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NIMHANS, Bangalore: Courses, Admission Procedure, Fees & Stipend

October 30, 2023
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The National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS) is a multidisciplinary centre for state-of-the-art research in mental health and neurosciences, academic pursuits, and patient treatment. It is located in Bangalore, India, and is one of the premier institutes in the country for the treatment and study of mental health disorders.

The NIMHANS offers the latest modern medical advancements and is a centre of excellence. The college was founded in 1974 as an independent organisation under the jurisdiction of the Indian government’s Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. In 2012, it was designated as an Institute of National Importance. The college is highly renowned for the following:

  • Academics: A range of undergraduate, graduate programs, doctoral, and postdoctoral courses in mental health and neurosciences are available at NIMHANS.
  • Research: In neuroscience and mental health, NIMHANS is a premier research centre. The institution carries out research on many different subjects, including aetiology, diagnosis, and management of mental health conditions.
  • Patient care: The 2,000-bed hospital at NIMHANS offers thorough treatment for mental health conditions including obsessive-compulsive disorder, schizophrenia, depression, and anxiety. The institute also features dedicated addiction, geriatric, and child and adolescent psychiatric clinics.

Here are some of NIMHANS’s most recent accomplishments:

  • According to the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) 2023, NIMHANS is India’s best medical facility for neuroscience and mental health, and it holds the 4th place in the Medical Sciences category in India.
  • NIMHANS researchers have created a brand-new artificial intelligence-based method for diagnosing and screening depression.
  • To help individuals in India’s rural and tribal areas who need mental health treatments, NIMHANS has started a telemedicine program.

Courses Available at NIMHANS

  • MD courses
  • Post MBBS DM (Neurology) course
  • Post MBBS MCh (Neurosurgery) course
  • DM (Post MD/DNB) courses
  • MCh (Post MS/DNB) courses
  • PhD programme
  • Fellowship Courses
  • Phil. Courses
  • B.Sc. & M.Sc. Courses
  • Postdoctoral Diploma Courses
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship Courses

Admission to MD Courses

Course Duration: 3 years

Mode of Selection: INI-CET entrance examination

Age Criteria: For applicants applying under:

  • General/Unreserved Category- 32 Years
  • OBC Category- 35 Years
  • SC/ST Category-37 Years
  • Sponsored/Deputed Category- 45 Years

Emoluments/Stipend: The emoluments/stipend for the MD Students is:

  • 1st year: Rs.56,100
  • 2nd year: Rs.57,800
  • 3rd year: Rs.59,500

Candidates chosen under the “Sponsorship Category” or the “External Fellowship Category” who get income and benefits from their employers are not qualified to receive any emoluments from the Institute.

Fee Structure: The tuition fee for the MD courses at NIMHANS, Bangalore is Rs. 73,250/-.

List of MD Courses

MD Courses Eligibility Number of Seats
MD in Psychiatry MBBS OR DPM         13 seats (for each session) under All India category

4 seats (session 1) & 1 seat (session 1) under Karnataka Domicile

3 Seats (for each session) under the Northeastern category.

MD in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation MBBS 02 seats under the ‘Institute Stipendiary’

01 seat under the ‘Sponsored/Deputed category’

Admission to DM Neurology and M.Ch. Neurosurgery Courses (Post MBBS Category)

Course Duration: 6 years Post MBBS (3 years as Junior Resident and 3 years as Senior Resident)

Eligibility Qualification: MBBS

Mode of Selection: INI-CET entrance examination

Age Criteria: 32 years

Emoluments/Stipend: The emoluments/stipend for the DM/M.Ch Students is:

  • 1st year: Rs.56,100
  • 2nd year: Rs.57,800
  • 3rd year: Rs.59,500
  • 4th year: Rs.67,700
  • 5th year: Rs.69,700
  • 6th year: Rs.71,800

Candidates chosen under the “Sponsorship Category” or the “External Fellowship Category” who get income and benefits from their employers are not qualified to receive any emoluments from the Institute.

