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Doctorate of Medicine (DM) Neurology is a 3-year super-specialty post-doctorate course in the field of medicine. The course is inspected and approved by the Medical Council of India.As a minimum criterion of eligibility, suchaspirants need to have completed Doctor of Medicine (MD) in any branch of medicine.

Top Institutes offering this course are:

  • Stanley Medical College, Chennai
  • Government Medical College, Kerela
  • Allahabad University, Allahabad
  • Gauhati Medical College and Sciences, Guwahati
  • Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences, Lucknow

The average course fee charged in India ranges between INR 50,000 - 2 lacs for the total duration.

Admission to the course is on the candidate’s performance in a relevant entrance test.

Neurology relates to ailments concerning the nervous system. It is often considered the most complex branch of medicine as it relates to the brain and nervous system directly. It requires several rigorous years of study and dedication. Major components of the course consist of Neuroanatomy, Neurophysiology, Pediatric Neurology, Neuro Radiology, Neuro-ophthalmology, Neuro Biochemistry, Neuropathology, Neuropsychiatry, Neuropsychology,  Neuro Pharmacology, and such.

Practical components of the course include rigorous clinical training, seminars, journal clubs, bedside clinics, interdepartmental meetings. Candidates have imparted skills in diagnosing and providing therapeutic interventions to treat diseases and treating diseases concerned with the central nervous system of the human body. The average annual salary offered to successful postgraduates of this field lies between INR 10-15 lacs per annum.

Top Colleges for Doctorate of Medicine [DM] (Neurology)

  • MD in Delhi-NCR
  • MD in Maharashtra
  • MD in Chennai
  • MD in Uttar Pradesh
  • MD in Telangana

DM Neurology: Course Highlights

Listed below are some of the major highlights of the course.

Course LevelPostgraduate
Duration3 years
Examination TypeSemester System
EligibilityMD/MS from a recognized university
Admission ProcessDirect admission to colleges. Entrance test in some cases.
Course FeeINR 50,000 - 2 lacs
Average Starting SalaryINR 10-15 lacs
Top Recruiting Organizations'Medanta Hospital, Apollo Super Speciality Hospital, AIIMS, GMC, etc.
Top Recruiting Areas'Neuro Centers, Hospitals, Clinics, Research Centers, Academics, and such.
Top Job ProfilesNeurologist, Neuro Physician, Neuro Surgeon, among others.

DM Neurology: What is it About?

Neurology is the study of nerves and is a medical specialty related to the human nervous system. This is a specialized branch of medicine which studies the ailments of the nervous system components like the brain, spinal cord and related tissues and muscles.
such professionals are responsible for diagnosing, treating, and managing patients suffering from disorders of the nervous system, brain trauma, stroke, multiple sclerosis, Epilepsy, Parkinson's disease and Alzheimer’s disease.

DM Neurology: Who should opt?

Candidates for the course would ideally possess:

  • a caring personality and humble attitude.
  • good communication skills to convey their research findings and discussing treatment plans with other medical staff.
  • good eye-hand coordination.
  • ability to work long, irregular hours in high-stress medical environments.
  •  good managerial skills.
  • problem-solving abilities.
  • observational, listening and inquisitive attitude.
  • reading, enquiring and researching habits to find solutions to difficult issues.
  • time-management and teamworking skills.

Top Institutes offering DM Neurology

Listed below are some of the top institutes offering the course in the country with the corresponding locations and fees charged by each.

Name of InstituteCityAverage Fees per annum in INR
Institute of Human Behavior and Allied SciencesNew Delhi8,560
Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and ResearchChandigarh3,370
Smt. N H L Municipal Medical CollegeAhmedabad4.18 lacs
Bangalore Medical College and Research InstituteBangalore66,700
All India Institute of Medical SciencesNew Delhi2,550
Amrita School of MedicineKochi12 lacs
Baba Farid University of Health SciencesFaridkot1.52 lacs
Bombay Hospital and Institute of Medical SciencesMumbai64,400
Dayanand Medical College and HospitalLudhiana6 lacs
Gandhi Medical CollegeKozhikode24,000

Eligibility for DM Neurology

Candidates aspiring for admission to the course are required to fulfill the following minimum eligibility criteria.

  • Post-graduation (MD), completed from an institute recognized by the Medical Council of India (MCI) or any of the State Medical Councils.
  • A minimum aggregate score of 55% (50% for SC/ST/OBC candidates) at the level of post-graduation.
  • 1- year compulsory rotating internship.
  • Preferably, a minimum of 12 months of professional experience, as most reputed institutes prefer candidates with work experience.

