St. John’s Medical College
About St. John’s Medical College
St. John’s Medical College was established by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India, in Bengaluru in 1963, with the goal of training people in healthcare and produce physicians committed to serving the poor. It was dedicated as a memorial of the XXXVII International Eucharistic Congress which was held in 1964 in Bombay. The college is named after St. John the Baptist, the Patron of the Pope John XXIII, who was a keen supporter of this initiative of the Catholic Church in India.
For the past ten years, St. John’s Medical College has constantly been ranked as one of the top 10 Medical colleges in the country. The National Assessment and Accreditation Council has awarded the college with 5 stars based on its excellence.
Initially, St. Martha’s Hospital served as the clinical facility of St. John’s Medical College. The college became fully functional in 1975. It first started as a nursing school in 1980 and was later grown to a nursing college in 1989. St. John’s Medical College is affiliated to the Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, Karnataka, and it is recognized by the Medical Council of India.
Aims of St. John’s Medical College
The institute is mainly intended for training Catholics and dedicated personnel like the Religious Sisters, who run a large number of Hospitals and Dispensaries mainly in the poor and rural areas, but it also welcomes everyone, regardless of their religious values, to embark upon a journey towards the betterment of health conditions in the country.
The institution hopes to make a noticeable contribution to the healthcare and medical education and research, through training of personnel who dedicate their work to help others like medical, paramedical, nursing, health management, and community health workers. The college hopes to train individuals in health care services to help everyone around them irrespective of their religion, caste, or community, especially the underprivileged.
Objectives of St. John’s Medical College
St. John’s Medical College has the following objectives:
- To provide individuals with excellency in the field of medical education.
- Impart first-rate education to its students.
- Teach about the respect for life.
- Impart a feeling of compassion for fellow beings.
- To create an urge in their hearts to help the community.
- The sense of serving the health care needs of individuals especially the medically underprivileged.
- Enabling the students to research, learn, and apply the scientific knowledge in their work.
- To strive towards promoting holistic health.
- Providing individuals with the ability of steadfastness to principles and moral values and impart honesty and integrity.
Courses Offered by St. John’s Medical College
St. John’s Medical College offers the following courses:
As the St. John’s Medical College states its mission: to train individuals in healthcare profession to serve in the medically underserved areas of the country, MBBS candidates are bound to serve for two years in one of the designated hospitals in medically underserved areas. Those who fail to do so will have to pay the penalty as stipulated by the governing board.
According to the Government of India policy, the counseling or admission to MBBS course for academic year 2018-19 at St. John’s Medical College is to be done by the Karnataka Examination Authority (KEA).
Eligibility Criteria of St. John’s Medical College
Following are the requirements to apply to St. John’s Medical College:
- They should be of 17 years of age on or before 31st December of the year of admission.
- The applicant must have the courses of Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Biotechnology, and English. They must have a total of at least 50% marks altogether, in these subjects, at a final examination of the Pre University Course or its equivalent. In case the student belongs to Scheduled Castes, Tribes or other backward Classes, The minimum total marks required in the qualifying exam are 40%.
- The applicant should have passed the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test UG for getting an admission to the MBBS course.
- Applicants should also submit the required documents, listed below, during the KEA document Verification.
MBBs Seat Matrix:
No. of Seats
All India General Open Merit
Institutional Staff Quota (Karnataka)
Roman Catholic Christian Religious Sisters (Nuns)
Roman Catholic Christian Tribals
Roman Catholic Christian of Scheduled Caste Communities
Native (Local) North Indian Roman Catholic Christians
Roman Catholic Christian of Karnataka State
Roman Catholic Christian All India Open Merit
Karnataka Open Merit
Total seats sanctioned for the year 2018-2019
Following documents are to be submitted during Document Verification by KEA according to their categories:
- All Applicants (Category 1-9): Affidavit of undertaking that they will execute a bond to serve the designated medical college in an underserved area for two years after graduation.
- Category 2: Certificate from Director of St. John’s National Academy of Health Sciences.
- Category 3: Certificate in prescribed format from the Superior General/ Provincial of the applicant stating that the applicant is a bona fide Professed Religious (Nun).
- Category 4: A) Baptism Certificate attested by the Bishop of the applicant. B) Certificate in prescribed format from the Bishop of the applicant stating that the applicant is a Roman Catholic Christian belonging to a Tribal Community in his Diocese.