Fee Structure: The tuition fee for the 6 years of DM/M.Ch (Post MBBS) courses at NIMHANS, Bangalore is Rs. 91,150/-.

List of DM/M.Ch (Post MBBS) Courses

Courses Number of Seats
DM in Neurology 04 seats under ‘Institute Stipendiary’ (Session 1)
M.Ch. in Neurosurgery 02 seats under the ‘Institute Stipendiary Category’ (each in both the session 1 & 2)

Admission to DM (Post MD/DNB) & M.Ch (Post MS/DNB) Courses

Course Duration: 3 years

Eligibility Qualification: MD/DNB

Mode of Selection: INI-SS (Super Specialty) entrance examination

Age Criteria: 37 years

Emoluments/Stipend: The emoluments/stipend for the DM and MCh Students is:

1st year: Rs.67,700

2nd year: Rs.69,700

3rd year: Rs.71,800

Candidates chosen under the “Sponsorship Category” or the “External Fellowship Category” who get income and benefits from their employers are not qualified to receive any emoluments from the Institute.

Fee Structure: The tuition fee for the 3 years of DM/MCh courses at NIMHANS, Bangalore is Rs. 81,250/-.

List of DM and M.Ch Courses

Course Eligibility Number of Seats
DM in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry MD in Psychiatry or DNB in Psychiatry 02 seats under the ‘Institute Stipendiary Category’

02 seats under the ‘Sponsored Category’

DM in Neuroanaesthesia & Neurocritical Care MD in Anaesthesiology or DNB in Anaesthesiology For Session 1,

04 seats are under the ‘Institute Stipendiary Category’

02 seats are under the ‘Sponsored Category’

For Session 2,

03 seats under the ‘Institute Stipendiary Category’

DM in Neuroimaging and Interventional

Radiology

MD in Radiodiagnosis or DNB in Radiodiagnosis 04 seats under the ‘Institute Stipendiary Category’

01 seat under the ‘Sponsored Category’.

DM in Neurology MD in Internal (General) Medicine/Pediatrics or DNB in

Internal (General) Medicine/Pediatrics

For Session 1,

05 seats are under the ‘Institute Stipendiary Category’

01 seat is under the ‘Sponsored Category’

For Session 2,

10 seats under the ‘Institute Stipendiary’

DM in Neuropathology MD in Pathology or DNB in Pathology 01 seat under the ‘Institute Stipendiary Category’

01 seats under the ‘Sponsored Category’

DM in Geriatric Psychiatry MD in Psychiatry or DNB in Psychiatry 02 seats under the ‘Institute Stipendiary Category’
DM in Addiction Psychiatry MD in Psychiatry or DNB in Psychiatry 02 seats under the ‘Institute Stipendiary Category’

02 seats under the ‘Sponsored Category’

DM in Forensic Psychiatry MD in Psychiatry or DNB in Psychiatry 02 seats under the ‘Sponsored Category’
M.Ch in Neurosurgery MS in General Surgery or DNB in General

Surgery

For session 1,

02 seats are under the ‘Institute Stipendiary Category’

01 seat is under the ‘Sponsored Category’.

For Session 2,

03 seats are under the ‘Institute Stipendiary Category’

Admission to Ph.D. Program

Course Duration: 3 to 5 years

Mode of Selection: NIMHANS conducts an entrance examination which contributes 70% to the final score calculation followed by an Interview which holds a 30% contribution to the final score.

Qualifying Percentage in the Entrance Examination:

  • UR/SC/ST/OBC/EWS: 50%
  • PwBD: 45%

Emoluments/Stipend: The stipend to Ph.D. candidates (Except for Ph.D. in Clinical Neurosciences courses) is given as follows:

  • Ist Year: 31,000 per month
  • IInd Year: 31,000 per month
  • IIIrd Year: 35,000 per month
  • IVth Year: 35,000 per month
  • Contingency Grants (for all years): Rs. 20,000 per annum

Candidates chosen under the “Sponsorship Category” or the “External Fellowship Category” who get income and benefits from their employers are not qualified to receive any emoluments from the Institute.

