Top 10 Medical Colleges In India
As the second-most populated and the seventh-largest country in the world, India has a healthcare sector primarily administered by the states with over thirty-five thousand hospitals. The private sector of the healthcare industry has been growing at a rapid rate and has emerged as a force that has been lending the industry considerable repute.
The doctor to patient ratio is not a very impressive one and with only about 2% of doctors serving the rural areas which is 68% of the population, desperate measures are needed so that every patient’s needs are met. Hence, it becomes imperative that medical aspirants make use of the best facilities and faculty available in the country and emerge as confident and compassionate doctors, ready to serve fellow citizens. Listed below are the top ten medical colleges in India according to rankings along with the exams needed, eligibility and career prospects:
All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi
Known for its notoriously difficult entrance exam, AIIMS has claimed its position as the topmost medical college of the country yet again. With only 107 (100 for Indian students and 7 for foreign students) seats, the AIIMS MBBS entrance exam is held every year in May. Even though it is known to be a bit more difficult to crack than NEET, thousands of applicants compete for those coveted seats in the college. The exam is held for the different courses provided by the institute and the eligibility differs accordingly.
Aspiring medicine students should have completed their 10+2 or equivalent with 60% marks (50% for SC/ST and 45% for PWBD) in English, Physics, Chemistry & Biology. Their age should be 17 years and above as on 31st of December of the year of admission.
Courses offered by the institute include both clinical and non-clinical fields. Needless to say, the job prospects are impressive. The undergraduate courses include MBBS, B.Sc. in Nursing, B.Sc. in Medical Technology in Radiography and Bachelor of Optometry. Postgraduate courses offered are MD/MS/MCh/DM, MDS, M.Sc. in Nursing, Masters in Biotechnology as well as in Paramedical Courses. The hospital treats about 3.7 million patients every year and hence, the experience and the clinical exposure gained in AIIMS is truly unparalleled. Once they are done with their MBBS degrees, graduates can opt to work in the clinical sector (in private hospitals, railways, army etc.) or for UPSC Civil Services or even coach students for entrance exams.
Christian Medical College, Vellore
One of the oldest and prominent hospitals of India, Christian Medical in Vellore, Tamil Nadu offers a multitude of courses which is why it is a prime choice for many students aspiring to work in the healthcare industry. A total of 100 seats out of which 12 are open for meritorious students, 2 for SC, 1 for ST, 1 from a central government quota and 84 are sponsored, are available for the MBBS course. In order to secure a seat in MBBS, students should qualify NEET-UG. Admission to courses in Allied Health Sciences and Nursing are conducted by CBT test and an interview/assessment test. GATE scores are required for MS and M.Tech whereas NEET-PG qualified can be admitted to PG medicine programs.
For the MBBS course, students should have completed their 10+2 or equivalent with 60% marks (50% for SC/ST and 45% for PWBD) in English, Physics, Chemistry & Biology. Their age should be 17 years and above as on 31st of December of the year of admission. The eligibility requirements and duration varies with every course offered by the college.
With a network of primary, secondary and tertiary hospitals in and around Vellore, over 8000 patients are treated every day by one of the largest hospitals in India. With such a huge number of patients coming in daily, students gain incredible exposure and hence, learn a lot.
Armed Forces Medical College, Pune
Managed by the Indian Armed Forces, Armed Forces Medical College is a centre of excellence for education and research and is easily one of the topmost and most sought after medical colleges in the country. For admission into the MBBS course, students have to qualify the NEET-UG exam. There are no other examinations conducted separately by AFMC for admission into MBBS. A total of 130 seats are available for MBBS students out of which 105 are for boys and 25 are for girls. The cut-off marks for NEET has been observed to be pretty high every year which makes it quite difficult to get into this college. For B.Sc. course such as Nursing, AFMC holds a national level examination for admission into those courses.
Eligible students for MBBS include Indian nationals who have completed their 10+2 or equivalent with 60% marks (50% for SC/ST and 45% for PWBD) in English, Physics, Chemistry & Biology. Their age should be 17 years and above as on 31st of December of the year of admission. They should not be more than 24 years of age at the time of admission.
