet to be met and final approval pending. sec 10[a] of MCI rules permit this arrangement.

Code of Medical Ethics Regulations 2002

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See 1.1.3 “No person other than a doctor having qualification recognised by Medical Council of India and registered with Medical Council of India/State Medical Council (s) is allowed to practice Modern system of Medicine or Surgery. A person obtaining qualification in any other system of Medicine is not allowed to practice Modern system of Medicine in any form”. So a person with permitted UG medical degree cannot practice medicine in general and a person with PG medical degree cannot practice subject of his/ her specialty in the same state as the teaching institute from which he has got the degree or in any other state as well. A person is supposed to have a recognized PG medical seat to practice medicine in any government hospital, private hospital or private clinic etc. in India.”

It’s believed to happen MCI recognizes medical seats within three (3) years (or when 1st batch MBBS passes out) of it making the seat permitted in most of the cases unless the institute doesn’t have enough faculty.

Infrastructure or Facility to meet the standards or norms stipulated to satisfy M.C.I inspection done on the institute. If the application of recognition is rejected by MCI, the institute can again apply for recognition of the seat after improving its infrastructure/facilities and offer for Re-inspection to the Council. If MCI is satisfied that time with improvements done by the college/institute to it’s faculty, facility or the infrastructure on re-inspection, it gives recognized status to that seat which was earlier approved.

So in short a student who has done MBBS/PG Degree or Diploma from an MCI approved seat cannot practice anywhere in India and those from MCI recognized seats can practice anywhere in India.


Also, the recognition given by MCI for a medical seat is for the period of 5 years only and after that the institute has to apply for renewal of the registration. A statement is given in all minutes of MCI meetings is “The Postgraduate Medical Education Committee further decided that the recognition so granted shall be for a maximum period of 5 years from the date of Notification upon which the Institute shall have to apply for renewal of recognition. Failure to seek timely renewal of recognition as required shall invariably result in stoppage of admission to the Postgraduate Course.

Also See List of New Medical Colleges in India

Also See MCI Act