Odisha to recruit MBBS Graduates from other states due to acute shortage of doctors in the state

As there’s an acute shortage of medical professionals in the state of Odisha, the state Govt. has decided to welcome Medicine graduates from other states and allow them to join in health care facilities in Odisha.  Government of Odisha is set to alter the “Method of Recruitment and Conditions of Service”, the rules of  Medical and Health Services in order to do so, which is how MBBS graduates from other states can participate in the recruitment process.

Until now, the state considered only those graduates for state-run healthcare facilities, who have the knowledge of writing, understanding, reading and speaking Odia. Furthermore, the candidates must had their middle schooling, matriculation with Odia or Odia as a medium of examination in the non-language subject, were considered eligible. Nonetheless, substantial amendments have been made to the previous rules now.

As per the recent news report in The New Indian Express, at present, there are many posts including 2,452 posts for doctors, 82 for dental surgeons, and 94 for assistant professors that are lying vacant in the state. So the state government has planned a massive recruitment drive to fill the gap.


There were vacancies for 3278 healthcare professional posts last year. But, only a number of 1403 posts were filled up, which resulted into an insufficiency of trained health professionals in the state. The situation has been more challenging during the pandemic in the state due to workforce shortage.


Therefore, the state govt. has taken the decision to welcome doctors for the vacant posts in Odisha.

Earlier, healthcare professionals from outside of the state were not permitted to be employed in OMHS Cadre posts via the recruitment by the Odisha Public Service Commission (OPSC). However, with the changes in the rule of Odisha Medical & Health Services, other states’ graduates will have to register their name in the Odisha Council of Medical Registration system established under section 3 of the Odisha Medical Registration Act, 1961 before the issue of the appointment order

And the good news is, those candidates who have not taken Odia in their middle school shall be allowed to sit and pass Odia language test conducted by the Board of Secondary Education, Odisha. Passing the exam is obligatory within 4 years of joining the service.

This is certainly exciting news for Medical Graduates from other states and a welcoming decision by the Govt. of Odisha.


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