LIST OF TOP MEDICAL COLLEGES IN INDIA BASED ON 2021 RANKING

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Sushil Pandey

Updated on - Sep 9, 2021

Top medical colleges in India offer MBBS, BPT, BSc Medicine, BAMS and many PG courses like MD, MS, M.Ch and DM. The best names among these colleges include the 15 operational AIIMS across pan India and other top medical government colleges like Christian Medical College (CMC), Vellore and Armed Forces Medical College, Pune. Ranking agencies like NIRF and India Today release the list of best medical colleges in India every year. Some of these lists like India Today Medical College Ranking and NIRF Ranking 2021 are given below.

Click on the links below to find the best college in India for medical education in different cities and states.

  • There are 1650 medical colleges in India, out of which 511 offer MBBS education and around 600 colleges offer pg medical courses.
  • NEET is the sole exam for UG medical courses like MBBS and quite a few exams like NEET PG and AIIMS PG are conducted for PG Medical courses in India. Check the complete list of top medical colleges in India for MBBS through NEET.
  • The average fees of medical education in India range from INR 15,000-80,000 per year in government colleges and can go up to INR 50,00,000 for the entire duration in private medical colleges.
  • These colleges offer different specializations to students like Medical Laboratory Technology, Physiotherapy, Microbiology, Human Anatomy, and ENT. The quality of education in these medical courses is comparable with that offered by top medical colleges in the world.
  • Medical colleges don’t provide proper campus recruitment to students but internship opportunities. Students start practicing under senior doctors and gradually rise in positions.

The different types of Medical Courses available in India are-

UG Courses:

PG Courses:

  • Doctor of Medicine (MD)- Pathology, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Pharmacology, Orthopaedics, etc.
  • Master of Surgery (MS)- General surgery, Orthopaedics, ENT, Ophthalmology, Anatomy, etc.

Top Medical Colleges in India: Ranking

Multiple institutions like India Today, NIRF, The Week, Outlook, etc. release the rankings of top medical colleges in India every year. The colleges are scored across various parameters, which helps decide their ranks. Some of these parameters include Perception of the University, Faculty Quality, Graduation Outcome, Outreach and Inclusivity of the Institute, Gender Ratio, etc.

Agencies also release lists like Top Medical Colleges in India 2021 for MBBS, top law colleges in India and many more for various other streams. Listed below are ranking of top medical colleges in India with fees, as released by different agencies like NIRF and India Today.

Top Medical Colleges in India: NIRF Ranking 2021

NIRF stands for the National Institutional Ranking Framework. It is the ranking agency of the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) and releases a list of top colleges in India across 8 different domains, one of them being Medical.

AIIMS New Delhi has been ranked as the best medical college in India by NIRF for the past 4 years. The institute offers various medical courses for students coming here from the entire country.

Check detailed AIIMS New Delhi Courses and Fees. The ranking of top medical colleges in India for the year 2021 by NIRF has seen many new colleges making to the list.

  • Among the top new entrants are National Institute of Mental Health & Neuro Sciences, Bangalore and Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Coimbatore. These colleges have the ranks of 4 and 7 respectively.
  • No college which was already present in the 2021 list has shown an improvement in the ranking this year.
  • The top government medical colleges in India have retained their ranks in the list.
NIRF 2021 Ranking College Name NIRF Score
1 All India Institute of Medical, Sciences 92.07
2 Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research 82.62
3 Christian Medical College 75.33
4 National Institute of Mental Health & Neuro Sciences, Bangalore 73.62
5 Sanjay Gandhi Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences 72.45
6 Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham 69.25
7 Banaras Hindu University 67.62
8 Jawaharlal Institute of PostGraduate Medical Education & Research 67.42
9 King George's Medical University 64.67
10 Kasturba Medical College, Manipal 63.60
11 Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology 63.04
12 Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences 61.29
13 St. John's Medical College 60.83
14 Sri Ramachandra Institute of Higher Education and Research 58.92
15 Aligarh Muslim University 58.10
16 Madras Medical College & Government General Hospital, Chennai 57.88
17 Maulana Azad Medical College 56.35
18 Vardhman Mahavir Medical College & Safdarjung Hospital 56.20
19 Dr. D. Y. Patil Vidyapeeth 55.96
20 S.R.M. Institute of Science and Technology 55.74

Top Medical Colleges in India: India Today 2021 Ranking

Every year, India Today releases the list of India’s best colleges across numerous streams of study. The agency’s list of top medical colleges in India includes private as well as government colleges from all over the country.

