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The 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 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 are given below.

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

Top Medical Colleges in Delhi NCRTop Medical Colleges in Maharashtra
Top Medical Colleges in KarnatakaTop Medical Colleges in Tamil Nadu
  • There are 1650 medical colleges in India, out of which 511 offer MBBS education and around 600 colleges offer pg medical courses.
  • 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 world.
  • The average fees of medical education in India ranges 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.
  • 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.
  • Medical colleges don’t provide proper campus recruitment to students but internship opportunities. Students start practising under senior doctors and gradually rise in positions.
Top Government Medical Colleges in IndiaTop Private Medical Colleges in India

Continue reading to find more information about these colleges and their rank, fees, exams, cutoffs, admission process and a lot more.

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 2020 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

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.

The NIRF rankings are released every year, and the colleges are ranked on the basis of their performance across various parameters. NIRF ranking parameters include:

  • Teaching, Learning & Resources
  • Research and Professional Practice
  • Graduation Outcome
  • Outreach and Inclusivity
  • Peer Perception

NIRF released a list of the top 30 medical colleges in India in 2019. The best ones are listed below.

College NameNIRF Ranking 2019NIRF Ranking 2018ChangeAverage Annual Fee
AIIMS New Delhi110INR 1,628
PGIMER Chandigarh220INR 6,000
Christian Medical College, Vellore330INR 48,530
SGPGIMS Lucknow4NP--
Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences & Research, Kochi5NP-INR 18,00,000
BHU Varanasi67+1INR 10,400
Kasturba Medical College, Manipal74-3INR 14,40,000
JIPMER, Puducherry86-2INR 5,000
Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences, New Delhi98-1INR 70,000
King George’s Medical University, Lucknow105-5INR 55,000

AIIMS New Delhi has been ranked as the best medical college in India by NIRF for the past 2 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 2019 by NIRF has seen many new colleges making to the list.

  • Among the top new entrants are SGPGIMS Lucknow and Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, Kochi. These colleges have the ranks of 4 and 5 respectively.
  • While the rank of BHU, Varanasi increased by 1 point, the rank for most of the colleges has reduced significantly. Most of the private medical colleges ranked by NIRF have seen a decline in their rankings.
  • The top government medical colleges in India have retained their ranks in the list. Read in detail about their admission through the links given below.
AIIMS New Delhi Admission 2020PGIMER Chandigarh Admission 2020CMC Vellore Admission 2020

Top Medical Colleges in India: India Today 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 table below gives details of India Today Medical College Ranking 2019 and 2018.

College NameIndia Today Ranking 2019India Today Ranking 2018ChangeAverage Annual Fee
AIIMS New Delhi110INR 1,628
Christian Medical College, Vellore220INR 48,530
Armed Forces Medical College, Pune330INR 31,900
Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi440INR 2,000
Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Post Graduate Medical Education and Research, Puducherry550INR 5,000
King George’s Medical College, Lucknow660INR 55,000
Institute of Medical Sciences, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi770INR 10,400
Lady Hardinge Medical College, Delhi89+1INR 1,400
Vardhman Mahavir Medical College & Safdarjung Hospital, New Delhi913+4INR 33,500
Grant Medical College and Sir Jamshedjee Jeejeebhoy Group of Hospitals, Mumbai1011+1INR 60,000

India Today also ranks AIIMS New Delhi as the best medical college in India.

  • The top 7 institutes in the list have shown no change in their ranks.
  • The top 10 list has seen 2 new entrants this year including Vardhman Mahavir Medical College & Safdarjung Hospital, New Delhi and Grant Medical College and Sir JJ Group of Hospitals, Mumbai.
  • Though the top private medical colleges in India offer expensive education, most of the top govt medical colleges charge within INR 50,000.
  • The highest amount among these colleges is charged by Sir JJ Group of Hospitals, Mumbai at INR 60,000 per annum.

Top Medical Colleges in India: Outlook Ranking

The table below shows the medical college ranking by Outlook in 2019 and 2018. Outlook’s surveys are conducted in partnership with Drshti Strategic Research Services.

