Have you completed your 12th and you’re now confused about what to do? Or are you confused about the multiple options? We are here to help you choose what you can do after completing 12th with a medical background. Medical science is considered as the first step to becoming a doctor only. Our world is rapidly changing though. That brings a lot of new opportunities for students. But we don’t pay attention to the latest options and follow the crowd. It’s essential to change our attitude and explore our potential on the roads less taken.

AFTER 12TH IN MEDICAL

    • MBBS:

      The first thing that comes to our mind when we think about the medical field is MBBS. Since ages, students start to dream about MBBS when they first think about joining the medical stream. It is one of the noblest professions that allows you to become a lifesaver for millions of people.
      Duration of Course: 5 years
      Entrance Exam: NEET

Application Form Submission: Starts around November every year.
Exam Date: Around May (May 5 for NEET 2019)
Eligibility: Minimum 50% marks in the secondary examination with Physics, Chemistry, and Biology.
Top Institutes:
1. AIIMS (New Delhi)
2. PGIMER (Chandigarh)
3. Christian Medical College (Vellore)
4. Kasturba Medical College (Manipal)
5. King George’s Medical University (Lucknow)

  • BDS:

This course is for those who want to make a career in Dentistry. Career opportunities include practicing as a dentist, teaching, research, or a government doctor. There is a growing need for dental professionals in research institutes, dental product manufacturers, hospitals, pharma companies, etc.
Duration of Course: 5 years
Entrance Exam: NEET

Application Form Submission: Starts around November every year.
Exam Date: Around May (May 5 for NEET 2019)
Eligibility: Minimum 50% marks in the secondary examination with Physics, Chemistry, and Biology.
Top Institutes:
1. Maulana Azad Institute of Dental Sciences (New Delhi)
2. Manipal Institute of Dental Sciences (Manipal)
3. Government Dental College (Mumbai)
4. Nair Hospital Dental College (Mumbai)
5. Government Dental College (Bangalore)

  • B. Pharma:

    This degree is a prerequisite to register as a pharmacist. B. Pharma trains the aspirants to understand the impacts of medicines and the skills to counsel patients. The degree holders can work as a pharmacist, become a patient counselor, or work as a drug information specialist. You can also work in reputed companies like Ranbaxy, Cipla, Zydus, etc.
    Duration of Course: 4 years

Admission Procedure: Direct admission in colleges.
Application Form Submission: Starts around May every year.
Eligibility: Minimum 50% marks in the secondary examination with Biology.
Top Institutes:
1. National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (Mohali)
2. Jamia Hamdard University (New Delhi)
3. Institute of Chemical Technology (Mumbai)
4. Panjab University (Chandigarh)
5. Banaras Hindu University (Varanasi)

 

  • BAMS/BHMS:

    These undergraduate programs follow traditional and ancient medical systems. Namely, Ayurvedic(BAMS) and Homeopathy (BHMS). Sometimes the patients are not satisfied by the allopathy treatment, that’s why these alternative medical treatments are becoming popular not only in India but also in foreign countries.

Duration of Course: 5.5 years (4.5 years of the academic session and 1-year internship)
Entrance Exam: NEET
Application Form Submission: Starts around November every year.
Exam Date: Around May (May 5 for NEET 2019)
Eligibility: Minimum 50% marks in the secondary examination with Physics, Chemistry, and Biology.

Top Institutes:
BAMS:
1. Sri Dhanwantri Ayurvedic College (Chandigarh)
2. Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences (Bangalore)
3. Gujarat Ayurved University (Jamnagar)
4. Ayurvedic Medical College (Kolhapur)
5. State Ayurvedic College (Lucknow)

BHMS:
1. National Institute of Homeopathy (Kolkata)
2. Shivaji University (Kolhapur)
3. Motiwala Homeopathic Medical College (Nashik)
4. Rajasthan Vidyapeeth Homeopathic Medical College & Hospital (Udaipur)

  • B. V. Sc.:

Bachelor in Veterinary Sciences is the study of diseases in animals, taking care of them, and giving advice regarding medicine and vaccinations. They can choose to study only cattle, only smaller animals like dogs, cats, birds, etc., or both. This job allows you to contribute to society by taking care of living beings who can’t express their pain. It is a highly satisfactory job for those who love animals.  
Duration of Course: 3 years (5 years if opted with Animal Husbandry)
Admission Procedure: NEET.
Application Form Submission: Starts around November every year.
Exam Date: Around May (May 5 for NEET 2019)

Eligibility: Minimum 50% marks in the secondary examination with Physics, Chemistry, and Biology.
Top Institutes:
1. Arawali Veterinary College (Sikar)
2. Bombay Veterinary College (Mumbai)
3. Dr. G.C. College of Veterinary & Animal Sciences (Palampur)
4. Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (Ludhiana)
5. Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay Pashu Chikitsa Vigyan Vishwavidyalya (Mathura)

    • BASLP:

Bachelor in Audiology & Speech-Language Pathology is an undergraduate for diagnosing hearing, speech, and balance-related disorders in people. It opens employment opportunities across hospitals, hearing-aid and cochlear implant manufacturing, clinics, and hearing conservation programs in industries.

