Master of Chirurgiae [M.Ch] (General Surgery) - Course Overview




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    MS in General Surgery is a 3- year postgraduate program in the surgery. Qualified holders of this degree are licensed to practice and conduct surgery as part of medical treatment procedures.

    The minimum eligibility for the course is an M.B.B.S. with at least one year of internship. Subjects covered under the course’s curriculum are Basic Medical Sciences as related to General Surgery, Neurosurgery, E.N.T., Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Ophthalmology, Orthopaedics and Cardio-vascular Surgery.

    General Surgeons, aside from a strong background in Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics, require a long period of medical training. After 10+2, aspiring candidates need to attain the MBBS degree, admission to which is based on scores in relevant entrance tests and at the +2 level.

    The final selection is based on the candidate’s academic profile, and performance in the test and interview. The mode of admission is a relevant entrance examination carried out by different universities. The average tuition fee charged in India for this course ranges between INR 10 and 60 Lacs.

    Successful postgraduates of this career- oriented course are hired in capacities such as Cardiac Anaesthesiologist, Anaesthesia Technician (AT), Certified Registered Nurse Anaesthetists (CRNA), Anaesthesiologist Assistant (AAs) and Medical Consultants in medical institutes such a Apollo Hospital, Ganga Hospital, UPSC, and AIIMS, and research organisations with an average annual starting salary ranging between INR 10 and 30 Lacs, increasing with the candidate’s experience in the field.

    Top Colleges for Master of Chirurgiae [M.Ch] (General Surgery)

    MS in General Surgery: Course Highlights

    Tabulated below are some of the major highlights of the course.

    Course LevelPost Graduate
    Duration2 years
    Examination TypeYear Wise
    Eligibility10+2, MBBS degree from a recognized university
    Admission ProcessBased on counselling after clearing Entrance Tests (AIIMS, NEET, etc.)
    Course FeeINR 10 to 60 Lacs p.a.
    Average Starting salaryINR 10 to 30 Lacs p.a.
    Top Recruiting CompaniesApollo Hospital, Ganga Hospital, UPSC, and AIIMS etc

    MS in General Surgery: What is it About?

    General Surgery is the branch of medicine that treats diseases and injuries by operative procedures. General Surgery is a sub field of Surgery involving surgical treatment of abdominal organs, e.g. intestines, esophagus, stomach, colon, liver and thyroid gland etc.

    General Surgery involves surgical procedures for the treatment of conditions such as appendicitis, hernias, gallbladder surgeries, stomach and intestinal issues.

    This 3- year course is divided between 6 Semesters, and for candidates who have completed a recognized 2- year Postgraduate Diploma in the subject, the period of training is 2 years.

    The course is not available in the Distance Education mode since it is practice- based.

    Top Institutes Offering MS in General Surgery

    Listed below are some of the top institutes offering the course in India. Also mentioned are the corresponding locations and the average fees charged by each.

    Name of InstituteCity Average Fees
    Manipal universityManipalINR 5.3 Lacs (course)
    AIIMSDelhiINR 10,000 (course)
    Hi-Tech Medical College & Hospital (HTMCH)Bhubaneswar INR 5.5 Lacs (course)
    Amrita School of Medicine (ASM)CoimbatoreINR 2 Lacs (course)
    Maharajah's Institute of Medical Sciences (MIMS)VizianagaramINR 10.5 Lacs (course)
    MES Medical CollegePerinthalmannaINR 52 Lacs (course)

    Eligibility for MS in General Surgery

    Typically, to pursue an MD degree, candidates need to satisfy the eligibility criteria mentioned below:

    • Candidates should have obtained an MBBS Degree from an institution recognized by the Medical Council of India (MCI).
    • Candidate should have completed a 1- year compulsory rotating internship after passing the final professional examination which is MBBS before 30th April of the academic year.