In the case of Ph.D. in Clinical Neurosciences, the stipend to PhD candidates is given as follows:

  • Ist Year (Basic Pay + Grade Pay): 18,750 + Rs. 6,600 per month
  • IInd Year (Basic Pay + Grade Pay): 19,510 + Rs. 6,600 per month
  • IIIrd Year (Basic Pay + Grade Pay): 20,300 + Rs. 6,600 per month
  • Contingency Grants (for all years): Rs. 1,00,000 per annum

Fee Structure: The tuition fee for the PhD program at NIMHANS, Bangalore is Rs. 32,000/-.

Course Structure (Except for Ph.D. in Clinical Neurosciences): The candidate will initially be enrolled for a Ph.D. on a provisional basis. After passing the Pre-Ph.D. test, the enrollment will be verified. The applicant would get training in both the theoretical and practical components of the discipline’s curriculum. The candidate must submit the thesis for the granting of the Ph.D. degree after completing the intended work and receiving approval of the synopsis.

Course Structure (For Ph.D. in Clinical Neurosciences): The scholars must pass the Pre-Ph.D. test and finish the Ph.D. coursework within the first year. Based on their qualifying post-graduate degree, the scholars would be paired with a faculty mentor in the corresponding department for the first three months.

The scholars then work on their Ph.D. dissertations with the mentor’s assistance as well as co-guides from clinical and fundamental specialisations. Until the end of their course, they will be assigned to the appropriate clinical department of the Principal Guide, where they will serve as Senior Residents. The Ph.D. scholars are required to work on a dissertation that combines clinical and fundamental science expertise with translational research. The scholars are required to complete the preparation of their thesis protocol within 6 months of their course.