- Category 5: A) Baptism Certificate attested by the Bishop of the applicant. B) Certificate in prescribed format from the Bishop of the applicant stating that the applicant is a Roman Catholic Christian belonging to a Scheduled Caste Community in his Diocese.
- Category 6: A) Baptism Certificate attested by the Bishop of the applicant. B) Certificate from the Bishop of the applicant stating that the applicant is a Native (local) North Indian Roman Catholic Christian belonging to his diocese.
- Category 7: A) Baptism Certificate attested by the Bishop of the applicant. B) Certificate from the Bishop of the applicant stating that the applicant is a member of his diocese in Karnataka State. C) Karnataka State Domicile Certificate as prescribed by Karnataka Examination Authority (KEA).
- Category 8: A) Baptism Certificate attested by the Bishop of the applicant B) Certificate from the Bishop of the applicant stating that the applicant is a member of his diocese.
- Category 9: Karnataka State Domicile Certificate as prescribed by Karnataka Examination Authority (KEA)
MBBS Course Fee:
The following chart shows the MBBS course fee in INR. These fees are subject to revision from time to time.
Annual Tuition & other Fee
Total College Fee
Total College & RGUHS Fee at admission
The college offers and is recognized for a number of Postgraduate Degree and Diploma Courses. The Degree courses are 3 years long and Diploma courses are 2 years long.
The following chart shows the courses offered and the seats assigned to each course:
M.D. Community Health
M.D. Forensic Medicine
M.D. General Medicine
M.S. General Surgery
M.S. Obstetrics & Gynecology
M.D. Transfusion Medicine
Diploma in Clinical Pathology
Diploma in Otorhinolaryngology
Diploma in Child Health
Diploma in Obst. & Gynecology
Diploma in Anesthesiology
Diploma in Medical Radio Diagnosis
Following are the requirements for applying to St. John’s Medical College for Postgraduate courses:
- The applicants should have qualified for the MBBS degree from an institute that is recognized by the Medical Council of India.
- The applicant should have completed the Compulsory Rotating Internship of one year, registered with the Medical Council of India.
- Applicants need to be PG-NEET 2018 qualified to apply for the Postgraduate Degree and Diploma courses.
- An applicant can apply for ANY THREE degree courses.
- Special consideration is to be given to the alumni of St. John’s Medical College who have served in Medical institutes, recognized by the college, of underserved areas.
- Selected candidates who have not served the St. John’s Medical College 2 year rural bond after MBBS will have execute a 1 year bond to serve in SJMCH Affiliated hospitals after completion of the PG course. The bond penalty is INR.5,00,000/-
Postgraduate Medical Admissions (MD, MS, and Diploma) to St. John’s Medical College, Bengaluru, will be conducted by Karnataka Examination Authority (KEA) through Common Counseling. Candidates must apply through KEA. For dates, documents and other details please refer to the KEA Website.
Documents Required at The Time of Admission:
At the time of interview, the applicant should bring along the original copies of following documents:
- M.B.B.S. Degree or Provisional Pass Certificate.
- Statements of marks of all M.B.B.S. Examinations (as in the form enclosed).
- Caste Certificate (if SC/ST from Karnataka).
- Compulsory Rotating Internship Certificate.
- State Medical Council Registration Certificate.
- Conduct Certificate from the head of the Institution where the candidate studied for M.B.B.S. Course.
- Photocopies of certificates showing distinctions, scholarships, honors, medals at MBBS and extra-curricular activities at Inter collegiate or State level
- Post-graduate diploma certificate, if any.
- For former students of this institution, a certificate of service in rural and underserved areas in this country, issued by the Director of SJNAHS
- NEET (PG) 2018 – Results
- Transfer certificate (Students from colleges other than St. John’s Medical College)
- Migration certificate and Eligibility certificate (Students from Universities other than RGUHS).
Note: Should a candidate secure admission, all the original certificates will be deposited in the College until the completion of the course
Postgraduate Fee Structure:
The following chart shows the fee stricter of St. John’s Medical College for Postgraduate students:
Admission Fees (INR)
Refundable Deposits (INR)
Annual Tuition & Other Fees (INR)
Total College Fees (INR)
Total College & RGUHS Fees at admission (INR)
MD Forensic Med
MD Community Med
MD Gen Med,
MD Emer Med,
MD T Med.