    Indian nationals can apply under the General category. Foreign nationals or Non- Resident Indians or Indian nationals supported by NRI relatives can apply under the Foreign/ NRI Category.

    MS in General Surgery: Admission Process

    The admission is purely based on merit obtained in the common entrance examination conducted by institutes offering the course- both MS and MDS programs. Candidates qualifying the written examination are called for rounds of counselling and interview. 

    Entrance exams conducted for MS in General Surgery in India:

    • AIIMS Post Graduate – Post Doctoral Courses Entrance examination
    • AIPGMEE – All India Post Graduate Medical / Dental Entrance Examination
    • All India Common Medical Entrance Test for MBBS and PG
    • Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham University Entrance examination
    • Annamalai University – PG Medical Entrance Exam
    • Army Dental Corps Short Service Commission (SSC), BDS and MDS Entrance examination
    • Baba Farid University of Health Sciences Faridkot Post Graduate Entrance Test
    • Banaras Hindu University (BHU) Varanasi Entrance examination
    • Bharati Vidyapeeth University Pune All India Post Graduate (PG) Medical Entrance Test
    • BHU PG Medical Entrance Test
    • BLDEU-PGET BLDE University Bijapur PG Degree and Diploma Courses Entrance Exam
    • CETPGMC – Pondicherry Institute of Medical Sciences MD, MS Entrance examination
    • Christian Medical College (CMC) Vellore Entrance examination
    • CMC Ludhiana Entrance examination
    • CMDPGEE –Uttarakhand Council of Entrance Examination Combined Medical and Dental PG Entrance Exam
    • COMEDK PGET PG Medical Entrance Exam
    • CSM Medical University Lucknow Entrance examination

    MS in General Surgery: Career Prospects

    Such postgraduates are hired in capacities such as:

    • Anesthesiologists
    • ENT Surgeon
    • Pediatrics Surgeon
    • Neuro-Surgeon
    • Endocrine Surgeon
    • Plastic Surgeon
    • Surgical Oncologist
    • Urology Surgeon
    • Surgical Gastroenterologist
    • Surgical Nurse
    • Vascular Surgeon

    Successful postgraduates of the course interested in higher studies in the discipline may go for pursuing Master of Chirurgical, Diplomate of National Board or Doctor of Philosophy in the subject.

    Listed here are the areas offering lucrative employment opportunities to successful postgraduates of the course.

    • Health centers
    • Laboratories
    • Nursing homes
    • Hospitals
    • Private practice
    • College/University
    • Private Practice/Firm
    • Foundation/Trust
    • Company
    • Government – Central
    • Government – State & Local
    • Hospital

    Listed here are some of the popular job positions offered to successful postgraduates of the discipline with the corresponding job descriptions and salaries offered.

    annual Salary in ms
    Job PositionJob DescriptionAverage Annual Pay Scale
    Associate ConsultantResponsible for agreeing to job plans including (on a full- time basis and subject to job planning) five half day clinical commitments to theatre lists, urgent work and other sessions, including some flexible, along with daytime and out- of- hours emergency covers organised on a rota basis.INR 2 to 4 Lacs
    Critical Care PhysiciansResponsible for conducting daily rounds on ICU patients and collect radiology, microbiology, pharmacy- related inputs from other disciplines, during these rounds.INR 2 to 4 Lacs
    Pediatric SurgeonsResponsible for the preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative care of infants through adult patients who undergo heart and chest surgery and other related invasive procedures.INR 10 to 31 Lacs
    Upper Gastro-Intestinal SurgeonResponsible for providing tertiary services including advanced laparoscopic interventional surgery, interventional endoscopy, surgical ERCP services, bariatric surgery and advanced oesophagogastroscopy surgery and servicesINR 11 to 12 Lacs
    Urological SurgeonResponsible for treating diseases and maintaining the health of male reproductive organs, and urinary tracts in both males and females, and treating failures in kidneys, adrenal glands, and bladder.INR 22 to 30 Lacs
    Vascular SurgeonResponsible for treating illnesses of the vascular system, arteries, veins and lymphatic circulation, with medical therapy, minimally-invasive catheter procedures, and surgical reconstruction.INR 10 to 25 Lacs
    Anesthesiologist Assistant (AAs)Responsible for working under the supervision of an anaesthesiologist, primarily assisting while patients are being prepared t for anaesthesia. INR 15 to 25 Lacs
    Medical ConsultantResponsible for providing services directly to a doctor or a healthcare facility. They may also work for organizations that provide medical-consulting services.INR 2 to 9 Lacs
    Clinical AssociateResponsible for tasks relating to the monitoring and management of clinical trials. Regionally based associates work out of home- based offices providing monitoring of clinical trials.INR 3 to 5 Lacs