List of Ph.D. Programs

Ph.D. Program Eligibility Number of Seats
Ph.D. in Biophysics MBBS OR M.Phil. Biophysics/Neuroscience OR Master’s Degree in Biochemistry/Biophysics/ Bioinformatics/Biotechnology/All branches of Life Sciences/Microbiology/Physics/Physiology/ Pharmacology/Regenerative Medicine 01 seat
Ph.D. in Biostatistics Master’s Degree in Agricultural Statistics/Applied Statistics/Biostatistics/Health Statistics/Medical Statistics/Statistics OR M.Stat. (ISI) through the regular course. 01seat
Ph.D. in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry DNB in Psychiatry OR MD in Psychiatry OR M.Phil. in Clinical Psychology/Psychiatric Social Work. Variable
Ph.D. in Clinical Neurosciences (Course is funded by ICMR) MD in Psychiatry/General Medicine/Community Medicine/Pediatrics/Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation/Neurorehabilitation OR MS in General Surgery OR DM in Neurology/Child and Adolescent Psychiatry/Geriatric Psychiatry/Addiction Medicine OR M.Ch. in Neurosurgery and any other degrees as approved by appropriate statutory bodies 08 seats, funded by ICMR
Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology M.Phil. in Clinical Psychology OR M.Phil. in Mental Health and Social Psychology OR 2 years Master’s Degree in Applied Psychology/Clinical Psychology/ Counselling Psychology/Psychological Counselling/ Psychology 03 seats
Ph.D. in Clinical Psychopharmacology and Neurotoxicology MBBS OR DPM OR MD in Psychiatry/Psychological Medicine or DNB in Psychiatry or M.Pharm OR PharmD or MD in Biochemistry/Microbiology/ M.Phil./2 years M.Sc. in Biochemistry/Microbiology/ Physiology/Neurosciences/Zoology/Biotechnology/ M.Tech in Biotechnology Variable
Ph.D. in Human Genetics 2 years Master’s Degree in Zoology/Biotechnology/ Biochemistry/Applied Genetics/Human Genetics/ Molecular Biology/Biomedical Genetics OR M.Tech in Genetic Engineering/Genetic Biotechnology OR B.Tech in Biotechnology OR MBBS Variable
Ph.D. in Mental Health Education MBBS/Masters in Health Education/Media Studies/ Journalism/Mass Communication/Masters in Public Health/Masters in Social Work/Nursing/Psychology with 2 years of experience in a mental health setting or Health Journalism Variable
Ph.D. in Neurochemistry 2 Years M.Sc. Degree in Biochemistry/Biotechnology/ Neuroscience/Medical Biochemistry 01 seat
Ph.D. in Neuroimaging and Interventional Radiology BE/B.Tech/DNB in Radiodiagnosis/MBBS/MD/ Master’s Degree in Medical Subjects/M.Tech Degree. Variable
Ph.D. in Neurology MBBS OR MD OR BDS OR M.Tech with experience in Neuroscience Research OR 2 years M.Sc. in Life Sciences Variable
Ph.D. in Neurological Rehabilitation DNB in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation OR Master’s Degree in Physiotherapy (MPT)/Occupational therapy (MOT)/Orthotics & Prosthetics OR MBBS OR MD in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation OR M.Phil. in Clinical Psychology/Psychiatric Social Work/Clinical Neurosciences OR Master’s Degree in Nursing/Speech Therapy Variable
Ph.D. in Neuro microbiology MD Microbiology OR Master’s Degree in Applied Microbiology/Biomedical Genetics/Biotechnology/ Medical Microbiology/Microbiology/MLT/Molecular Biology Variable
Ph.D. in Neuropathology MBBS OR MD in Pathology OR 2 years Master’s Degree in Zoology/Neurosciences/Physiology/Biotechnology/ Biological Sciences/Cell Biology/Life Science/Anatomy /Biochemistry/Microbiology/Molecular Biology and Human Genetics/Bioinformatics/Biophysics/ Developmental Biology/Evolutionary Biology/Systems Biology Variable
Ph.D. in Neurophysiology M.Phil in Neurophysiology/Neurosciences/Yoga OR MD in Ayurveda/Physiology/Yoga OR 2 years Master’s Degree in Physiology/Anatomy/Biochemistry/ Biotechnology/Life Sciences/Cognitive Neuroscience/ Neuroscience/Zoology/Pharmacology OR MBBS OR MS (Pharm)/M.Pharm (Pharmacology OR Biotechnology) OR BE/B.Tech/ME/M.Tech in Electronics/Electricals/Computer Science/ Biotechnology 03 seats
Ph.D. in Neurovirology MBBS OR MD in Microbiology OR 2 years Master’s Degree in Biotechnology/Medical Microbiology/ Microbiology/Virology Variable
Ph.D. in Nursing Master’s Degree in Nursing 01 seat
Ph.D. in Psychiatric Social Work 2 years Master’s Degree in Social Work OR M.Phil. in Psychiatric Social Work 01 seat
Ph.D. in Psychiatry BE OR B.Tech OR MBBS OR MD OR ME OR M.Tech OR 2 years Master’s Degree in Medical Biotechnology/ Biotechnology/Biochemistry/Genetics/Microbiology/ Immunology/Physiology/Bioinformatics/Cellular Biology and Anatomical Sciences/Molecular Biology/ Biophysics/Anatomy/Neurosciences/Pharmacology /Zoology/Life Sciences/M.Pharm Variable
Ph.D. in History of Psychiatry MBBS OR 2 years Master’s Degree in Psychology/ Philosophy/History/Sociology/Social Work/Languages Variable
Ph.D. in Mental Health Rehabilitation MBBS OR M.Phil. Degree in Clinical Psychology/ Psychiatric Social Work OR 2 years Master’s Degree in Psychiatric Nursing/Psychosocial Rehabilitation/ Occupational Therapy. 02 seats
Ph.D. in Speech Pathology and Audiology Master’s Degree in Speech Pathology & Audiology/ Speech-Language Pathology/Audiology 01 seat
Ph.D. in Integrative Medicine MBBS/BAMS/BNYS/MA OR M.Sc. OR M.Phil. in Yoga/ Clinical Psychology/Neuroscience/M.Sc. in Nursing/M. Pharm OR Masters in Physiotherapy Variable
Ph.D. in Psychosocial Support in Disaster Management Master’s Degree in Social Work/Psychiatric Social Work/Applied Psychology/Clinical Psychology/ Counselling Psychology/Psychological Counselling/ Psychology OR M.Sc. in Psychiatric Nursing OR MD in Psychiatry OR DNB in Psychiatry 02 seats

