Explore Courses

MCAT Exam Eligibility for Indian Aspirants

Updated on 30 May, 2023

Mrinal Mandal

Mrinal Mandal

Study Abroad Expert

Offered 25 times a year in 18 countries,  the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) is an entrance exam required for admission to medical schools in various countries, including the United States, Canada, Australia, and the Caribbean Islands. It is a standardized test designed by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and is administered by Pearson VUE. 

Know More About : MCAT Syllabus | MCAT Exam |

What Does MCAT Test?

The MCAT aims to assess the applicants' knowledge and critical thinking skills in the areas of physical sciences, biological sciences, verbal reasoning, and critical analysis and reasoning skills. The students can choose a suitable testing date and location, and it is considered one of the most critical factors in medical school admissions, and a high score can significantly enhance a student's chances of acceptance. Therefore, it is essential to understand the MCAT syllabus,  exam eligibility, and registration.

MCAT Eligibility: Details to Know 

The MCAT exam is taken by individuals seeking admission to health professions schools, including MD-granting programs, DO-granting programs, podiatric (DPM), veterinary medicine (DVM), and other health-related programs that recognize MCAT exam scores for fulfilling the test score admissions requirement. When registering for the exam, applicants must agree to a statement confirming their intention to apply to medical schools.

International students do not have additional MCAT eligibility requirements. If an individual is currently in or holds a degree from an MBBS degree program or equivalent, they can register for the exam without needing special permission.

However, if an individual is not planning to apply to a health professions school or is a currently enrolled medical student (other than an MBBS degree program), he/she must apply for a "special permission" to register for the MCAT exam.

To request special permission, an applicant must email mcat@aamc.org and state the reason(s) they wish to take the exam. The MCAT program office then reviews and responds to the request within five business days, but there could be delays too. Therefore, applicants should be careful of registration deadlines, as they can’t be extended for any reason.

MCAT Registration and Process

When registering for the MCAT exam, applicants must agree to a statement confirming their intention to apply to a health professions school.

Below mentioned is the detailed process that the candidates must complete to sit for the exam:

  • The applicant must create an Association for American Medical Colleges (AAMC) account via the official registration link on the AAMC web portal.
  • The applicant must fill in all the required details in the application form in order to complete the registration process. Candidates should register at least 60 days prior to the exam to confirm a seat in the exam. 
  • The applicant can then select the test date and preferred test center for the exam.
  • Make the payment of exam/registration fees which can only be done online.

Are MCAT Test Centres Available in India?

As of now, there are no MCAT test centers available in India. Indian aspirants who want to appear for the MCAT, will have to fly to one of the 18 locations to undertake the test. These include- Australia, Guam, Singapore, Canada, Israel, South Africa, China: Hong Kong, Japan, 

Taiwan, France, LebanonThailand, Germany, Puerto Rico, United Kingdom, United States, Qatar, and US Virgin Islands.

MCAT Exam Dates for 2023*

Test DateScore Release Date
January 13Feb. 14
January 14Feb. 14
January 19Feb. 21
January 27March 3
March 11April 11
March 24April 25
April 14May 16
April 15May 16
April 28May 31
April 29May 31
May 12June 13
May 13June 13
May 18June 21
May 26June 27
June 3July 6
June 16July 18
June 17July 18
June 23July 25
June 24July 25
June 29July 31
July 15August 15
July 28August 29
August 4September 6
August 19September 19
August 25September 26
August 26September 26
August 31September 29
September 1September 29
September 8October 13
September 9October 13

*Dates may vary for countries

Frequently Asked Questions

Who are eligible for the MCAT exam?

If an individual is currently in, or holds a degree from, an MBBS degree program or equivalent, they can register for the exam. However, if an individual is not planning to apply to a health professions school or is a currently enrolled medical student (other than an MBBS degree program), he/she must apply for a "special permission" to register for the MCAT exam.

Can I give MCAT after 12?

No, you cannot take MCAT after class 12.  MCAT is a graduate exam and can only be taken by medical professionals/graduates wishing to further pursue their medical education.

How many years is MCAT valid?

The scores are released after 30-35 days of the exam date. The students can view their scores by clicking on the "Get Your Test Scores" button. The scores are generally valid for 3 years.

Mrinal Mandal

Study Abroad Expert

Mrinal Mandal is a study abroad expert with a passion for guiding students towards their international education goals. He holds a degree in mechanical engineering, earned in 2018. Since 2021, Mrinal has been working with upGrad Abroad, where he assists aspiring students in realizing their dreams of studying abroad. With his expertise and dedication, he empowers individuals to navigate the complexities of international education, making their aspirations a reality.

See More

TRENDING SEARCHES

IELTS Sample Essay

IELTS Cue Card

IELTS Reading Answer

IELTS Exam