Admission to Ayush courses through NEET
Radhika, 26 Feb 2019, #NEET
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Admission to Ayush courses through NEET: With the increase in lifestyle problems and grave diseases, people are beginning to look for an alternative to the western medicine. Indian subcontinent is the birthplace of the most ancient and traditional healing methods which has been mitigating the health problems of mankind for ages. The ministry of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy (AYUSH) aims to boost the development of education and research in this ancient art of healing.  As per the official notice released by the ministry, the admission to AYUSH UG courses will be taken on the basis of National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET). Based on the score and rank achieved in NEET 2019, candidates will be inducted in different courses like BAMS, BUMS, BSMS and BNYS. National Testing Agency will be conducting the NEET for the first time for the candidates seeking admission to medical and dental courses. With the induction of AYUSH courses under the ambit of NEET, the number of candidates appearing for the exam is likely to increase.
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An overview of admission to AYUSH courses through NEET

NEET 2019 

May 5, 2019 

Result of NEET 2019 

June 5, 2019

Counselling for AYUSH courses 

State Counselling Committee (AYUSH Department of the respective state) 

Eligibility criteria 

Same as NEET 2019 eligibility criteria 

Dates of Counselling 

First week of July to September 2019*

AYUSH courses offered 



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Admission to Ayush courses through NEET- Duration and internship






Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery 

4 ½ years 

1 year


Bachelor of Homeopathic Medicine and Surgery

4 ½  years

1 year


Bachelor of Naturopathy and Yoga Sciences 

4 ½  years

1 year


Bachelor of Unani Medicine and Surgery 

4 years 

1 year


Bachelor of Siddha Medicine and Surgery 

4 years

1 years

Admission to Ayush courses through NEET- Eligibility Criteria

Since the admission to AYUSH courses will be taken on the basis of NEET scores and corresponding rank, the eligibility criteria is similar to that of NEET 2019. However, every institute have their own certain eligibility criteria for which the candidates are advised to check the website of respective institute for the eligibility criteria. Candidates can check the eligibility criteria of NEET in the table below. 

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Qualifying Exam

10+2 or equivalent with Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Biotechnology and English as core subject in both Classes 11 and 12 from a recognized board.

Minimum Age Requirement

17 years as on December 31, 2019.

Maximum Age Limit*

25 years of age or more for unreserved category candidates and 30 years of age for reserved and PwD category candidates.

Qualifying Marks

UR - 50%, OBC/SC/ST - 40%, PWD - 45% (minimum aggregate marks only for PCB subjects)

Maximum Attempts

No limit on the permitted number of attempts.


Indian Nationals, NRIs, OCIs, PIOs & Foreign Nationals

Admission to BAMS through NEET

Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery is a course which is conducted in a duration of 5 and a half years duration on completion of which the student is awarded with the degree of Ayurvedacharya. The undergraduate course is an amalgamation of modern medicine and traditional ayurvedic methods of healing. The students of BAMS are taught the following in the duration of the course. 

  • Ayurvedic as Modern Anatomy & Physiology

  • Ayurvedic Toxicology, Pharmacology and Pharmaceutics including herbal and herbomineral medicines as well as essential modern pharmacology, diagnostics and clinical methods.

  • Ayurvedic as well as modern aspects of - general medicine, gynaecology and obstetrics, general surgery, paediatrics, ENT, ophthalmology, Panchakarma (Bio-cleansing procedure), Ayurvedic Classical Texts. 

Admission to BHMS through NEET

Bachelor of Homeopathic Medicine and Surgery is an undergraduate degree course which imparts knowledge medical treatment through homeopathic system. Homeopathy is a discipline of medicine which involves medical treatment of the ill with the help of highly medicines made of highly diluted substances that activates the self healing processes in the body. Students studying BHMS course have further choice of opting a specialization such as Homoeopathic Pharmacy, Paediatrics, Psychiatry, Skin Specialist and Infertility. Students of BHMS are taught  the following topics in the duration of four and a half year. 

  • Introduction to herbology

  • Fundamentals of Ayurvedic plant healing

  • Healing through nutritional therapies

  • Essential principles of homeopathy

  • Mind and body healing techniques

  • Introduction to alternative medicine

  • History of holistic health

  • Immunology and immune system disorders

  • Introduction to traditional Chinese medicine

  • Health, wellness and longevity

Admission to BNYS through NEET

Bachelor of Naturopathy and Yoga Sciences is an integrative program which includes learning of both traditional naturopathic medicine and modern medicine. The naturopathic healing method focuses on the innate ability of the body to  cure itself which is assisted by naturopathy. The following are some of the topics that are taught in the duration of the course. 

  • Nutrition Therapy

  • Acupuncture

  • Homeopathic Medicine

  • Natural Childbirth,

  •  Herbal/Botanical Medicine

Admission to BSMS through NEET

Bachelor of Siddha Medicine and Surgery is a bachelor's degree which imparts education in the most ancient branch of AYUSH systems. Siddha is a traditional healing method which revolves around the idea that the psychological and physiological functions of a body are controlled by seven elements, the imbalance of which is the root cause of any kind of disease a person may get afflicted with. The following specialities can be further pursued by the student of BSMS. 

  1. Siddha Maruthuvam – Pothu (General Medicine).

  2. Gunapadam (Pharmacology).

  3. Sirappu Maruthuvam (Special Medicine).

  4. Pillaippini Maruthvam (Paediatrics).

  5. Noi nadal (Pathology).

  6. Nanju nool (Toxicology) 

Admission to BUMS through NEET

Bachelor of Unani Medicine and Surgery is an undergraduate program associated with the Unani system of healing. The Unani system is mainly based on the four components namely earth, fire, water, and air. The application of Unani system has been best known for weight loss, kidney stone, diabetes, psoriasis, arthritis etc. In the duration of course the students are taught about :

  • Regimental therapy (llaj -bit- Tadbeer), 

  • Venesection, 

  • Turkish bath, 

  • Cauterization, 

  • Pharmacotherapy (llaj-bit-Dawa),

  •  Dietotherapy (llaj-bit-Ghiza), 

  • Surgery (Jarahat), etc.

Admission to Ayush courses through NEET - Counselling

Candidates must know that to take admission in any college offering AYUSH courses, one needs to qualify the NEET score and rank. The admission to AYUSH courses is taken on the basis NEET merit list, however, the counselling for courses is not a central process. Each state which offers AYUSH courses will conduct their own separate counselling in accordance with their respective rules and regulations followed. After the conclusion of NEET 2019 on May 5, each state will release their own application form which a candidate needs to fulfil. The eligibility criteria for each state is set by the respective state counselling committee and thus may differ therefore it is advisable that the candidates check the website of the particular institute they wish to take admission in. 

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