AIIMS Psyciatry Syllabus

AIIMS Psyciatry Syllabus


At the end of the course, the student will be able to:

  1. Understand human behaviour and its application in patient care.
  2. Understand the concept of motivation, its impact on human behaviour and illness related behaviour.
  3. Understand different types of emotions and their impact on health of the individual.
  4. Define learning, comprehend different types of learning and conditioning. State methods of effective learning and demonstrate application of learning in treatment.
  5. Understand different cognitive processes, comprehend memory process, describe short term memory and differentiate with long term memory., list causes of forgetting, and illustrate methods of improving memory.
  6. Comprehend concept of thinking and its application to health care.
  7. Understand nature of intelligence, explain growth of intelligence, compare role of heredity and environment in intellectual development. Method of assessment of intelligence.
  8. Define personality, list determinants of personality, understand different theories of personality and learn methods of personality assessment.


Behavioural Sciences – II Semester

  1. Introduction: General introduction to Behavioural Psychology

What is behavioural psychology, components, individual differences and applications of behavioural sciences in patient care and medical education.

  1. Motivation

Definition of motivation, theories, types -physiological and social motives, Maslow‘s hierarchy of motives, clinical application

  1. Emotion and its application to health

Theories of emotions, type and impact on health.

  1. Learning and conditioning.

Components of learning, classical conditioning, operant conditioning, cognitive, social, biological and observational learning. Methods of effective learning, behaviour and cognitive therapy.

  1. Cognitive process and memory

Sensation, perception, illusion, memory process, short term and long term memory, causes of forgetting and methods to improve memory.

  1. Thinking and problem solving

Definition of thinking, components of thinking-imagery recollection, language, steps in problem solving, abnormalities in thinking, decision making.

  1. Intelligence: General concepts and techniques for assessment.

Theory of intelligence, growth of intelligence, stability of intelligence, determinants of intelligence, assessment of intelligence, extremes of intelligence.

8 Personality (Principles of Personality development) and objective testing of Personality

Definition of personality, trait, factors influencing personality development, theories of personality and personality assessment.

Method Teaching Lectures & Discussion Assessment – Nil


At the end of the course, the student will be able to:

  1. Introducing concept of psychiatric disorders and their classification
  2. Awareness of general issues about etiology of psychiatric disorders and methodology used to study etiology of these disorders.
  3. Ability to diagnose and treat common psychiatric disorders like schizophrenia, acute manic episode, depression, anxiety disorders including phobias and OCD, conversion and dissociative disorders.
  4. To be able to diagnose severe/suicidal cases of depression and to refer them.
  5. Understand the concept of personality disorders.
  6. Ability to diagnosis and treat alcohol and drug dependence and withdrawal states.
  7. Ability to diagnose common psychiatric disorders in children.
  8. To know the role of counseling and psychological therapies in treatment of psychiatric disorders.
  9. Demonstrate role of psychological testing in assessment of psychiatric disorders.


  1. Introduction and classification of Psychiatric disorders

Concept of psychiatric disorders; need for classification; types of classification e.g. atheoretical, symptom – based; introducing the Inter national Classification of Diseases ((ICD) and the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM); major categories of psychiatric disorders; diagnosis of organic disorders.

  1. Aetiology of Psychiatric disorders

Overview of contribution of different scientific disciplines to psychiatric aetiology – clinical descriptive studies, epidemiology, social sciences e.g. role of life events, stress; genetics; biochemical studies; pharmacology; endocrinology; physiology; neuropathology; psychology.

  1. Schizophrenia

Epidemiology, clinical features, subtypes, diagnosis, overview of aetiology, course, treatment – pharmacological, role of ECT.

  1. Bipolar disorders

Epidemiology, clinical features, diagnosis, overview of aetiology, course, treatment – pharmacological.

  1. Depression

Epidemiology, clinical features, diagnosis, overview of aetiology, co-morbidity with organic disorders, course, treatment – pharmacological.

  1. Anxiety neurosis, phobia and OCD

Types of anxiety disorders; phobia, OCD, clinical features and epidemiology; diagnosis, differential diagnosis; overview of aetiology; course; treatment – pharmacological and non-pharmacological.

  1. Hysterical neurosis (Conversion and Dissociative disorders)

Epidemiology, clinical picture, diagnosis, differential diagnosis, aetiology, prognosis, treatment.

  1. Personality disorders

Concept of personality disorders, epidemiology, classification, assessment, overview of clinical features, aetiology, prognosis.

  1. Drug and Alcohol dependence

Concept of abuse and dependence, epidemiology of alcohol and opiate dependence; clinical features, withdrawal symptoms including complicated withdrawal, psychosocial complications, aetiology, outcome, treatment.

  1. Psychiatric disorders of childhood and adolescence,

Classification of childhood psychiatric disorders, epidemiology, clinical features, aetiology, assessment.

  1. Counselling and psychological therapies

Counselling process, skills, different counseling approaches, behaviour therapy, cognitive therapy and its applications.

  1. Psychological testing

What are psychological tests, standardization, reliability, validity, intelligence test, personality test, application.


Lectures and discussions with patients


  1. Niraj Ahuja’s Text-book on Psychiatry
  2. Oxford Psychiatry


Internal Assessment : Two assessments – Viva are held as given below :

IV/V Semester VI/VIII Semester Professional Examination Theory with medicine (paper – I)

Theory with community medicine (Paper II) 25 marks

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