    Salary Information


    The pay scale of a surgeon varies from specialization to specialization and from one industry to other. Those who are fresher can earn a salary of Rs.20, 000 to Rs.40, 000 per month, the salary increases with the experience. After having 3-4 years of experience he/she can earn a salary in between Rs.50, 000 to Rs.80, 000 per month.
    Whereas at senior level it ranges from Rs.2,00,000 to Rs.5,00,000 per month depending upon the qualification, experience and designation. A surgeon can start his/her own hospital or nursing after having a relevant experience of 6-8 years.


    Although self-employed general surgeons make about the same as those who are employed, breaking down income by practice settings creates a more nuanced picture. General surgeons who work for healthcare organizations are the highest earners, at $347,000. Those in outpatient clinics make the least ($145,000), while surgeons in academic and government positions, at $234,000, are next in line. Office-based solo practitioners make $249,000 on average and are third from the bottom in earnings. In any case, physicians in general are increasingly leaving private practice for salaried positions.

    Doctors' earnings ranged from about $156,000 a year for pediatricians to about $315,000 for radiologists and orthopedic surgeons. The highest earners — orthopedic surgeons and radiologists — were the same as last year, followed by cardiologists who earned $314,000 and anesthesiologists who made $309,000.

    MS in General Surgery: Syllabus and Course Description

    A year- wise breakup of the course’s syllabus is given here:

    Year I
    (a) General Surgery7 Months
    (b) Anaesthesia1 Month
    Radiology and Radio-therapy1 Month
    Ortho and Traumatology: i. Ortho - 1 Month & ii. Traumatology - 2 Months3 Months
    Year II 
    General Surgery7 Months
    Neuro Surgery1 Month
    Plastic Surgery1 Month
    Pediatric Surgery1 Month
    Cardio Thoracic1 Month
    Urology1 Month
    Year III 
    General Surgery9 Months
    Intensive Coaching3 Month


    All postgraduates are required to carry out a research project under the guidance of faculty of the department. They are encouraged to select the project of their choice. They must submit the protocol within four months of joining the MS degree course.

    MS in General Surgery: Suggested Books and Study Material

    Listed here are some suggested books for preparation for the course.

    • Bailey and Love’s Short Practice of Surgery - P. Ronan O Connell , Norman S Williams, Christopher J.K. Bulstrode. 25th Edition Hodder Arnold, 2008.
    • Sabiston Textbook of Surgery -2 volumes - Courtney M. Townsend, Jr., MD, R. Daniel Beauchamp, MD, B. Mark Evers, MD and Kenneth L. Mattox, MD. 18th Edition Saunders, 2008.
    • Principles of Surgery by SCHWARTZ - F. Brunicardi, Dana Andersen, Timothy Billiar, David Dunn, John Hunter, Jeffrey Matthews, Raphael E. Pollock. 9th Edition McGraw Hill, 2010.
    • Abdominal Surgery by Maingot - Michael Zinner Jr, Stanley Ashley. 11th Edition Megraw Hill, 2007.
    • Operative Surgery by Charles Rob and Smith’s.



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