The Ayurvedic Colleges of India awards the Degree of "Ayurvedacharya" or B.A.M.S. (Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine & Surgery) at the bachelor level. Duration of B.A.M.S is 41/2 years/51/2 years including Internship.

Eligibility required to join B.A.M.S (Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine & Surgery) is Higher Secondary/P.U.C. preferably with Sanskrit or an examination equivalent there to, or Intermediate (Ayurvedic group- Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Sanskrit or State domicile language) of any recognised University/Board which confirms to the specifications approved by the Council. Minimum age of joining for BAMS course is 17 years.

Some institutions also offers certificate courses or pre Ayurvedic courses of 1 year to 2 years. Eligibility needed for such course is S.S.L.C./ Matriculation preferably with Sanskrit or an examination equivalent.

Main entrance exams for admission to a Bachelors degree in Ayurveda include, 'All India Pre-Medical/Pre-Dental Entrance Exam' conducted by Central Board of Secondary Examination (CBSE), Delhi on a national level to select the candidates at an all India level (except in the states of Jammu & Kashmir and Andhra Pradesh ) for admission to roughly 15% of the total seats in the colleges of each state, Pre-med entrance exam conducted by different states on their own for domiciled candidates. Some national level institutions where admission does not hinge on domicile status, give admission on the basis of merit in the 10+2 examination, or conducts their own entrance test for admission to BAMS courses.

Candidates who have passed BAMS can apply for post graduate programmes. The Post graduate programmes are conducted by many recognised institutions and has a duration of 3 years leading to degrees of Doctor of Medicine in Ayurveda (M.D. (Ayu)) and Master of Surgery in Ayurveda (M.S. (Ayu)).

Candidates who have passed MBBS course recognized by Medical Council of India and have completed one year internship training can also apply for Post Graduate course in Ayurveda.

Post-graduate programs is structured into 16 branches leading to a Doctorate in Ayurveda. The 16 branches are Ayurvedic Sidhanta (Fundamental Principals of Ayurveda), Ayurved Samhita ( Treatise of Ayurveda), Rachna Sharira ( Anatomy), Kriya Sharira (Physiology), Dravya Guna Vigyan ( Materia Medica & Pharmacology), Ras- ShastraBhaishajya Kalpana ( Pharmaceuticals), Kumar Bharitya ( Paediatrics), Prasuti Tantra (Obstetrics & Gynaecology), Swasth Vrita (Social of Preventive Medicine), Kayachikitsa (Internal Medicine, Rog Nidan ( Pathology,) Shalya Tantra ( Surgery), Shalkya Tantra ( Eye & ENT ), Mano Roga ( Psychiatry), Panchkarma (Detoxification of body).

To be a successful Ayurveda practitioner, one must have a strong power of concentration, self-confidence, responsibility, caring nature, good communication and counseling skills, and have the ability to make pivotal decisions after weighing up relevant factors.

Candidates will be selected for the BAMS course on the basis of marks secured in the entrance examination. There will be certain national and state level examination for the selection. Find below the entrance examination.
KLEU AIET (KLE University)
AP EAMCET (Andhra Pradesh Engineering, Agriculture and Medical Common Entrance Test)
Assam CEE (Assam Combined Entrance Examination)
TS EAMCET (Telangana Engineering, Agriculture and Medical Common Entrance Test)

Best Ayurveda colleges in India

1. Shri Dhanwantri Ayurvedic College, Chandigarh
Shri Dhanwantri Ayurvedic College, a centre of excellence & state of art in Ayurvedic medical study and treatment, was established in 1975 by a group of philanthropists for the growth and development of Ayurveda in Chandigarh. The college offers BAMS (Graduate) and Post Graduate courses. It is located at Sector 46-B, Chandigarh. It has super-specialty Ayurveda services with modern facilities. The college is affiliated to Punjab University, Chandigarh. The intake capacity for BAMS is 50.

2. Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, Bangalore
Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences was founded in 1996 in Bangalore by the Government of Karnataka for the promotion of higher education in the health sector in that state. About 680 colleges are affiliated to this university. The university and its affiliated colleges are conducting health science courses such as Medicine, Dentistry, Ayurveda, Homeopathy, Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Physiotherapy, Pharmacy, Nursing and Allied Sciences. The university is offering ayurvedic courses-BAMS, MS and MD.

3. Gujarat Ayurved University, Jamnagar
Gujarat Ayurved University is an autonomous organization, fully funded by the Government of Gujarat. The University was founded in 1967 in Jamnagar. The university offering many courses in Ayurveda such as Ph.D. in Medicinal plants, M.Sc. in medicinal plants, Ph.D (Ayu), BAMS, MD (Ayu), B.Pharm (Ayu), D.Pharm (Ayu), M.Pharm (Ayu), PG Diploma in Yoga & Naturopathy, Introductory Course in Ayurveda and Certificate Course in Yoga and Naturopathy.

