What different types of undergraduate medical degrees can I take?

Medical Undergraduate Programs in IndiaThere are various medical degrees available to secondary school graduates in India, ranging from a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS), to a Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine, to a Dental Diploma, and so on. Here you will find many possible undergraduate medical degree programs, the length of each program, the average cost, and each program’s requirements.

In India, medical education and its accreditation is monitored and controlled by the Medical Council of India (MCI). This is an organization that makes sure that all medical schools - the institutions that provide medical education to students in India - are following the same rules and guidelines, are maintaining the same admission and completion requirements, and are providing the same standard of quality to its students. 

Apart from the field of Medicine, the other medical apex bodies in India in the fields of dentistry and pharmacy are the Dental Council of India (DCI) and the Pharmacy Council of India (PCI).


The undergraduate medical degrees available in India are as follows:

Undergraduate Degree/Diploma

Full Title of Degree/Diploma

Duration

Cost

Minimum Requirements

MBBS

Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery

5.5 years

From Rs. 332-970, up to 2-3 lakh

Age: 17,

HSC/10+2: PCBE 50%,

Entrance Exam

BDS

Bachelor of Dental Sciences

5 years

Up to 10-12 lakh at private institute; cheaper in govt institute

Age: 17,

HSC/10+2: PCBE 50%,

Entrance Exam

BHMS

Bachelor of Homeopathic Medicine & Surgery

5.5 years

Rs. 36,000 up to Rs.2-3 lakh

Age: 17,

HSC/10+2: PCB 50%,

Entrance Exam

DHMS

Diploma in Homeopathic Medicine & Surgery

4 years

Varies based on institution

Age: 17,

HSC/10+2: PCB 50%,

Entrance Exam

BAMS

Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery

5.5 years

Varies; Rs. 24,000 at Indian Medical Care Institute in New Delhi

Age: 17,

HSC/10+2: PCB 50%,

Entrance Exam

BUMS

Bachelor in Unani Medicine

5.5 years

Varies based on institution

Age: 17,

HSC/10+2: PCBE 50% or passed Pre-Tib 1-year Exam,

Passed Urdu, Entrance Exam, Certificate of passing 8th class examination in Hindi

BVSc & AH

Bachelor of Veterinary Sciences & Animal Husbandry

5 years

Varies based on institution

Age: 17,
HSC/10+2: PCBE 50%,
Pass All India Pre-Veterinary Test,
Entrance Exam

B.Pharm.

Bachelor of Pharmacy

4.5 years

Varies based on institution

Age: 17,
HSC/10+2: PCB 50%,
Entrance Exam

D.Pharm.

Diploma of Pharmacy

2 years

Varies based on institution

Age: 17,
HSC/10+2: CPB/M 40%,
Entrance Exam

BOT

Bachelor of Occupational Therapy

4.5 years

Varies based on institution

Age: 17,
HSC/10+2: CPB/Botany & Zoology 45-50%,
Entrance Exam
Interview

BMLT

Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Technology

3-4 years

Varies; Rs. 61,800 at S.S. Institute of Medical Sciences Management Technology & Research in Agra

Age: 17,
HSC/10+2: Science 50%,
or completing the Pre-University Vocational course with Lab Tech as vocational subject

BPT

Bachelor of Physiotherapy

4.5 years

Varies; Rs. 60,000 at Indian Institute of Health Education & Research in Patna;  Rs. 2 lakh at Arihant Institute of Paramedical Sciences

Age: 17,

HSC/10+2: PCBE 45-50%,

Entrance Exam

B.Sc. Nursing

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

4 years

About Rs. 60,000- 2,00,000

Age: 17,
HSC/10+2: PCBE 45%, Entrance Exam

BNYS

Bachelor of Naturopathy and Yogic Sciences

5.5 years Varies; Rs.45,000 annually (Sant Hirdaram Medical College, Bhopal) - Rs.1 lakh annually (JSS Institute, Coimbatore) Age: 17-22

HSC/10+2 with 50% in PCB

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