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Armed Forces Medical College


Armed Forces Medical College is a premier medical institute of India acknowledged as a centre of excellence for education and research. It is located in Pune Cantonment in Pune in the state of Maharashtra. The college is managed by the Indian Armed Forces. The college provides training to under-graduate and post-graduate medical and nursing students with assured career prospects in the defence services.

The institute was set up on 01 May 1948 by an act of parliament of India on the recommendations of the BC Roy Committee by the amalgamation of various defence medical organizations. The "Graduate Wing" of AFMC was established on 04 August 1962 to provide a sustainable and steady intake of medical officers for the Indian Armed Forces. The institute is presently affiliated to the Maharashtra University of Health Sciences and is recognized by the MCI for conducting undergraduate and various post graduate medical courses.

The Armed Forces Medical College has multiple roles to perform. These are primarily training of medical undergraduates and post-graduates, dental postgraduates, nursing cadets and paramedical staff. Patient care forms an integral part of its training curriculum and the attached hospitals benefits from the expertise available at AFMC. The institution is responsible for providing the entire pool of specialists and super specialists to Armed Forces by giving them in service training. Thus AFMC forms the backbone of high quality professional medical care being provided to the clientele, which in the ultimate analysis, affects considerable financial saving to the Government besides contributing largely to the morale of the fighting forces. The college is also involved in conducting research in various medical subjects as well as those aspects which would affect the morale and performance of the Armed Forces both in war and peace.



The college conducts Under Graduate course sanctioned vide Govt. of India Ministry of Defence letter no. 11984/DGAFMS/DG-3(B)/9718/D (Med) dated 04 July 1962

Admission Procedure:

The course commences in the month of August. Advertisements for recruitment appear in the leading newspapers of the country in the month of December every year, for MBBS course. Candidates are required to submit their application forms in the prescribed format, along with other necessary documents mentioned therein.

The AFMC is affiliated to Maharashtra University of Health Science, Nashik and is recognised by the Medical Council of India.

Admission to MBBS course is based on written examination. The written examination is held on 1st Sunday of May. Successful candidates are called for interview in June for the courses starting in July. Admission is subject to medical fitness.

Prospectus Availability:

Prospectus is available on sale at all Major City GPOs/ HPO's/ Pos from the date of advertisement for approximately one month. The present cost of the prospectus is Rs. 250/-.

Number of Seats:

A total of 130 students (105 boys & 25 girls) will be admitted.

SC/ST Candidates:

Ten seats are reserved for SC/ST candidates provided :

The SC/ST candidates must qualify in the written examination and come within the zone to be called up for interview.

They must come within the first 500 in the final combined merit list of boys and girls.

Syllabus For the Examination:

The general standard of the entrance examination will be that of 11th and 12th class under the 10+2 scheme/pre-medical/intermediate science or an equivalent examination of the State Education Board/Indian University

Method of Selection:

Candidates who are found provisionally eligible as per the criteria of eligibility, will be called at one of the examination centres to appear in the competitive examination on 1st Sunday of May. Issue of admit cards. however does not necessarily mean acceptance of eligibility which will be further scrutinized at subsequent stages of selection.

The written examination centre will be allotted to candidates depending upon the administrative arrangements for the examination and availability of adequate seating capacity.

The Roll Number of the candidates who qualify for interview based on the above written examination will be published in the leading newspapers. The college/DGAFMS take no responsibility for any error or omission in the roll numbers published in the newspapers.

Interview of Candidate:

On the basis of their performance in the written examination selected candidates in order of roll numbers will be called for an interview to be held in the month of June at AFMC, PUNE.

The exact date of the above interview will be intimidated to the selected candidates. Request for change of date of interview will NOT be entertained. The candidates will be required to produce originals of all certificates/mark sheets at the time of interview. All candidates will produce result or proof of having appeared in the qualifying examination held, at the time of interview (if the result of such examination has not been declared).

On the basis of the above test and interview two merit lists, one for boys and one for girls, will be drawn up and admissions will be offered only to candidates in accordance with their merit position. Individual letters of admission will be sent only to selected candidates who would be required to join AFMC. The remaining candidates will be on waiting list. The result will be published by the DGAFMS in the newspapers.

Eligibility and Qualifications to appear in the entrance examination General:

• A candidate seeking admission to the MBBS course is eligible to take the entrance examination if he/she fulfills the following criteria:
• A candidate should be a citizen of India or be a subject of Nepal or Bhutan or a person of Indian origin migrated from Pakistan or any other foreign country with the intention of permanently settling in India.
• Must be unmarried. Marrying during the course is not permitted.
• Should be medically fit as per prescribed standards by the Govt. of India, Ministry of Defence
• Must have attained the age of 17yrs on 31st Dec of the year of application, but must not have attained the age of 22 years on that date(Not more than 24 years in case of candidates who have passed or are appearing in final B Sc examinations).

