DM, MCh, PDCC Courses

DM Cardiology and DM Neurology

MD in General Medicine or Paediatrics from an Indian University recognized by MCI or Diplomate of the National Board (DNB) in General Medicine/Paediatrics or any equivalent Degree recognized by MCI.

Candidates with MD in Psychiatry from an Indian University recognized by MCI or DNB in Psychiatry with a minimum of six months residency posting in General Medicine during the said course can apply for DM (Neurology).

DM Neuroimaging & Interventional Neuroradiology:

MD/DNB* in Radiology/Radiodiagnosis

DM Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anaesthesia

MD/DNB* in Anaesthesia or equivalent

DM Neuroanaesthesia

MD/DNB* in Anaesthesia or equivalent

MCh Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Neurosurgery.

MS in General Surgery from an Indian University recognized by MCI or Diplomate of the National Board in General Surgery or any equivalent degree recognized by MCI for this purpose from time to time.

MCh Neurosurgery (5-year course)

MBBS from an Indian University recognized by MCI and one-year post-MBBS residency/Senior house surgency in General Surgery from a University/PG Institute/Teaching Hospital recognized by the MCI for general surgery post graduate training.

Post-doctoral Certificate Courses: Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anaesthesia, Neuroanaesthesia, Cardiovascular Imaging and Vascular Interventional Radiology, Diagnostic Neuroradiology, Vascular Surgery.

MD/MS Degree in Anaesthesia/Radiology/General Surgery, from an Indian University recognized by MCI or DNB in Anaesthesia/Radiology/General Surgery, or any equivalent degree recognized by MCI.


35 years (as on 1st January of admission year), relaxable by 5 years for qualified Ex-service personnel with a service of not less than 5 years, SC/ST and Sponsored candidates.


(Total 100 marks)

1. 10 marks for MBBS.

2. 15 marks for MD/MS/DNB*

3. 30 marks for Theory (Written) Entrance Examination

4. 30 marks for Departmental Clinical/Practical and Viva Voce

5. 15 marks for the Final Interview


a. For calculating the marks for eligibility for admission to these courses, a deduction of one mark shall be made for having failed once in any of the University Examinations. Two more marks will be deducted for the second failure in any of the University Examinations. Candidates with more than two failures will not be called for the entrance examination.

b. All candidates called for assessment should appear for a Theory Examination of 90 minutes duration, carrying 100 multiple choice questions, half of which will be from the specialty applied for. OMR will be used for evaluation of answer sheets. Theory examination will be based on the core post-graduate specialty and post-doctoral specialty applied for.

c. The minimum pass marks in Theory Examination will be 50%. Candidates scoring less than the minimum prescribed will not be considered.

d. Out of the candidates who have qualified in the Theory Examination, a merit list will be drawn up based on the aggregate marks obtained in the Theory Examination. From the said merit list, candidates will be selected in the order of merit for further evaluation - clinical, practical and viva voce in the respective departments. The ratio of candidates selected for these will be approximately three candidates for each available vacancy.

e. The candidates for the final interview will be selected in the order of merit based on aggregate marks scored for academic performance including theory and departmental clinical/practical and viva-voce (aggregate of 1,2,3,4 under method of selection marks). The proportion of candidates called for the final interview will be two per available seat in each discipline.

f. Candidates will be notified of their provisional selection immediately after the Entrance Examination. The final announcement will carry the names of selected candidates (in serial order), wait-listed candidates (in rank order), and those eligible for Institute scholarship. The number of wait-listed candidates will not exceed that of the selected. Selection will be purely on merit, based on the method of assessment indicated.

g. Candidates can apply for Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anaesthesia specialty or for Neuroanaesthesia specialty. Examinations are different for the two specialties. The examination is common for both DM and PDCC courses in the same specialty.

There will be a common application form for both DM and PDCC programs.

A candidate should submit only one application form.

The candidate has 3 options to apply for the programs: 1. To apply only for DM program (Group I). 2. To apply for both DM and PDCC program, with the aim of joining either of them whichever would be available to him/her based upon ranking in the final examination (Group II). 3. To apply only for PDCC (Group III).

