NIMHANS is one of the most prestigious institutes for Post Graduate Medical studies in India. Around 20,000 students take the NIMHANS entrance exam for entry into 6 year DM/MCh and 3 year MD Psychiatry at NIMHANS.

NIMHANS Entrance Exam

NIMHANS is an online objective pattern PG Entrance Exam conducted for admission to direct M.Ch. Neurosurgery/DM Neurology and MD Psychiatry courses. A common entrance exam is conducted for all these courses and a separate Merit list is published for every course.

The exam is conducted twice a year – for the January and the July session.

NIMHANS Entrance: Pattern of Examination

The pattern of the NIMHANS entrance is summarized as follows:



Mode of Exam




Number of Questions


Exam Duration

90 mins

Negative Marking

Negative Marks will be awarded for Incorrect Responses

Marking Scheme

1 Mark for Correct Answer

0.25 Marks Deducted for Incorrect Responses


NIMHANS Entrance July Session

NIMHANS entrance exam contains questions from all MBBS subjects as well as from Neurology section. The level of MBBS questions is similar to AIIMS PG & JIPMER PG.



MBBS Subjects (All 19 subjects of MBBS)


Neurology section (of Anatomy, Physiology, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Pharmacology, Pathology, Opthalmology, Medicine, Surgery, Psychiatry, radiology and Anesthesia)



A single common Online entrance test of 60 minutes duration with 70 questions will be conducted for candidates applying for MD in Psychiatry, DM in Neurology and M.Ch in Neurosurgery courses with MBBS qualification followed by Online entrance test of 30 minutes duration with 30 questions for each domain [Candidates applying for any of the above three courses should appear for the entrance test of that particular course only].


Online Entrance test will be conducted in the following cities for Session 1:  For PG courses: Bengaluru, Chennai, Cochin, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kolkata and Pune.

Online Entrance test will be conducted in the following cities for Session 2: For PG courses: Bengaluru, Delhi, Kolkata and Pune.

Separate Online entrance test will be conducted for MD in Psychiatry, DM in Neurology and M.Ch. in Neurosurgery courses for candidates with MBBS qualification from Academic Year 2019-20.