Everything About BAMS – Scope, Courses, Cut Off, Colleges, Syllabus, Fee

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BAMS stands for Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery. It is one of the oldest systems or practices in the medical sector. It is a professional degree in the medicine sector focused on Ayurveda in some countries like India, Nepal, Bangladesh, and other south Asian Countries. There are still some countries that do not allow or give value to BAMS certificates.

The certificate to a student is awarded after the successful completion of a 5-and-a-half-year duration course which also includes a 1-year compulsory internship. With the certificate, a BAMS graduate can provide his/her services in the states of India as well as Sri Lanka after registering themselves with the government-approved licensing body i.e., Ministry of AYUSH.

BAMS is still considered as the ancient wisdom for the people with a little bit of new modification. Nowadays it is working in India as a type of complementary or alternative medicine. In India, more than 394 colleges provide BAMS studies and degrees. Some of them are private, some are public, and some are the government. Even after the completion of the BAMS degree, one can continue his/her studies on MD (Ayurveda) or MS (Ayurveda).

BAMS is totally dependent on Ayurveda. It is the degree that is helping out students by telling them the correct use of our mother nature and our ancestor’s theory.

So here are some facts about Ayurveda:

  1. Ayurveda is considered one of the oldest systems of medicines from all which are present today.
  2. It is said that its roots and traces are from the Vedic times. 
  3. It includes the study and execution of natural herbs. It teaches us the correct use of our mother nature.
  4. It provides the study of the integrated system of modern medicine and traditional Ayurveda. 
  5. Ayurveda medicines are the ones which mostly don’t have any side effects and these are always good for your health.

BAMS Full Form

The full form of the BAMS is a Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery. It is an undergraduate professional program that is designed to make students familiar with the topic of Ayurveda. So that they can use it in the treatment of patients.

It helps the students to learn the use of natural herbs. In BAMS, Ayurveda gets complied with the new and modern medicines and students pursuing BAMS study a combination of both the types of medicines as part of their syllabus.

BAMS Courses

BAMS is a course of 5.6 Years duration. In this time period, a student has to study a lot of subjects which also includes classroom training, practical training, workshops, conferences, etc., so that a student got to know the subject and program with more clarity. These 5.6 years include 1 year of mandatory internship in the fifth or final year. Sanskrit is one of the main subjects and taught it throughout the course for better subject understanding.

The structure of the course is like these 5.6 years are divided into 3 professionals of 1.5 years each and 1 year of internship.

BAMS consist of various subjects such as:

  1. Ayurvedic Philosophy
  2. History of Ayurveda
  3. Toxicology
  4. Anatomy
  5. Physiology
  6. General Surgery and para surgical techniques
  7. Panchkarma and others.

BAMS Cutoff 2020

The selection in the BAMS course is dependent upon the NEET result of the candidate. The National Testing Agency releases the cut off for BAMS. The cut off for 2020 is expected to come in August 2020 along with the result. The cut off marks mean the minimum marks that are required to qualify the exam and secure a seat off the college or university. According to sources, this year there can be an increase of 15 marks in NEET cut off for each category.

NEET 2020 cut off can be expected on the basis or line of previous year NEET cut off. NEET 2019 cut off is given below:

CategoryCut Off
Percentile
Cut Off ScoreNumber of
Candidates
Unreserved50th 701 – 134704335
OBC/ SC/ ST40th 133 – 10790243
Unreserved –
PH
45th 133 – 120266
OBC/ SC/ ST – PH40th 119 – 107388

BAMS Colleges

BAMS is the study of Ayurveda which is the ancient medicine of India. As it started from here India only, maybe that is why we have most of the top best colleges for BAMS situated in the different states of India.