College NameOutlook Ranking 2019Outlook Ranking 2018ChangeAverage Annual Fees
AIIMS New Delhi110INR 1,628
Armed Forces Medical College, Pune220INR 31,900
Christian Medical College, Vellore330INR 48,530
St. John’s Medical College, Bangalore440INR 5,56,000
JIPMER, Puducherry550INR 5,000
King George’s Medical University, Lucknow660INR 55,000
Grant Government Medical College & Sir J J Group Of Hospital, Mumbai770INR 60,000
Institute of Medical Sciences, Varanasi880INR 10,400
Seth GS Medical College & KEM Hospital, Mumbai990INR 91,650
Kasturba Medical College, Manipal10100INR 14,40,000

AIIMS New Delhi emerges as the best player here also. The institute was ranked 1st in 2018 also. Other colleges ranked include Armed Forces Medical College, Pune and CMC Vellore.

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 NameCut Off Rank
AIIMS New Delhi53
Amrita School of Medicine, Kochi32055-95035
BHU Varanasi6467-13303
Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore3383-30521
JIPMER Puducherry156
King George’s Medical College, Lucknow88-496

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.

AIIMS New Delhi CutoffJIPMER Puducherry Cutoff
SGPGIMS Lucknow CutoffKasturba Medical College Cutoff
King George’s Medical University CutoffInstitute of Medical Sciences Varanasi Cutoff

Top Medical Colleges in India: Admission Process

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 2020 exam has been cancelled, and it has been replaced by the NEET 2020 exam.
  • This year, the exam is set to be conducted on May 3, 2020. Read what all is included in NEET 2020 Exam Pattern.

AIIMS New Delhi

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


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

Course NameDurationAverage Annual Fee
Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS)5 year 6 monthsINR 1,628
Bachelor of Science (BSc)3 year 6 monthsINR 425
Bachelor of Science (BSc) Hons4 yearsINR 1,685
Post Basic Bachelor of Science (PBBSc) Nursing2 yearsINR 805
Bachelor of Optometry (B.Optom)4 yearsINR 1,145
Master of Science (MSc)2 yearsINR 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 year.

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

CMC Vellore Medical Courses Offered


The following table shows the fees of these different courses.

Course NameAverage Annual Fee
Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS)INR 48,530
Bachelor of Science (B.Sc)INR 23,255
Bachelor of Prosthetics and OrthodonticsINR 23,255
Bachelor of Occupational TherapyINR 22,605
Fellowship in NursingINR 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 NameAverage Annual Fee
AIIMS New DelhiINR 1,628
Maulana Azad Medical College, New DelhiINR 2,000
University College of Medical Sciences & GTB Hospital, New DelhiINR 7,000
Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College (AMU), AligarhINR 44,000
BHU VaranasiINR 10,400

Top Medical Colleges in East India

College NameAverage Annual Fee
R G Kar Medical College & Hospital, KolkataINR 15,250
IPGMER, KolkataINR 8,100
Medical College & Hospital, KolkataINR 15,520
Darbhanga Medical College, DarbhangaINR 6,500
Calcutta National Medical College, KolkataINR 11,000

Top Medical Colleges in West India

College NameAverage Annual Fee
Armed Forces Medical College(AFMC), PuneINR 32,000
Seth G S Medical College, MumbaiINR 1,04,000
Dr. D Y Patil Education Society's D Y Patil Medical College, KolhapurINR 22,00,000
K J Somaiya Medical College, MumbaiINR 9,25,000
Grant Medical College, MumbaiINR 60,000

Top Medical Colleges in South India

College NameAverage Annual Fee
Christian Medical College, VelloreINR 48,530
Sri Ramachandra Medical College & Research Institute (SRMC), ChennaiINR 22,00,000
Kasturba Medical College(KMC), ManipalINR 14,40,000
Bangalore Medical College And Research Institute, BangaloreINR 14,850
St. John, BangaloreINR 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. The exam is scheduled for July 26 in 2020. The application fee of NEET 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

Also Check,

Top Medical Colleges in India through NEET PG

Top Medical Colleges in India through IPU CET

Top Medical Colleges in India through JIPMER

Top Medical Colleges in India through PGIMER

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. Are coloured hair and beard for students allowed in medical colleges?

Ans. Most of the colleges allow coloured hair but some are really strict regarding beard among the fresher students. There is no such fix criterion estabished in India though.

Ques. What is the rank required for AIIMS Delhi?

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

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