MS in Anesthesiology: Click here to know about the course, duration, syllabus, eligibility criteria, entrance exam, top universities, career opportunities and more

Career Goals: After their MS Anesthesiology degree, individuals can work as Associate Consultants, anaesthetists, Cardiac anaesthetists, lecturers, Anesthesia technicians, Critical care specialists etc.

By- Akanksha Yadav

About the course:

MS in Anesthesiology is a 3-year long postgraduate medical program which is focused on areas like ambulatory anaesthesia, cardiothoracic anesthesiology, pediatric anesthesiology, neuro anaesthesia, obstetrical anesthesiology and pain management. MS Anesthesiology course teaches the students on how to use drugs that minimize pain by causing numbness in the affected area.

These degree holders are allowed to perform surgeries as part of medical treatment. Anesthesiologists work with the doctor during surgery. They also assist the patients in post-surgery recovery.

MS Anesthesiology is available in most medical colleges including government and private ones. The fees in private colleges are usually higher than the government ones. The tuition fees for MS Anesthesiology can go from INR 42,000 to INR 15, 00,000 per annum.

The duration of MS Anesthesiology:

MS Anesthesiology course is a 3-year postgraduate course. During this course, students are trained in the practice of anaesthesia, critical care, and pain management, resuscitation of all acute or chronic conditions.

The eligibility criteria for MS Anesthesiology:

Students wanting to pursue an MS Anesthesiology course can check the eligibility criteria of the course below.

  • The student should have an MBBS degree from an institute/college recognized by the Medical Council of India (MCI).
  • Candidate should have completed his/her 1-year mandatory internship after completing his/her graduation.
  • The candidate should have qualified for NEET-PG or the required entrance examination.
  • Admission is usually based on merit in the entrance exam. It is given on the basis of a merit list which is based on marks obtained in the entrance exam and counselling process.

Subjects in MS Anesthesiology:

During MS Anesthesiology, students study various subjects related to Anesthesiology. The year-wise list of Anesthesiology subjects is given below.

Year 1:

  • Human Anatomy
  • Principles of physics and use of anaesthesia
  • Physiology
  • Pharmacology
  • Biochemistry
  • Documentation and medicolegal aspects of anaesthesia
  • Cardiopulmonary resuscitation
  • Introduction to research methodology, random clinical trials and basics of biostatistics
  • Preoperative assessments and medication-general principals
  • Introduction to anatomical physiological, pharmacological and biochemical aspects of pain and pain management
  • Introduction to artificial ventilation
  • Oxygen therapy
  • Introduction to oxygen theatre, concepts of PACU, ICU
  • Recovery from anaesthesia
  • Shock path physiology, clinical diagnosis and management
  • Pulmonary function tests, principles and applications
  • Speciality anaesthesia
  • Principles of pediatric anaesthesia, management of neonatal surgical, RA in infants
  • Basic orthopaedic anaesthesia
  • Daycare anaesthesia
  • Rural anaesthesia

Year 2-

  • Relevant anatomy of each system
  • Physics of equipment used in anaesthesia
  • Sterilization of equipment
  • Computers, utility computer-assisted learning and data storage, computerized anaesthesia records
  • Pharmacology of drugs in cardiovascular, respiratory, endocrine, renal diseases and CNS disorders
  • Acid-base and electrolyte balance
  • Interpretation of blood gases and other relevant biochemical values
  • Various function tests and basics of measurement techniques, ECG
  • Paediatrics-prematurity, physiology, anatomy of neonate vs adult
  • Principles of monitoring equipment
  • Working principles of ventilators
  • Special anaesthetic techniques as relevant to outpatient anaesthesia, hypertensive anaesthesia, anaesthesia in normal environments and calamitous situations
  • Radio diagnosis and radiotherapeutic procedures and patients with systemic diseases
  • Journal clubs
  • Medical statistics data collection
  • Monitored anaesthesia care
  • Principles of geriatric anaesthesia etc.

Year 3:

  • Principles of neonatal ventilation and critical care
  • Principles of human resources and material management
  • General principles of medical audit
  • Principles of one lung anaesthesia
  • Speciality anaesthesia
  • Principles of anaesthetic management of neuro/cardiac/thoracic/vascular/burn and plastic surgery etc.


Career opportunities after MS Anesthesiology:

After finishing the post-graduation degree in the Anesthesiology field, individuals can start their own clinic and practice privately or they can also join any hospital. They can expect a salary of INR 6, 00,000 to INR 20, 00,000 per annum.

After their MS Anesthesiology degree, individuals can work as

  • Associate Consultant
  • Anesthetist
  • Cardiac anaesthetist
  • Lecturer
  • Anesthesia technician
  • Critical care specialist
  • Content writer (medical)


Some of the top MS Anesthesiology graduates’ recruiting organizations are

  • Apollo Hospitals
  • Fortis Medical Research Institute
  • Indraprastha Apollo Hospital
  • Max Hospital
  • Medanta Hospitals
  • Wockhardt Hospital
  • Columbia Asia Hospital
  • Sparsh Hospitals
  • AIIMS (All India Institute of Medical Sciences)
  • Indian Railways


Top institutes/colleges offering MS Anesthesiology:

MS Anesthesiology course is offered in various colleges in India. The top institutes/colleges are

  • All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi
  • Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh
  • Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research, Pondicherry
  • Christian Medical College, Vellore
  • Armed Forces Medical College (AFMC), Pune
  • Lady Hardinge Medical College (LHMC), New Delhi
  • Madras Medical College (MMC), Chennai
  • Grant Medical College (GMC), Mumbai
  • King’s George Medical College, Lucknow
  • Sri Ramachandra University, Chennai
  • Seth GS Medical College (GSMC), Mumbai
  • Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi
  • Osmania Medical University (OMC), Hyderabad
  • Lokmanya Tilak Municipal Medical College (LTMMC), Mumbai

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