Ayurveda medicine has a different place in Indian culture. Although it is one of the oldest systems in the world to cure patients using natural ingredients and therapies. People today also have a craze to build their careers in Ayurveda medicine. courses like BAMS are in trend because it is the only degree which makes the application eligible for Ayurved Medicine.

What is a BAMS Course?

Bachelor of Ayurveda Medicine and Surgery (BAMS) is the only course which includes subjects and teaching related to Ayurvedic medicine. BAMS course in India provides knowledge about “Ashtanga Ayurveda” with the combination of modern medical science. The course is recognized by the central council of Indian Medicine to run undergraduate, and postgraduate courses and practical training related to it.

BAMS course Overview

Course Name Bachelor of Ayurveda Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Duration 5 years including 1-year internship
Exam type Semester wise
Eligibility10+2 with a minimum of 50% marks and Compulsory subjects include Physics, Chemistry, Biology
How to get admissionNEET (Entrance Exam )
Tuition feesINR 25,000 to Rs. 320,000
Job rolesPharmacist, Surgeon, Dieticians, Gynaecologist, Teacher, Panchkarma Practitioner
Average annual Salary INR 300,000 to Rs. 700,000

Why choose a BAMS course?

  • Less competition as compared to MBBS
  • Growing demand for Ayurvedic treatment specialists as more people are taking interest in Ayurvedic methods of curing their diseases.
  • You can add a Dr prefix in front of your name which seems attractive, similar to an MBBS graduate doctor.
  • The Indian government also promotes Ayurved hence more opportunities are there in government sectors.
  • Low tuition fees and budget 
  • Candidates can open their own clinic after getting a legal license from AYUSH. 
  • Candidates can go for MS Ayurveda and can continue their studies

Admission process for BAMS course in India

Candidates can take admission to BAMS courses in India through the NEET UG exam, the colleges allotted will be based on their rank and score in the entrance exam. The exam is conducted by NTA but the seat allotment process will be done by AYUS H in Ayurveda, Yoga, Naturopathy, Siddha and Homeopathy colleges. The candidates are required to achieve the NEET cut-off percentile which is given below:

The admissions to the BAMS course in India is done through the NEET entrance exam by state-wise counselling procedure. Each state will release its own merit rank based on the candidate getting seats in the colleges for Ayurvedic education.

Eligibility criteria of NEET exam for BAMS course in India

The Eligibility criteria for the Ayurvedic course in India is similar to the MBBS course because in both the courses, candidates have to appear in the NEET exam which is the only entrance exam to enter in medical stream.

Lower Age limit 17 years as of 31 December in the year of admission
Upper age limit (General Category)No upper age limit from 2022
Upper age limit for reserved category (SC/ST/OBC/PWD)No upper age limit from 2022

Marks Eligibility criteria 

CategoryRequired % in 12th class
General category studentsPhysics, Chemistry, Biology (50%)
For reserve categories (SC/ST/OBC)Physics, Chemistry, Biology (40%)
For General Physical HandicappedPhysics, Chemistry, Biology (45%)

Note: If a student is 16 years old, and he/she is appearing in the NEET Examination. They must be completed 17 years by the end of the admission year. That means, if they are appearing in NEET 2022, they must complete their 17 years by the end of 2022.

Syllabus for BAMS course in India

1st years2nd years
SanskritCharak Samhita (Purvardha)
Padartha VigyanSwasthavritta
Ayurveda ItihasDravyaguna Vigyan
Ashtanga Hridayam (Sutrasthan)Rasashastra & Bhaishajya Kalpana
Rachana SharirRoga Vigyan Evam Vikriti Vigyan
Kriya SharirAgada Tantra, Vyavhar Ayurved Evum Vidhi Vaidyak
3rd years4th years
Prasuti Tantra Evum Stri RogaShalakya
PanchkarmaResearch Methodology and Medical Statistics

BAMS courses generally engage the candidates for 4 and a half years of the regular class session and 1 year of compulsory rotational internship.

BAMS JOBS and Initial Salary 

Job ProfileAverage Annual Salary
Research institution2,40,000
Panchakarma center2,50,000
Community health officer2,40,000

Frequently Asked Questions  

  1. What rank is required to get admission to BAMS?

It will depend on the college you are choosing. In the case of government ayurvedic medical colleges, your rank should be somewhere between 60,000 to 70,000 and in the case of semi-government, it should be 90,000 to 1,50,000. It is subject to be varied due to competition and availability of seats in the colleges.

  1. What are the age criteria for pursuing a BAMS course?

See, admission to BAMS courses in India is done through the NEET exam only and now NTA has removed the upper age criteria which means anyone can attempt the NEET UG exam. However, there is a minimum age criterion i.e the candidates must complete 17 years of age.

  1. Which course is better: MBBS or BAMS?

Both courses are of 5.5 years of duration. Yes, in the case of MBBS, you will have to face a lot of competition but in BAMS, it is comparatively less. A similar difference is there as far as budget is concerned, whereas the demand for MBBS-qualified doctors is more in India as well as abroad but Ayurvedic medicine treatment has different importance. Hence it is also booming.

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