MS Gen Surg.
DCP, DCH, DGO,
DLO, DA, DMRD
- All candidates have to pay a caution deposit of 2. ₹10,000/-, Library deposit of ₹.3,000 -and laboratory deposit of ₹3,000/- at the time of admission. These amounts will be refunded, after deduction of dues, if any, when the student leaves the Institution on completion of the Course.
Postgraduate Students currently will be paid a stipend of ₹30,000/- per month in the first year, ₹35,000/- in the second year and ₹40,000/- in the third year.
A limited number of scholarships are available for deserving candidates. Details will be available with the Academic section, St. John’s Medical College, Bengaluru.
The Campus of St. John’s Medical College:
Apart from being consistently ranked among the top 10 best medical colleges of India, St. John’s Medical College has 07 Rhodes Scholars to date, the maximum from any medical college in India.
The Building consists of an H-shaped academic block which is entirely Wifi-enabled. The academic block boasts over 10 lecture halls containing a seating capacity of 30 to 350.They are equipped with the best audio and visual facilities. There are multiple examination halls with a seating capacity of 800. Students are provided with well-equipped laboratories and dispersed throughout the beautiful green campus are 4 auditoria with a seating capacity of 200 to 1000.
Several smaller lecture halls and discussion rooms are also present to facilitate learning. The student laboratories attached to the pre and Para-clinical departments such as Anatomy, Physiology, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Pathology etc., are well-equipped and aid in providing excellent hands on experience to students. Several of the departments have museums which also provide rich learning material.
The Central Library:
The Central Library, also known as the Zablocki Learning Centre, is well equipped to provide students with first-rate material for learning. A central Library is present in both the college and the hospital.
- The central library comprises of a digital section which contains 30 computers with internet and intranet facilities. Students can subscribe to more than 20 digital databases including Science Direct, Elsevier, BMJ, Springer, Student consult etc. These data bases are both accessible directly and through RGUHS.
- All the postgraduate students and faculty members can access digital content remotely.
- Internet service and photocopy service is available for the staff and students inside the library.
- There is a Student Aid Fund which helps out economically challenged students to borrow books from the library that they require for the duration of the course.
- The library continuously strives to develop a comprehensive collection of print as well as digital resources useful for teaching, research and reference purposes, hence all the data is kept up to date.
St. John’s Medical College Hospital started out with a few hundred hospital beds in 1975. Through continuous growth and development it now has 1350 in-patient beds. The hospital contains 32 broad specialty and super specialty departments.
The hospital contains the best equipment for out-patients and in-patients services and operation theaters for both major and minor surgeries. The hospital contains a UNIT OF HOPE, whose purpose is to provide a multidisciplinary team approach to treating children with physical impairments.
St. John’s Hospital includes laboratory services like Clinical Microbiology, Clinical Biochemistry, Pathology, Clinical pathology, and genetics. They have first-rate well standardized, NABL accredited Services Laboratories.
Student Life on Campus:
St. John’s Medical College provides student with a life filled with more than just academics. It considers extracurricular activities a massive part of a student’s life. Hence the college holds numerous annual activities and competitions to keep the students engaged and relax their minds. These activities and functions include the following and much more:
- The annual Inter-Class Sports Tournament.
- The Annual Campus Inter-Class Cultural Event.
- Autumn Muse, the Annual College Fest.
- The College provides hostel accommodation for male and female students inclusive of basic furniture. The students are expected to bring their own mattresses, pillows, bed linen, mosquito nets and other items of personal use.
- An assistant warden is based at every hostel and a security guard is on duty 24 hours a day
- Shops within the campus include a mini-supermart that sells confectioneries, fruits, stationery, toiletries etc.
- The campus has a post office counter with Speed-Post facilities, a bank with 24-hour ATM facilities, a 24-hour pharmacy, two cafeterias, a hairdresser, a bookstall and an optical shop.
- Tailoring facilities, photocopying and photo studio shops are available within walking distance of the Campus.
- Administration/discipline at the hostels is governed by the Hostel Rules. These are binding on all students and their infringement may result in disciplinary action. The cost of any damage to hostel property will have to be paid by the hostelites.
