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Nursing Courses In India : Career, Admission Process and Criteria

Nursing has both pros and cons that come with the career choice, as do all choices. As population grows and ages, the need for nurses is never-ending.



-M. Sai Adhithi

Nursing courses are areas of studies that instruct students on how to care for sick, disabled and dying patients, and how to prevent illness and promote health. Specifically, students may learn how to serve the healthcare needs of communities, groups, families or individuals within various settings.Nursing is a rewarding and fulfilling career path; they are an essential element of ecosystems of healthcare. Studying nursing provides graduates with a broad yet stable career path.

Nursing has both pros and cons that come with the career choice, as do all choices. As population grows and ages, the need for nurses is never-ending. While it does provide stable job growth and demand, nursing also requires individuals who have the stamina in them to work overtime when required, willingness to deal with physical demands and are even exposed to germs.

The criteria for a student to opt for a nursing course in India, he/she must have passed Standard 12 with “Biology” as a compulsory subject. Most nursing colleges in India requires students to appear in entrance exams which could be institute-level, state or even national level. There are Degree, Diploma and even certificate levels for nursing. A student/ a graduate working with a good organization, there are possibilities for them to even earn up to Rs.80,000 in the very beginning of their career and the salary increases exponentially with the job growth and demand.

There are Auxiliary Nursing and Midwifery(ANM) and General Nursing and Midwifery(GNM) diploma courses available. While GNM is for both males and females. Only female aspirants can opt for the ANM diploma course. Bachelor of Sciences in Nursing is the college-level Degree. All three courses have equal importance while B.Sc in Nursing has a superior hand In terms of career establishment and income. The fee structure for ANM diploma course ranges from Rs.10,000 to Rs.60,000 per annum while for GNM course it ranges from Rs.40,000 to Rs.1,00,000 per annum. For B.Sc Nursing, the fee ranges from Rs.8000 to Rs.30,000 per annum.

Some of the best government colleges offering B.Sc(Nursing) course in India are Madras Medical College(Chennai), Armed Forces Medical College(Pune), All India Institute of Medical Sciences( Delhi), PGIMER(Chandigarh) and NIHMANS(Bangalore), JIPMER(Puducherry). Private colleges with best B.Sc(Nursing) programs are Jaipur National University, Baddi university(Baddi, Himachal Pradesh), Sigma Group of Institutes(Vadodara, Gujarat), T.john Group of Institutions(Bangalore) and IIMT University(Meerut, Uttar Pradesh).

Entrance Exams into Nursing(B.Sc) courses

  • AIIMS Delhi Entrance Test
  • -University-level entrance exam
  • -Conducted by AIIMS University
  • -Course Offered: 4-year Undergraduate course of B.Sc Nursing at All India Institute of Medial Sciences
  • -Last Date to Apply: 30 May 2022(CLOSED)



  • -State-level entrance exam
  • -Conducted by Uttar Pradesh University of Medical Sciences(UPUMS)
  • -Course offered: Grants admission into several Pharmacy, Paramedical and Nursing courses
  • -Last Date to Apply: 16 July 2022(CLOSED)

Uttarakhand Nursing entrance exam


  • - State-level entrance exam
  • -Conducted by Uttarakhand Nursing Board and arranged every year by Hemwati Nandan Bahuguna Medical Education University(HNBUMU)
  • -Course offered: B.Sc Nursing, Pre-ANM, Posi-basic B.Sc Nursing, GNM, M.Sc Nursing courses in a range of colleges
  • -Last Date to Apply: 30 June 2022

JIMPER Entrance Exam


  • -Institute level entrance exam
  • -Conducted by JIMPER College
  • -Course offered: 4-year course in JIPMER for B.Sc Nursing
  • -Last Date to Apply: 20 June 2022
  • (Students are short-listed for the institute level exam through NEET Exam.)

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