Academic Qualifications:
Candidate must have passed all the subjects opted for in the first attempt of the qualifying examinations as a regular candidate with English, Physics, Chemistry and Biology taken simultaneously and securing not less than 60% of the aggregate marks in these 3 science subjects taken together and not less than 50% marks in English and 50% marks in each of the science subjects. They must have also passed an examination in Mathematics of the 10th standard.

Medical Standards:

The candidate must be in good physical and mental health and free from any disability likely to interfere with the efficient performance of duty in the Armed Forces.

Medical examination will be done by a Board of Officers at AFMC Pune, prior to admission to the College. Medical Board will categorize as Fit and Unfit, in accordance with the prescribed standards. Candidates declared as UNFIT are entitled to appeal on payment of a fee of Rs. 40/-. The procedure will be intimated to the concerned candidates by the President of the Medical Board.

Important physical requirements are enumerated below for guidance:

There should be:

• No serious deformity and mal-developments, scoliosis, spinal bifida and other skeletal deformities.
• No impediment of speech.
• No sign of functional/organic disease of the heart or blood vessels.
• No evidence of pulmonary tuberculosis or previous history of this disease or any other chronic disease of the lungs.
• No evidence of any disease of the digestive system, including any abnormality of the liver or spleen.
• No inguinal hernia or tendency thereto, hydrocoele or definite varicocoele.
• No fistula, piles, disease of the kidneys, disease of the skin.
• No active, latent or congenital STD, history of epilepsy and any mental and psychiatric disorder.
• No squint or any other morbid condition of the eye.
• No active trachoma or Lymph nodes.
• The height and weight requirements will depend upon the age, body build and racial characteristics as per standards laid down for Armed Forces:
• Girl Standard: In case of female candidates, minimum height of 144 cms and minimum weight of 36kgs is essential.
• Boys Standards: The male candidates height below 157.5cms (152.5 for Gorkhas, Nepalese and Garhwali, and Assamese) and weight below 39 kgs will not be accepted irrespective of age and other factors.
• There should be minimum 5cms range of chest expansion.
• There should be no ear discharge and no perforation of the eardrum/nasal septum.

Visual Standards:

Minimum color vision standard should be CP-3 (Defective Safe).

Visual Standards Better eye Worse eye
Distant Vision (Corrected) 6/6 6/18
Near Vision(Corrected) N5 N8
Myopia of not more than -3.5 D 2
Hypermetropia of not more than +3.5 D +3.5 D 2

Hearing Standard:

The candidate should be able to hear a forced whisper with each ear separately at a distance of 20 feet.


The course commences in the month of Aug. Advertisements for recruitment appear in the leading newspapers of the country in the month of Oct/ Dec every year, both for B Sc & GNM courses. Candidates are required to submit their application forms in the prescribed format, along with other necessary documents mentioned therein.


The candidate must be an Indian National or a subject of Nepal or Sikkim, Age 17-25 years.

Educational Qualification:

10+2 with three years Diploma in General Nursing Midwifery with minimum two years experience in the profession. Male nurses who have not done midwifery in the GNM programme must submit a Certificate of completion of a course of 6- 9 months duration approved by INC in lieu of midwifery, The candidate should have not less than 50% aggregate marks in all subjects. The candidate should have passed the examination in single attempt. (OR) 10 class (Matriculation or its equivalent with three years Diploma in General.

Nursing Midwifery with a minimum of five years experience in the profession.

Selection Procedure:

Selection will be based on the merit of the candidate at an All India level.

A written objective type of examination will be conducted in February/ March every year, at certain selected centres (Published from time to time.)

Successful candidates will be called for an interview at selected centres in the month of April/May each year.

Candidates must be declared medically fit. The fitness will be determined by a Medical Board of Military Medical Officers.

Merit listed candidates based on the interview and medical fitness will be called for B. Sc. (Nsg).

Selected candidates will be required to execute a bond of agreement to serve in the Military Nursing Service for a minimum period of 5 yrs as permanent commissioned officers, on successful completion of the course.

Written Examination Centres:

The written examination will be conducted in 17 centres all over India.

How to apply :

Desirous candidates should apply as per instructions given in the advertisement to Directorate General of Armed Forces Medical Services (DG – 1A), Min Of Defence, New Delhi –110001.


PG Degree/Diploma

The vacancies for the PG Degree / Diploma is available to service officers only. However, any unutilized vacancy is available to civilians. The selection for filling these vacancies is based on an entrance examination.

Super Speciality Admission

The vacancies for the Super Specality course is available to service officers only. However, any unutilized vacancy is available to civilians. The selection for filling these vacancies is based on an entrance examination.


