MS Ophthalmology: Career Scope, Jobs, Salary, Fellowship

MS Ophthalmology

Master of Surgery in Ophthalmology is a PG course in surgery & medicine. In which MBBS studies detail of anatomy, physiology, and diseases of the eye.

An ophthalmologist is a specialist in medicine & surgery of eye problems.

The syllabus of MS Opthal: Orbital and Ocular Anatomy, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Gross anatomy, Histology, Ocular Physiology, Ocular Pathology, and Immunology in relation to Ocular Immunology.

MS ophthalmology salary

Average Opthalmologist salary in India
Sources: payscale

“PG Ophthalmologist gets a handsome salary package if skilled and experienced”.

The average salary in this field is around 12 lacs per year in India. More experience as an Ophthalmologist will help in good earning.

Abroad, An ophthalmologist having good skills, organization, & experience can get a good salary package of more than 2 crores.


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The way the population of the entire world is increasing, and the way the problems of eye diseases are coming in the people. Due to this, the demand for ophthalmologists has increased a lot. Due to the increase in demand, the demand for this course in students has also increased.

After completing residency training, doctors can go for fellowship training.

Candidates who wish to become licensed medical professionals require an MBBS medical degree to complete the residency program.

There is a good chance of a good career in ophthalmology. An ophthalmologist can get a good job in government hospitals as well as private hospitals.

The ophthalmologist can apply for the CMS (Joint Medical Service) examination conducted by the UPSC (Union Public Commission Service) for the position of Medical Officer or Ophthalmologist or Senior Specialist in Ophthalmology.

Ophthalmologists can also go to the Air Force, Army, and Navy for successful careers as well as the provincial services of the states.

Best Medical colleges for MS ophthalmology in India

Top colleges/universities, which offer MS/MD ophthalmology courses are:



  1. Basic Science in Ophthalmology
  2. Lens and Glaucoma
  3. Uvea and Vitreoretinal diseases
  4. External Eye Disease, Sclera, Cornea
  5. Community Ophthalmology
  6. Ocular motility, strabismus, pediatric ophthalmology
  7. Trauma and Emergency Ophthalmology
  8. Disorders of the lids, lacrimal drainage apparatus, orbit, and oculoplastic
  9. Disorders of the optic nerve, visual pathway Neuro-ophthalmology
  10. Optics and refraction, contact lenses, and low visual aids

MS ophthalmology jobs

Job Profiles:

  • Consultant
  • Opthal Specialist
  • Medical Officer
  • Professor/Lecturer
  • Ophthalmologist
  • Ophthalmology Surgeon
  • Clinical Assistant
  • Medical Consultant

Top Recruiters:

  • Fortis Healthcare Ltd
  • Sankara Nethralaya, Chennai
  • Narayana Nethralaya, Bangalore
  • L.V. Prasad Eye Institute, Hyderabad
  • SIMS Healthcare Private Limited
  • Sri GaneshVinayak Eye Hospital, Dehradun


Super-specialty after MS ophthal

Super-specialty will give you a good chance to practice as a consultant in the top hospitals.


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Fellowship after MS Ophthalmology

Few Fellowship programs are available in

  1. Cornea
  2. Retina
  3. Glaucoma
  4. Ophthalmopathy
  5. Pediatric ophthalmology
  6. Cataract

Many of these programs admit people after an entrance exam or interview.

MS- Opthal NEET Cutoff

NEET PG Cut-off  2019, 2020

Category Cutoff percentile Cutoff marks 2019 NEET cutoff marks 2020
UR 50th 340 366
SC/ST/OBC 40th 295 319
UR – PH 45th 317 342
SC/ST/OBC – PH 40th 295 319


MD Opthalmology seats in India

In India, there are 313 government and private colleges offering 1676 MD Ophthal seats. In which 1066 are government seats and 610 are private seats.

Admission Procedure

How to get admission in MS Ophthalmology?

For MS Ophthal admissions in India, Aspirants can appear in the National level entrance exam. NMC approved/recognized colleges/universities provide admission to students on the basis of their ranks secured in the entrance test.

After the PG Exam result students have to attend national level counselling(MCC.NIC.IN) & state level counselling. Below given 3 medical entrance exams for admission in PG medical courses:

  • NEET(PG) 2021
  • AIIMS(PG) 2021
  • JIPMER(PG) 2021


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