Once students graduate, they have to sign a bond to serve the armed forces for a few years after which they are eligible to do their PG. They can either sign up for Short Service Commission which is service for 4 years or Permanent Commission. If the student does not want to serve and wants to do his PG immediately, he can get out of the bond by paying a hefty price of about 25 lakhs. However, once signed out, he can apply to any civilian hospital or do his PG.
Institute of Medical Sciences, BHU
An attractive medical institute for students from the northern part of India, Institute of Medical Sciences, Banaras Hindu University is a prestigious government medical college in Varanasi. Several undergraduate, postgraduate and diploma courses are offered in the medical institute of BHU. Out of these, the MBBS course has a total of 71 seats and the BDS course has a total of 42 seats. Students have to qualify the NEET-UG exams to get admitted into these courses as well as others like BAMS.
For MBBS and BAMS, students who have passed Intermediate Science/Pre-Medical Course/12 year of 10+2 or equivalent examination with a minimum of 50% marks (40% in case of SC/ST candidates) in English, Physics, Chemistry and Biology taken together are eligible to be admitted. Their age should be 17 years and above but not more than 24 years as on 31st of December of the year of admission.
The college also offers Masters and post-graduate courses in the major specializations. It offers MD/MS, MDS, MD (Ayurveda)/MS (Ayurveda) etc. With such a wide variety of PG programmes, students have a lot of options present to choose from and decide whether they want to specialise or start working clinically.
Kasturba Medical College, Manipal
The first self-financing medical college in the private sector in India, Kasturba Manipal College functions with the motto “to train competent, compassionate and carrying physicians through excellence in teaching and patient care”. The total number of MBBS seats at Kasturba Medical College is 250, MD seats is 99 and MS seats at KMC Mangalore is 21. Admission to undergraduate courses offered by the college (MBBS/BDS) is done on the basis of the scores of NEET-UG exam and admission to post-graduate courses is done on the basis of NEET-PG.
Students with the following credentials are eligible: Pass in 10+2 / A level / IB / American 12th grade or equivalent with Physics, Chemistry, Biology / Biotechnology and English from a recognized board, with a minimum 50 % marks individually in Physics, Chemistry and Biology / Biotechnology. The MBBS course is 4 ½ years plus a 1-year compulsory rotating internship.
With patients coming in from all parts of Karnataka, the exposure obtained is high and adding the number of specialisations offered, one can make impressive advancements in one’s career. One can either choose to work in civilian hospitals, continue studies in hospital administration etc. The list is practically endless.
Conducting path-breaking research and providing specialty care of high order, Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research (JIPMER) in Puducherry offers undergraduate courses as well as courses on sub-specialities and super specialities from medical and nursing to allied health sciences.
With a total of 200 seats in MBBS – 150 at the Pondicherry campus and 50 at the Karaikal campus, admissions are granted every year to prospective medical students through the JIPMER UG exam. For nursing, the JIPMER Nursing exam is organised. The JIPMER UG exam is said to be easier than NEET and AIIMS but it all comes down to how well prepared a student is.
To be eligible for JIPMER UG exam, students should have completed 12th Board Examination, having studied Physics, Chemistry, Biology/ Biotechnology (including practical tests) or any other elective and English as a compulsory subject with a minimum aggregate of 50% (40% for SC/ST/OBC/PWD category candidates and 45% for General Category PwD). While there is no upper age limit in JIPMER, the student should be 17 years and above as on 31st of December of the year of admission.
King George’s Medical University, Lucknow
A government college located in Lucknow, UP, King George’s Medical University offers undergraduate courses in MBBS, BDS and Nursing and several post-graduate programmes.