Here is the list of some top institutes who are offering BAMS program:

  1. Institute of Medical Sciences Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi. 
  2. Shree Guru Gobind Singh Tricentenary University, Gurgaon. 
  3. Anoka-Ramsey Community College, Cambridge, MN
  4. Southern California University of Health Sciences, Whittier, CA
  5. Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, Delhi. 
  6. Tilak Ayurved Mahavidyalaya, Pune. 
  7. Dr. DY Patil University, Navi Mumbai.
  8. KG Mittal Ayurvedic College, Mumbai.
  9. College of Ayurveda, Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom
  10. The College of Ayurveda and Yoga Therapy

Top 10 BAMS Colleges in India

As we all know that BAMS has its roots in India. And India has the maximum number of universities and institutes that offer a degree in BAMS or offer BAMS programs.

So here are some names of the top institutes which offer BAMS program:

  1. Aithein Ayurveda Massage School, Goa
  2. Shri Dhanwantri Ayurvedic College, Chandigarh
  3. Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, Bangalore
  4. Gujarat Ayurved University, Jamnagar
  5. JB Roy State Medical College, Kolkata
  6. Ayurvedic Medical College, Kolhapur
  7. State Ayurvedic College of Lucknow
  8. Shri Ayurveda Mahavidyalaya, Nagpur
  9. Dayanand Ayurvedic College, Jalandhar
  10. Ashtang Ayurveda College, Indore

BAMS Colleges in Maharashtra

Maharashtra being one of the top states and fact moving states has some of the best institutes for BAMS. It is also a good education hub and it provides all the degrees and programs.

So here are some of the best institutes for BAMS in Maharashtra:

  1. Tilak Ayurved Mahavidyalaya, Pune
  2. Dr. DY Patil University, Navi Mumbai
  3. KG Mittal Ayurvedic College, Mumbai
  4. Sumatibhai Shah Ayurved Mahavidyalaya Malwadi, Pune
  5. Ashtang Ayurved Mahavidyalaya, Pune
  6. Government Ayurved College and Hospital, Nagpur
  7. Bharati Vidyapeeth Deemed University College of Ayurved, Pune
  8. Government Ayurved College, Nanded
  9. Poddar Ayurved Medical College, Mumbai
  10. Dr. GD Pol Foundation YMT Ayurvedic Medical College and Hospital PG Institute, Navi Mumbai

BAMS Colleges in Pune

Pune is the best place to study. It is quiet, peaceful and enjoyable for a student. It also provides good colleges and a good place to live in.

So here is the list of best colleges in Pune:

  1. Ashtang Ayurved Mahavidyalaya, Late H.B. Paranjape Chowk, Near SP College, Pune
  2. Bharati Vidyapeeth, Lal Bahadur Shastri Marg, Pune
  3. College of Ayurved, Pune-Satara Road, Pune
  4. College of Ayurved and Research Center, Pradhikaran, Nigadi, Pune
  5. PDEA College of Ayurveda & Research Centre (PDEACARC), Pune
  6. Tilak Ayurved Mahavidyalaya (TAM), Pune
  7. Dr.D.Y. Patil Ayurveda College And Research Centre (DDYPACRC), Pune
  8. Bharatiya Sanskriti Darshan Trust’s Ayurved Mahavidhyalay (BSDTAM), Pune
  9. Sumatibhai Shah Ayurved Mahavidyalaya Malwadi, Pune
  10. DR DY PATIL VIDYAPEETH – [DPU], PUNE

BAMS Colleges in Delhi

Delhi, the capital of India. Every student wishes to study here. It has the best colleges and universities. Delhi provides a good environment for students to live and study.

So here are some of the best institutes for BAMS in Delhi:

  1. Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University – [Ggsipu], New Delhi
  2. Sgt University, Gurgaon
  3. Ayurvedic And Unani Tibbia College, New Delhi
  4. Gaur Brahman Ayurvedic College, Rohtak
  5. Baba Mastnath University – [Bmu], Rohtak
  6. Bhagat Phool Singh Mahila Vishwavidyalaya – [Bpsmv], Sonepat
  7. Ch. Brahm Prakash Ayurved Charak Sansthan, New Delhi
  8. Divya Jyoti Ayurvedic Medical College & Hospital, Modinagar, Ghaziabad

BAMS Colleges in Karnataka

Karnataka being the best place in the south of India. Nowadays it has also become the best place to study and live for students.

