What is BAMS?

Candidates willing to take medicine as a career can opt for Bachelor of Ayurveda Medicine and Surgery (BAMS) after the completion of Class 12. BAMS is an Ayurveda traditional healing art based undergraduate medical programme in India. BAMS course provides complete knowledge about 'Ashtanga Ayurveda' along with scientific advances in modern medicine along with extensive practical training. Central Council of Indian Medicine (CCIM) is the responsible body for admission to Ayurveda education at undergraduate as well as the postgraduate level and for practice Ayurvedic medicine in India. The admission to BAMS courses will be granted on the basis of scores obtained in the NEET exam. Besides that, candidates must fulfil certain eligibility criteria of BAMS specified by the 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 the Department of AYUSH, Union Government of India. Interested aspirants must keep reading to know all about BAMS for more information on course details, eligibility criteria, admission process, fees, total seats among others.

BAMS Highlights

Programme Name

Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery

Abbreviation

BAMS

Programme Level

Undergraduate

Programme Type

Degree

Field

Ayurveda Medical Science (Healthcare)

Duration

5.5 years (including 12 months mandatory internship)

Average Salary

Rs. 300,000 to Rs. 700,000

Average Fees

Rs. 25,000 to Rs. 320,000

Career Opportunities

Pharmacist , Surgeon, Dieticians , Gynaecologist, Teacher , Panchkarma Practitioner

Advantages of BAMS

Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery is an undergraduate level medical programme based on ancient Ayurveda methods of healings. Candidates who could not make it to MBBS programme due to hefty fee can opt for BAMS programme. The average fee of the BAMS is economic. Candidates can opt for postgraduate programmes in Ayurveda medicine after successful completion of BAMS programme. It provides numerous careers in the field of medical sciences. One can become surgeon, gynecologist (ayurveda), pharmacist , teacher and numerous other roles offered in the healthcare industry.

Type of BAMS

BAMS course is an undergraduate degree awarded the degree of 'Ayurvedacharya'.after five and a half years duration. The admission to BAMS degree is granted after qualifying National Eligibility cum Entrance Test - NEET entrance exam.

BAMS Eligibility Criteria

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

  • Candidates are required to pass Class 12 or equivalent examination with science subjects ( Physics , Chemistry and Biology ) and English core in both Class 11 and 12 from a recognised board.

  • He/she should have completed the age of 17 years at the time of admission.

  • An aspirant from the general category needs to secure an aggregate of 50% in their Class 12 Board examination. While, for SC/ST/OBC candidates, the qualifying percentage is 40%

  • Candidates need to have qualified NEET by securing a minimum qualifying cutoff percentile to get admission in BAMS course, which can be checked in the table below.

  • For foreign students, any other equivalent qualification approved by the University will be allowed.

BAMS Admissions

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). AYUSH Admissions Central Counselling Committee plays a crucial role in the allotment process of seats in Ayurveda, Yoga, Naturopathy, Siddha and Homeopathy colleges.

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.

NEET Required Percentile

S.No.

Categories

Minimum required percentile

1

General (UR)

50th Percentile

2

SC/ST/OBC(including PwD of SC/ ST/ OBC)

40th Percentile

3

UR PwD

45th Percentile

However, NTA is only responsible to conduct NEET and prepare the merit list for the same. The admission to BAMS will be taken by a state-wise counselling procedure. For the 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 the application form.

BAMS Course

BAMS stands for Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery. It is an undergraduate programme designed for aspiring candidates who want to enrich their knowledge in Ayurveda Medicine and Surgery to treat various diseases and disorders. It is a programme that focuses on the ayurveda medical practice or ancient healing methods used by vaidya (ayurveda physician). The duration of the BAMS course is 5.5 years including a mandatory internship of 12 months.There are other similar courses as well. We have mentioned below such courses.

MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Doctor)

BHMS (Bachelor of Homeopathic Medicine and Surgery)

BUMS (Bachelor of Unani Medicine and Surgery)

BAMS Specialisations

There are no specialisations offered in the BAMS programme. Candidates are required to opt for specialisations in postgraduate programmes in Ayurveda Medicine and Surgery. These programmes include M.S. (Master of Surgery) (Ayurveda) and M.D. (Doctor of Medicine) (Ayurveda).

Candidates can opt for following specialisations mentioned below in MS (Ayurveda) and MD (Ayurveda) programmes.

