Top Medical Colleges in India

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Medical courses in India are offered under various specialisations including Medical and Biomedical Sciences, Pharmacy, Allied Health, Nursing, Health, and Fitness. A course in Medicine and Health Sciences requires students to learn and abide by the hippocratic oath for ethical conduct which says, that as a medical practitioner a person needs to practice arts and science of medicine honestly in all aspects i.e. patient care, teaching and research. Students holding a degree in Medical and Health Science can get career opportunities from hospitals, private clinics in the Healthcare sector. A Medical and Health Science graduate can work with research centres, laboratories, and pharmaceutical industry. Healthcare is one of the largest service sector comprising hospitals, medical equipment, clinical procedures, telecommunication and IT for the medical field, medical tourism, and health insurance.

To pursue a career in medicine and health science, one must have a degree in medical specialisation. The top Medical colleges in India offer multiple undergraduate, postgraduate, doctorate, diploma and certificate courses in the field of Medical and Health Science. Some of the Medical courses are mentioned below:

  1. MBBS – Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Science
  2. BDS – Bachelor of Dental Surgery
  3. BASLP – Audiology and Speech Language Pathology
  4. BOptom – Optometry
  5. BSc – Medical Imaging Technology
  6. BSc – Medical Laboratory Technology
  7. BSc- Nursing
  8. BOT – Bachelor of Occupational Therapy
  9. BPharm – Pharmacy
  10. BPT – Bachelor of Physiotherapy
  11. BSc – Renal Dialysis Technology
  12. PBBSc – Nursing
  1. MD – Respiratory Medicine, Radio Diagnosis, Anaesthesiology, Paediatrics, etc.
  2. MS – Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Orthopaedics, Ophthalmology, General Surgery, etc.
  3. MDS – Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, etc.
  4. MSc – Medical Anatomy, Medical Biochemistry, Medical Microbiology, Medical Physiology, etc.
  5. MPH – Health Management, Bio-Statistics
  6. MOT – Hand Rehabilitation, Neurosciences, Mental Health, etc.
  7. MPharm – Pharmaceutical Analysis, Pharmaceutical Biotechnology, Pharmaceutical Chemistry, etc.
  1. Diploma in Nursing
  2. Diploma in Medical Laboratory Technology
  3. Diploma in Optometry
  4. Diploma in Medical Record Science
  1. Certificate Course in Ophthalmic Technology
  2. Certificate Course in Blood Bank Technology
  3. Certificate Course in Health Inspector
  4. Certificate Course in Medical Office Management (CcMOM)
  1. Candidates must have passed Class 12 examination with Science subjects i.e. Physics, Chemistry and Zoology / Botany.
  2. Candidates must have studied English as the main subject in the qualifying examination.
  3. Moreover, candidates also need to fulfill the age limit criteria i.e. they must have completed 17 years of age at the time of admission.
  4. There are additional eligibility conditions such as mentioned by the regulatory authorities for respective discipline i.e. Medical Council of India (MCI), Dental Council of Indian, and Indian Nursing Council, Pharmacy Council of India, Indian Association of Physiotherapist and respective association/council for other medical and health science courses.

The following table gives the rankings of the top medical colleges in India according to the different zones.

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All India Institute of Medical Sciences(AIIMS) - DelhiMaulana Azad Medical College(MAMC) - Delhi
Lady Hardinge Medical College(LHMC) - DelhiKing George'S Medical University - Lucknow
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Hi-Tech Medical College & Hospital - BhubaneswarThe Institute of Post Graduate Medical Education & Research (IPGMER) - Kolkata
Medical College & Hospital - KolkataBurdwan Medical College - Kolkata
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Armed Forces Medical College(AFMC) - PuneGrant Govt. Medical College & Sir JJ Group of Hospital - Mumbai
Seth G S Medical College - MumbaiK J Somaiya Medical College - Mumbai
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Christian Medical College CMC), VelloreKasturba Medical College (KMC), Manipal
Bangalore Medical College And Research Institute, BangaloreSri Ramachandra Medical College & Research Institute (SRMC), Chennai

