Doctorate of Medicine in Psychiatry Top Colleges, Syllabus, Scope and Salary

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Content Curator | Updated on - Nov 2, 2021

MD in Psychiatry is a 3-year postgraduate course in the medical discipline of mental health, the minimum eligibility for which is successful completion of any of MBBS, DMS, BHMS, and BDS.

The average tuition fee charged in India for the course ranges between INR 25,000 and 20 Lacs. Admission to the course is based on the student’s performance in a relevant entrance exam conducted for admission to the course, such as National Eligibility Cum entrance test (NEET).

Successful graduates of the course are hired in capacities such as Staff Psychiatrist, Forensic Psychiatrist, Clinical Psychiatrist, Prison Psychiatrist, Neuropsychiatries, Child Psychiatrist, etc.

They are hired in fields such as health clinics, health centers, healthcare, natural apothecaries, college health centers, hospitals, etc., or may even pursue private practice. The average annual salary offered to such postgraduates in India ranges between INR 2 and 30 lacs.

MD in Psychiatry: Course Highlights

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

Course Level Post Graduate
Duration 3 years
Examination Type Phase System
Admission Process Based on performance in the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET)
Course Fee INR 25,000 to 20 Lacs
Average Starting Salary INR 2 to 30 Lacs per year
Top Recruiting Companies Healthcare environments including hospitals, physician practices, integrative healthcare clinics, public health clinics, college health centers, natural apothecaries, and in settings that care for military veterans.
Job Positions Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist Forensic Psychiatrist Clinical Psychiatrist Staff Psychiatrist Prison Psychiatrist Behavioral Specialist Neuropsychiatrist, and such.

MD in Psychiatry: What is it About?

Psychiatry, as a special field of health care, essentially involves assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders in a person. It works to explore the labyrinth of the human mind by means of research-based evidences and subtle techniques. A psychiatrist can differentiate between mentally healthy and mentally sick people.

Often, mental and psychosomatic problems emerge in patients while undergoing any of the various surgical, medical, and gynecological cases. Psychiatrists delve into patients’ psychy, to understand the cause of the deep-rooted agonies, anxiety, depression and schizophrenia. Treatment is subsequently made by means of counseling and medication.

The course’s curriculum involves subjects of study such as:

  • Psychology, anatomy, physiology
  • Biochemistry of the brain
  • Neurology and neurosurgery
  • Child psychiatry
  • Community psychiatry
  • Social psychiatry
  • Forensic psychiatry
  • Preventive psychiatry
  • Practical training at mental asylums.

Top Institutes offering MD in Psychiatry

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 Institute City  Average Fees
Maulana Azad Medical College Delhi INR 55,000 (course)
All India Institute of Medical Sciences Delhi INR 800 (course)
Aligarh Muslim University Aligarh INR 45,000 (course)
Department of Psychiatry, Christian Medical College Tamil Nadu INR 4 Lacs (course)

Eligibility for MD in Psychiatry

The minimum eligibility criteria needed to be met for admission to the course are:

  • Graduation completed from a recognized university, in any of MBBS, BDS, DMS, DHMS, BHMS, BAMS, BASM, BEMS, BIAMS, BNYT, BATS, BUMS, BPT, B.Pharma., N.O., and M.D. (A.M.).
  • A minimum aggregate score of 50% at the level of graduation.
  • For practitioners and research workers with at least 10 years of practice in the field, the requirement of fulfilment of such basic minimum eligibility criteria is not applicable.

MD in Psychiatry: Admission Process

Admission to the course at the top institutes in India is based on the candidate’s performance in a relevant entrance exam, such as the national-level National Eligibility Cum entrance test (NEET). Rounds of group discussion and personal interview follow, based on performance in which, admission is granted to qualifying candidates.

MD in Psychiatry: Syllabus and Course Description

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

Semester I

Semester II

Basic Sciences as applied to Psychiatry Clinical Psychiatry
Monoamine Neurotransmitters and their implications for Psychiatric Disorders Approaching to Psychiatric Diagnosis and Classification
Excitatory Amino Acids in Psychiatric Disorders Etiology and Clinical Profile of Dementias
Neuropeptides and their relevance to Psychiatry Organic Delusional, Mood and Personality Disorders
Second Messenger Systems and Beyond Concept and Typology of Schizophrenia
Basic and applied Electrophysiology Biological Basis of Schizophrenia
Magnetic Resonance and Implications for Psychiatry Course, Outcome and Prognosis of Schizophrenia
Consciousness Brief and Reactive Psychosis
Sleep and Dreaming Etiological Theories of Mood Disorders
Chronobiology Subtypes of Depressive Disorders and their Clinical Relevance
Transcultural Psychiatry Course and Outcome of Mood Disorders
Aggression: Psychology and Biology Paranoid Disorders
Intelligence Concept and Typology of Personality Disorders
Learning Theories Antisocial Personality Disorders
Information Processing: Brain Models of Mind -
Experimental Animal Research and Implications for Mental Disorder -