DM Neurology: Admission Process

Generally, in most of the colleges and institutes offering the course, admission is provided based on the candidate’s performance in a relevant entrance test, such as NEET PG, conducted at the national level, followed by a subsequent round of counseling.

The round of counseling involves two additional rounds of Group Discussion and Personal Interview, wherein candidate’s general aptitude for the course is examined. A merit list is subsequently released issued by the institute allocating available seats to the qualifying candidates.

Listed below are some of the entrance exams held in the country for admission to DM in Neurology:

  • All India D.M / M.Ch. Entrance Examination
  • All India Institute of Medical Science Entrance Exam (AIIMS)
  • Banaras Hindu University Entrance Exam
  • Delhi University Super Specialty Entrance Test – DUMET
  • Institute of Human Behavior and Allied Sciences (IHBAS)
  • Krishna Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS) Entrance Exam
  • Madras Medical College – Institute of Neurology Entrance Exam
  • Maharashtra Super-specialty Entrance Test - MH SSET
  • National Brain Research Centre Entrance Exam
  • National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS) Entrance Exam
  • Sree Chitra Thirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology Entrance Exam
  • Sri Ramachandra Medical College & Research Institute Entrance Exam
  • Tamil Nadu Dr. MGR Medical University Medical Entrance Exam
  • University of Delhi Entrance Exam.

DM Neurology: Syllabus and Course Description

A semester-wise breakup of the course’s syllabus is tabulated below.

Semester 1

Semester 2

Semester 3

Basic General Sciences and Investigative Neuro SurgeryNeuroradiologyElectrocorticography
Computer ScienceTomography of skull and spineBrain Mapping
StatisticsCT Scan, MRI & MRA & MR SpectroscopyUltrasonography of Brain
Basic NeurosciencesAngiographyTranscranial Doppler
Neuro AnatomyMyelographyClinical Neurology
NeurophysiologyEEG and EMGBasic Neurology
NeuropathologyNerve Conduction StudyNeurological Disease
NeurochemistryEvoked PotentialCongenital Malformation

Semester 4

Semester 5

Semester 6

NeuropharmacologyParasitic and Fungal infectionsFunctional & Sedative Neurosurgery
Developmental AnomalyVascular diseasesNeuro Anaesthesia
Elicitation Interpretation of Neurological Symptoms and signsSpine and Spinal cord – Disorders – Operative SurgeryPre & Post-operative care
Brain deathIntracranial Tumors – Operative SurgeryMedico Legal Aspects in Neurosurgery
Clinical Neurosurgery, practice of Neurosurgery and Recent AdvancesStereotaxyNeuro Endoscopy
Intracranial Pressure MonitoringMovement disordersGene Therapy
Developmental Anomalies – Operative SurgeryCerebral Palsy and EpilepsyImmunotherapy
Trauma – Operative SurgeryPaediatric NeurosurgeryNeuronavigation
Bacterial infectionsIntraoperative MonitoringNeuro Rehabilitation

DM Neurology: Career Prospects

The constant advent of medical advancements and emergence of new technologies ensures that such professionals are constantly required for treating a variety of brain, spinal, and muscular function disorders.
Such professionals typically:

  • diagnose and determine treatment by examining the patient's brain and neck nerves.
  • examine muscle strength, movement, balance, and reflexes.
  • perform common diagnostic tests like:
  1. CAT scan
  2. MRI
  3. spinal taps
  4. electroencephalography
  5. electromyography.
  • performnon-surgical techniques to treat neurological problems.
  • conduct:
  1. neurological and clinical research
  2. basic research
  3. translational research

Related DM Neurology courses are:

  • M.Ch. Neuro Surgery
  • MD General Medicine
  • MD Psychiatry

Read more about Doctorate of Medicine courses

Some of the popular professional avenues open to postgraduates of the course are listed below with the corresponding salaries offered for the respective positions.

Job PositionJob DescriptionAverage Annual Salary in INR
NeurologistNeurologists are highly trained physicians who diagnose and treat the diseases of a patient's brain as well as any impairment to the spinal cord, nervous system, muscles and blood vessels that are associated with any of these structures.15-18 lacs
Neuro PhysicianA Neuro Physician examines and diagnoses nervous disorders and diseases and suggests treatments for the same. They consult with patients to determine and fix the appropriate course of treatment.12-15 lacs

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