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All India Institute of Medical Sciences

All India Institute of Medical Sciences
New Delhi

Established : 1956
Type : Co-Education
Director : Dr. M. C. Mishra
Dean : Dr. P. K. Julka
Former Name : AIIMS Delhi
Location : New Delhi
Affiliation(s) : Autonomous
Category : Under Graduate, Post Graduate & Ph.D.
Accreditation / Recognition : Academic Committee of the Institute
Department(s) : M.B.B.S., M.D., M.S. & Nursing


  • Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery(MBBS) (Annual intake of 78 students)
  • Bachelor of Optometry (Annual intake of 19 students)
  • Bachelor of Science (Hons.) in Radiography/Radiodiagnosis (Annual intake of 9+1*students)
  • MD/MS (Annual intake of around 217–220 students in 24 disciplines)
  • DM/Magister Chirurgiae|M.Ch. (in 12 and 5 disciplines respectively)
  • Master of Dental Surgery M.D.S. in four specialities namely Orthodontics, Prosthodontics, Endodontics and Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
  • Master of Hospital Administration (M.H.A).
  • Bachelor of Science in Human Biology#BSc (Honours) Human Biology at All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi (1980–2002)|BSc(Hons.) Human Biology (1980–2002; now discontinued)
  • Bachelor of Science (Hons.) in Radiography/Radio-diagnosis (Annual intake of 9+1*students)
  • BSc (Hons.) in Nursing (Annual intake of 77 students in BSc Nursing)
  • BSc in Nursing (post-certificate)
  • MSc in Anatomy, Biochemistry, Biophysics, Pharmacology and Physiology
  • MSc in Urology Technology, Perfusion Technology & Nuclear Medicine
  • MSc in Nursing
  • Master of Biotechnology.
  • PhD in 47 disciplines.


  • Anaesthesiology, Pain Medicine and Critical Care
  • Anatomy
  • Academic Section
  • Biochemistry
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Biophysics
  • Biostatistics
  • Biotechnology
  • Cardiology
  • Centre for Community Medicine
  • College of Nursing
  • Dermatology & Venereology
  • Dietetics
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Endocrinology, Metabolism & Diabetes
  • Forensic Medicine and Toxicology
  • Finance Division
  • Geriatric Medicine
  • Gastroenterology and Human Nutrition
  • Gastrointestinal Surgery
  • Haematology
  • Hospital Administration
  • Laboratory Medicine
  • Medicine
  • Microbiology
  • Nephrology
  • Nuclear Medicine
  • Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Nursing Department
  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  • Orthopaedics
  • Otorhinolaryngology
  • Paediatrics
  • Paediatric Surgery
  • Pathology
  • Pharmacology
  • Physiology
  • Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
  • Psychiatry
  • Pulmonary Medicine and Sleep Disorders
  • Radio Diagnosis
  • Reproductive Biology
  • Research Section
  • Surgical Disciplines
  • Transplant Immunology & Immunogenetics
  • Transfusion Medicine (Blood Bank)
  • Urology

Undergraduate courses


Every year AIIMS accepts 72 Indian students, of which 37 belong to general category, 19 belong to Other Backward Classes (OBC), 11 belong to Scheduled Castes (S.C.) and 5 belong to Scheduled Tribes (S.T.) based on the results of an all-India entrance examination for its undergraduate M.B.B.S program. The number of students who take the entrance exam every year varies from 80,000 to 100,000. The acceptance rate for admission to the undergraduate course (medical school) is thus 72/90000 i.e. 0.08%.

One international student (nominated by Government of India from SAARC nations) completes the class size of 73. AIIMS also specialises in paramedical and basic science training for its undergraduates. AIIMS is one of the few institutions where the faculty-student ratio is much better than the norm.

Bachelor of Optometry

This course is of 4 year (3 year academic and 1-year internship) duration, and is aimed at enabling the students to achieve general understanding of Human Biology and in-depth knowledge of medical science related to basic Ophthalmic science, viz., Ocular Anatomy, Ocular Physiology, Ocular Biochemistry, Ocular Pathology, Ocular Microbiology and Ocular Pharmacology, as well as clinical Ophthalmology, viz., Physiological Optics, Orthoptics, Investigative Ophthalmology, Low Vision Aids, Contact Lenses. The objectives of the course are:

  • To enable candidates to work in hospitals, clinics and community, in order to help in the execution of integrated approach of promotive, preventive, diagnostic, curative and rehabilitative aspects of ophthalmic care,
  • To carry out refraction of normal as well as low vision patients and prescribe glasses of appropriate power and other parameters (coatings, tints, refractive index, asphericity, design, etc.),
  • To assess contact lens patients and fit contact lens in various conditions, such as, keratoconus, aphakia, corneal scarring, etc.
  • To carry out various ophthalmic investigations, such as, Perimetry, Tonometry, Biometry, O.C.T., etc.
  • To be able to diagnose ocular disorders and management of certain ocular disorder i.e. catract, glaucoma, etc.
  • To be able to assess disorders of ocular motility and monocular and binocular visual functions, give orthoptic and pleoptic exercises.

