An MD seat in radiology under college management and the NRI quota in some of the big colleges of the city cost anything between Rs1.25 crore and Rs1.50 crore. What’s more, in order to get a seat in these colleges, the aspirants and their parents have to book one in advance—at least a year or two prior. Apart from radiology, which is most sought-after course at the post-graduate level, other favourite courses are orthopaedics, skin, psychiatry, obs-gynaecology and the price tags for these courses range from Rs70 lakh to Rs95 lakh.
As per the information given by a source, who ‘facilitates’ such admissions for noted colleges in the city, though the government has a prescribed fee structures for all the courses under management as well as the NRI quota, the colleges charge exorbitant fee from the aspirants in the form of capitation fee. “Usually, parents begin their search for seats as early as a year ago or even before the board examinations starts. Even colleges encourage them to go for advanced bookings because they too want their seats to be filled,” he said.
Another admission consultant in the city who has a wide network in private colleges said that after the post graduate courses in medical, the most sought-after course is MBBS, whose prize tag for management quota ranges from Rs 35 to Rs 50 lakh. “All these prize tags are last year’s. This time, the rates are yet to be declared. However, it seems that there would not be any drastic changes,” he said.
One of the parents whose son is seeking admission in a BDS course, said that his son scored less marks in the CET taken by the said college and he did not get selected in the general category. “We are now trying to get admission through management quota and the college is asking us to pay Rs7 lakh for admission in a dental college in Mumbai,” said the father.
An admission consultant said that when they carry out admissions through management quota, the clerical and administrative sections need to be considered as these people are the main cog in the wheel of entire process while doing the admissions.
How much to spend where
Cost for MBBS seat- Rs 30-50 lakh
Cost for MD seat- anywhere in between Rs 70 lakh- 1.50 crore
Top five MD branches
Radiology- 1.25 to 1.50 crore
Orthopedics- 90 lakh
Skin- 80 lakh
Psychiatry - 85 to 95 lakh
Obs-gynae- 70-80 lakh
Anything between 25 lakh to 35 lakh
Engineering branch like mechanical, civil and EnTC : 2 lakh to 3 lakh