Medical Council of India – MCI


The Medical Council of India (MCI) is a statutory body was established with the responsibility of establishing and maintaining uniform standards of higher qualifications in medicine and recognition of medical qualifications in India and abroad. It registers doctors to practice in India, in order to protect and promote the health and safety of the public by ensuring proper standards in the practice of medicine. The Council grants recognition of medical qualifications, gives accreditation to medical colleges, grants registration to medical practitioners, and monitors medical practice in India.

The Medical Council of India was first established in 1934 under the Indian Medical Council Act, 1933. The number of medical colleges had increased steadily during the years after Independence. It was felt that the provisions of Indian Medical Council Act were not adequate to meet with the challenges posed by the very fast development and the progress of medical education in the country. As a result, in 1956, the old Act was repealed and a new one was enacted. This was further modified in 1964, 1993 and 2001.

There are 229 recognised medical colleges, and 71 colleges have been permitted u/s 10A of the Indian Medical Council Act, 1956 during the year under review. Approx 33528 graduates pass out every year from these colleges. Such graduates after completing compulsory rotating internship are required to be registered with State Medical Council or the Medical Council of India to practice medicine in the country.


In consonance of the provisions of the Act, Medical Council of India is entrusted with the following objectives:

  1. Maintenance of uniform standards of Medical Education-both at Undergraduate and Postgraduate levels for continuance of already recognised courses.
  2. Recommendation to the Central Government, Ministry of Health & F.W, for recognition and de-recognition of Medical qualifications of Medical Institutions (a) within, (b) outside the country.
  3. Maintenance of Indian Medical Register.
  4. Grant of Provisional & Permanent registration as applicable to persons holding recognised Medical qualifications included in the schedules to the Indian Medical Council Act, 1956.
  5. Issue of good standing certificates.
  6. Reciprocity with foreign countries in the matter of mutual recognition of medical qualifications.

Constitution of the council:

Section 3(1) of the Indian Medical Council Act, 1956 provides for constitution and composition of the Council consisting of the following:

  1. One member from each State other than a Union Territory to be nominated by the Central Government in consultation with the State Government concerned.
  2. One member from each University, to be elected from amongst the members of the medical faculty of the University or in case the University has no Senate, by members of the Court.
  3. One member; from each State- in which a State Medical Register is maintained-to be elected from amongst themselves by persons enrolled on such Register - who possess the medical qualifications included in the First and Second Schedule or in Part-II of the third Schedule to the Act.
  4. Seven members to be elected from amongst themselves by persons who possess the medical qualification included in the Part I of the Third Schedule.
  5. Eight members to be nominated by the Central Government.


The Medical Council of India is based at New Delhi and does not have any subordinate office anywhere in India. The particulars are as under:

Medical Council of India

Pocket-14, Sector 8,

Dwarka, New Delhi-110077

Tel: 011-25367033, 25367035, 25367036, 25367037

Fax: 011-25367024, Telegram: MEDCONCIND, NEW DELHI-110077

Website: Email:;

Opening hours of the Office: 9:30 AM

Closing hours of the Office: 6:00 PM

Timings for Public Dealing: 3:00 to 5:00 PM

Working Days: Monday to Friday


Latest Amendment were made and notified by the Central Govt. duly published in the Gazette of India on 26.2.2010.

The present Board of Governors was notified on 13 May 2011.

The current chairman of Board of Governors of MCI is Dr. K K Talwar