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The Kasturba Medical college also known as the Manipal Medical College (or KMC Manipal) was founded in the year 1953, on 30th June, by T.M.A. Pai. KMC was under the purview of the Mangalore University. In 1993, the government of India granted Deemed University status to Manipal University thereby bringing KMC its wings. The college started at Manipal with the pre-clinical section. Before this, the students had to go to Mangalore for their clinical training. In 1969, when the clinical program started, KMC became a full-fledged independent college.

KMC Manipal is ranked as one of the Top 10 medical colleges in India and stands first among research publications by private universities in India. Manipal medical college was the first self-financing medical college in India. Today, students from 44 countries have graduated from KMC, and the medical degree (MBBS) is recognized worldwide, including by the General Medical Council, ECFMG, Australian Medical Council and Malaysian Medical Council among several others. It also boasts of a 1.1 million dollar grant from the US on its research on Virus.

Coming to the leadership board, it is headed by the Dean, Dr. Poornima Baliga and chief faculty Dr.Lavanya Rai, Dr.PSVN Sharma and Dr.Rajagopal KV. There are about 28 departments and a host of distinguished faculty across all specializations. The college also has international collaborations with the following universities:

  • University of Mississippi, USA
  • University of Kentucky, USA
  • Leiden University Medical Centre, The Netherlands
  • Lille2 University of Health & Law, France
  • Maastricht University, The Netherlands
  • Vanderbilt University, USA
  • University of Groningen, The Netherlands
  • University of Antwerp, Belgium

The Manipal Medical college is also attached to two state-of-the-art hospitals to provide hands-on clinical exposure to the students.


KMC Hospital, Attavar is a 600 bed multi-disciplinary specialty centre renowned for its medical expertise, nursing care and quality of diagnostics. Being attached to the medical college, the hospital has earned a very good recognition as a leader in providing world class healthcare services to the common man at an affordable cost. The hospital is continuously in tune with the latest technology that promotes most modern healthcare and well-being of the patient.


KMC Hospital, located at Ambedkar Circle, is a super specialty Corporate Hospital set up with the objective of making multi-specialty services available under one roof. Backed by a team of some of the best doctors in India, qualified nursing, paramedical staff, state-of-the-art equipment and a 250-bed inpatient facility, KMC Hospital provides specialized medical services and tertiary care at affordable cost.

In pursuit of maintaining excellent standards KMC Hospital is continuously upgrading the clinical expertise, state-of-the-art equipments and latest diagnostic and imaging services. KMC Hospital is an ISO certified hospital having achieved highest standards in preventive and curative health services since 2005. In 2010, KMC hospital has been recertified as per ISO 9001:2008. KMC Laboratories Services has been accredited by National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories (NABL) since 2009.

KMC Hospital Blood Bank has been accredited by NABH for Blood Bank since 2009. KMC Hospital Blood Bank was the first to be recognized as Zonal blood testing center for HIV by the Director General of Health Services, New Delhi and the Karnataka State Aids Prevention Society. The Blood Bank conducts at least 30 to 35 voluntary blood donation camps every year. KMC Hospital was the first to set up Dialysis Center in Mangalore. The fully air–conditioned dialysis centre with 23 units, also has exclusive facility for HCV/HbsAg positive patients.

Let us look at the admission proceedings of the Manipal Medical college

Eligibility Criteria for MBBS Admission

For admission to MBBS Course at Kasturba Medical Colleges, affiliated to Manipal University Manipal, candidate must have passed 10+2 or equivalent examination with Physics, Chemistry and Biology subjects.

  • The candidate must have obtained at least 50% marks in the PCB group (40% in the case of SC / ST candidates).
  • The candidate must have passed in English as a compulsory subject.
  • The candidate must have completed the age of 17 years on or before the year of MBBS admission.

MBBS Entrance Exam

Candidates seeking MBBS admission at KMC must qualify in NEET UG (National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test).

  • Qualified candidates shall be called for MBBS admission counselling in the order of merit.
  • Based on the availability of seats, candidates will be allotted MBBS seat.

MD/MS/Diploma Admission Process

Eligibility Criteria for MD/MS/Diploma Admission

For admission to MD/MS/PG Diploma Course at KMC, affiliated to Manipal University, candidate must have obtained MBBS degree from MCI recognized institution.

Candidates seeking admission at Kasturba Medical Colleges, most sought-after deemed medical colleges in Karnataka, must have completed one year compulsory rotating internship after passing the final professional examination.

Entrance Exam

Candidates seeking MD/MS/PG Diploma admission KMC Mangalore / KMC Manipal must qualify in PG medical entrance exam.

  • Qualified candidates shall be called for MD/MS/PG Diploma admission counselling in the order of merit.
  • Based on the availability of medical seats, candidates will be allotted a MD/MS/PG Diploma seat.

The tentative counselling dates are as follows:


To get a rough idea about the fee structure, please refer the table below.


colTo quote the words of an alumni, “With amazing infrastructure and well trained faculty, Kmc manipal is inarguably the best medical school in India. The kasturba hospital shows a lot of cases for the medical students to learn. Lectures and professors never go missing. Punctual, classy and well organized”.

Trust these words would give a boost to anyone who is contemplating whether or not to join there. For any further information and the current updates, you may refer to the Manipal Medical college website . Let me conclude by quoting the beautiful saying by Dr. Abdul Kalam, “Look at the sky. We are not alone. The whole universe is friendly to us and conspires only to give the best to those who dream and work.” As always, the very best of luck to all you aspirants out there!

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