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NEET 2018: Gateway to Pursue AYUSH Undergraduate Courses in Top Medical Institutions

In a recent development made by the Ministry of Ayush, Government of India, it has been announced that state governments shall admit eligible candidates to AYUSH UG courses only on the basis of NEET UG merit, starting from 2018 onwards. The exam will be used for admissions to various AYUSH courses such as BHMS, BAMS and BUMS.

Earlier, in the year 2017 a similar decision was taken for AYUSH PG courses and colleges started admitting candidates based on their NEET PG scores. Similarly, the Centre Government had also announced in February, 2017 to use its scores for AYUSH admissions. But due to objections raised by States across India the decision couldn’t be implemented in totality.

The year shall see full-fledged implementation where all AYUSH aspirants applying for undergraduate courses are required and advised to appear in NEET 2018.

A Break from Past Trends

Approximately 36,000 seats are offered by AYUSH Medical Institutions every year for which each state/university conducts separate entrance examination. The level of these entrance exams differ for each university. The Ministry of Ayush, has felt the need to introduce uniformity and standardization in the admission process. Moreover, it is equally important to attract meritorious candidates and maintain standard of education in the discipline.

Also, the states are directed to put an end to admissions under NRI or management quota in Ayush courses and the seats should be filled up considering only NEET scores. Now, considering the fact that NEET UG shall be single window entry examination, it will have four main advantages for AYUSH aspirants:

  1. It will do away with their burden of preparing for various entrances.
  2. Additionally, it shall reduce their time and expenses of appearing in entrance exams.
  3. Also, it shall bring all the medical institutions under one umbrella, increasing opportunities for candidates.
  4. It will also speed up the admission process in all states, giving an early start to academic sessions.

The advantages are still to be realized and sooner or later the government may even consider holding a single entrance test for admissions to AYUSH Medical Colleges on the lines of NEET.

The Expected Uncertainty

The reception of the decision has been somewhat mixed. The state governments and private institutions have expressed that implementation of NEET scores for AYUSH admissions would shrink down their role. States like Uttar Pradesh that conducts Combined Pre- Ayush Test (CPAT) have expressed that inability to implement the decision and will continue admissions as done earlier.

Also, medical institutions are upset over marking an end to NRI and Management Quota admissions. On the other hand, test takers find the decision coming in late as the exam is just around the corner while other candidates have shown their concern over increased competition.

NEET 2018

As NEET 2018 will be your gateway to pursue AYUSH courses, it’s important to take a look at some facts:

  • It shall be an offline (pen & paper based) examination to be conducted across various cities in India.
  • The exam will be conducted on May 10, 2018 and shall offer approximately 56,000 seats in MBBS/BDS institutions.
  • The candidates seeking admissions should have passed class 12th examination in subjects of Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Biotechnology by securing minimum 50% marks in aggregate.
  • OBC/SC/ST Category candidates must have minimum 40% marks and General Physically Handicapped Category candidates must have 45% marks.
  • Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) shall invite applications online on their official website in the month of January, 2018.
  • The paper has 180 questions carrying 4 marks each for correct answer and -1 for every wrong answer.
  • The syllabus includes subjects of Physics, Chemistry, Zoology and Botany of NCERT class XI and XII.
  • As per last year’s data General Category cut-off ranged between 131 and 697; OBC/SC/ST Category ranged between 107 and 130 and General Category PH between 118 and 130.

A Quick Look: AYUSH Courses

AYUSH, as we know of today is an acronym for Ayurveda, Yoga, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy. The discipline has been known to emerge 3,000 years ago. But it was until 2014 after the formation of Ministry of AYUSH that the discipline was formalized at a larger scale. The Ministry has a crucial role to play in development and propagation of AYUSH discipline.

Having stated that, let’s take a look at some of its most popular courses:

BAMS – Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine & Surgery (BAMS) is a full time UG course that deals in Ayurvedic medicine having 5 years and 6 months duration (4 and 1/2 year academic session and 1 year internship).

BHMS – Bachelor of Homeopathic Medicine & Surgery (BHMS) is a UG course in homeopathic system having 5 years and 6 months duration (4 and 1/2 year academic session and 1 year internship).

BUMS – Bachelor of Unani Medicine & Surgery (BUMS) is a UG course in Unani medicine having 5 years and 6 months duration (4 and 1/2 year academic session and 1 year internship).

Both BHMS and BUMS can be studied under Distance Learning Mode.

Employment Areas
Here are some of the employment areas that students who have studied AYUSH courses may explore:

  • Pharmaceutical Industries
  • Clinical Trials
  • On duty doctor
  • Healthcare Community
  • Government/Private hospitals/Dispensaries
  • Education
  • Healthcare
  • Nursing Home
  • Spa Resorts
  • Ayurvedic Resorts
  • Colleges/Research institutes

Top BAMS Colleges/Universities in India
We’ve also listed down some of the best Universities or Colleges of AYUSH in India. Take a look.

  • Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, Bangalore
  • Shri Dhanwantri Ayurvedic College, Chandigarh
  • Gujarat Ayurved University, Jamnagar
  • JB Roy State Medical College, Kolkata
  • Ayurvedic Medical College, Kolhapur
  • State Ayurvedic College of Lucknow
  • Shri Ayurveda Mahavidyalaya, Nagpur
  • Rishikul Government PG Ayurvedic College & Hospital, Haridwar
  • Dayanand Ayurvedic College, Jalandhar
  • National Institute of Ayurved, Jaipur

Top BHMS Colleges/Universities in India

  • National Institute of Homeopathy, Kolkata
  • Bharati Vidyapeeth Homeopathic Medical College, Pune
  • Government Homeopathic Medical College, Bangalore
  • Pt. Khushilal Sharma Government Ayurveda College, Bhopal
  • Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, Faridkot

Top BUMS Colleges/Universities in India

  • Deoband Unani Medical College, Deoband
  • Anjuman-I-Islam’s Tibbia College & Hospital, Mumbai
  • Ayurved & Unani Tibbia College, New Delhi
  • Rajasthan Unani Medical College, Jaipur

Eram Unani Medical College, Lucknow


Posts by SpeakBindas Editorial Team.

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