Theory examination will be common both for DM and PDCC.

Only those candidates successfully passing the theory examination will be considered for departmental examination. Candidates equal to 3 times the total number of seats (DM plus PDCC) will be selected for departmental examination. However, maximum number of candidates among them, who apply for group I (DM program only), will not exceed 3 times the number of DM seats. Only those candidates successfully passing the departmental examination will be considered for final interview. At the end of departmental examination, all candidates will be rank listed according to the score obtained. Candidates equal to twice the number of seats (DM plus PDCC) will be selected for final interview. However, maximum numbers of candidates among them, who are in group I (DM program only), will not exceed 2 times the number of DM seats.

Only those candidates successfully passing the final interview will be considered for admission counseling. A merit list will be created after final examination.

The candidates for DM seats will be selected from group I and group II according to the merit order. Number of candidates equal to the number of DM seats will be kept in the waiting list for DM. However, those candidates from group II, who are included in DM waiting list, can also compete for PDCC seats. They may join the DM program depending upon their merit order if a DM seat falls vacant at a later date. A candidate who joins the DM course will not be permitted to change over to PDCC at a later date.

The candidates from Group II and Group III will compete for PDCC. Those who are not selected for PDCC, will be kept in the PDCC waiting list.

h. The panel of candidates selected for DM/MCh. courses will be valid for a period of six months from 1st January of each year. Any vacancy occurring before 1st February will be filled from the waiting list. Any candidate from the waiting list admitted against a vacant seat who fails to join on or before January 31st will be admitted to the course only on 1st July of that year. All candidates shall, however, undergo the period of training prescribed for the course before being permitted to appear for the Examination.

Note *:

(1). One seat in DM Cardiology is normally reserved for candidates with MD in Paediatrics or its equivalent qualification. However, in the absence of suitable candidates, the seat will be filled from candidates with MD in General Medicine. So also, MD Paediatrics candidates may be admitted to general seats if found suitable. Students applying for DM Cardiology, from the Paediatric stream should select the course name as DM Cardiology (for Paediatric stream). Candidates applying for DM Neurology from Paediatric stream should select the course name as DM Neurology (Paediatric stream).

(2). One seat in MCh. Neurosurgery will be reserved for MBBS candidates with one year senior house surgency/residency. In the absence of suitable candidates, the seat will be filled from the candidates with MS/DNB in General Surgery.


Candidates selected will be provided accommodation as per rules and availability.


The training is strictly full-time and continuous. The candidates at the time of admission will be provided with a handbook covering the syllabus, training programme and the examination scheme. They should acquaint themselves with the syllabus prescribed for the course to which they are admitted. They should strictly adhere to the rules and regulations of the Institute.


All students and Senior Residents selected for various programmes are required to execute a bond of service for a duration depending upon the length of the course. Admission will be denied to candidates who fail to join or submit the contract bond by the date stipulated in the letter of selection. Private practice in any form during the pendency of the course is strictly prohibited.


Duties and responsibilities of students and Senior Residents shall be fixed by the Institute from time to time and will include such clinical work as may be essential for patient care and professional training.


The selection will be provisional until the candidate is declared medically fit by a Medical Board appointed by the Institute. The candidate should declare all problems connected with aspects of his/her health and should certify that he/she is fit to undergo the rigorous programme that he/she is joining. The opinion of the Medical Board shall be final.


The session commences on first week of January, every year. Selected candidates will report on this date with all necessary original documents, the verification of which is mandatory for confirmation of admission.

Senior Residents and students will be assessed at the end of six months after admission for their academic ability, desire for training, acquisition of competence, commitment to patient care, interpersonal relationship and so on. Those with low scores will be given a chance to improve in the next three months and, if found unsatisfactory, the candidate's registration in SCTIMST will be terminated.

Attendance on the last working day of the course, normally 31st December, will be compulsory, except in extraordinary situations and for MPH course.


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THE REGISTRAR, Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology, Trivandrum-695011 Kerala, India.

Telephone: 91-471-2524150, 2524269 Fax: 91-471-2550728


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