  • The top 7 institutes in the list have shown no change in their ranks.
  • The top 10 list has seen 1 new entrant this year, the Universty College of Medical Science, New Delhi.
  • Though the top private medical colleges in India offer expensive education, most of the top govt medical colleges charge within INR 50,000.

The table below gives details of India Today Medical College Ranking 2021.

India Today Ranking 2021 College Name Average Annual Fee
1 AIIMS New Delhi INR 1,628
2 Christian Medical College, Vellore INR 48,530
3 Armed Forces Medical College, Pune INR 31,900
4 Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi INR 2,000
5 Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Post Graduate Medical Education and Research, Puducherry INR 5,000
6 King George’s Medical College, Lucknow INR 55,000
7 Institute of Medical Sciences, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi INR 10,400
8 Vardhman Mahavir Medical College & Safdarjung Hospital, New Delhi INR 33,500
9 Lady Hardinge Medical College, Delhi INR 1,400
10 University College of Medical Science, New Delhi INR 7,000

Top Medical Colleges in India: The Week Ranking 2021

The Week 2021 has ranked AIIMS New Delhi as the best Medical college in India. The premier institute grabbed 1st rank the previous year also.

  • AIIMS New Delhi is followed by Christian Medical College and Armed Forces College respectively. The list also features Kasturba Medical College, Manipal at the 9th rank.
  • Christian Medical College emerges as the best private Medical college in India here also. The institute has secured an overall rank of 2 this year, an increase of 3 from last year.
  • Madras Medical College has been ranked as the best college for Medical in Tamil Nadu.
The Week Ranking 2021 College Name
1 AIIMS New Delhi
2 Christian Medical College, Vellore
3 Armed Forces Medical College, Pune
4 Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi
5 JIPMER Puducherry
6 Institute of Medical Sciences, BHU, Varanasi
7 King George’s Medical College, Lucknow
8 Vardhman Mahavir Medical College & Safdarjung Hospital, New Delhi
9 Kasturba Medical College, Manipal
10 Madras Medical College

List of Top Private Medical Colleges in India 

The top private medical colleges in India offer the medical aspirants with the best of facilities for studies and research, as well as top quality faculties. The list of the top private  medical colleges in India are:

Colleges Name NIRF Rankings Average Fees
Christian Medical College - [CMC], Vellore 3 INR 48,330
Sanjay Gandhi Postgraduate Institute Of Medical Sciences - [SGPGIMS], Lucknow 5 INR 206,000
Kasturba Medical College - [KMC], Manipal 9 INR 24,30,000

Christian Medical College - [CMC], Ludhiana
18 INR 6,60,000
Jss Medical College And Hospital - [JSSMC], Mysore 20 INR 14,75,000
Kasturba Medical College - [KMC], Mangalore 21 INR 14,40,000
Siksha 'o' Anusandhan University - [SOA], Bhubaneswar 23 INR 8,90,000
Saveetha Medical College, Chennai 25 INR 24,75,000
Dayanand Medical College And Hospital - [DMCH], Ludhiana 26 INR 2,20,000
Ramaiah Medical College, Bangalore 30 INR 9,94,000

Top Medical Colleges in India: Cut off

The following table shows the top medical colleges in India cut off rank based on the entrance exam they accept. Except for JIPMER, all the colleges accept NEET score for MBBS admissions.

