All About BAMS

Candidates willing to take medicine as a career can opt for Bachelors of Medicine and Surgery (BAMS) after the completion of senior secondary examination in biology stream. BAMS course provides the complete knowledge about ‘Ashtanga Ayurveda’ along with scientific advances in modern medicine along with extensive practical training. Ministry of AYUSH/Central Council of Indian Medicine is the responsible body for admission to Ayurveda education at undergraduate level as well as postgraduate level and for practice Ayurvedic medicine in India. The admission to BAMS courses will be granted on the basis of scores obtained in NEET exam. Besides that, candidates must fulfill certain eligibility criteria of BAMS specified by the admission authority. BAMS syllabus and curriculum is uniform across the country and the admission to BAMS courses is done in only Ayurvedic colleges affiliated to the respective universities, which are permitted by Department of AYUSH, Government of India, New Delhi.

BAMS Course Details

For the undergraduate education level, BAMS course is for five and a half years duration. After the completion of BAMS degree, the student will be awarded with the degree of ‘Ayurvedacharya’. The theory BAMS course is carried out in four and a half years, while it is necessary for candidates to complete a year rotatory internship for practical training.

BAMS Course Eligibility

It is mandatory for aspirants to fulfill certain eligibility conditions to get admission to BAMS course. Some basic BAMS eligibility criteria are mentioned below.

  • Candidates are required to pass Class 12th or equivalent examination with science subjects (Physics, Chemistry and Biology) and English core in both Class 11 and 12 from a recognized state/central board.
  • He/she should have completed the age of 17 years at the time of admission or as on 31st December of respective year. Not more than of 25 years on or before the 31st December of respective year of admission in the first year of the course.
  • An aspirant from general category needs to secure an aggregate of 50% in their Class 12th Board examination. While, for SC/ST/OBC candidates, the qualifying percentage is 40%.
  • Candidates need to have qualified NEET by securing minimum qualifying cutoff percentile to get admission in BAMS course.
  • For foreign students any other equivalent qualification approved by the University will be allowed.

BAMS Admission Process

Admission to BAMS courses will be taken on the basis of NEET UG score and the corresponding rank. Therefore, candidates are required to qualify NEET conducted by National Testing Agency (NTA). In order to take admission to BAMS course, candidates are required to secure NEET cutoff percentile. Candidates can check the category-wise minimum required percentile in the table below.

Qualifying Percentile for NEET 2019

S.No. Categories Minimum Required Percentile
1. General (UR) 50th Percentile and Above
2 EWS 50th Percentile and Above
3 General PH 45th Percentile and Above
4 OBC/MBC 40th Percentile and Above
5 SC 40th Percentile and Above
6 ST 40th Percentile and Above
7 ST-STA 40th Percentile and Above
8 SC/ST/OBC/MBC-PH 40th Percentile and Above

However, NTA is only responsible to conduct NEET and prepare merit list for the same. The admission to BAMS will be taken state-wise counseling procedure. For BAMS admission process each state will release its own state merit rank based on the NEET merit list for which the candidates will be required to fill application form.