Semester III

Semester IV

Anxiety disorders Models of psychotherapy: An overview
Nosological status and natural history Scientific evaluation of efficacy of psychotherapy: methodological problems
Reactions to severe stress Brief dynamic psychotherapies
Current concept of dissociative disorders Behavioural therapies
Somatization disorders: Diagnosis and clinical features Cognitive therapies
Nosological status and clinical features of Neurasthenia Supportive psychotherapies
Non-organic sleep disorders Psychological management of sexual dysfunctions
Recent advances in eating disorders Comparative pharmacology of antipsychotic drugs
Management of premature ejaculation Short-term side effects of antipsychotic drugs and their management
Psychiatric aspects of homosexuality Tardive dyskinesia: pathophysiology and management
Biological basis of anxiety Recent advances in antidepressant drug therapy
Habit and impulse disorders Management of a suicidal patient
- Role of Lithium in Psychiatric disorders
- Adjuncts and alternatives to Lithium in the management of mood disorders
- Drug treatment of generalized anxiety and panic disorders
- Recent advances in drug treatment of obsessive compulsive disorders
- Electro-convulsive Therapy: current trends

Semester V

Semester VI

Human Rights of psychiatric patients Dementia: Differential Diagnosis and Management
Ethics in Psychiatry Delirium: Differential Diagnosis and Management
Indian Mental Health Act Psychiatric Syndromes with Epilepsy
Epidemiology of psychiatric Illness in Old Age with Special Reference to India. Neuro-psychiatric Sequelae of HIV Infection
Current Issues in Management of Elderly Psychiatric Patients. Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry
Integration of Mental Health into Primary Care - Its Role and Future in India. Psychological Aspects of Cardio-vascular Disorders
Classification of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Disorders. Psychological Aspects of Gastro-intestinal Disorders
Learning Disorders of Childhood The Terminally Ill Patient and Family
Child Abuse and Neglect Psychological Aspects of Breast Cancer
School Refusal Obesity
Pervasive Development Disorders of Childhood Concept and Assessment of Disability
Preventive Aspects of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Disorders Concept and Measurement of Quality of Life
Neuro Psychological Assessment of Children Neuro-psychological Assessment and its Relevance to Psychiatric Diagnosis and Management
- Stress and Psychological Disorders
- Psychological Aspects of Organ Transplantation

MD in Psychiatry: Career Prospects

Psychiatry is the systematic study of human behavior in all its aspects, of the human mind, on both individual community levels. Psychiatrists often work with other occupational therapists and social workers for rehabilitation of patients. Psychiatrists treat patients through counselling, psychotherapy, and if required, electric convulsive therapy (ECT) and the administration of drugs. Where required, they even work on desensitizing patients, mainly through hypnosis, for treatment of mental problems, such as depression and schizophrenia

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

Doctorate of Medicine [MD] in Psychiatry
Job Position Job Description Average Annual Pay Scale in INR
Psychiatric Social Worker Their main job is to assess patients and develop individualized plans of care. They may also provide therapy or counseling services to patients, as well as help family members learn to deal with mental illness in the family. 6,50,000
Special Education Teachers These teachers work with students suffering from mental, emotional and learning abilities. They teach math, reading, and writing to those students. 1,84,206
Physicians Physicians are professionals whose main duty is to treat patients who are diagnosed with severe mental injuries and illness. They provide prescription after examining and interpreting mental tests. 8,75,000
Child psychiatrists These professionals deal with child patients suffering from emotional problems and diagnosed mental illnesses. 1,250,000
Recreation workers Recreation Workers design and lead leisure activities for groups in volunteer agencies or recreation facilities, such as playgrounds, parks, camps, aquatic centers, and senior centers. 2,606,782

Doctorate of Medicine [MD] (Psychiatry) Fee Structure in India

5.22 K (Minimum Fee)PUBLIC COLLEGES72.60 L  (Maximum Fee)
5.20 L (Average Fee)
34.80 K (Minimum Fee)Private COLLEGES1.50 Cr (Maximum Fee)
51.45 L (Average Fee)

Doctorate of Medicine [MD] (Psychiatry) Fee Structure By state


8.18 L
34.80 KPrivate COLLEGES1.50 Cr
52.58 L

Tamil Nadu

10.58 L
67 KPrivate COLLEGES91 L
59.66 L


2.28 L
2.15 LPrivate COLLEGES78.75 L
52.36 L

Uttar Pradesh

1.20 L
7.20 LPrivate COLLEGES1.20 Cr
60.22 L

Delhi NCR

43.47 K
7.20 LPrivate COLLEGES1.20 Cr
75.63 L


2.17 L
1.53 LPrivate COLLEGES54.93 L
40.07 L


10.85 K
19.60 LPrivate COLLEGES75 L
52.80 L

Andhra Pradesh

6.55 L
9.59 LPrivate COLLEGES36 L
21.16 L


14.64 L
75 KPrivate COLLEGES27 L
15.29 L

Madhya Pradesh

5.83 K
16.80 LPrivate COLLEGES57.52 L
41.62 L


72.60 L
56.20 KPrivate COLLEGES1.50 Cr
53.38 L


54.11 K
77.85 LPrivate COLLEGES87.03 L
83.97 L

West Bengal

36.40 K
14.55 LPrivate COLLEGES14.55 L
14.55 L


11.43 K
12.59 LPrivate COLLEGES1.03 Cr
65.22 L


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9.0 /10

Admission :

The admission procedure wasn't much hard. Due to various reasons, but basically because the course is fresh and seats aren't full, especially if you check the institution's website you will find that the number of students that increased four to eight after the academic year 2017- 2018, accordingly it is a positive factor to get education and progress along with the supervision of your tutors. I remember that I apploaded all the required documents right after the online application and the acceptance letter.Through the selection process I took an interview, where I was asked few questions like why am I interested in the course.....My application went further in process in order that my scores were high and showing interest, passion and willingness to study psychiatry in their institution.