The teaching exercises include lectures, seminars, demonstrations and postings in OPDs, operation theatres, mobile eye camps and various investigative labs. Admission to this course is done yearly and about 19 students are admitted. Admission based on the results of an all-India entrance examination conduct by AIIMS itself for its undergraduate Optometry program. The number of students who take the entrance exam every year varies from 30,000 to 50,000. The acceptance rate for admission to the undergraduate course is thus 19/40000 i.e. 0.04%

Bachelor of Science(Hons.) in Radiography/Radio-diagnosis

This course is of 3 years duration. The objectives of the course are:

  • To provide basic knowledge of Human Anatomy and Physiology for understanding Human Biology,
  • To provide basic understanding of the beneficial and harmful effects of X-ray radiation and protective measures while working with it,
  • To understand physical principles of other imaging modalities like ultrasound, CT and MRI,
  • To produce best of radiologic technologists with full command over modalities like Ultrasound, CT, MRI.
  • To train the students to perform all routine radiographic techniques and produce images of good diagnostic qualities with minimum radiation dose,
  • To train students to work independently as competent imaging technologists

Post-graduate courses

There are about forty-two speciality post-graduate courses conducted at AIIMS. The entry is through a nationwide competitive examination held every six months. Each year nearly 50 thousand medical graduates and 25 thousand dental graduates across the country compete for the limited number of positions, approximately, 1% of the candidates are admitted through the process- making it one of the most difficult tests. These courses are highly coveted by the medical graduates across the country because of the institution's excellent medical services, exposure to unusual and referred cases and excellent opportunities for research. The Institute announced that the test would be conducted in both online and paper-and-pen modes from May 2013 onwards. The next Entrance test is scheduled to be held on 10 May 2015.

Integrating clinics and research

AIIMS was originally built as a Superspeciality tertiary care (refers to India's three-tier health system with Primary clinics, which refer cases to secondary district level hospitals, which in turn refer cases to regional tertiary hospitals) centre with primary emphasis on research and specialised training facilities. MBBS is the basic medical course, the same as medical school. This is followed by specialisation, which poda naye is the term for postgrad training in General Surgery, General Internal Medicine, Pediatrics and other fields. Superspecialities are those healthcare fields whose practitioners need specialised certification after completing their postgraduations, examples being cardiothoracic and vascular surgery, rheumatology, Neurology, Pediatric Neurology etc. There are at least 45 superspecialities at AIIMS. Having clinical superspecialities in the same campus as its major research facilities makes AIIMS optimally suited for nurturing best quality translational research, which can translate into clinically useful end products, in India. 1234 AIIMS publishes The National Medical Journal of India, among India's most prestigious clinical journals.[22] Its impact factor is the highest among Indian journals after the Indian journal of Medical Research (published by the Indian Council of Medical Research). Apart from this, several journals in medical sciences are edited by AIIMS faculty.

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Creating a country imbued with a scientific culture was Jawaharlal Nehru's dream, and immediately after independence he prepared a grand design to achieve it. Among the temples of modern India which he designed, was a centre of excellence in the medical sciences. Nehru's dream was that such a centre would set the pace for medical education and research in Southeast Asia , and in this he had the wholehearted support of his Health Minister, Rajkumari Amrit Kaur.

The health survey and development committee ,chaired by Sir Joseph Bhore, an Indian Civil Servant ,had in 1946 already recommended the establishment of a national medical centre which would concentrate on meeting the need for highly qualified manpower to look after the nation's expanding health care activities . The dreams of Nehru and Amrit Kaur and the recommendations of the Bhore Committee converged to create a proposal which found favor with the government of New Zealand. A generous grant from New Zealand under the Colombo Plan made it possible to lay the foundation stone of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in 1952. The AIIMS was finally created in 1956, as an autonomous institution through an Act of Parliament ,to serve as a nucleus for nurturing excellence in all aspect of health care.

All-India Institute of Medical Sciences was established as an institution of national importance by an Act of Parliament with the objects to develop patterns of teaching in Undergraduate and Post-graduate Medical Education in all its branches so as to demonstrate a high standard of Medical Education in India; to bring together in one place educational facilities of the highest order for the training of personnel in all important branches of health activity; and to attain self-sufficiency in Post-graduate Medical Education.

The Institute has comprehensive facilities for teaching, research and patient-care. As provided in the Act, AIIMS conducts teaching programs in medical and para-medical courses both at undergraduate and postgraduate levels and awards its own degrees. Teaching and research are conducted in 42 disciplines. In the field of medical research AIIMS is the lead, having more than 600 research publications by its faculty and researchers in a year. AIIMS also runs a College of Nursing and trains students for B.Sc.(Hons.) Nursing post-certificate) degrees.

Twenty-five clinical departments including four super specialty centers manage practically all types of disease conditions with support from pre- and Para-clinical departments. However, burn cases, dog-bite cases and patients suffering from infectious diseases are not entertained in the AIIMS Hospital. AIIMS also manages a 60-beded hospital in the Comprehensive Rural Health Centre at Ballabgarh in Haryana and provides health cover to about 2.5 lakh population through the Centre for Community Medicine.

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