Introduction to BAMS
Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery (B.A.M.S.) is a professional degree in Ayurveda offered by Ayurveda schools in India, Nepal, Bangladesh and other South Asian countries. It is awarded after the study of five and a half years duration, including 1-year internship. A BAMS graduate is allowed to provide Ayurvedic treatment in India and Sri Lanka after registering oneself at the government-approved licencing body.
After the completion of BAMS degree, one can continue general practice, pursue higher studies (M.s. master of surgery in Ayurveda, diploma courses or Masters in Public Health), perform research (clinical or epidemiological). There are also opportunities to work in hospital and healthcare administration and health supervision Higher education opportunities are limited in some European countries where BAMS degree is not recognized. Outside certain South Asian countries, Ayurveda is not integrated with the national health system, and is therefore punishable by law to practice it unless, in some cases, the practitioner also holds the license to prescribe modern medicine.
(a) The candidate must have passed intermediate (10+2) or its equivalent examination recognised by the concerned State Government and Education Board with the subjects of Physics, Chemistry, Biology and English individually and must have obtained minimum of fifty per cent. marks taken together in Physics, Chemistry and Biology at the aforesaid qualifying examination in the case of general category and forty per cent. Marks in the case of the Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Other Backward Classes.
(b) In respect of persons with disability candidate specified under the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016 (49 of 2016), the minimum qualifying marks in the said qualifying examination in Physics, Chemistry and Biology shall be forty-five per cent. in the case of general category and forty per cent. in the case of the Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Other Backward Classes.
(c) No candidate shall be admitted to B.A.M.S Degree Course unless he has attained the age of seventeen years on or before the 31st December of the year of his admission in the first year of the course and not more than of twenty-five years on or before the 31st December of the year of admission in the first year of the course: Provided that the upper age limit may be relaxed by five years in the case of the Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, Other Backward Classes and physically handicapped candidates.
(d) (i) There shall be a uniform entrance examination for all medical institutions at the under-graduate level, namely the National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET) for admission to under-graduate course in each academic year and shall be conducted by an authority designated by the Central Government.
(ii) In order to be eligible for admission to under-graduate course for an academic year, it shall be necessary for a candidate to obtain minimum of marks at 50th percentile in the ‘National Eligibility Entrance Test for undergraduate course’ held for the said academic year:
Provided that in respect of-
(A) Candidates belonging to the Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Other Backward Classes, the minimum marks shall be at 40th percentile;
(B) Candidates with benchmark disabilities specified under the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016 (49 of 2016), the minimum marks shall be at 45th percentile in the case of general category and 40th percentile in the case of the Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Other Backward Classes.
Explanation.—The percentile shall be determined on the basis of highest marks secured in the all India common merit list in the National Eligibility Entrance Test for under-graduate courses:
Provided further that when sufficient number of candidates in the respective categories fail to secure minimum marks in the National Eligibility Entrance Test, as specified above, held for any academic year for admission to under-graduate courses, the Central Government in consultation with the Central Council may at its discretion lower the minimum marks required for admission to under-graduate course for candidates belonging to respective categories and marks so lowered by the Central Government shall be applicable for that academic year only.
(iii) An all India common merit list as well as State-wise merit list of the eligible candidates shall be prepared on the basis of the marks obtained in the National Eligibility Entrance Test and the candidates, within the respective categories, shall be admitted to under-graduate course from the said merit lists only.
(iv) The seat matrix for admission in the Government, Government-aided Institutions and Private Institutions shall be fifteen per cent. for the all India quota and eighty-five per cent. for the States and Union territories quota.
(v) The designated authority for counseling for all admissions to under-graduate course in all Ayurveda educational institutions in the States and Union territories including institutions established by the State Government, University, Deemed University, Trust, Society, Minority Institution, Corporation or Company shall be the respective State or Union territory in accordance with the relevant rules and regulations of the concerned State or Union territory Government, as the case may be.
(vi) The counseling for all admission to B.A.M.S Course for seats under all India quota as well as for all Ayurveda educational institutions established by the Central Government shall be conducted by the authority designated by the Central Government.
(vii) No candidate who has failed to obtain the minimum eligibility marks as specified above shall be admitted to under-graduate course in the said academic year.
(viii) No authority or institution shall admit any candidate to the under-graduate course in contravention of the criteria or procedure as laid down by these regulations in respect of admissions and any candidate admitted in contravention of the said criteria or procedure shall be discharged by the Central Council forthwith.
(ix) The authority or institution which grants admission to any student in contravention of the aforesaid criteria or procedure shall be liable to face action in terms of the provisions of the Act.
(e) For foreign national candidate any other equivalent qualification to be approved by the Central Government may be allowed and clause (d) shall not be applicable for said foreign national candidate.”
1. As per prevalent norms all Non-Karnataka applicants who seek admission for the BAMS should obtain the ‘ELIGIBILITY CERTIFICATE’ issued by Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, Bangalore, Karnataka.
2. Any other requirements are subjects to change made from time to time by the Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, Karnataka which is posted in the university website : www.rguhs.ac.in