Duration of Course: 4 years (3 years of the academic session and 1-year internship)
Admission Procedure: NEET.
Application Form Submission: Starts around November every year.
Exam Date: Around May (May 5 for NEET 2019)
Eligibility: Minimum 50% marks in the secondary examination with Physics, Chemistry, and Biology.
Top Institutes:
1. All India Institute for Speech & Hearing (Mysore)
2. Ali Yavar Institute for the Hearing Handicapped (Mumbai)
3. Bharti Vidyapeeth Deemed University (Mumbai)
4. AWG College of Education (Kerala)
5. AYJNIHH, NRC Kasturba Niketan (Delhi)

  • BPT:

Bachelor of Physiotherapy is one of the most growing fields of medical science. It focusses on the science of physical movement aimed at preventing disease and disability. Students enrolled to the course are taught on an advanced level about core physiotherapeutic skills such as manual therapy, therapeutic exercises, and application of electro-physical modalities, which have been proven to cure a range of disabilities and disease related to the spine, back, neck, and even stress-related incontinence.

Duration of Course: 4 years (Compulsory 6 month internship after course).
Admission Procedure: Entrance Exams of Various Universities.
Application Form Submission: Varies for every university.
Eligibility: Minimum 50% marks in the secondary examination with Physics, Chemistry, and Biology.
Top Institutes:
1. Apollo Physiotherapy College (Hyderabad)
2. Indian Institute of Health Education & Research (Patna)
3. PGIMER (Chandigarh)
4. JSS College of Physiotherapy (Mysore)
5. SDM College of Physiotherapy (Karnataka)

  • B.Tech (Biotech):

Biotechnology is a part of Applied Biology, which simply stated, is the combination of biology with technology to alter cells for manipulation. The course familiarizes candidates with the use of living organisms and bioprocesses in the field of medicine, technology, engineering, and other bioproducts. Biotechnology is essentially a research-oriented and diverse field of medical science. Successful graduates of the course are lucratively hired in both private and government sectors.

Duration of Course: 4 years (Compulsory 6 month internship after course).
Admission Procedure: Entrance Exams of Various Universities.
Application Form Submission: Varies for every university.
Eligibility: Minimum 50% marks in the secondary examination with an aggregate of 60% in Physics, Chemistry, and Biology.
Top Institutes:
1. Indian Institute of Technology (Madras)
2. Anna University (Chennai)
3. Vellore Institute of Technology (Vellore)
4. National Institute of Technology (Warangal)
5. Manipal Institute of Technology (Manipal)

  • B. Sc.:

Apart from regular options of pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics, Chemistry, or Biology, you can also choose from fascinating options like Forensics, Nutrition, and Dietetics, Medical Laboratory Technology, Operation Theater Technology, Physiology, etc. Students rarely pay attention to such opportunities, so there is an evergrowing demand for such specialists.
Duration of Course: 3 years

Admission Procedure: Entrance Exams of Various Universities or Direct Admission..
Application Form Submission: Varies for every university.
Eligibility: Minimum 50% marks in the secondary examination.
Top Institutes:
1. St. Stephens’ College (Delhi)
2. Loyola College (Chennai)
3. Christ University (Bangalore)
4. Miranda House (Delhi)
5. Hansraj College (Delhi)

  • GNM:

General Nursing and Midwifery (GNM) is a three-year and six-month diploma programme for students who want to pursue a career in nursing. The programme teaches candidates how to care for individuals who are sick or have been injured to help them attain full recovery. Although the curriculum design of the course varies from university to university, GNM courses are designed to prepare the students for the clinical approach of handling patients. In some universities, a six-month internship is required to be completed before the diploma is awarded to the student.

Duration of Course: 3.5 years
Admission Procedure: Entrance Exams of Various Universities or Direct Admission.

Application Form Submission: Varies for every university.
Eligibility: Minimum 50% marks in the secondary examination.
Top Institutes:
1. RAK College of Nursing (Delhi)
2. TATA Memorial Hospital (Mumbai)
3. SNDT Faculty of Nursing (Mumbai)
4. Manipal College of Nursing (Manipal)
5. AIIMS: Department of Nursing (Delhi)

Apart from these conventional options, there are some courses for students with out-of-the-box thinking. You can read the full list here.

Why Civil Services after Graduation in Medical?

Most of us who want to go in the medical field dream of serving the country by improving the standard of living and upbringing a hygienic environment. But as a doctor, you can only rise to a post which gives you control over all the hospitals in a particular state you are designated to. But for some students, this is not the final horizon. They want to be a part of a more significant purpose.

In words of Mr. Arun Thamburaj, a doctor from Tamil Nadu who bagged AIR-6 in UPSC 2012, “In India, an IAS officer can really make a difference to the lives of common people even working within the existing system, compared to a doctor and I have seen this in my life.” As an IAS officer, you have to authority to completely change the things that you feel need improvement and ensure better policies are implemented for a healthy India.

Some other examples of doctors turned IAS officers are, Ms. Shena Agarwal, AIR-1 in UPSC 2011, and Ms. Renu Raj who bagged AIR-2 in UPSC Civil Services Exam 2012.

So, there is no need to stop once you have completed your graduation in Medical Sciences. The world is ready to embrace you with its open arms. Carry on your studies and work for a greater cause.

Also Read: Top 5 Reasons to prepare for IAS Exam

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