College Name Cut Off Rank
AIIMS New Delhi 53
Amrita School of Medicine, Kochi 32055-95035
BHU Varanasi 6467-13303
Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore 3383-30521
JIPMER Puducherry 156
King George’s Medical College, Lucknow 88-496

AIIMS New Delhi is a very inexpensive college however cracking this nut is also not an easy task. The institute’s cut off in 2018 was just 53. Check more cutoff list details of top colleges by clicking on the links below.

Top Medical Colleges in India: Admission Process 2021

The top medical colleges in India for MBBS and PG courses offer multiple specializations. There are 1650 medical colleges in India, out of which 512 are approved by the UGC. Only 481 medical colleges in India are approved by the Medical Council of India (MCI) and 361 have NAAC accreditation, while 84 colleges are also part of CCIM (Central Council of Indian Medicine). There are currenly 1066 private and 584 government medical colleges in India. Have a look at the chart below to understand this ratio.

private and government engineering colleges in India

Source: Official Survey

The admission process of most top medical colleges in India is identical as candidates need to write the National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET).

  • NEET is conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA). All students who have studied Biology, Physics and Chemistry in their 12th class are eligible to write the exam.
  • Earlier students had to take the AIIMS MBBS exam separately in order to take admission in all the AIIMS (All India Institute of Medical Sciences) across the country.
  • However, the AIIMS MBBS exam has been canceled on 2021, and it has been replaced by the NEET now.

AIIMS New Delhi

AIIMS New Delhi is the most reputed medical college in India and is ranked 1 by almost every ranking agency in India.

  • The institute offers multiple courses like MBBS, BSc and MSc apart from many higher level specializations.
  • The institute admits 77 students for its MBBS program and also has reservation for seats. The chart below shows the distribution of these seats.
  • Foreign nationals who want to apply for admission in AIIMS New Delhi have to apply through diplomatic channels of the government of India and not directly. The govt. then submits the nominations to the institute.
  • For admissions in AIIMS, students also need to clear a medical examination (not a written test but a body checkup including height and weight, colour blindness, urine test, blood pressure, hernia, etc.
AIIMS New Delhi MBBS Seat Reservation

Source: aiims.edu

The following table shows the different courses offered at AIIMS New Delhi.

Course Name Duration Average Annual Fee
Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) 5 year 6 months INR 1,628
Bachelor of Science (BSc) 3 year 6 months INR 425
Bachelor of Science (BSc) Hons 4 years INR 1,685
Post Basic Bachelor of Science (PBBSc) Nursing 2 years INR 805
Bachelor of Optometry (B.Optom) 4 years INR 1,145
Master of Science (MSc) 2 years INR 1,305

Christian Medical College, Vellore

CMC Vellore is one of the best medical institutes in the country. It has been ranked 3rd among the top medical colleges in India by NIRF and 2nd by India Today.

  • The institute’s 1-year program of fellowship in nursing is one of the most sought-after programs in the country.
  • The MBBS course at CMC Vellore charges one of the lowest fees amongst its contemporaries at just INR 48,530 per annum.

The following chart gives details of all the medical courses offered at Christian Medical College, Vellore.

CMC Vellore Medical Courses Offered

Source: cmcvellore.ac.in

The following table shows the fees of these different courses.

Course Name Average Annual Fee
Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) INR 48,530
Bachelor of Science (B.Sc) INR 23,255
Bachelor of Prosthetics and Orthodontics INR 23,255
Bachelor of Occupational Therapy INR 22,605
Fellowship in Nursing INR 10,290

Top Medical Colleges in India: Region Wise

Medical colleges are spread throughout the nation in different states and cities. The highest number of colleges are located in Tamil Nadu (205), Karnataka (192), Maharashtra (144), Uttar Pradesh (144) and Delhi NCR (138). Check the medical colleges in some of the best locations in India as we classify them below.

