NEET 2021 will be held on 12th September 2021 in offline mode, the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) is an exam conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA) to rank students seeking eligibility for admissions in India’s top medical colleges and pursue a professional under-graduate course in medicine. In 2020, 15+ lakh students applied for the NEET 2020 exam – this number is expected to breach into the 17+ or even 18+ lakh number of applications for 2021. The applicants will be giving it their best to find a seat in some of India’s top medical institutions, so let’s take a look at some of India’s top medical colleges ranked by the Ministry of Education’s (MoE) National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) for medical institutes.
20 Best Medical Colleges of India:
- All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi
The first All India Institute of Medical Sciences was established in the year 1956 under the All -India Institute of Medical Sciences Act with the aim of setting up institutions across the country to develop higher standards of medical education in India. AIIMS New Delhi has been conferred with Institute of National Importance. The AIIMS New Delhi campus is around 100 acres large and it handles nearly 10,000 patients on a daily basis. AIIMS charges the lowest fees for any medical college in India, the total cost of education for a MBBS program at AIIMS is around Rs. 8000. Only the highest ranked students of NEET exam have a chance of getting a seat in AIIMS.
- Christian Medical College (CMC), Vellore
The Christian Medical College in Vellore is the highest-ranked privately owned medical institution in the list published by NIRF. The college was established in 1918, it is a non-capitation, unaided institution. CMC Vellore offers a host of education programs in medicine – from B.Sc. Nursing to M.B.B.S. to post graduate/M.Sc. courses. The institute has a sprawling 200-acre area and the cost of total course for MBBS program is around Rs. 1.5 to 1.6 lakhs
- Banaras Hindu University (BHU), Varanasi
The Banaras Hindu University was established in the year 1916, it also has the status of Institute of National Importance. The Institute of Medical Sciences (IMS BHU) was established in 1960 & is one of the best medical colleges in India acc
ording to the NIRF list published. It has a large campus comprising of 3 faculties – Faculty of Medicine, Faculty of Dental Sciences & Faculty of Ayurveda. Today it has 33 departments of Modern Medicine including 10 Departments of Super-specialities, four Departments of dentistry, eleven Departments of Ayurveda and a school of Nursing. The total fee for a 5-year MBBS program is approximated to be around Rs. 1.64 lakhs.
- Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Coimbatore
The Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham or Amrita University is one of the country’s best private universities. Amrita University’s Amrita School of Medicine in Kochi, Kerala has been ranked as the 7th best medical institution according to the 2020 NIRF rankings. The cost of a 5-year MBBS program is approximately Rs. 1 crore. The institution was established in 2002 and also has a 11,00,000 sq. ft. hospital.
- Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education & Research (JIPMER), Puducherry
Located in Pondicherry, the Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education & Research is an Institute of National Importance & a tertiary care referral hospital which is under the direct administrative control of the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MoHFW). The campus is spread over 195 acres and has 1800 staff – resident physicians, faculty members, nursing staff, support staff & administrative staff. Every year there is an intake of 150 students for their undergraduate programs. The total fee for 5.5 years MBBS program is around Rs. 32,000.
- Kasturba Medical College (KMC), Manipal
Kasturba Medical College was started in 1953. KMC Manipal is located within the huge 600-acre campus of Manipal Academy of Higher Education. The college has a faculty of 483 staff including teaching staff, doctors & support staff. The cost of a MBBS program in KMC, Manipal comes to about Rs. 71 lakhs in total. KMC, Manipal is recognized by the General Medical Council of Great Britain, the Malaysian Medical Council & the Australian Medical Council. Over the years, students from 50 different countries have graduated from KMC.
- King George’s Medical University (KGMU), Lucknow
The foundation stone of King George’s Medical University was laid down by King George V (the then Prince of Wales) in the year 1906. The college was opened in 1911 and has a capacity of 1250 undergraduate students. Every year 250 students are granted admission to their undergraduate courses. The campus is about 25 acres in area and has a faculty of nearly 500 members. The university is affiliated to Lucknow University and has undergone change of name a number of times since 2002 every time the power at the state government changed.