So here are some of the best institutes for BAMS in Karnataka:

  1. Rajiv Gandhi University Of Health Sciences – [Rguhs], Bangalore
  2. Yenepoya University, Mangalore
  3. Kle University, Belgaum
  4. Hillside Academy, Bangalore
  5. Goutham College, Bangalore
  6. Avs Ayurveda Mahavidyalaya, Bijapur
  7. Acharya Deshabhushan Ayurvedic Medical College And Hospital, Belagavi
  8. Bapuji Ayurvedic Medical College And Hospital, Bangalore
  9. Dgm Ayurvedic Medical College, Gadag
  10. Dr. B.N.M. Rural Ayurvedic Medical College, Bijapur

BAMS Colleges in Lucknow

Lucknow, a large city of northern India and the capital of Uttar Pradesh, has some of the good colleges, universities and institutes for the students to study in.

So, here is the list of institutes that provides BAMS degree in Lucknow: 

  1. State Ayurvedic college and Hospital, Lucknow
  2. Prabuddh Ayurvedic Medical College Hospital and Research Centre, Lucknow

BAMS Syllabus

The BAMS course is dependent on the ancient and traditional methods of treatment in India before the western treatments came in. With time, the western treatment took over the traditional method. The western method gave quick results, treated symptoms and it was somewhere cheaper and easily available than the traditional type of treatment. But in spite of having all these benefits, it still has drawbacks, one of the biggest drawbacks was that western treatment has a lot of side effects. 

The BAMS course has a very lengthy syllabus and subjects that usually deal with ayurvedic methods of treatment. A huge part of the syllabus of the BAMS course is taught in the Sanskrit Language as it takes back to centuries. The course consists of both theory and practical part. The course is not distributed into semesters.

These are classified year wise which is mentioned below:

BAMS Syllabus – First Year

  1. Ayurveda Nirupana
  2. Dravya Vigyaniyam
  3. Pratyaksha Pariksha
  4. Anumanapariksha
  5. Pariksha
  6. Samavaya Vigyaniyam

BAMS Syllabus – Second Year

  1. Dravya
  2. Prabhava
  3. Mishraka Gana
  4. Vyadhi Vigyan
  5. Basic Pathology
  6. Diseases of Rasavaha Srotas
  7. Hematology

BAMS Syllabus – Third Year

  1. Dinacharya
  2. Ritucharya
  3. Panchakosha Theory
  4. Janapadodhwamsa
  5. Epidemiology
  6. Preventive Geriatrics
  7. Garbha Vigyana

BAMS Syllabus – Fourth Year

  1. Snehana
  2. Bāhya Snehana
  3. Virechana Karma
  4. Physiotherapy
  5. Nirjantukarana
  6. Marma
  7. Kshara and Kshara Karma

BAMS Course Fees

The fee for the BAMS program is not too high. The average course fees for this course lies between INR 25,000 to 3.2 lakh per annum. The amount can vary depending upon the university and college you are going to pursue in the BAMS program.

As well as the fees also depends upon the prestige and infrastructure of the college. It also depends how you are going to take admission, either by government quota or management quota.

Private BAMS College Fees

For private colleges the fee structure may vary from 16 to 20 lakes for the whole program. It depends on the states and different institutes due to which the fees can vary.

This fees amount is average and it includes tuition fees, hostel charges, mess charges etc. The above fees structure is only for Management quota or for Private Colleges. Fees for Government colleges can be low or less than this amount.

BAMS Course Duration

BAMS is a five and a half years long course which consists of 3 professional years of 1.5 years each and the last one year is dedicated towards the internship or practical practice for the students.

Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine & Surgery (BAMS) is a graduation degree course in Ayurvedic system which is a traditional and ancient way of treatment in India. The degree or certificate of the BAMS course is awarded after the successful completion of 4.5 years of study and 1 year of internship (total of 5 years 6 months program). 

BAMS Counseling 2020

The counseling for BAMS aspirants is done by the Ministry of AYUSH. It directs all the State Government to consider the NEET score for admission in AYUSH UG Courses for the academic session 2020-2021.

The dates for the counseling scheduled for UG admission 2020-21 by AYUSH will be released online on its official website. As per the last year counseling and seeing the current situation of COVID-19, the counseling may start from July 2020.

BAMS Counseling Date 2020

As per the last year dates the assumption for the counseling date can be something like this:

EventsRespective Dates
1st Round Counseling
Online Registration, Payment of Fee and Choice FillingJune 2020 to July 2020
Last date for payment of feeJuly 2020
Choice Filling & LockingJuly 2020
Seat Allotment ProcessJuly 2020
Declaration of ResultJuly 2020
Reporting to the allotted instituteJuly 2020
2nd Round Counseling
Online Registration, Payment of
Fee and Choice Filling
Last week of July 2020
Last date for payment of feeJuly 2020
Choice Filling & LockingJuly 2020
Seat Allotment ProcessJuly 2020
Declaration of ResultJuly 2020
Reporting of the candidatesAugust 2020
Transfer of vacant seats (both non-reporting & non-joining) to the State Quota (before 12.00 Noon). 2nd week of August 2020 (Only 15% All India Quota Govt./Govt. Aided/Private)

These are just the tentative dates. These are not the exact and confirm dates for the counseling. The dates can be changed as per the guidelines of the government due to COVID-19 situation present right now in the world.

BAMS Admission

BAMS admissions are done in India on the basis of an entrance exam that is called NEET. This exam is conducted by The Ministry of AYUSH and the results are given or announced by them only.

The counseling process is done after the result announcement and the cut off are declared by them only.  The candidates who can make it in the counseling process are allocated seats for the BAMS course at all the different colleges. The following flowchart will help you understand the BAMS admission process in a better way.

Apply for the Entrance Exam

Appear in the Exam

 

Entrance Exam’s Result Declaration

Counseling Based on Exam Result

Seat Allotment

Final Enrollment/ Admission

BAMS Scope

In the past, the BAMS graduates rarely had any options. The only options available for them are either to become Ayurveda Doctors or personal practice by opening a clinic. The one option which is left is higher studies if a student wants to take further studies that can also be an option.

But now with the time, the career options for BAMS students also increased. Now they have various other options or opportunities for BAMS graduates in both private as well as the public sectors. Here is a list of a career that a student can choose after completing the BAMS program:

  1. Healthcare industry
  2. Hotel industry
  3. Medical Tourism industry
  4. Pharmaceutical industry
  5. Nursing industry
  6. Life Science industry
  7. Education industry

When it comes to career of BAMS students, some of the companies which recruit the most of the BAMS graduates (except from government and private hospitals) are:

  1. Patanjali Ayurved Limited
  2. The Himalaya Drug Company
  3. Surya Herbal Limited
  4. Dabur
  5. Vicco Laboratories
  6. Charak Pharma Private Limited
  7. Emami Limited
  8. Hamdard Laboratories
  9. Baidyanath
  10. Zandu Pharmaceuticals Works Limited

BAMS Salary in India

The salary of the medical field is the highest or the benchmark for other job profiles in different fields. If the students work in a university, the university provides a stipend of around 40 to 50 thousand per month to the post-graduate doctors in Ayurvedic Field.

In the job of an Ayurvedic professional, a candidate can get 20000 to 50000 depending upon the role and nature of his/her job profile and organization size. 

