In a recent announcement, it has been confirmed that admission in undergraduate AYUSH courses will be done through National Eligibility cum Entrance Test from the academic year 2018-19. Till now, state universities have been conducting their own entrance exams for admission in such courses, but from 2018 onwards, students will have to take NEET for admission.

Admission in AYUSH UG courses through NEET

NEET is the premier medical entrance exam of the country and a single gateway to nationwide MBBS/BDS seats except in AIIMS and JIPMER. The decision to admit students in AYUSH UG courses through this examination has been taken to attract a wider pool of talent for these courses. One single entrance exam will have better quality students and this will also increase awareness about the exam. Also, it is to be noted that admission in Post Graduate AYUSH courses is already being facilitated through this examination since 2017.

With the introduction of NEET for AYUSH courses, state universities will not be allowed to conduct any private examinations to grant admission to candidates in these courses. Speaking on the matter, Vaidya Rajesh Kotecha (Secretary, Ministry of AYUSH) said,” We started admission through NEET for our postgraduate courses last year. From the next session, we will have the same for undergraduate courses.”

The ministry is in talks with Central Board of Secondary Education for the test. “Ideally we would like CBSE to conduct the exam, like it does for MBBS/BDS courses, but there are some regulatory concerns that need to be sorted out. It will be convenient for candidates if CBSE holds the exam, but if it doesn’t, we will still go ahead with the implementation.”

With the increasing awareness of Yoga, the demand for AYUSH courses has risen significantly. Having a central level exam will make the process easier for all interested parties, including students, colleges and the ministry itself.

Minister of State of AYUSH, Shripad Yesso Naik, also made an important statement, which somehow gives hint towards the rationale behind this decision. He said,” The demand for Ayurveda, Unani, Naturopathy, Homeopathy medicines and Yoga has increased worldwide and number of students pursuing such courses have also risen. Therefore, we need to maintain standard of education in this stream.”

With this decision, close to 36000 seats under AYUSH will be filled through NEET and not through any other exam.

Courses under AYUSH

AYUSH stands for Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy and Ministry of AYUSH controls various practices related to these fields in the country. There are a lot of undergraduate and post graduate courses under AYUSH, which are listed below.

Under Graduate Courses

BAMS– This stands for Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery. It is a 5 years and 6 months long course. The last one year of the course includes internship while first 4 and half years are of academic learning.

BUMS– BUMS is an undergraduate degree in Unani Medicine. BUMS stands for Bachelor of Unani Medicine and Surgery. This course is also of 5.5 years which includes 1 year of Internship.

BHMS– BHMS stands for Bachelor of Homeopathic Medicine and Surgery. The structure of this course is same as other courses.

BNYS– BNYS is a primarily an undergraduate course in Yoga, it stands for Bachelor of Naturopathy and Yogic Sciences. It has a structure of 4.5+1 years, same as some course mentioned above.

BPT– BPT stands for Bachelor of Physiotherapy. It is a 4.5 years undergraduate course in the field of Physiotherapy.

BASLP– Bachelor of Audiology and Speech Language is a 4 year multidisciplinary courses. The core subjects which you will study under this course are Speech pathology, Language pathology and Audiology. There will be some allied subjects like Psychology and Statistics as well.

Post Graduate Courses

Post Graduate Courses under AYUSH include MD (Doctor of Medicine) and MS (Master of Science) courses in concerned fields of Yoga & Naturopathy, Ayurveda and Homeopathy. All these are 3 year courses (6 semesters) and provide detailed knowledge about the related fields.


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