Kilpauk Medical College

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Government Kilpauk Medical College
The new faculty block of Kilpauk Medical College
Motto Mens Sana Incorpore Sano(A sound mind in a sound body)
Type Medical College
Established 1960
Location Chennai, India
Affiliations The Tamil Nadu Dr. M.G.R. Medical University
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Government Kilpauk Medical College (GKMC) is one of the premier government medical institutions in India.{Verify source|date=January 2014} Founded in 1960, the college has been instrumental in producing many world-renowned doctors.[verification needed] There are 4 hospitals attached to GKMC - Government Kilpauk Medical College Hospital. They are Government Royapettah Hospital, Government Thiruvotteeswarar Hospital of Thoracic Medicine, Government Peripheral Hospital, K.K.Nagar and Government Peripheral Hospital, Anna Nagar. The college is affiliated to The Tamil Nadu Dr. M.G.R Medical University, Chennai. It offers a number of undergraduate and postgraduate programs to the students. The college provides excellent training and state of art infrastructure facility towards medical education and patient care.


Government Kilpauk Medical College and History of its existence

1925 - In response to the feeling of Nationalism and keeping alive the ancient systems of indigenous medicine the school of Indian medicine was started. The degree conferred at this institution was L.I.M.

1947 In accordance to the recommendations of the Usman Committee, Chopra Committee and the Pundit Committee of Government of Madras and Government of India, the character of the institute was changed, upgraded and named as College of Indian Medicine. The College gave the degree as G.C.I.M.

1948 The College was again renamed as College of Indigenous Medicine and one of the three systems of Indigenous Medicine, Ayurvedha-Siddha-Unani, should be chosen by each candidate who joins GCIM and Allopathic Medicine was common to all.

1953 The College was renamed as the College of Integrated Medicine. The course was shortened to 4.5 years and one year of compulsory house- surgeoncy on par with MBBS course. Government ensured that the GCIM graduates could practice both the systems of Medicine. In 1959 the first batch of GCIM students were admitted and in 1960 the College of Indigenous Medicine was closed.

1960 The Integrated Medicine Course (MBBS DEGREE) was started. The first and second year GCIM students were given the option of joining the MBBS course, while the senior students were offered the D.M&S on completion of the course and bringing them into the Allopathic fold.

1965 The College was recognised as Women Medical College and named as Government Kilpauk Medical College, admitting only women candidates for MBBS degree. Meanwhile, those who have completed GCIM, D.M&S were given the option to undertake condensed MBBS course at the Chengalpattu Medical College to obtain the MBBS degree and come into the fold of Modern Medicine.

1967 The women students agitated to have a co- educational institution and the erstwhile Government of Madras granted permission and both men and women were admitted to MBBS degree from 1967.

1972 Development of the Medical College is set into pace with the Surgical Block coming into being. Later all the different super-specialities came into being between 1972 and 2001 and stands in its glory to-day.

1981 Intensive Care Unit was sanctioned with 10 beds and was commissioned in June 1981 by Hon. Dr. H.V.Hande, the Minister for Health, Government of Tamil Nadu. 50 bedded comprehensive Burn unit was sanctioned on the I floor of the out-Patient Block and was commissioned in March 1985 by Hon. Dr. H.V.Hande, then Minister for Health under the Presidency of Dr.Mrs.Lalitha Kameswaran, then Director of Medical Education.

1984 Department of Cardiology was sanctioned with Prof. S.Thanikachalam as its Chief.

1987 Department of Nephrology was sanctioned and commissioned in July 1987 with Prof. C.M.Thiagarajan as its Chief.

1988 Department of Surgical Gastroenterology was sanctioned with Prof. Srikumari Damaodharan as its Chief.


The college is affiliated to The Tamil Nadu Dr. MGR Medical University[1]


Admissions to the Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (MBBS) and the Post-graduate (MD, MS, other diplomas and other higher specialties) are through the Tamil Nadu state quota (for e.g.: 85% of seats in the MBBS program) and through the National/ Central quota (for e.g.: 15% of seats in the MBBS program). Reservations of seats and reduced tuition fees are available to the underserved communities in both the quotas. Admissions are open only to Indian citizens and are highly competitive.

MBBS Program[edit]

Total number of seats - 150 per year (recognized by Medical Council of India)

All the seats are filled by NEET score conducted by CBSE as a national level entrance exam. Out of these seats, 85% is reserved for the students from Tamilnadu (State quota) while the remaining 15% is surrendered to common competition amongst students from the other states of India (All India Quota).

NEET (National Eligibility cum Entrance Test) is organised by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) under the able supervision of the Medical Council of India (MCI). In regard with the marking scheme, 4 marks are awarded for each correct answer, 0 for any attempted ones and -1 for wrong answers.

Post Graduate Programs[edit]

Previously the seats in the different Post-graduate programs (Diploma and Degree programs) are filled by:

  • State level PG Entrance Exam(TNPG)
  • National level PG Entrance Exam(AIPGME)

But from 2017, there is no separate entrance exams and the candidates has to qualify a single entrance exam National Eligibility cum Entrance Test(NEET) to get into PG seats.



1 Diploma in Obstetrics & Gynecology

2 Diploma in Child Health

3 Diploma in Oto-Rhino-Laryngology

4 Diploma in Anaesthesia

5 Diploma in Orthopaedics

6 Diploma in Clinical Pathology


1 M.D.General Medicine

2 M.D.Pathology

3 M.D.Microbiology

4 M.D.Obstetrics & Gynaecology

5 M.D.Physiology

6 M.D.Paediatrics [2]

7 M.D.Anaesthesiology

8 M.S.General Surgery

9 M.S.E.N.T.

10 M.S.Orthopaedics

12 M.D.Community medicine

13 M.D.Tuberculosis and Respiratory Medicine

14 M.D.Psychiatry

15 M.D.Radio diagnosis

16 M.D.Forensic Medcine


1 D.M. Gastroenterology

2 D.M. Nephrology

3 M.Ch. Urology

4 M.Ch. Plastic Surgery

5 M.Ch. Surgical Oncology

Classes (with year of entry)[edit]

Every class of MBBS students has assigned to itself an (unofficial) name denoting the year of their entry into the medical school.

The recent batches

  • Idhayam 1978-85
  • Ruptures 1992 (naming started from this batch )
  • Zenith 1994
  • Kosmic 1995
  • Elanza 1996
  • Zodiac 1997
  • Narumigil 1998
  • Elixir 1999
  • Dynamics '00
  • Sigaram '01
  • Swasam '02
  • Vasantham '03
  • Agni '04
  • Nakshatraz '05
  • Thendral '06
  • Rhythmz '07
  • Valiantz '08
  • Ruthraz '09
  • Sarithraaz '10
  • Xorticanz '11
  • Varshaas '12
  • Mithraaz '13
  • Yukthaaz '14
  • Sharvaas '15
  • Dhruvaaz '16


The annual inter-collegiate cultural event hosted by Kilpauk Medical College is called Pradharshini. The word 'Pradharshini' means 'exhibition' in Sanskrit. The event has been held every year for over 30 years now. It draws huge crowds and is deemed one of the best cultural festivals in Tamil Nadu. It was described as 'A Saarang+' by The Hindu.


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Coordinates: 13°04′42″N 80°14′37″E / 13.078347°N 80.243722°E / 13.078347; 80.243722