Top Medical Colleges in Delhi NCR

With the presence of AIIMS and Maulana Azad Medical College, Delhi has some of the best medical colleges in India. These include:

  • AIIMS New Delhi
  • Maulana Azad Medical College (MAMC), New Delhi
  • Lady Hardinge Medical College, New Delhi
  • Maharshi Dayanand University (MDU), Rohtak
  • Jamia Hamdard University, New Delhi

Top Medical Colleges in Maharashtra

Maharastra houses many good colleges especially in the cities of Mumbai and Pune. There are currently 30 top medical colleges in Mumbai. Some of the best colleges in the state are:

  • Armed Forces Medical College, Pune
  • Grant Medical College and Sir JJ Group of Hospitals, Mumbai
  • Seth GS Medical College, Mumbai
  • Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences (MGIMS), Wardha
  • Government Medical College, Nagpur

Top Medical Colleges in Uttar Pradesh

The most populous state in India houses 144 colleges including the 19 top medical colleges in Lucknow. Some of the top medical colleges in Uttar Pradesh are:

  • Sanjay Gandhi Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences (SGPGIMS), Lucknow
  • King George’s Medical University (KGMU), Lucknow
  • Institute of Medical Sciences (IMS), Varanasi
  • Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), Aligarh
  • GSVM Medical College, Kanpur

Top Medical Colleges in India: Zone Wise

Following table gives the ranking of top medical colleges in India zone wise. These rankings have been released by India Today, a leading news agency in India.

Top Medical Colleges in North India

College Name Average Annual Fee
AIIMS New Delhi INR 1,628
Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi INR 2,000
University College of Medical Sciences & GTB Hospital, New Delhi INR 7,000
Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College (AMU), Aligarh INR 44,000
BHU Varanasi INR 10,400

Top Medical Colleges in East India

College Name Average Annual Fee
R G Kar Medical College & Hospital, Kolkata INR 15,250
IPGMER, Kolkata INR 8,100
Medical College & Hospital, Kolkata INR 15,520
Darbhanga Medical College, Darbhanga INR 6,500
Calcutta National Medical College, Kolkata INR 11,000

Top Medical Colleges in West India

College Name Average Annual Fee
Armed Forces Medical College(AFMC), Pune INR 32,000
Seth G S Medical College, Mumbai INR 1,04,000
Dr. D Y Patil Education Society's D Y Patil Medical College, Kolhapur INR 22,00,000
K J Somaiya Medical College, Mumbai INR 9,25,000
Grant Medical College, Mumbai INR 60,000

Top Medical Colleges in South India

College Name Average Annual Fee
Christian Medical College, Vellore INR 48,530
Sri Ramachandra Medical College & Research Institute (SRMC), Chennai INR 22,00,000
Kasturba Medical College(KMC), Manipal INR 14,40,000
Bangalore Medical College And Research Institute, Bangalore INR 14,850
St. John’s Medical College, Bangalore INR 5,56,400

Top Medical Colleges in India: Entrance Exam Wise

Various colleges listed among the top 100 medical colleges in India accept scores of different medical entrance exams to admit students for different undergraduate medical courses. Below we have listed some of these colleges according to the entrance exam score they accept.

Top Medical Colleges in India for MBBS through NEET

NEET is the most important national exam for medical admissions in India. NEET 2021 will be conducted on August 1, 2021. The NEET 2021 application fee is INR 1500 for general category students. Listed below are some of the top medical colleges in India through NEET.

  • Christian Medical College, Vellore
  • Armed Forces Medical College, Pune
  • Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore
  • Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi

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Top Medical Colleges in India: FAQs

Ques. Which college is best for medical studies in India?

Ans. As per rankings, AIIMS Delhi, and CMC Vellore are the best ones to study medicine in India.

Ques. Which medical college has the lowest fees in India?

Ans. All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Delhi charges the lowest fee of only INR 1,628 per student for one year.

Ques. Is paying 1 crore for a medical college in India (MBBS) worth it?

