Post Graduate course in Aerospace Medicine at IAM, Bangalore

Do you wish to pursue a post-graduate degree in Aerospace Medicine? Are you searching for admission details into the Institute of Aerospace Medicine (IAM)? Find details of admission procedure, eligibility, age limit and other requirements that you will need to fulfil.

My previous article covers specific details on the post graduate course in aerospace medicine offered at the Institute of Aerospace Medicine (IAM), in Bangalore. IAM is a premier institute of the Indian Airforce and one of the few institutions in the world to offer the MD in Aerospace Medicine course.

What is Aerospace Medicine

Aerospace medicine is a branch of medicine that concentrates on clinical care, medical research and support of the fitness, wellbeing and efficiency of pilots and crewmembers and astronauts. People employed in the aviation and space industry work in restrictive conditions experiencing physical and psychological stress. They work in tough environments and are vulnerable to radiation exposure, microgravity and G-forces and hypoxia. Military personnel are at risk of injuries caused during emergency ejection.

Aerospace doctors study the physiological ramifications and hazards created by these environments and acquire skill and knowledge to practice appropriate medical management techniques, and safeguarding this select population.

So, aerospace medicine has a very limited scope; all the same, it is crucial to the aviation and space sectors. Aerospace doctors are required to be accomplished and proficient at their job and are in high demand. They work within organisations and hospitals involved in medical and safety affairs associated with aviation and space travel. Postgraduate studies in aerospace medicine make doctors eligible for employment in the Armed Forces (as commissioned medical officers), commercial airlines (all civil airlines), regulatory agencies (DGCA) and space agencies (ISRO) or the academic world etc.

No two aviation-medicine specialist, may not do the same work, because their responsibilities hinge on their work environment. Those employed in the military will be responsible for the physical well-being of the squadron. Aviation medicine doctors will work as medical officers for commercial carriers, and examine and review aircrew and issue medical certificates, deeming them fit to fly. If this field of medicine interests you, here is how you can be a part of it, by studying for a PG in Aerospace Medicine. Below is the detailed admission process in the IAM.

Selection procedure

  • Although the Institute of Aerospace Medicine is a Military Establishment and affiliated to the Armed Forces Medical Service (AFMS), civilians are eligible to apply for admission
  • All aspirants are required to have qualified the NEET PG test. Candidates who have not qualified NEET can take crash course coaching in NEET PG
  • The next step is to register themselves on the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) website and the AFMS websites for counselling. Links to the websites are provided at the end of the article
  • Based on the registrations, a priority-wise merit list is compiled, and published on the DGHS and AFMS website
  • Please note that names of candidates who failed to register for the AFMS PG Counselling will not be included in the list. Registration is required on both DGHS and AFMS websites
  • Names cannot be included in the merit list, for AFMS PG once it has been published and updated on the Medical Counselling Committee (MCC) website under the DGHS

Eligibility criteria

  • Admission to the PG course at the Institute of Aerospace Medicine is open only to Indian citizens (foreigners allowed under stipulated conditions)
  • Candidates are required to be registered with the Medical Council of India (MCI) or with the State Medical Council
  • Candidates who will complete internship by March 2020 may also apply. However, they will be required to produce the permanent registration certificate or a provisional registration certificate at the time of admission
  • Foreign nationals, sponsored by the Govt. and allowed by the Directorate General Armed Forces Medical Services (DFAFMS) are required to have qualified MBBS or its equivalent exam, as well as the NEET PG
  • Civilian candidates, come under Priority-5 and the maximum age limit set for them is 35 years
  • Candidates who had been on the merit list, in a previous year, but had failed to report or cancelled their admission causing a seat to go unoccupied, will not be eligible
  • Candidates pursuing a PG course in another discipline will not be considered

Application Form

  • Application forms for the AFMC PG course will be available online on the MCC website (link below), and candidates will have to complete and submit the same, online, to register themselves
  • Candidates must ensure that there are no discrepancies in the registration form, and the particulars match those entered in the NEET PG
  • Candidates will need to fill in the following details in the form – name, educational qualification, date of birth and NEET PG score etc.
  • Candidates are advised to download their copy of the registration form, for future reference

Counselling procedure

The details shared here are based on the previous year's information. For exact info, candidates must check for updates on the AFMS website. The counselling happens for all the PG courses offered by the AFMC, at all its institutes.

  • The counselling process in the previous years began with the publishing of the priority-wise merit list; followed by priority-wise counselling where the candidates are required to be present in person
  • Lat year, 10 seats were offered for the PG course at IAM
  • Counselling for Priority 1 will take place first, followed by the rest, in a sequential order. Serving officers are given priority, followed by the Govt. sponsored international students. Vacant seats, if any, will be available for members of the subsequent priority list, in order of merit
  • Candidates who are offered admission will need to produce original documents for verification, following which they will be guided through the admission process

Documents for verification

At the time of admission candidates will be required to produce the following documents:

  • Hard copy of registration slip (the one that was downloaded)
  • Copy of NEET PG merit list published by the National Board of Education (NBE)
  • Age proof – copy of class 10 certificate
  • Proof of nationality – copy of passport, birth certificate or certificate of domicile
  • MBBS degree
  • Mark sheet of each year of MBBS (Transcript)
  • Certificate of completion of internship
  • Attempt certificate
  • Permanent or provisional registration certificate issued by the MCI or the State Medical Council
  • Migration or transfer certificate
  • Affidavit for gap in education, if applicable
  • Recent passport size photographs – 6

Note, that all documents must be in original, except those downloaded during registration and online counselling. Candidates must also carry photocopies of the originals. If documents and information submitted by a candidate are found to be incorrect, the Commandant of IAM is empowered to cancel their seat allotments.

Admission process

Admission into the PG course in IAM is provisional (as are all other PG courses in any of the AFMS institutions) and subject to approval by the Office of DGFAMS and the university involved, in this case, the Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, Karnataka. Upon selection, candidates will be required to submit certificates and documents that the institute (in this case the IAM) or university request. The final decision on admission lies with the Commandant of the college (IMA) and shall be binding to all.

Bond Agreement

Civilian candidates on the priority-merit list five will be offered the seats, not filled by candidates from the other priority list. Since the IMA is an AFMS institution, its purpose is to appropriate the requirements of specialist doctors, in the services.

Civilian candidates who are selected for the PG course in Aerospace Medicine will be required to sign a five-year bond, consenting to serve as Short Service Commissioned Officers, with the AFMS. Candidates who are reluctant to join the Armed Forces, but keen on doing the course, may recompense a sum, authorised by the Government of India, and seek admission.

The bond, the format for which will be published on the AFMS website, will need to be executed on a non-judicial stamp paper. The same will have to be registered with the office of sub-registrar and presented at the time of counselling. The exact amount of the bond money will be intimated on the AFMS website. The bond is legal and binding document and may be amended, without prior notice, under Govt. guidelines, necessitating civilian candidates to sign a new bond. The candidates will bear expenses incurred for the bond.

Important dates

Note that dates mentioned here are tentative, and based on last years counselling schedule. For exact dates, refer to the MCC and AFMS websites.
  • Registration and counselling commences - Third week of March
  • Last date for payment – Last week of March
  • Filling and locking of course – Last week of March
  • Seat allotment – Last week of March
  • Declaration of final seat allotments – Last week of March
  • Reporting/commencement of course – First week of April

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