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Paramedical Vs AYUSH - Courses, Eligibility, Career Scope, Salary Package

Diksha Nautiyal
Diksha NautiyalUpdated On: July 14, 2022 03:54 pm IST

Both, the Paramedical and AYUSH courses are on the rise. Due to an increase in the medical facilities in India, there has been an increased demand for health care professionals in the industry. 

Paramedical Vs AYUSH Courses

The Medical stream is one of the most-preferred streams in India. Where MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery) has its own popularity among students, Paramedical courses and AYUSH courses are gradually becoming an attraction to the young candidates as well. With a rise in the requirements for skills professionals in the field of Paramedics and Ayurveda, the demand for these courses has gradually increased in India.

In this article, we will discuss the difference between Paramedical and AYUSH courses to help students get out of the dilemma of choosing between these courses.

About Paramedical and AYUSH Courses

AYUSH courses are undergraduate and postgraduate courses offered in the field of Ayurveda, Yoga, Homoeopathy, Unani, Naturopathy, and Siddha. Paramedical courses, on the other hand, focus on emergency medical services that are required in the pre-hospital environment.

Both the streams offer undergraduate as well as postgraduate degree courses. The eligibility, course structure, career scope, and salary package is different in both the streams. So, if you are confused about deciding between these two streams, you must go through the content below.

Paramedical Vs AYUSH Courses - Subjects Offered

In India, AYUSH courses are administered by the Ministry of AYUSH whereas, Paramedical courses by the Paramedical Council of India (PCI). Here is the comparison of major subjects covered in Paramedics and AYUSH.

Subjects Under Paramedics

Subjects Under AYUSH

  • Physiotherapy

  • Dialysis Technology

  • Radiography

  • Medical Imaging Technology

  • Occupational Therapy

  • Operation Theatre Technology

  • Medical Lab Technology

  • Ophthalmic Technology

  • Radio Therapy

  • Anaesthesia

  • Dental Hygiene

  • Ayurvedic Medicine

  • Homoeopathy

  • Naturopathy

  • Yoga Sciences

  • Unani Medicine

  • Siddha Medicine

  • Yasti Madhu

  • Vamana

  • Udhwarthana

  • Vata-Kaphaja

  • Swasthya

Paramedical Vs AYUSH Courses

Here is a list of paramedical VS AYUSH courses offered at UG and PG level.

Popular Paramedical Courses

Popular AYUSH Courses

UG/ Diploma


  • MD in Ayurveda

  • MS Ayurveda

  • M.Sc. in Ayurvedic Medicine

  • MD Homoeopathy

  • MD in Yoga and Naturopathy Sciences

  • M.Sc. in Yoga

  • M.A. in Yoga

  • MS in Unani Medicine

  • MAMS

Paramedical Vs AYUSH Courses - Eligibility

Here is a comparison of eligibility criteria between Paramedical and AYUSH courses. Check out the comparison below and find out if you meet the requirements.

Paramedical Courses

AYUSH Courses


  • Candidates must have passed 10+2 examination or equivalent from Science stream from a recognised board.

  • Candidates must have studied Biology in Class 12.

  • Although the minimum percentage requirements can vary for different institutions, candidates must have scored at least 50 percent marks in the qualifying exam.

  • Candidates with Diploma courses can also be considered eligible.

  • Must have passed class 12 with Science subjects: Chemistry, Physics, Biology/ Biotechnology and English.

  • The passing certificate must have been issued by either CBSE or a recognised board.

  • Candidates will have to crack the entrance exams as well.


  • Candidates must be holding a Bachelor’s degree in the relevant field.

  • The percentage requirements vary.

  • Candidates must have pursued their Bachelor’s degree from a recognised institution.

  • Must be holding a valid Bachelor’s degree in the relevant field.

  • The passing certificate must have been issued by a university recognised by the Ministry of AYUSH or Medical Council of India (MCI).

  • Candidates must have completed a one-year internship after graduation.

Paramedical Vs AYUSH Courses - Admissions and Entrance Exams

Where admission to AYUSH courses in India is done solely on the basis of entrance exams, admission to paramedical courses at some colleges can also be done on the basis of class 12 percentage. In order to get admission in undergraduate AYUSH courses, you will have to appear in NEET UG Exam. Before 2018, there used to be various different entrance exams, but all of them have been scrapped and NEET UG is the only exam that caters to different fields of medical education at the undergraduate level. For the postgraduate level, you will have to appear in All India Ayush Post Graduate Entrance Test (AIAPGET). For paramedical courses, you can appear for NEET-UG, NEET PG, NIPER JEE, NILD, etc.

In case of direct admissions, as done in most of the Paramedical state counsellings, you will be allocated a college as per your percentage in 10+2. So, the higher the percentage, the higher the chances of you getting an admission.

Paramedical Vs AYUSH Courses - Career Scope

Here is a comparison of career prospects between Paramedical and AYUSH courses. Have a look and decide on your future.


Paramedical Courses

AYUSH Courses

Job Profiles

Salary Structure

  • The salary structure in the paramedical sector can range anywhere from INR 2.2 LPA to INR 12 LPA.

  • With more experience, your salary will increase.

  • The salary can range from INR 20,000 to INR 50,000 per month.

  • Your salary is bound to an increment with your experience.

Top Paramedical Colleges in India

If you are looking forward to applying for Paramedical courses in India, you can have a look at the Top Paramedical Colleges in India which are known for their quality education and employment opportunities:

Sri Sukhmani Group of Institutions - [SSGI] Mohali

Amity University, Gwalior

R V College Of Physiotherapy, Bangalore

Ansal University [AU], Gurgaon

University of Engineering & Management (UEM), Jaipur

The ICFAI University, Jaipur

GNA University, Phagwara

Vels Institute of Science, Technology & Advanced Studies (VELS University), Chennai

Poddar Group of Institutions (PGI), Jaipur

GITAM University, Visakhapatnam (Deemed to be University)

Top AYUSH Colleges in India

Check out the list of top AYUSH colleges in India offering admission to various UG and PG courses:

Mandsaur University (MU), Mandsaur

Sanskriti University, Mathura

B.H.Gardi College of Engineering & Technology, Rajkot

RK University, Rajkot - RKU Rajkot

Jayoti Vidyapeeth Women's University - JVWU, Jaipur

Parul University, Gujarat

SAM Global University (SGU), Bhopal

Shobhit University, Meerut

So, by now you must have got a clear idea of how Paramedical courses are different from AYUSH courses. If you think that you are interested in any of the courses and colleges mentioned above, fill out our Common Application Form to get more details about it. And if you still have any doubts about what you should do next, ask away from our Q&A section. We will answer your question shortly.


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