Ans. Choosing a college on the basis of money is never a good strategy, whether expensive or cheap. However, when India has so many good colleges offering cheap education like AIIMS New Delhi, then why to look for so much expensive MBBS colleges. Your focus should be on preparing well for the highly tough competitive exams so that you can get admission in AIIMS and other government colleges and complete your education in less than 10,000 rupees.

However, yes, it is true that not every student manages admission in AIIMS. The cutoff of AIIMS New Delhi last year was just 53, imagine that. So when in such cases you are stuck with deciding upon a college charging INR 1 crore for medical education, do remember to check some points:

  • Does the college has a good reputation in the sector?
  • Are all the necessary acreditations and approvals obtained by the institute like MCI, UGC, NAAC, etc?
  • Is the college offering good career options and lucrative job opportunities, so that the ROI (return on investment) is worthy?

Only after you have checked all these parameters you should go for such an expensive college.

Ques. How many medical colleges are there in India?

Ans. There are 1,567 top medical colleges in India with 996 private and 571 govt medical colleges..

Ques. What is the total duration of an MBBS course in India?

Ans. The total duration of MBBS courses varies from college to college. Typically, an undergraduate degree in medicine lasts between 4 years 6 months and 6 years for the entire course.

Ques. What are the top medical colleges in India recognized by?

Ans. All medical colleges and their qualifications in India are recognized by the Medical Council of India (MCI).

Ques. What is the rank required for AIIMS Delhi?

Ans. The closing rank for AIIMS Delhi stays between 50-75.

Ques: Which is India's best medical college?

Ans: According to the latest ranking released by the NIRF in 2020, the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi is the top medical college in India. The India Today 2020 Ranking also pegs AIIMS, New Delhi as the top Medical College in India. 

Ques: Which country is best for MBBS?

Ans: Indian students often prefer to study abroad because they have better infrastructure, experienced faculties and better research opportunities. The candidates are also provided with better placement opportunities which are quite rare in Indian medical Colleges. The top foreign nations where the candidates can pursue quality education in medical courses are the USA, UK, Canada, Australia and Germany, with USA being the top pick. The reason behind this is that according to the QS world ranking in medicine, 5 universities from the USA make up the top 10 list with Harvard University Securing the top position.

Ques: Which state is best for MBBS?

Ans: According to the number of colleges and medical seats, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Maharsastra are the top 3 states to pursue medical degrees in India. Karnataka has around 7355 medical seats, Andhra Pradesh has around 7155 seats and Maharsastra has around 6955 seats. However, Delhi houses arguably the best Medical college in India.

Ques: Do MBBS students get salary?

Ans: MBBS students in their final year of study work as Junior Doctor in various clinics or hospitals and draws an average internship salary of INR 12,000-INR 15,000

Ques: Can I do MBBS without NEET?

Ans: In order to study MBBS in India the candidates must crack the NEET entrance examination. So, MBBS without NEET is not possible.

Ques: Can I crack NEET in first attempt?

Ans: Although the number of students cracking NEET in the first attempt changes every year, around 60% of the first time aspirants crack the NEET entrance in the first attempt. In order to crack the NEET in first attempt candidates should be through with the Biology, Physics and Chemistry syllabus of 11 and 12 of the CBSE boards. The candidates must take up frequent mock tests and in order to become well versed with the syllabus. Also taking up tuition from the top institutes such as Aakash, Allen, FIITJEE can also boost up their performance. 

Ques: Can we crack Neet 1 month?

Ans: Yes, you can crack. However, it will be extremely difficult without any kind of previous training. So the best option is to start preparing from class 11 itself.

Ques: Which is better NEET or JEE?

Ans: Both are entirely different examinations, for admission to different courses. JEE is for admission to engineering courses and NEET is for admission to MBBS and other medical courses. Thus, it's not ideal to compare them.

Ques: Who earns more engineer or doctor?

Ans: According to Glassdoor Website an Engineer in India earns INR 500,000 whereas a doctor earns INR 600,000 per annum. Thus a doctor earns more than engineer

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