 

Admission to Master of Public Health Course

Course Duration: The duration of Master of Public Health courses at NIMHANS is 02 years.

Eligibility: MBBS OR Bachelor of Dental Sciences OR Postgraduate degree in Sociology/Statistics/Environmental Sciences/Physiotherapy/Occupational Therapy/Health Management/Social Work/Economics/Speech Pathology and Audiology/Speech Pathology/Audiology/Nursing

Mode of Selection: Entrance Test followed by Verification of Original Certificates on the day of admission

Qualifying Percentage in Entrance Test: The qualifying percentage is 50% for UR/OBC/EWS categories and 45% for SC/ST/PwBD.

Age Criteria: The age limit is 45 years.

Emoluments/Stipend: The emoluments/stipend for ‘Institute Stipendiary Category’ candidates is 25,000/- per month.

Candidates chosen under the “Sponsorship Category” or the “External Fellowship Category” who get income and benefits from their employers are not qualified to receive any emoluments from the Institute.

Fee Structure: The tuition fee for the MPH course at NIMHANS, Bangalore is Rs. 96,500/-.

Number of Seats: There are 05 seats under the ‘Institute Stipendiary Category’ (out of which one seat is under Karnataka Domicile) and 05 seats under the ‘Sponsorship Category’.

Admissions to M.Phil. Courses

Course Duration: The duration of M. Phil courses at NIMHANS is 02 years.

Mode of selection: Entrance Test + Verification of Original Certificates on the day of admission

Qualifying percentage in Entrance Test: The qualifying percentage is 50% for UR/OBC/EWS categories and 45% for SC/ST/PwBD.

Age Criteria: The age limit is 32 years.

Emoluments/Stipend: The emoluments/stipend is 25,000 per month along with Rs. 15,000/- as Contingency Grants per annum.

Candidates chosen under the “Sponsorship Category” or the “External Fellowship Category” who get income and benefits from their employers are not qualified to receive any emoluments from the Institute.

Fee Structure: The tuition fee for M.Phil. courses at NIMHANS, Bangalore is Rs. 24,800/-.

List of M.Phil. Courses

Courses Eligibility Seats
M.Phil. in Clinical Psychology 2 years Master’s Degree in Applied Psychology/ Clinical Psychology/ Counselling Psychology/ Psychological Counselling/ Psychology 23 seats under the ‘Institute Stipendiary Category’ (in All India Category)

06 seats under ‘Institute Stipendiary Category’ (Karnataka Domicile category)

03 seats for the Foreign/Sponsored category

M.Phil. in Psychiatric Social Work 2 years Master’s Degree in Social Work 23 seats under the ‘Institute Stipendiary Category’ (in All India Category)

06 seats under the ‘Institute Stipendiary Category’ (Karnataka Domicile category)

03 seats for the Foreign/Sponsored category

Other Courses at NIMHANS, Bangalore

M.Sc. Courses

  • Sc. Biostatistics
  • Sc. Psychiatric Nursing
  • Sc. Neuroscience Nursing
  • Sc. in Yoga Therapy (Mental Health & Neurosciences)
  • Sc. in Neuroscience

Postgraduate Diploma Course (1 year)

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Biochemistry

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