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Students across the nation have been looking at pursuing higher education in Ayurveda, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy, as an alternative to MBBS and BDS. Aspirants will be able to pursue one of the AYUSH programmes, at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels in India. At the postgraduate levels, like other medical programmes, aspirants will be able to pursue an MD and MS as well.
Admissions to the AYUSH courses will be based on an entrance exam, which will be conducted differently for both UG and PG courses. Candidates will be required to attempt entrances such as NEET-UG 2020 (for UG Courses) and AIAPGET 2020 (for PG Courses), in order to pursue an AYUSH course in India.
Ayush UG Courses in India
If you wish to pursue a course in AYUSH at the undergraduate level, then there are plenty of courses in each field. In other words, the candidates will be able to pursue UG courses in Ayurveda, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy. Here is a list of Ayush UG courses in India.
Bachelor of Siddha Medicine and Surgery
Ayush PG Courses in India
In other medical fields, graduates of MBBS and BDS can pursue courses in MD (Doctor of Medicine) or MS (Master of Surgery). Similarly, graduates in the field of Ayush will be able to pursue the postgraduate programmes in AYUSH courses as well, i.e. in MD and MS.
AYUSH Admissions in India
As mentioned above, the candidates who are interested in pursuing any of the above-mentioned programmes must appear for an entrance test for either UG or PG courses. In India, there are two entrance exams that are conducted, one each for UG and PG courses. Here are the entrance exams that the aspirants will need to attempt in order to take admission to the AYUSH courses in India.
For UG Ayush Courses - National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Exam NEET-UG)
For PG Ayush Courses - All India Ayush Postgraduate Entrance Test (AIAPGET)
AYUSH Eligibility Criteria in India
The candidates who wish to pursue any one of the programmes will first need to meet the Ayush eligibility criteria in India. The eligibility criteria for the courses will be set by the college, institute or University that offers the programme. However, aspirants will still be required to have satisfied the general eligibility criteria for AYUSH in India. Check out the eligibility criteria for the programmes.
AYUSH UG Eligibility Criteria 2020
For admissions to the undergraduate programmes in AYUSH, interested candidates will need to ensure that they meet the AYUSH UG eligibility criteria 2020. As mentioned above, candidates must appear for an entrance test in order to take admission to any one of the Ayush UG courses in India.
Candidates will have to qualify the eligibility criteria for the NEET 2020, before applying for any AYUSH programme. As per the eligibility criteria;
Candidates should have cleared class 12 board examinations in the stream of science with subjects such as Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Biotechnology Along with English from CBSE or any other recognised state board.
Candidates who are currently appearing for class 12 board examinations will also be eligible for the exam, however, they will need to present the passing certificates with the required percentage, in the specified subjects.
Candidates will need to ensure that they have obtained a minimum aggregate score of 50% (for General Category) in the qualifying exam. Candidates from reserved categories will be offered relaxations as per the government guidelines.
For candidates who fall under SC/ST/OBC category and PwD category in SC/ST/OBC will need to ensure that they have obtained a minimum aggregate score of 40%
Candidates belonging to General Category but also in PwD category will be required to have a minimum aggregate score of 45% in the qualifying exam.
Candidates will also be offered state-quota reservation as well, for those who appear for NEET in their respective domicile states.
AYUSH PG Eligibility Criteria 2020
The candidates wishing to pursue one of the PG courses in Ayush will be required to have to qualify the AYUSH PG eligibility criteria 2020. Just like the admissions to the UG AYUSH programmes, the candidates will be required to sit for an all India entrance test meant for AYUSH PG courses. As per the eligibility criteria;
A valid UG degree in BUMS, BAMS, BHMS, BNYS, BSMS or a graded BHMS.
Candidates with a Provisional BUMS, BAMS, BHMS, BNYS, BSMS or a graded BHMS degree as per the guidelines of IMCC 1970/HCC 1973 Act provisions will also be eligible for the exam. Along with this, candidates will need to have a provisional or permanent registration certificate in BAMS, BUMS, BHMS, BNYS, BSMS or a graded BHMS degree which has been issued by CCH, CCIM, Universities, State Board, Deemed Universities will also be eligible.
Along with the aforementioned eligibility criteria, the candidates should have completed a one-year Internship, before 30th September 2019, in order to apply for AIAPGET 2020.
AYUSH Application Process 2020
As mentioned above, the candidates need to appear for either NEET-UG 2020 or AIAPGET 2020. All the selections of the candidates for the AYUSH course at the UG and PG levels will be done basis the scores in the entrance exam. Therefore, the candidates will be required to apply for the entrance exam, irrespective of the course they choose.
AYUSH Selection Process in India 2020
Once the candidate has applied for the respective entrance exam, i.e. NEET-UG or AIAPGET, they will be able to go through the AYUSH selection Process in India 2020. For admissions to either undergraduate or postgraduate programmes, candidates will need to score a rank in one of the entrance tests. All admissions, as stated above, are done on the basis of the entrance exam scores.
After attempting the respective entrance test, the candidates will be asked to register for a counselling process. Through the counselling process, the candidates will be asked their preferred college, Institute or University, under which they wish to pursue the respective AYUSH course. Through the counselling process, the candidates will be allotted the seats. The seat allotment for the various AYUSH courses will be dependent on the score obtained by the candidate in the entrance tests, i.e. NEET-UG 2020 or AIAPGET 2020.
The counselling process for both NEET-UG 2020 and AIAPGET 2020 will allow the candidates to select the college and course of their choice in the field of Ayurveda, Unani, Siddha, and Homeopathy. Candidates will need to display their rank or score, which has been obtained in the respective entrance exam.
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