How to apply for a career in the Armed Forces Medical Services

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Are you interested in a medical career in the Indian Armed Forces? The Medical Counselling Committee (MCC) handles the counselling for admission for post-graduate medical courses in eight medical institutes, including the Armed Forces Medical College (AFMC) in Pune. Strangely, many medical aspirants are confused by the abbreviation AFMS on the MCC website, www.mcc.nic.

AFMS is the abbreviation of Armed Forces Medical Services and it encompasses the following institutes:

1. Armed Forces Medical College (AFMC), Pune
2. Army Hospital (Research and Referral), Delhi Cantonment
3. Command Hospital (Air Force), Bengaluru
4. INHS Asvini, Mumbai
5. Command Hospital, Eastern Command, Kolkata
6. Command Hospital, Central Command, Lucknow
7. Command Hospital, Western Command, Chandi Mandir, Chandigarh
8. Institute of Aerospace Medicine, Bengaluru.

Selection criteria
The AFMS selection would be based on the following order of preference.

1. AFMS officers.
2. Foreigners sponsored by the central government.
3. Medical officers sponsored by the various units under the central government including the paramilitary.
4. Officers who have quit the service after their contract expired. (They shouldn’t have left the service in the last three years. For this year’s selection, their relieving date shouldn’t be before 1 May 2019 or after the AFMS counselling).
5. Regular applicants (They should sign a contract against a stipulated amount for rendering their services to the defence forces for a period of 5 years. The present contract amount is Rs 53 lakh).

Selection process
The PG medical admission to AFMS is based on the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (Postgraduate) or NEET (PG) rank list.

The applicants should register on the website Besides, they should have the minimum score required for selection.

The AFMS, not the MCC, does the counselling for this category.

The candidates should be fit and healthy to meet the requirements of AFMS.

The applicants should be below 30 years on 31 December this year. Those who do not complete the PG course before they turn 35 on 31 December 2025 will not be inducted into the services as commissioned officers. Besides, they have to pay Rs 36,551 per week as training fee too.  

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