About Nur-Sultan in Kazakhstan

Astana Medical University location: Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan

Sited in the Akmola Region, the city is located on the banks of Ishim River, in the north-central part. The city is the capital city of Kazakhstan, among top 10 tourist destinations of Kazakh. The climatic conditions of city fall under the category of extreme continental climate and features prolonged, freezing dry winters. During winters the temperature reaches as low as -30 to -35 degree Celsius and as high as 35 degree Celsius during summers. The glacial conditions during winters could be an issue for Indian students who choose to study in Astana Medical University, Kazakhstan.

Astana Medical University

Astana Medical University came into existence in 1964 and has been providing educational services for past 5 decades. The University has seven faculties like Dentistry, Nursing, Preventive care, and so on and a team of well-educated professional teachers. Several departments are established to check proper organization and quality control of educational activities. All educational buildings are interconnected to each other creating integrity within complexity.

Astana Medical University World Ranking is 5963rd among 40,000 odd Universities globally; Astana Medical University Country Ranking is 14th which doesn’t mean much for a country as small as Kazakhstan. The University is -B in grade in academics (The Kazakhstan Universities are graded according to their overall quality in academics. From A to E, it ranges from Excellent, Good, Satisfactory, and Unsatisfactory to Very Poor. The symbols of + and – are used as fine tuners. Thus, -B is poor grade.) 

The AMU offers a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) degree; the University having a work force of 750 doctors & specialists for teaching. Astana Medical University is affiliated with the Ministry of Education and Science in Kazakhstan and recognized by NMC and WHO. As far as International affiliations are concerned, the Institute is in the process of carving relations with leading universities operating in USA, Singapore, Russia and Europe.

Disadvantages of studying in Astana Medical University

The Astana Medical University is among the mediocre Universities operational in Kazakhstan. An Indian student looking for a good Medical University in Kazakhstan will do well in avoiding the Astana Medical University because:

  1. The standard of education at the Astana Medical University is not very high and it is not a very good place to learn a lot.
  2. Though the Astana Medical University was set up in 1964, the teaching of Medicine began as late as 2007 which means that the University is quite inexperienced when it comes to teaching Medicine.
  3. In the past, the Astana Medical University pass outs have performed badly in the erstwhile MCI conducted FMGE. No significant differences should be expected when the future pass-outs will appear for NEXT.
  4. The extreme cold of the Kazakh winters has always been a major deterrent in choosing the Astana Medical University as an educational destination. 
  5. Staying and studying in a less developed place like Kazakhstan can be a challenge in itself mostly due to mediocre infrastructure and facilities.

Cost of studying MBBS at Astana Medical University 

As mentioned above, Astana Medical University Fees of MBBS falls in the medium range but way less than the Indian Private Medical Colleges. The details are as follows:

Year Year-1 Year-2 Year-3 Year-4 Year-5
Course Fee in USD 3200 3200 3200 3200 3200

Admission Deadline for Astana Medical University

The Medical Universities of Kazakhstan start accepting applications as early as January and the process ends in the month of October. The course commences from the month of October. 

When you are with Moksh, however, we take care of all these hassles for you. We have our dedicated seats in the Universities and all our students are escorted by our team straight to the Universities.

Eligibility Criteria for Admission in Astana Medical University

Belgorod State University admission requirements include a score of 50% marks in PCB in Class XII. Of course, you need to have qualified NEET 2023.

Indians at Astana Medical University

In spite of the major concerns with Astana Medical University, the number of Indian students studying here is really high. The number of students from India who study at Astana Medical University is 550-600. Obviously, an Indian student will not face problems like lack of company of fellow Indians or having no possibility of finding Indian. However, the problems mentioned earlier should be sufficient to discourage one from choosing Astana Medical University.

PG Option after MBBS in Astana Medical University

Medical PG in India or NExT

During MBBS study, a student realizes the importance of being a specialist. They also understand the competitiveness to secure MD/MS Seat in Govt College. If we look at the success ratio to get PG in Govt Medical College which is 11% Broadly we can say that only 1 out of 10 will get PG Seat whereas the chances of getting Clinical specialty is 1 out of 20 applicants. It is obvious that the PG journey is going to be very difficult or else students should have enough money to get the paid seat in Pvt Medical College which may be in Crores!