BAMS Course Details

BAMS is a 5.6 years long course having 3 different professional years of 1.5 years each and 1 year-long internship which gives them better practical knowledge. In the table given below there are all the details of the BAMS course:

Full-FormBachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine & Surgery
Course LevelUndergraduate
Duration5 years 6 months
Examination TypeYearly
EligibilityClass 12 with Physics, Chemistry,
Biology
Admission ProcessNEET, followed by centralized based on the performance.
Average FeesINR 10,000- 50,000
Job PositionsLecturer, Teacher, Sales Representative, Pharmacist, Therapist,
Scientist, Ayurvedic Doctor,
Panchakarma Practitioner etc.
Top Recruiting AreasHealth Care. Dabur, Baidyanath and Himalaya firms, University of
Madras, Kasturba Medical College, Manipal Ayurveda, etc.
Average SalaryINR 20,000- 80,000 in government
sector and INR 20,000-50,000 in
private sector.

BAMS Subjects

BAMS course consists of a lot of subjects that every student who is pursuing BAMS have to study and pass all those subjects. All the subjects are distributed in three different professional years of 1.5 years. Subjects of Ayurvedic Medicine & Surgery as prescribed by various Universities and Colleges are:

Sr. No.Subjects of Study
 First Professional (one and half year)
1History of Ayurveda
2Sanskrit and Samhita
3Padartha Vigyana (Ayurvedic philosophy)
5Rachna Sharira (anatomy)
4Kriya Sharira (physiology)
 Second Professional (one and half year)
1Rasa Shastra avam Bhaisajya Kalpana (Pharmaceuticals of Ayurveda)
2Dravyaguna (Materia Medica of Ayurveda)
3 Agadtantra, VyavaharAyurveda and Vidhi Vaidyaka (Toxicology and Jurisprudence)
5 Nidan/Vikriti Vigyana (Pathology) /Nadi Parkisa (Pulse diagnosis)
4 Svasthavritta Yoga (Personal and social hygiene including dietetics)
5 Charaka Samhita (A classical text of Ayurveda)
 Final Professional (one and half year)
1Kaya Chikitsa (General Medicine including Panchakarma, Rasayana and Vajikarana)
2 Shalya tantra (General surgery and parasurgical techniques)
3 Shalakya tantra (ENT, Eye and Dentistry)
5 Prasuti tantra avam Stri roga (Gynaecology and Obstetrics)
4 Kaumara bhritya (Paediatrics)
5 Medical Ethics
6 Health Regulations
7 Yoga
8 Dissertation

Courses after BAMS

After completing BAMS, among all the careers, one of the options is to pursue higher studies in different fields. The students who want to pursue higher studies can continue their studies in higher post-graduation or diploma courses in whichever they are interested. Students can choose their specialization for their post-graduation as per their interest. The Post Graduation and Diploma courses which can be done after the completion of the BAMS course are:

Postgraduate and Doctoral Courses after BAMS:

  1. Post Graduate Diploma in Panchkarma
  2. Doctor of Medicine in Agadtantra
  3. Doctor of Medicine in Ayurved Siddhant and Darshana
  4. Doctor of Medicine in Ayurveda – Basic Principles
  5. Doctor of Medicine in Ayurveda – Kaumara
  6. Doctor of Medicine in Ayurveda – Dravya Guna
  7. Doctor of Medicine in Ayurveda – Shalya
  8. Doctor of Medicine in Ayurveda
  9. Doctor of Medicine in Ayurveda – Panchakarma
  10. Doctor of Medicine in Swasthavritta
  11. Doctor of Medicine in DravyaGuna
  12. Doctor of Medicine in Ras Shastra
  13. Doctor of Medicine in Kaumarbhritya
  14. Master of Business Administration in Ayurveda Pharmacy
  15. Master of Business Administration in Geriatric Care Management
  16. Doctor of Medicine in Kayachikitsa
  17. Doctor of Medicine in Roga Nidan
  18. Doctor of Medicine in Rognidan
  19. Doctor of Medicine in Samhitas
  20. Doctor of Medicine in Sharir Kriya
  21. Doctor of Medicine in Sharir Rachana
  22. Doctor of Medicine in Skin and V.D.
  23. Master of Surgery in Ayurveda
  24. Master of Surgery in Prasutitntra and Stree Rog
  25. Master of Surgery in Shalakya Tantra
  26. Master of Surgery in Shalya Tantra