- Madras Medical College (MMC), Chennai
Madras Medical College is Chennai is the 3rd oldest medical college in India after JIPMER & Calcutta Medical College. A new main building was commissioned in 2010 and a 6-storeyed building was built over 7 acres of land. It handles nearly 1250 students every year & 400 faculty + staff members. The old MMC buildings presently house the college of pharmacy, school of nursing and also accommodate students of the recently added courses of audiology, speech learning and pathology, radiotherapy and radio diagnosis. The cost of the whole 5.5 years MBBS program at MMC, Chennai is around Rs. 90,000.
- Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), Aligarh
Aligarh Muslim University (abbreviated AMU) is a public central university in Aligarh, India, which was originally established by Sir Syed Ahmad Khan as the Muhammadan Anglo-Oriental College in 1875. Muhammadan Anglo-Oriental College became Aligarh Muslim University in 1920, following the Aligarh Muslim University Act. The 5.5-year MBBS program in AMU will cost about Rs. 2.6 lakhs. AMU is ranked 15th in the 2020 NIRF list of medical institutions.
- 10. Vardhman Mahavir Medical College (VMMC), Safdarjung – New Delhi
The Vardhman Mahavir Medical College is attached to the Safdarjung Hospital. Safdarjung Hospital is one of the largest hospital facilities in India which was started during the second World War. VMMC serves as the clinical teaching center for Safdarjung Hospital. VMMC comes under the Central Government, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare. It is affiliated to Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University and has recognition from Medical Council of India (MCI). The college offers MBBS, MS/MD and Super Specialty Courses. There are a total of 1550 students enrolled at VMMC, New Delhi and the fee for 5.5-year MBBS program comes to about Rs. 2 lakhs.
- Maulana Azad Medical College (MAMC), New Delhi
Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi was established in 1958 and is currently affiliated to University of Delhi. MAMC, New Delhi spread across an area of 122 acres. The hospital of the medical college has 2800 beds, handles 7200 patients daily & has 47 operation theatres which are used 24×7. There are a total of around 2000 students studying at MAMC (including postgraduate & postdoctoral students) and these students are coached & mentored by 430 faculty members. MAMC, New Delhi is ranked 17th per the 2020 NIRF rankings. The total fee for a 5.5-year MBBS program is only a meagre Rs. 16,000.
- 12. University College of Medical Sciences, University of Delhi – New Delhi
University of Medical Sciences (UCMS), New Delhi is affiliated to University of Delhi. UCMS is associated with Guru Teg Bahadur hospital which serves as the teaching hospital. UCMS was founded in the year 1971 by the then Health Minister of Delhi. The Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital has a capacity of handling 1000 beds and it is the training hospital for students of UCMS, New Delhi. UCMS was ranked 19th in the 2020 NIRF rankings. The total fee for the complete MBBS program amounts to Rs. 40,000.
- 13. JSS Medical College, Mysuru
JSS Medical College was established in the year 1984. JSS Medical College has been recognized by the Medical Council of India (MCI). The college offers admission to MBBS programs with an intake of 200 seats per year. The college also offers admission to M.D., M.S., B.Sc., M.Phil., M.P.H, M.Sc., Diploma, M.Ch., D.M. programs. JSS Hospital is also a part of the medical college which is well equipped with 1800 beds providing medical services to the people. The campus is spread over 44 acres of land and has infrastructural facilities such as a library, cafeteria, hospital, etc. Since JSS Medical College is a privately owned college, it is significantly expensive to study here – the MBBS course adds up to a total of Rs. 85 lakhs in fees. JSS Medical College is ranked 20th according to the 2020 NIRF rankings.
- 14. Kasturba Medical College (KMC), Mangaluru
Kasturba Medical College Mangalore (KMC Mangalore) was established in 1955 as a part of the Manipal Academy of Higher Education along with other two hospitals Government Wenlock Hospital and Government Lady Goschen Hospital. KMC Mangalore got established as an independent medical college in 1977. The college is approved by the Medical Council of India (MCI). KMC Mangalore courses include undergraduate (MBBS programs), postgraduate (M.S and M.D. programs) and research (M.Sc.) courses. KMC Mangaluru has collaborations with several abroad medical universities & colleges. KMC Mangaluru also has a Volunteer Services Organisation to help underprivileged people acquire new skills. KMC Mangaluru is ranked 21st in the 2020 NIRF rankings. It costs approximately Rs. 71 lakhs in fees for a MBBS course in KMC Mangaluru.