Total Applicants NEET PG 2021 Specialty Govt Med College Pvt Med College
Seats Success Ratio Seats
1.75 Lacs
MD (Non Clinical) 15K 8.6% 10K
MS ( Clinical) 8K 4.6% 5K
Total 23K 11.4% 15K

Do you feel early preparation and the right mentorship will pave your dream of becoming a specialist? NMC already notified the introduction of the NEXT Exam in India from 2023. This exam will replace all Medical PG exams in India. The exam will be conducted in two parts NEXT-1 and NEXT-2. 

The Objective of the NEXT-1 is to assess the Student’s Knowledge of Pre, Para, and Clinical Subjects on the National Level. Only post-qualifying of NEXT-1 any Medical student will be eligible for an Internship. Post completion of internship Students needs to go thru NEXT-2 which will assess their Clinical skills, Patient Management, and Keeping of Medical history. Those who will Clear NEXT-2 awarded a license to practice and Rankers of NEXT-1 will get PG seats of their choice. You may refer to Page for detailed information on the NExT Exam

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Medical PG in USA (USMLE)

We are well aware of the difficulty of getting PG in India. With the introduction of NEXT, maximum students in India are getting attracted to USMLE prep from 1st year of MBBS since it simulates the new NMC Competency-based curriculum much easily. US Healthcare system is considered as one of the best health care systems because of numerous reasons like High rewards, excellent infrastructure, Merit-based assessment, Open opportunities for Super specialties. Most of the countries trying to replicate the US health care assessment system for their Medical Graduates USMLE exam are divided into 3 Parts. One can appear in USMLE Step 1 after 2nd Year, USMLE Step 2 CK during internship and Step-3 during your residency (Medical PG). The USMLE is an online exam and can be taken at the PROMETRIC centers present across India.


MOKSH Coaching focuses on a patient-centered learning approach which helps students score high on both USMLE & NEXT. MOKSH is the leading name in USMLE Coaching. Currently, 1000+ Students from Indian and Abroad medical colleges are preparing for USMLE steps via the MOKSH Platform.

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Medical PG IN UK (PLAB)

Due to the close proximity of Moldova  to UK, many of the students plan to do their Medical PG from UK. Till 2024, the Professional & Linguistic Assessments Board Test (PLAB test) is the instrument to assess the skills and knowledge of an International Medical Graduate. It also judges whether they are fit to be trained to practice medicine in the UK. 

In short, an IMG's performance in PLAB determines her eligibility to practice in the UK. The PLAB test has two stages. PLAB 1 is an exam that has 180 MCQs that tests your recall. On the other hand, PLAB 2 is a practical OSCE (Objective Structured Clinical Exam) that tests your clinical skills.

The GMC ascertains your linguistic skills by assessing your score in specific tests. It may be the IELTS (Band Score 7.0 or higher) or OET (Grade B in reading, writing, listening & speaking). 

After you pass PLAB 1 & 2, you apply for the GP registration. There is one constraint. You have a window of 2 years after clearing PLAB 2 during which you may apply no later.

By 2024, the UK Medical Licensing Assessment will replace the PLAB. Consequently, the GMC UK is going to change certain things in PLAB and create the UKMLA exam.

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Medical PG in Germany


PG in Germany after MBBS in India is another great option, though it requires you to learn the German language. Of the 6 levels starting from A1 to C2, you need to clear A1 and A2 that would qualify you to apply for the visa. 

Once the Language formalities are done, you get into the phase where you do Observer-ship from a German hospital approved by the German Medical Council. This is followed by Residency.
This may sound simple here but the process is quite complicated. To know more about PG in Germany after your MBBS in India,

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Your Chance to get an MBBS Seat in India

The most difficult time for any of the students is to wait after NEET till the counseling process to know whether he/she is getting a college of his/her choice or not? Sometimes this dilemma continues for a couple of months due to multiple rounds of counseling. It has become more difficult due to parallel counseling of All India Quota and various States due to COVID-19. The counseling process is very complex where 550+ Govt. and Private colleges offer 83000+ Seats and fee variation is also huge that ranges from less than 1 Lac to 2.5 Cr for the course.

Dreams shatter when any silly mistake in choice filling or wrong selection of college leads to getting a poorly ranked college. Imagine getting paid seats or no seats at all due to a lack of genuine guidance!

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