There are a total of 250 seats in the MBBS course, 100 in BDS and 100 in B.Sc. Nursing. Students are admitted into the MBBS and BDS courses solely on the basis of NEET. KGMU holds its own B.Sc. Nursing Entrance exam for admissions. For the post-graduate courses, students are admitted on the basis of exams such as UP PGMEE, NEET-PG AIPGMEE, AIDMCHEE etc. Admissions into other undergraduate and diploma courses are by tests conducted by the university followed by an interview.
To be eligible for the MBBS/BDS/Nursing course, students should have completed 10+2 or equivalent with Physics, Chemistry, Biology and English from a recognized board with an aggregate of at least 45% marks. Minimum age for admission is 17 years on or before 31st December of the year of admission.
Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi
Named after the Indian freedom fighter and first education minister of independent India Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, MAMC is a medical college in New Delhi offering both UG and PG courses.
A total number of 250 seats are available in the MBBS course where the students are admitted based on their performance in the NEET examination. NEET exam is to be taken for BDS admissions too. Students are admitted to the various PG courses based on NEET-PG. Minimum eligible score for the entrance of MBBS is 50 percentile for general category, 45 percentile for physically handicapped general candidates and 40 percentile for SC/ST/OBC category candidate.
To be eligible for MAMC, students should have completed 12th Board Examination, having studied Physics, Chemistry, Biology/ Biotechnology (including practical tests) or any other elective and English as a compulsory subject with a minimum aggregate of 50% (40% for SC/ST/OBC/PWD category candidates and 45% for General Category PwD). The student should be 17 years and above but not more than 25 years as on 31st of December of the year of admission. There is an age relaxation of 5 years for SC/ST/OBC candidates.
Grant Medical College, Mumbai
Affiliated to the Maharashtra University of Health Sciences, Nashik, Grant Medical College in Mumbai offers undergraduate courses in MBBS and Nursing and other post-graduate courses.
With 250 seats available in the MBBS course and 50 in B.Sc. Nursing, students are admitted based on the NEET-UG/MH-CET examination. Students are granted admission into the seats in the different post-graduate courses on the basis of NEET-PG.
The candidate should have passed in 10+2 or equivalent qualification with English, Physics, Chemistry and Biology/Botany and Zoology with minimum marks as per MCI norms with a minimum aggregate of 50% marks.
Sri Ramachandra Institute of Higher Education and Research, Chennai
Sri Ramachandra Medical College, a private medical college under a deemed university in Chennai, Tamil Nadu offers undergraduate, postgraduate and various UG paramedical courses. For PG courses, it offers MD courses in 9 specializations, MD/ in 14 specializations and M.Sc in 5 specializations a total of 166 seats for MD/MS Programs and a total of 21 seats for M.Sc. programs. There are DM/MCh Programs in 15 specializations with 32 seats.
Candidates will be admitted into the undergraduate course of MBBS/BDS on the basis of their performance in the NEET UG scores. There are entrance tests conducted by the university for the other undergraduate courses available followed by an interview. Admissions to PG courses are granted on basis of NEET PG, NET MDS, NEET SS depending on the course. Admissions to PhD courses are by a test and interview conducted by the university.
To be eligible for admission into the undergraduate courses, students should have completed 10+2 with English, Physics, Chemistry and Biology (or Botany & Zoology) / Biochemistry with 50% marks (45% for reserved categories) in aggregate. An MBBS/BDS degree with a rotatory internship might be required for some postgraduate courses whereas some require just the scores of the entrance exam.
Students in MBBS get placed in different departments of the hospitals for their compulsory rotatory internship. They can also get placed if there are tie-ups of the colleges or universities with pharmaceutical industries and research centres.
With such highly ranked medical colleges, it becomes possible for a student to advance in his career further in a stable manner after graduating. There are tons of options available as job or career prospects for the individual to choose from. Regardless, it would help in the growth of the healthcare industry of the country.
About the author : Ireena Baro is currently an intern at Hashlearn, is an undergraduate student in Computer Science. Brought up as an only child in a quiet town, she has mostly been left by herself while growing up. She enjoys her time best wrapped in a cosy mink blanket with a cup of coffee and Netflix and taking care of her plants.