Siddha medicine, a traditional Indian system of medicine dating back to the 5th century BCE, offers a holistic approach to healthcare based on the five elements, diet, and lifestyle practices. If you’re interested in pursuing a career in Siddha medicine, here’s a brief guide to BSMS (Bachelor of Siddha Medicine and Surgery) education in India:

Table of Contents

1. Quick Summary
2. Admission Criteria
3. Entrance Exam
4. Counselling
5. Courses
6. Career Path

Quick Summary

Total Colleges15
Total Seats980
Entrance ExaminationNEET
Counselling AuthoritiesAyush Admissions Central Counselling Committee (AACCC), State Counselling Authorities
Top UG CourseBSMS (Bachelor of Siddha Medicine and Surgery)
HSC/PUC Subjects RequiredPhysics, Chemistry, Biology / Botany & Zoology
Salary RangeUG – Rs 2 LPA To Rs 5 LPA
PG – Rs 3 LPA To Rs 7 LPA

Admission Criteria

Qualifying score in All India Level Medical Entrance Examination, NEET.

Should have passed Physics, Chemistry, Biology / Botany & Zoology with greater than 60% marks.

UG Entrance Examination

National Eligibility Entrance Test(NEET) is the single-window entrance exam to get into any government as well as private medical colleges in India.

UG Admission Counselling

  • AACCC: Ayush Admissions Central Counselling Committee of the Ministry of Ayush, Government of India, conducts counselling for All India Level Ayurveda seats.
    State Counselling Authorities conduct counselling for Ayurveda course seats in state government and private colleges within their respective states.

UG Level Courses

  • BSMS is typically a 5.5-year undergraduate degree program, which includes a mandatory one-year internship.

Career Path

After completing BSMS, graduates can practice as Siddha doctors or opt for further studies.
  • Post-graduation options include MD (Siddha) or MS (Siddha) with specializations in areas such as Sirappu Maruthuvam (Special Medicine), Maruthuva Kurippu (Pharmacology), Noi Nadal (Pathology), etc.
  • Advanced studies in specialized fields like Kayakalpa (Rejuvenation Therapy) and Varma Maruthuvam (Varma Therapy) are also available.
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