• Anaesthesiology
• Anatomy
• Biochemistry
• College of Nursing
• Community Medicine
• Dental Surgery
• Dermatology
• Forensic Medicine
• Hospital Administration
• Internal Medicine
• Microbiology
• Obstetrics & Gynaecology
• Opthalmology
• Orthopaedics
• Otorhinolaryngology
• Pathology
• Paediatrics
• Pharmacology
• Physiology
• Psychiatry
• Radiodiagnosis & Imaging
• Surgery
• Transfusion Medicine


The various departments are very active in taking up research projects either under departmental sponsorship or under the auspices of Armed Forces Medical Research Committee (AFMRC). Apart from service oriented projects, research inclinical and laboratory subjects is also carried out. AFMC has the facility for animal house, hatcheries for disease producing insects, and a virology and bacteriology bank for these purposes. AFMC is a research and referral centre for confirmation of disease, identification of pathogens (viral and bacterial) and classification of blood disorders. AFMC acts as a referral centre, designated by WHO for certain diseases i.e. HIV-regional laboratory and centre for rickettsial diseases.

Campus Life

AFMC is the only medical college except Army Medical College Rawalpindi Pakistan in Asia where all expenses are paid by the Government (Ministry of Defence). Medical Cadets receive free tuition, free lodging and boarding, uniforms, book subsidies and an allowance for upkeep of the uniforms. There are facilities for sports, including tennis, squash, basketball, and a swimming pool. An open air cinema hall screens two films a week within the college campus. Canteen facilities for defence personnel are also extended to the Medical Cadets. ––Infrastructure–– AFMC can be said to be the most beautiful medical college in INDIA . The campus is full of gardens , trees , flowers which is being maintained by the defence personals .It has an auditorium named Dhanvantri where high profile medical conferences are held.One more department of medicine is been made in the campus to improve its faculty.AFMC also work as a hospital for civilians and is collaborated with command hospital.

AFMC provides broad based non-academic exposure too. Students are encouraged to participate in sports and many have excelled in this arena. There are a large number of societies and clubs like the Student Scientific Society, Computer Club, Hobbies Club, Debating Club, Adventure Club, Musimatics etc. where students can pursue extra-academic interests. They are encouraged to participate in competitions and conferences all over the country for development of all round personality and office like qualities. They have also won many laurels in debates, quiz contests and youth festivals in Pune and outside. Over 6000 doctors have graduated from AFMC until now. Recently the campus also developed a Wi-Fi zone with internet access.

The Nursing College Wing of AFMC conducts a four years course for B.Sc. (Nursing) and a condensed two years course for post-certificate candidates to convert them to B.Sc. (Nursing), Sp. courses in OT/Ortho/Burns.


The college is fully residential with separate hostels for boys and girls. Residence in the hostels is mandatory for all the cadets for the entire duration of the course. The Boys Hostel is housed in a building which was built in 1965 and comprises 6 blocks of 3 floors each. There are a total of 277 rooms of approximately 8 m² area (single seaters) and 162 rooms of approximately 18.5 m² area (double of triple seaters). All the rooms are fully furnished. The girl's hostel was constructed in 1984 and can accommodate 130 cadets in 70 single seater and 30 double seater rooms. The new Boys Hostel has 4 blocks with 4 floors having 18 single seater rooms each. There is also a hostel for officers doing post graduation called U Block. There are a total of five messes, four for boys and one for girls. A new Common Central Mess have been opened recently for all cadets to dine together having standard facilities. Free messing is provided to all medical cadets.


Hostel Facility

The college is fully residential and residence in the hostel is compulsory for all students with service liability. Separate boys and girls hostels are located in the college campus. The hostel accommodation is free of charge for service liability candidates. If a student is removed from service liability on account of being found medically unfit for commission or on disciplinary/academic grounds he/she will have to make his/her own arrangements for stay.

Messing Facility

All students residing in the hostel are required to join the mess attached to the hostel. Vegetarian and Non-vegetarian food is served in a common combined mess for both boys and girls cadets.

Health and Recreational Facility

Students are required to participate in games, sports and gymnastics. Facilities for sports such as cricket, squash, tennis, hockey, football, volleyball, basketball, handball, table tennis and gymnastics are provided free of cost. Facilities for aquatics also exist on nominal payment.There is an open air cinema, membership for which is compulsory. Hindi and English films are screened. Students with service liability are entitled to free outpatient/ inpatient/ dental treatment at all times in any service hospital/dental centre to the extent of medical facilities available locally. Periodical medical examination/ medical board considered necessary will also be carried out free of cost.

Special Concessions

The government provides the following concessions to service liability students (male and female).

Entitled rations as authorised and subsidised messing.
Free hostel accommodation and allied services.
AC 3 Tier railway warrant for journey during vacation from college to home and back.
First Class/ AC 2 Tier rail Journey on railway warrant after being commissioned.
A subsidy of Rs.12,000/- per student for purchase of books and equipment during the entire training period. Amount will be issued proportionately during I, II and III MBBS.
Uniform allowance Rs.6,000/- per student during first year and Rs.1,250/- per year as maintenance allowance in subsequent years.
Hair Cutting/Hair Cleaning Allowance of Rs.40/- per month per student.
Stationery allowance of Rs.1000/- per cadet per year.
Washing allowance Rs.120/- per student per month during the term and Rs.20/- per month during break.

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