There are many Medical colleges in India that offer Medical courses, out of which nearly 15 are private and 15 are public. Here is the list of some of the top private and public Medical colleges in India:

Private CollegesCourse Fee (in Rs)
Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh6,440
Christian Medical College (CMC), Vellore2,20,000
Sri Ramachandra Institute of Higher Education and Research (SRIHER), Chennai99,00,000
St. John’s National Academy of Health Sciences (SJNAHS), Bangalore25,12,000
JSS Medical College, Mysore64,300
Public CollegesCourse Fee (in Rs)
All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Delhi7,028
Banaras Hindu University (BHU), Varanasi7,00,000
Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research (JIPMER), Pondicherry34,500
KGMU - King George's Medical University1,25,000
Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Chandigarh1,38,000

Top medical colleges in India accept scores obtained by students in numerous national or state-level examinations, including NEETNEET PGAP EAMCETSAAT and many more. Students can pursue Medical courses from many cities/states as per their convenience and priority. There are several Medical colleges in major cities across the country such as Delhi / NCR, Chennai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Pune, Delhi, Lucknow, etc. Refer to the infographics below to get a detailed overview of the top seven Cities / States of Medical Colleges in India:

Name of the CollegeNIRF’20 Ranking
All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Delhi1
Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh1
Christian Medical College, Vellore3
National Institute of Mental Health & Neuro Sciences, Bangalore4
Sanjay Gandhi Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences, Lucknow5
Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi6
Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Coimbatore7
Jawaharlal Institute of Post Graduate Medical Education & Research, Puducherry8
Kasturba Medical College, Manipal9
King George`s Medical University, Lucknow10

Following is the list of top 10 Medical colleges in India ranked by Outlook:

CollegeOutlook'19 Ranking
All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Delhi1
Armed Forces Medical College, Pune2
Christian Medical College, Vellore3
St. John's Medical College, Bangalore4
Jawaharlal Institute of Post Graduate Medical Education & Research, Puducherry5
Faculty of Medical Sciences (King George's Medical University), Lucknow6
Grant Government Medical College & Sir J Group Of Hospital, Mumbai7
Institute of Medical Sciences, Varanasi8
Seth GS Medical College & KEM Hospital, Mumbai9
Kasturba Medical College, Manipal10

Following is the list of top 10 Medical colleges in India ranked by India Today:

CollegeIndia Today'19 Ranking
All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Delhi1
Christian Medical College, Vellore2
Armed Forces Medical College, Pune3
Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi4
Jawaharlal Institute of Post Graduate Medical Education & Research, Puducherry5
King George`s Medical University, Lucknow6
Institute of Medical Sciences Banaras Hindu University (BHU), Varanasi7
Lady Hardinge Medical College, New Delhi8
Vardhman Mahavir Medical College, New Delhi9
Grant Medical College and Sir Jamshedjee Jeejeebhoy Group of Hospitals, Mumbai10

Top Recruiters and Scope for Medical Students

Top recruiters for medical and health sciences degree holders are majorly Hospitals, Medical Research Centers, and Pharmaceuticals. A person holding a degree in medical and health sciences can also practice from their own clinic after getting a practicing license from the medical association. Some of the job profiles that are offered after completing Medical Courses are listed below:

  1. Registered Nurse
  2. Medical Researcher
  3. Medical Science Liaison
  4. General Surgeon
  5. Physiotherapist
  6. Anesthesiologist
  7. Healthcare Consultant
  8. Medical Officer
  9. Medical Laboratory Technician
  10. Environmental Health and Safety Manager
  11. Healthcare Manager
  12. Nurse Educator/Trainer

Listing below is the highest and average salary comparison for Medical Colleges in India for 2019-2020:

College NameHighest salary (in Rs lakh)
KGMU, Lucknow45
Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham Coimbatore43
AIIMS, Delhi24
CMC, Ludhiana7
Jamia Hamdard University, Delhi5

Refer to the infographic below to get a detailed overview:

Below is the list of few top companies that recruit Medical students along with their placement ratings:

CollegesPlacement Ratings (Based on Reviews)Top Recruiters
Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh4.9PGI Hospital, UNICEF, WHO, etc.
Vardhman Mahavir Medical College, Delhi4.6Safdarjung Hospital, Ottobock, Endolite, P&O International, Ossur, etc.
Sri Ramachandra Institute of Higher Education and Research, Chennai4.5Abbot, Anthem BioSciences, Astra ZenecaLtd, BIOCLINICA, Biocon, EpiSource, GE Healthcare, Himalaya Drugs, Indegene, L T Engineering and Construction, Lenskart, Nestle, Philips India, Sankara Netralaya, TNQ, Wockhardt India, Zifo Technologies, etc.
Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi4.2Flipkart, Reliance, Jio, OYO, ICICI Bank XL Dynamics, IBM, E21 Group, Wipro, IDBI Bank, Axtria, Optum (SDE), Indshine, Honeywell, HCL, Tata Communications, Tata Steel, ZS Associates, IVP, Smart Cube, Novartis, Myntra, Paypal, Morgan Stanley, Sapient, Veritas, etc.
Madras Medical College, Chennai4.2Pfizer and Visionary RCM Infotech, etc.
Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham Coimbatore4Google, Amazon, IBM, Wipro, Oracle, Amazon, Idea, etc.

Based on the below pie chart, it can be estimated that pursuing Medical Courses in India is very expensive as 52% of the colleges have annual fee of more than Rs 5 lakh. Some of these colleges are:

  1. Sri Ramachandra Institute of Higher Education and Research, Chennai
  2. St. John’s National Academy of Health Sciences, Bangalore
  3. Kasturba Medical College, Manipal
  4. Siksha ‘O’ Anusandhan University, Bhubaneswar
  5. Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, Ludhiana
  6. Datta Meghe Institute of Medical Sciences, Wardha
  7. M.S. Ramaiah Medical College, Bangalore
  8. SRM Institute of Science and Technology, Ramapuram
  9. Annamalai University, Tamil Nadu
  10. K.S. Hegde Medical Academy, Mangalore
  11. Mahatma Gandhi Medical College and Research Institute, Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth, Pondicherry

Only around 24% Medical colleges are economical with fee structure of less than Rs 1 lakh. Some of these colleges are:

  1. AIIMS Delhi 
  2. Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh
  3. Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research, Pondicherry
  4. JSS Medical College, Mysore
  5. S.M.S. Medical College, Jaipur

Approximately 14% Medical colleges have fee structure that ranges from Rs 1-2 lakh. Some of these colleges are:

  1. KGMU – King George’s Medical University, Lucknow
  2. Government Medical College and Hospital, Chandigarh
  3. Sri Venkateswara Institute of Medical Sciences, Tirupati

Around 5% Medical colleges in India have fee structure that ranges from Rs 2-3 lakh. Some of these colleges are:

  1. Christian Medical College, Vellore

Approximately 5% Medical colleges have fee structure that ranges from Rs 3-5 lakh. These colleges are:

  1. Maharishi Markandeshwar University, Ambala

Refer to the infographic below to get a detailed overview of the break-up of top Medical Colleges in India based on fee:

Top Medical Specialisations Offered in India

Medical colleges in India offer diversified specialisations in Anaesthesia Technology, Perfusion Technology, Public Health, Unani, etc. Refer to the infographic below to get a detailed overview of the top 4 Medical specialisations in India:

 Which are the most popular Medical Exams in India?

Most popular entrance examination for studying Medical courses in India is NEET. Scoring good marks in NEET will help you land in Medical colleges like AIIMS Delhi; Christian Medical College, Vellore and Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, etc.

Refer to the infographic below to get a detailed overview:

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