BAMS vs MBBS- Which One Should You Go For?


Last Updated: December 3, 2022
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Many students chose the medical (PCB) track after class 10 because they have wanted to be doctors since they were young. When they consider earning the title of “doctor”, MBBS is the first thing that comes to mind.

They narrow their choices since they don’t know all of their options and believe that MBBS is the only option for them. However, there are other medical school possibilities (including allied health) besides MBBS! Among the best are BDS, BAMS and BHMS.

So, don’t panic if you are still limited to just one course and are unsure of which is best for you. We will clarify the primary differences between these courses in order to help you in making the best choice between MBBS and BAMS. 

What exactly are these degrees MBBS and BAMS?


The most well-known undergraduate programme in medicine in India is called MBBS (or Bachelor of Surgery, Bachelor of Medicine). It is the path to become a doctor of modern medicine in the country.


Also known as Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery, BAMS is an integrated medical degree that is specifically created to teach students in the practices of the age-old Indian system of Ayurveda. In addition to educating about Ayurveda, this course also covers modern medicine.

How do you get into a college to pursue MBBS or BAMS?

Students must complete their 10+2 education in India with Physics, Chemistry, and Biology and earn a minimum of 50% marks (40% for students in the reserved category).


You must take the NEET national-level Examination in order to get admitted to an MBBS programme (National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test). The majority of Indian medical schools are covered by this exam. 


All candidates for the BAMS programme must pass the NEET test effective from 2018. However, it isn’t an easy exam to crack and you might need some guidance to crack NEET. 

What is the course duration for each?


MBBS requires 5.5 years to complete (4.5 years of academic study plus a one-year required internship). You will need to take part in practical training in hospital wards and outpatient sections after completing the course. You will gain practical experience in performing and carrying out clinical procedures through this, which is crucial for your future practice as a doctor.



BAMS comes under the Ministry of AYUSH. After finishing a degree programme that lasts 5 years and 6 months, students receive the BAMS degree. This time frame consists of a four and a half year academic session and a one year internship programme with real-world applications to understand the application of Ayurvedic learnings.

What are the best colleges for these degrees?


  • All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS)
  • Armed Forces Medical College (AFMC)
  • Jawaharlal Institute of PostGraduate Medical Education and Research (JIPMER)
  • Christian Medical College (CMC)
  • Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi
  • King George’s Medical University, Lucknow



  • Institute of Medical Sciences Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi
  • Tamil Nadu Dr MGR Medical University, Chennai
  • Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam
  • Himachal Pradesh University, Shimla
  • Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, Bangalore

What are the career options along with the average salary?


After earning your MBBS, you can get employment in clinics, NGOs, and various health camps. You could work as a pediatrician, dermatologist, general physician, surgeon, medical officer, medical coder, dietician, or medical assistant, among other professions. You can choose to register with the Medical Council of India to become a doctor (MCI). You have the option of continuing your education or working as a licensed doctor in the medical field. The average salary is Rs 6-12 LPA. 



Wondering what all careers you can pursue after completing this degree? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered, here are some of the top career options- Ayurvedic physician, category manager, business development officer, medical representative, and junior clinical trial coordinator. The average salary to be expected after completing a BAMS degree is Rs 5-10 lakhs per annum.

Which Course Should You Go For?

Many people will try to convince you that MBBS is the best option and that you should only consider this. Then again, they can be speaking from a place of inexperience. You should pick a course that fascinates you because there are many employment options available following each one.


MBBS: Without a doubt, doctors with an MBBS degree are prominent in the medical field. If your goal is to stand out from the crowd and you are capable of putting in the tremendous amount of effort and patience required to get into the most competitive course in India, then by all means, pursue an MBBS degree.


BAMS: As an alternative to western treatment, ayurveda is well-liked in India. Consider enrolling in BAMS if you are curious about the conventional Indian medical system and are willing to learn a challenging language like Sanskrit. The training also lessens your financial strain because it costs significantly less than an MBBS degree.


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