4. JB Roy State Medical College, Kolkata
JB Roy Medical College is one of the oldest ayurvedic colleges in India. The college was established in 1916. The college offers BAMS degree with intake capacity of 60. It is affiliated to West Bengal University of Health Sciences.

5. Ayurvedic Medical College, Kolhapur
Ayurvedic Medical College, Kolhapur is founded in 1989 and affiliated to Maharashtra University of Health Science, Nashik. The college offer BAMS degree and known for modern facilities and infrastructures. The intake capacity of the college is 60.

6. State Ayurvedic College of Lucknow
The State Ayurvedic College & Hospital, Lucknow is affiliated to University of Lucknow. The college is known for its quality education with intake capacity of 50. It offers both Undergraduate and Post Graduate courses in Ayurveda.

7. Shri Ayurveda Mahavidyalaya, Nagpur
Shri Ayurveda Mahavidyalaya is a premier institution is credited with modern facilities and quality education. The known ayurveda central India College was established in 1953. The college is affiliated to Maharashtra University of Health Sciences, Nashik. It offers courses undergraduate, post graduate and doctorate. In the undergraduate course, the college offers 13 disciplines.

8. Rishikul Government PG Ayurvedic College & Hospital, Haridwar
Rishikul State Ayurvedic College is one of the oldest ayurvedic colleges, was established in 1919 at Haridwar. It offers courses in BAMS, MD (Ayu), Ayurveda Nursing and Diploma in Panchkarma Therapist. It is known for its quality education and state of art facilities for students.

9. Dayanand Ayurvedic College, Jalandhar
Dayanand Ayurvedic College was established in 1989 by Mahatma Hans Raj at Lahore but due to partition in 1947, it was re-established at Amritsar and later shifted to Jalandhar in 1953. It offers courses in BAMS, Panchkarma and Certificate Course in Therapeutic Yoga. The college is affiliated to Punjab University.

10. Asthang Ayurveda College, Indore
Government Asthang Ayurveda College, Indore is also one of the oldest ayurved colleges in India. It was founded in 1921, got affiliation to Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya in 1964 and renamed as Government Asthang Ayuved College in 1972. The college offers courses in BAMS, Ayurved Compounder Certificate Course and Ayurved Mahila Health Workers Certificate Course. The BAMS Course has intake capacity of 40.

11. National Institute of Ayurved, Jaipur
National Institute of Ayurveda was established on 7th February 1976 by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India. The Institute is known both nationally and internationally. It is known for Teaching, Training, Research and Patient Care. It has courses like Ph.D., Graduate, and Diploma Course in AYUSH Nursing & Pharmacy.

12. Ayurved Mahavidyalaya, Mumbai
It’s the part of Ayurvidya Prasark Mandal that is formed in 1948-49. The college offers undergraduate (BAMS) and post graduate (MD) courses. The intake capacity of BAMS is 40.

13. Ayurvedic and Unani Tibia College, New Delhi
Ayurvedic and Unani Tibbia College traces its history since 1889. The college is affiliated to University of Delhi. It offers courses in BAMS and BUMS. There are 28 Departments (14 Deptt. for each system) and a Hospital with 150 beds attached to the College where practical training is given to the students. Post graduate course (MD) is also offered in the subjects of Kriya Sharir & Kayachikitsa of Ayurved Medicine and in the subject of Moalejat of Unani Medicine.

14. Bharati Vidyapeeth, Pune
Bharati Vidyapeeth Deemed University College of Ayurved is known both nationally and internationally. It is one of the few institutions in India that offers post graduate course in all the 14 departments with intake capacity of 57 and PG Diploma in 06 subjects with intake capacity of 12 and BAMS with intake capacity of 100. It has well-equipped modern facilities.

15. Shri Krishna Government Ayurvedic College, Kurukshetra
Shri Krishna Government Ayurvedic College was established in 1975. The college is affiliated to Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra. It offers course BAMS with intake capacity of 50. It has 14 departments with 100 bedded hospital. Shri Krishna Government Ayurvedic College is the only Government Ayurvedic College of Government of Haryana.

16. Rajiv Gandhi Government Ayurvedic College, Kangra
Rajiv Gandhi Government Ayurvedic College was founded in 1966. It offers BAMS and MD (Ayu) courses

17. NTR University of Health Science, Vijayawada
All the seven affiliated colleges of NTR University of Health Science offer BAMS courses

18. Government Ayurvedic College, Raipur
Government Ayurveda College, Raipur was established as in 1948. It offers BAMS course.

19. State Ayurvedic College & Hospital Gurukul Kangri Haridwar
State Ayurvedic College and Hospital, Gurukul Kangri Haridwar, is amongst the oldest Ayuvedic College of the country. It was established in 1922 by renowned social reformer, freedom fighter and Aryasamaji,Swami Shraddha Nand ji. It offers BAMS course.

20. Government Ayurvedic College, Nagpur
Government Ayurvedic College, Nagpur was established in 1965. It offers BAMS course.