- 15. Government Medical College & Hospital (GMCH), Chandigarh
The Government Medical College & Hospital in Chandigarh was established in 1991 and has a campus which is 36 acres in area. GMCH Chandigarh is a medical school & a tertiary care centre. The medical school is affiliated to Panjab University. There are a total of 800 students enrolled at GMCH Chandigarh taught by 180 faculty members and the total cost of a MBBS program for the full duration of 5 years is around Rs. 1.4 lakhs. GMCH Chandigarh was ranked 25th in the 2020 NIRF rankings,
- 16. Sawai Man Singh Medical College, Jaipur
Sawai Man Singh Medical College (SMSMC), Jaipur was established in the year 1947. The College is recognized by the Medical Council of India (MCI). The College offers undergraduate (MBBS), postgraduate (MD, MS, Post Graduate Diploma, M.Sc.) and super specialty (D.M., M.Ch.) courses in various domains. Sardar Patel Medical College is affiliated to the Rajasthan University of Health Science (RUHS), Jaipur. Candidates wanting to know more about SMS Medical College can go through the further sections of this article. SMSMC Jaipur was ranked 27th in the 2020 NIRF ranking. As it is a government funded institution, the total fee for a MBBS program is only Rs. 2.22 lakhs.
- 17. Christian Medical College (CMC), Ludhiana
The Christian Medical College and Hospital (CMC) in Ludhiana is a private, minority-run teaching hospital in Ludhiana, India. Founded in 1894, it was then the first medical school for women in Asia. The college is administered by the Christian Medical College Ludhiana Society (regd.) of Christian Churches and Christian agencies. The institute is affiliated to Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, Faridkot, Punjab, Ludhiana. Christian Medical College, Ludhiana offers undergraduate and postgraduate courses to the students. CMC Ludhiana is ranked 18th in the 2020 NIRF list. The fee for 5.5-year MBBS course averages around Rs. 30 lakhs in total.
- 18. St. John’s Medical College, Bengaluru (SJMC Bengaluru)
St. John’s Medical College is a private medical college and hospital situated in Bangalore, India. It is part of the St. John’s National Academy of Health Sciences run by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India. It was established in 1963. The college annually accepts 150 students for the MBBS undergraduate course based on a national entrance exam. It also accepts 100 postgraduate students (80 MD & 20 Diploma) to a number of medical specialties. The college campus spans 132 acres and has a faculty of approx. 250 members. The cost for a MBBS program in SJMC Bengaluru costs between Rs. 25 to 30 lakhs. SJMC Bengaluru ranked 14th in the 2020 NIRF rankings.
- 19. Sri Ramachandra Institute of Higher Education & Research, Chennai
Sri Ramachandra Institute of Higher Education and Research (SRIHER), formerly Sri Ramachandra University (SRU), formerly Sri Ramachandra Medical College and Research Institute (SRMC & RI), is a private institute located in Porur, Chennai, India. SRIHER consists of nine constituent colleges and faculties with more than 6000 students. SRIHER was founded by Sri Ramachandra Education & Health Trust on September 11, 1985 by N. P. V. Ramasamy Udayar. It was founded as a medical college, and was awarded the deemed to be university status in September 1994. The whole institute has a campus which is 149 acres large and has a faculty of around 700. SRIHER ranked 13th in the 2020 NIRF rankings. The expense to complete a MBBS program here is estimated to be around Rs. 1.4 crores.
- 20. Siksha ‘O’ Anusandhan, Bhubaneshwar
Siksha ‘O’ Anusandhan (SOA), formerly Siksha ‘O’ Anusandhan University (SOA University), is a private deemed university located at Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India. The university is composed of nine degree-granting schools and colleges and has a student body of around 15,000. Many of SOA’s programs are nationally accredited, including engineering, medicine, pharmacy, business, nursing, biotechnology, science, humanities, environment, nano technology, materials science, agriculture and law. Siksha ‘O’ Anusandhan was ranked 23rd in the NIRF rankings 2020. It costs nearly Rs. 1 crore in fees for a MBBS course here.
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