  • Padartha Vigyan

  • Sharir Rachana

  • Sharir Kriya

  • Swasthavritta

  • Rasa Shastra

  • Agad Tantra

  • Rog Vikriti Vigyan

  • Charak Samhita]

  • Prastuti and Stri Roga

  • KaumaraBhritya

  • Kayachikitsa

  • Shallya Tantra

  • Shalakya Tantra

  • Charak Samhita

BAMS Syllabus

The syllabus of BAMS is divided into three sections, i.e Professional 1, 2 and 3. Aspirants can check the syllabus of BAMS mentioned in the table below.

BAMS Syllabus for 1st & 2nd Year

Professional -I Year

Professional-II Year

Sanskrit

Charak Samhita (Purvardha)

Padartha Vigyan

Swasthavritta

Ayurveda Itihas

Dravyaguna Vigyan

Ashtanga Hridayam (Sutrasthan)

Rasashastra & Bhaishajya Kalpana

Rachana Sharir

Roga Vigyan Evum Vikriti Vigyan

Kriya Sharir

Agada Tantra, Vyavhar Ayurved Evum Vidhi Vaidyak

BAMS Syllabus for 3rd & 4th Year

Professional-III Year

Professional-IV Year

Agadtantra

Kayachikitsa

Swasthavritta

Panchkarma

Prasuti Tantra Evum Stri Roga

Shalakya

Kaumarbhritya

Shalya

Panchkarma

Research Methodology and Medical Statistics

Compulsory Rotatory 1-year internship in the clinical departments

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.

Scope of BAMS

With an upsurge of countless grave health issues and limitations of allopathy, Ayurveda has emerged as an alternative. Therefore, BAMS as a medical course is gaining popularity not just in India but all over the world. With almost zero side effects, Ayurveda is being increasingly opted by people all over the globe. People suffering from lifestyle diseases also seek help in the traditional art of healing which indicates the growing demand of BAMS doctors. After the completion of the BAMS course, candidates can either opt for practising or may pursue higher studies and specialise in a particular branch of Ayurveda. Along with regular practice, a BAMS graduate can also take up specialized practice after pursuing higher education in the discipline, e.g., therapy of skin diseases, spinal disorders, ophthalmologic conditions, anorectal diseases, etc.

Career Opportunities After BAMS

Pharmacist : Candidates can also opt for a career in Ayurvedic Pharmacy. He or she can become a pharmacist after successfully completing a BAMS programme. A pharmacist develops ayurveda medicines in accurate composition.

Teacher : A BAMS graduate candidate can opt for a career as a teacher. He or she can opt for a postgraduate programme and after successful completion of postgraduate programme aspiring candidates can enroll in a Ph.d. programme. After successful completion of a Ph.D. programme, he or she can opt for a professor role in any Ayurveda college.

Counselor : BAMS graduates can opt for a role as Ayurveda Counselor. He or she promotes preventive healthcare methods through traditional Ayurvedic medical science.

Dietician : An expert in dietetics is known as dietitian or dietician. Dietetics is a study of human nutrition and the regular diet. A dietician alters his or her patients’ nutrition depending on their medical conditions and requirements. He or she diagnoses, assesses and treats nutritional problems.

Panchkarma Practitioner: A Panchkarma Practitioner is a professional who provides panchakarma treatment and remedies to various human diseases, disorders and illnesses. Panchkarma generally means five procedures. It involves ayurvedic treatment methods of purification to release stress and prepare the human body tissues to accept the benefits of food, nutrition and exercise.

BAMS course fee structure

The fee structure for BAMS colleges varies when it comes to government and private colleges. The course fee structure also differs state wise. However, aspirants can check the table below to get an idea about the fee structure.

BAMS fee

Fee Level

Fee in INR

BAMS first year fee

50,000 to 70,000

BAMS full course fee without yearly charges

3,00,000 to 4,00,000

BAMS full course fee with yearly charges

5,00,000 to 6,00,00

Frequently Asked Question (FAQs) - BAMS (Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery)

Question: What is the full form of BAMS?

Answer:

The full form of BAMS is Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery. 

Question: Do I need to qualify NEET in order to pursue BAMS?

Answer:

Yes, one needs to qualify and secure a minimum cutoff percentile of BAMS in order to pursue BAMS. 

Question: What is the minimum age to apply for BAMS?

Answer:

Aspirants need to be minimum of 17 years of age to be eligible for MBBS admission. 

Question: What is BAMS all about?

Answer:

BAMS is a five and half years of study of Ayurveda, 

Question: What is the first year fee for the BAMS course?

Answer:

The first year fee of BAMS is between 50,000 to 70,000 Rs. 

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