Diploma Courses after BAMS:

  1. Diploma in Ayurvedic Pharmacy
  2. Diploma in Ayurveda Nursing and Pharmacy
  3. Diploma in Ayurvedic Knowledge
  4. Diploma in Ayurvedic Pharmacy
  5. Diploma in Herbal Medicine
  6. Diploma in Naturopathy & Yogic Sciences
  7. Diploma in Panchkarma

BAMS Course Eligibility

Doing graduation in the BAMS program is really a tough task in India. As there is a great competition for a seat in the BAMS program. So, before applying for BAMS, the candidate should know all the eligibility criteria to get admission in BAMS course:

  1. To pursue the BAMS course in Indian colleges/ universities, aspirants should clear Class XII in the Science stream with PCB (Physics, Chemistry, and Biology) subjects.
  2. In most cases, the minimum percentage that students require in Class XII to be eligible for BAMS course admissions is 50% to 60%. Some universities may also have a minimum age bar as their BAMS eligibility criteria.
  3. A candidate who fulfils the above eligibility criteria has to appear for the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) and qualify it. Admission to BAMS course is through centralized counseling based on the NEET merit list by The Ministry of AYUSH.

Bridge Course for BAMS

The bridge course permits Bachelor of Ayurveda Medicine and Surgery (BAMS) doctors to practice allopathic medicine to a certain extent at Health and Wellness Centers (HWCs) across the state.

Under the National Health Mission (NHM) a bridge course was designed with Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU). Further after some time a common Bridge Programme for Nurses and Ayurveda doctors was approved by IGNOU. The balms professionals and Staff Nurses after being trained in primary care and public Health competencies through the bridge course.

BAMS vs. MBBS 

BAMS may not be considered as sought-after as an MBBS course, but there are many details that make it worth pursuing. Getting into a BAMS course is not that difficult when compared with MBBS. Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) course is relatively tough and has limited number of seat in proportion to the number of candidates that apply for admission. It is relatively easy to get in a seat in Government College to pursue BAMS course and it is cheaper than MBBS.  

BASISBAMSMBBS
Full-FormBAMS stands for Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery.MBBS stands for Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery
Level of Difficulty It is relatively easy to get in a seat in government college to pursue the BAMS course. Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) course is relatively tough and has a limited number of seat in proportion to the number of candidates that apply for admission.
Subject Associated It includes ayurvedic as well as allopathic studies.It is the study of allopathic only. 
Fees It is relatively cheaper than the MBBS course.  It is more costly than BAMS. 
Career There are fewer careers available for BAMS graduates.  There are a lot of new options and opportunities available for MBBS graduates. 

FAQs 

Can I do MD after completing BAMS? 

Ans. Yes, you can pursue MD/ MS in the following disciplines after completing the BAMS degree: Agada Tantra, Ayurveda Samhita evam Siddhant, Dravyaguna Vigyana, Kaumarabhritya Bala Roga, Kayachikitsa Kriya Sharira, Mano Vigyana evam Manasa Roga, Panchakarma Prasuti evam Stri Roga, Rachana Sharira, Rasa Shastra evam Bhaishajya Kalpana, Rasayana evam Vajikarana, Roga Nidana evam Vikriti Vigyana, Shalakya, Shalya Swasthavritta, and Yoga. 

Can I do BAMS if I did not study Sanskrit before? 

Ans. Yes, you can. Sanskrit will be taught to you during the BAMS degree course. The subjects that you must have in Class XII to be eligible for BAMS is: Physics, Chemistry and Biology. 

✅ Is BAMS equal to the doctor? 

Ans. Yes, candidates who have completed their BAMS degree are eligible to become a doctor and practice in the field of Ayurveda and allied science. 



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