Educational qualification required to join B.S.M.S. course
The medical colleges offering B.S.M.S. course comes under the state of Tamil Nadu and are affiliated to The Tamil Nadu Dr. MGR Medical University, the candidates must have completed 10+2 or Higher Secondary Examination from the Tamil Nadu Higher Secondary State Board in their first attempt to apply for B.S.M.S. course. Candidates must have studied Physics, Chemistry and Biology / Physics, Chemistry, Botany & Zoology at their higher secondary level with not less than 60% marks. For candidates falling under SC / ST categories, the qualifying percentage of marks is 40 – 55%. In comparison to M.B.B.S and B.D.S, getting a seat in B.S.M.S. program is easier.
The minimum duration of Bachelor of Siddha Medicine and Surgery (B.S.M.S.) course is about 5 ½ years. Four and a half years are dedicated towards classroom classes and rest 1 year towards internship.
Colleges which are coming under the Health & Family Welfare Department of the Government of Tamil Nadu, admission to the Bachelor of Siddha Medicine and Surgery (B.S.M.S.) course is purely done on the basis of merit in the qualifying examination as per the aforesaid percentage of marks. Reservation of seats applicable is:
SC candidates – 18%
ST candidates – 1%
MBC candidates – 20%
BC candidates – 30%
OC candidates – 31%
Candidates who have completed Bachelor of Siddha Medicine and Surgery (B.S.M.S.) course can take up PG course in Siddha Medicine. After completing PG course, candidates can take up M.D in Siddha Medicine.
Siddha medicine is used not only in India, but is recognized and followed all over the world. As compared to modern system of medicine, Siddha Medicine is widely accepted as an alternative medicine due to lesser side effects. Candidates with B.S.M.S. degree can find job opportunities in medical colleges, pharmaceutical industry, health departments, drug research institutions, clinics, nursing homes, private and Government hospitals in the Siddha departments. Job opportunities as Medical Officer, B.S.M.S. doctor, M.D doctor, Assistant Medical Officer both in private as well as public sectors are available. After completing B.S.M.S. course, candidates can start practicing in private clinics, hospitals and other health centers. They can also start their career in teaching field. They can learn certain practices of Ayurveda and they can increase their options of offering medicines to the patients.
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