Life after Getting Into a Medical College:
Firstly, if you make it this far, then congratulations! Because getting into a medical college is no less than a challenge, not only in India but all over the world too. And if you get selected for St. John’s Medical College than you are probably one of the hard workers who deserve that their talent is groomed by one of the best professionals of medical industry. By intention of preparing you for the future we would like to point out that life at a medical college is not easy, may it be any college. Even the most intelligent and hardworking people sometimes get frustrated and tangled in all the work along with extra-curricular activities. So to give you a heads up and a few guidelines on how to deal with basic issues that students may face in a medical college are listed below:
Dr. Najeeb Lectures:
The hardest thing to do at not just a medical college but at any university is managing time. If you don’t get to it in your first few days, you will have to face a lot of extra hardship later on. To avoid that, in the first few days at your college, take a note of how things work, what processes are followed and what goes where etc. Once you get the gist of it all, make a rough schedule. Compartmentalize your work. Assign time to each task and try to complete it in the assigned time. The more you keep on your schedule the easier things will get.
Next, you should get used to making a daily to-do list. All the homework, assignment, or any other task that you get, should go into that to-do list with a due date. Use applications to set reminders to help you complete your work before the due date. What is even better is that you don’t leave the tasks to the last minute. Procrastination will have to wait. Getting to your tasks as soon as possible will help save you from a lot of future trouble. Keeping a list of all the tasks with their due dates and following a schedule regularly will make sure that you never miss a deadline.
Conditions will not always be favorable in life and hence not always at your college too. College life sometimes even gets to the best of students, who then find themselves frustrated and unable to continue. Some things are not under a person’s control so make sure that you give your all to the things that you can control. A lot of times, only attending lectures is not enough. Suppose, for one course, you end up with a lecturer whose methods of teaching do not resonate with your methods of learning. Even though you attend each and every class, you still have trouble understanding the lectures. In that case what you have to do is ask around for help while that knowledge is still fresh in your mind. Ask a fellow classmate or a friend to explain it to you. If not, ask the CR or the TA to help but do not leave things on the last minute.
What has been proven to help students the most is group studying. With your group of friends, set aside time for group study sessions at least once a week if not every other day. Don’t hesitate from asking for help and don’t hesitate from helping someone else out either. Teaching others can actually help you too in memorizing things. So instead of skipping over a topic because the lecture was hard to understand you should sit with friends and understand from each other. If one desires, he can find out several ways to help himself.
In the off-chance that you find yourself in a situation described above, and none of the above mentioned methods work, or even if you don’t feel like trying out all of them just yet, you can always go to Dr. Najeeb’s Lectures for help. These are video lectures which are a great source for self-studying. Dr. Najeeb’s Lectures are the world’s most popular medical Lectures, covering all the topics of Gross Anatomy, Neuro-anatomy, Embryology, Histology, Physiology, Biochemistry, Genetics, Pharmacology, Microbiology, Immunology and Pathology. These lectures cover almost all the topics in the current medical curriculum of most medical colleges. They contain visualization of what you study in your books. The hand-drawn illustrations in these lectures make it very easy to grasp the concepts. Furthermore, one can get a lifetime access to these lectures and even download the app to avail them anytime, anywhere.
Just as no two human beings can ever be the same in their life experiences, no two students can have the same clinical experience. Your experience will be what you make of it. Keep in mind that whatever you learn is not to be forgotten. You are opting for a career that requires retention of this knowledge for a lifetime. To look at the short term aspects, what you learn will be there again in your finals, and again during residency when you start treating actual patients. So whatever you learn, make sure you understand it completely now, casual lookups are fine to jock up your memory when required but if you don’t understand the concept you will have to do it later on.
From the tough competition, rigorous studying, constant exams, and all that hard work, it is necessary for you to take some time out for yourself. Self-care is very important if you wish to succeed at anything in life. So to relax and take some time off from all the hard work, it is required that you ease your mind. Find a hobby or anything that would qualify as extracurricular and take out some time from your busy schedule for this. You need to reward yourself for your continuous hardships. Apart from that it will help you have a fresh mind when you go back to your work so maybe you could learn better or come up with more creative things (whatever is required).
When it comes to people management, it is required that you stay attentive from day one. Notice the people around you and pick your friends carefully. Avoid conflicts; if you do end up in one try resolving it as soon as possible because it would be advantageous in the long run. Try to be a little sharp minded and keep yourself from getting exploited. Help out others, this way you can make more allies than enemies and they could end up helping you in your time of need.