College Events :

Due to the fact that we are specialised in psychiatry and psychology, we were obliged to get in touch with humans inside our faculty and outside. We always participate in vast events programmed for both students and teachers, such as seminars, conferences and workshops to boost our knowledge of human behaviour. True that statistics of students are less comparing it with other institutions, but the quality of education is much better than other places. If you only attend one of the faculty's events, you will observe how much they are professional and big.

Course Curriculum Overview :

The institute is one of the future leading institutions in India and the world. The MD psychiatry course started from 2003, it focuses on researches and labs sessions. These sessions are very helpful in understanding how neuroscience affects mental health and gear human behaviour. Repeatedly both exams and labs sessions aren't at all hectic and hard, you need to go through further small study to the materials given by professors and start making researches on your subjects.

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8.5 /10

Fee Structure And Facilities :

The fees for MBBS according to the management quota is Rs.5,00,000 and is Rs.20,00,000 fr the NRI students. The per annum fees for the PG Clinical is Rs.14,00,000 , PG Non-Clinical is Rs.8,50,000 , PG Diploma is Rs.10,50,000 , PG Super spec. is Rs.18,50,000 and PG fees fir NRI students is Rs.35,00,000.

Placement Experience :

Job opportunities, placements and internships offered by our college are very helpful for students. There is a 1 year compulsory internship programme provided by the college to the MBBS students. The package provided by the college are very renowned.

Admission :

For the candidates who want to take admission in the college need to first register for the desired course online through the official college website. The candidates are selected on the basis of their NEET UG/PG Examination Scorecard.

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6.0 /10

Exam Structure :

Exam will be at the end of 3 year , ya it will be difficult to pass. Otherwise work and all its obvious to be hectic through out for 3 years as in other colleges. Especially in government college work load will be more any where in India. But unlike in here, private college unless quite famous there will be enough of free time.

College Events :

There will be fun moments, college events few times in a year where all under the same institute participate. Sports events will be conducted. This is a moment to cherish in 3 years, RIMSUM is an academic extra curriculum events organised once in a year.

Entrance Preview :

After I completed MBBS, I appeared for AIPG entrance exam and scored 4000 rank out of 82 k students who appeared and so selected MD seat in this college , I opted this college only because of good stipend and no bond status.

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8.7 /10

Placement Experience :

This course was in demand so the placement ratio was up to the mark and much core field training was provided to the candidates. Also, the candidates have a training period under the experts who also suggested the organizations where the student can apply for the job. However, there are chances to get a job at the institute campus itself.

Admission :

In this public university, the admission was based on the previous graduate degree and NEET PG scores. However, there are only eight seats it was quite challenging to get the admission seat. Here, the procedure I followed was offline and submitted the required and relevant documents.

Campus Life :

Our batch had training sessions at the firm so we did not get much time to do activities. However, we went for a city tour during weekends or played sports on the campus. Also, we had awareness programs and social volunteer work, and everyone participated willingly.

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5.7 /10

Placement Experience :

This is a medical college and medical colleges don't provide any kind of placements and job opportunities. They provide practicals and internships which students must attend in order to understand the real life incidents related to their courses.

Course Curriculum Overview :

The course curriculum is quite simple. This college offers mostly post graduate courses such as MD in psychiatry , diploma in psychological medicine, Ph.D in clinical psychology, etc. All course are of 3-4 years and semester based.

Admission :

The admission for M.D (Psychiatry) and Diploma in Psychological Medicine is through NEET-PG examinations whereas the admission for the other courses is through a national level entrance examination conducted by the Institute.

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7.7 /10

Faculty :

Each department in our college has well-trained and well-qualified faculty members who are very helpful and promote self-observation in students. All the faculty members are very well-experienced in their fields and great knowledge beyond the subject.

Admission :

Candidates in our college are selected on the basis of NEET UG or NEET PG Examination Scorecard according to their course requirement. The students are selected on that criteria after registering online for their desired course.

Campus Life :

There are a few cultural events held in our college but not as much extra-curricular activities as there is more focus on the academics. The college campus is goos and has got all the facilities required by a medical student.

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Hi sir As a pharm-D graduate am i eligible for MD psychiatry Please respond for my quarrie Thanking you
Hi Medasani, No, you have to be a Medicine graduate (have completed your M.B.B.S.) to pursue a post graduate degree in Psychiatry.

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