About Nizhny Novgorod in Russia

Nizhny Novgorod is the administrative point of Nizhny Novgorod Oblast (Oblast means province). The city is situated at the meeting point of Oka river and Volga river which in central Russia. It has over 12 lakh citizens which makes it the 6th largest city of Russia. Nizhny Novgorod holds significance in terms of an economic, transportation, scientific, cultural and educational center. Moreover, it is the prime location for river tourism in Russia. Speaking of rivers, the waterways are one of the popular modes of transports in Nizhny Novgorod. In summers, ferries move from Nizhny Novgorod to other cities of Russia such as Moscow, Saint Petersburg, etc. Other modes of transport include railway, highways, and inter-city bus facilities. The Nizhny Novgorod airport goes by the official name of Stringino International Airport and it has direct flights to major other cities of Russia.

Nizhny Novgorod State Medical Academy

Nizhny Novgorod State Medical Academy

Nizhny Novgorod State Medical Academy is one of the medical universities in the Russian Federation and it is located in the city of Nizhny Novgorod. The institution has been renamed to Privolzhsky Research Medical University recently in 2018. The founding year of this institution is 1920. Thus, with over 100 years of academic experience in its vault, this could be just the right pick for you to study MBBS in Russia. However, the Indian Embassy in Russia thinks otherwise since the university has been ranked poorly in the rating list of Russian medical institutions by Indian embassy.

Speaking of the language of instructions, the course of medicine is taught in a bilingual fashion i.e. the students will be taught partly in English and partly in Russian. In this case, the students must study Russian language beforehand to be comfortable studying in a bilingual program. However, MOKSH recommends students to prefer only English taught program which are easily available in other Russian medical universities.

The bilingual mode of program serves as one of the reasons the Nizhny Novgorod Medical Academy is ruled out by many Indian students while choosing university to study MBBS in Russia. This avoidance can also be attributed to the low passing MCI ratio of the institution. Of the few Indian students who have graduated out of this university, a very low percentage has been able to make it in the former Indian licensing test i.e. the MCI screening test. This raises questions for whether the University is suitable for Indian students or not.

Studying at Nizhny Novgorod State Medical Academy – Good or bad?

The Nizhny Novgorod is one of the oldest universities of Russia with academic experience marking a century! Despite this, there are certain issues faced by students – especially Indians – which make it less desired among Indian students. Some of the issues are highlighted below –

  • As previously mentioned, the University offers a bilingual program for the course of medicine. MOKSH recommends students to seek admission only in Universities that offer purely English taught programs. Even though it is important to learn Russian language but the purpose of learning should be to easily converse with patients during clinical postings, lead a comfortable lifestyle while studying MBBS in Russia, etc. and not to proceed to study in that language.
  • Those Indian students who have studied at Nizhny Novgorod State Medical Academy have not been able to perform well at the former MCI Screening Test (National Exit Test at present). This indicates that the University may not be suitable specifically for the Indian students.
  • Speaking of Nizhny Novgorod State Medical Academy ranking, it is ranked 306 among the total 375 Russian higher education institutions. Nizhny Novgorod State Medical Academy world ranking 6551 out of 40,000 higher education institution which does not leave a good impression. If we speak about the ratings by Indian Embassy, it is ranked 24 out of 28 medical institutions in Russia falling under ministry of healthcare.
  • Even though the Nizhny Novgorod State Medical Academy fees are way lesser than that of private medical colleges in India, it is relatively higher than its Russian counterparts that are even older than Nizhny Novgorod State Medical Academy and offer purely English taught programs. For instance, the Crimea Federal University, a well revered university in Russia, was established in 1918 and offer purely English taught MBBS program at a cost much lower than Nizhny Novgorod State Medical Academy MBBS fees.

Cost of studying MBBS at Novgorod State Medical Academy

Please find the Nizhny Novgorod State Medical University fee structure in the table below –

Year Year-1 Year-2 Year-3 Year-4 Year-5 Year-6
Tuition Fee in USD 5,750 5,750 5,750 5,750 5,750 5,750

Admission Deadline for Nizhny Novgorod State Medical Academy

For admission in the Russian Universities, the timing of application is crucial. Generally, the right time to apply is before October to 30th October. But this year, in 2022, there could be some variation due to COVID 19 but we MOKSH will take care of all the confusion for you.

We say that the timing of application is crucial because the issuance of the Invitation Letter by the Ministry of Education, Russia takes around 4-8 weeks on the basis of which the Russian Consulate in India issues the visa to you. If you are late in applying, you may miss going there with your batch mates.
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 Nizhny Novgorod State Medical Academy

Nizhny Novgorod State Medical Academy requirements include a score of 50% marks in PCB in Class XII. Of course, you need to have qualified NEET 2023.

Indians at Nizhny Novgorod State Medical Academy

Though there are considerable number of Indian students studying at Nizhny Novgorod State Medical Academy, most of them may have taken admission without the knowledge that it is a Bilingual University or perhaps they did not thoroughly research about it prior to taking admission. This is why it is considered important to thoroughly research the options at your disposal or even better, refer to an experienced consultancy about it. In this way, one would be able to gather Nizhny Novgorod State Medical Academy reviews and thereby make an informed decision.

PG Option after MBBS in Nizhny Novgorod State Medical Academy

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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