How to Apply for a Career in the Armed Forces Medical Services

Are you interested in a medical career in the Indian Armed Forces? The Medical Advisory Committee (MCC) manages admission advice for postgraduate 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 encompasses the following institutes:

1. Armed Forces Medical College (AFMC), Pune
2. Military Hospital (Research and Referral), Delhi Cantonment
3. Command Hospital (Air Force), Bangalore
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, Bangalore.

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

1. AFMS Officers.
2. Foreigners sponsored by the central government.
3. Doctors sponsored by the various units under the central government, including the paramilitaries.
4. Officers who left the service after the expiration of their contract. (They must not have left the service within the last three years. For this year’s selection, their date of release must not be earlier than May 1, 2019 or after consultation with the AFMS).
5. Regular candidates (they have to sign a contract for a stipulated amount to render their services to the defense forces for a period of 5 years. The current contract amount is Rs 53 lakh).

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

Candidates must register on the website Also, they must have the minimum score required for selection.

AFMS, not MCC, provides advice for this category.

Applicants must be fit and healthy to meet AFMS requirements.

Applicants must be under 30 on December 31 of this year. Those who do not complete the PG course before turning 35 on December 31, 2025 will not be inducted into the services as commissioned officers. Besides, they also have to pay 36,551 rupees per week as training fees.