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Default Advice - Reg dilemma applying

Hello avid members,

I am in dire need of advice from the well informed members here. I applied and failed to match this year. My credentials are as follows:

IMG from India. Med school: Republic of Georgia.
YOG: 2013
STEP 1: 226
STEP 2 CK: 231
STEP 2 CS: first attempt
USCE: 2 months of clerkship at Emory, 1 month observership at Allegheny, Pittsburgh.
A poster presentation done at Emory.
4 good LORs from Emory.

I applied to a total of 65 programs this Match as I was pretty confident I was going to match into a known program. I had 3 Ivs and I did pretty well in them. But things went very wrong and I'm still recuperating.

For the next match, I wanna have a good step 3 score before I apply but there are some financial issues. I was hoping to get into a paid research in the US so I can finance my application but that didn't work out.

Now my question for you good people is if I should apply for Match 2017 without Step 3, or appear for Indian postgraduate exams (which are considerably cheaper) and then give my Step 3 early next year and apply for Match 2018?

I thank you all in advance.
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