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Entrance Exams For Career in Nursing

Career in Nursing

Nursing is an excellent profession in India which involves looking after medical patients in a hospital or nursing home. Nursing courses in India can be categorized into bachelor's degree courses (B.Sc Nursing) and master's degree courses (M.Sc Nursing). In addition, diploma courses in nursing are also offered by a number of healthcare education institutes in India like General Nursing and Midwifery (GNM) diploma courses.

Current Scenario of Nursing in India

In India, nursing courses entail looking after people who are suffering from different types of illnesses. A number of well-known nursing colleges and institutes hold entrance exams for the purpose of grading the students. However, there are many colleges and institutes in the country that allow direct admissions as well.
The country is home to 1,200 nursing degree schools, 2,000 nursing diploma schools, and 281 M.Sc nursing colleges. Every year, approximately 60,000 nurses are produced by the nation.
In order to be eligible to study B.Sc Nursing course, the students need to pass the Senior Secondary level examination or 10+2 examination. The total marks necessary to get admission is dependent on the requirement of the college or university concerned. In addition, the student must have Physics, Biology, and Chemistry as subjects in his/her 10+2 or Senior Secondary Level Examination. The age of the course aspirant must be minimum 17 years during the time of enrolment. For B.Sc Nursing post basic, the students need to pass their 10+2 exam and have a GNM diploma.

In order to pursue higher studies or M.Sc in nursing, candidates should have a B.Sc in nursing degree with the requisite marks. While studying M.Sc in nursing, they can specialize in the following areas:
  • Oncological Nursing
  • Cardiological/CTVS Nursing
  • Nephrological Nursing
  • Neurosciences Nursing
  • Paediatric Nursing
  • Critical Care Nursing
  • Psychiatric Nursing

After qualifying with a B.Sc or M.Sc in nursing, candidates can work in the following domains:
  • Staff Nurse - Offers direct patient care to one person or a team of individuals.
  • Assistant Nursing Superintendent/Department Supervisor.
  • Deputy Nursing Superintendent
  • Nursing Supervisor or Ward Sister
  • Director of Nursing
  • Nursing Superintendent
  • Teacher of Nursing
  • Community Health Nurse (CHN)
  • Military Nurse
  • Industrial Nurse
  • Nursing Service Administrators.
  • Nursing Service overseas

List of Entrance Exams for Nursing

Conducted ByName of Entrance Exam
CMC Vellore CMC Vellore Entrance Exam
Banaras Hindu University BHU GNM Entrance Test
NTR University of Health Sciences NTRUHS M.Sc (Nursing) Entrance Test
Dr NTR University of Health Sciences Vijayawada B.Sc Nursing Admission Test
AFMC Entrance Exam Armed Forces Medical College B.Sc Nursing program entrance exam.
Nitte University Mangalore Nitte University Mangalore M.Sc Nursing Entrance Exam (NUPMET)
Nitte University Mangalore B.Sc Nursing Entrance Exam (NUPMET)
AIIMS - (All India Institute of Medical Sciences) B.Sc. Nursing Admission Test
Tata Memorial Centre Mumbai Tata Memorial Centre Mumbai M.Sc Nursing Common Entrance Test
Lady Hardinge Medical College B.Sc (Hons) Nursing course Entrance Test
Jawaharlal Institute of Post Graduate Medical Education and Research (JIPMER) JIPMER Staff Nurse Entrance Exam
Sumandeep Vidyapeeth Vadodara Entrance Exam for B.Sc Nursing 2012
AMUPMDC AssoCET Combined Entrance Test for B.Sc Nursing Admissions
Amrita University Entrance Exam for B.Sc Nursing
Yenepoya University Mangalore Entrance Exam for B.Sc Nursing and M.Sc Nursing
Dr DY Patil Vidyapeeth Pune All India Common Entrance Test for B.Sc (Nursing)
Banaras Hindu University B.Sc (Nursing) Admission Test
PPMET Punjab Para Medical Entrance Test for Admission to B.Sc. Nursing courses
CMC Ludhiana Entrance Test for Admission to B.Sc. Nursing courses
National Institute of Nursing PGI Chandigarh PGI Nursing Entrance Exam - B.Sc and M.Sc Nursing Admission
Himachal Pradesh University, Shimla Entrance test for Admission to B.Sc Nursing course
ENET EPSI National Admission test (ENET) Entrance Examination for B.Sc Nursing

Top nursing colleges in India

  • RAK College of Nursing, Delhi
  • CMC Vellore College of Nursing
  • Manipal University: Manipal College of Nursing
  • All India Institute of Medical Sciences: Department of Nursing
  • Father Muller College of Nursing, Mangalore
  • B.M. Birla College of Nursing, Kolkata
  • SNDT Faculty of Nursing, Mumbai
  • Sree Ramachandra Medical University, Chennai: College of Nursing
  • Apollo College of Nursing, Chennai
  • National Institute of Mental health and Neurosciences, Bangalore: Department of Nursing
  • Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai: Nursing
  • Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education & Research: Department of Nursing
  • Hinduja Hospital, Mumbai: College of Nursing
  • School of Health Sciences: IGNOU
  • Kovai Medical Center Research and Educational Trust: College of Nursing
  • St. John's College of Nursing, Bangalore
  • Amrita University: College of Nursing, Cochin
  • SRM University: College of nursing Chennai
  • Madras Medical College, College of Nursing
  • MIMS College of Nursing, Calicut, Kerala
  • Apollo College of Nursing, Apollo Health City, Hyderabad
  • Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Nursing College
  • Jamia Hamdard University: Faculty of Nursing
  • CMC Ludiana: College of Nursing
  • Government College of Nursing, Kottayam
  • Government College of Nursing, Calicut
  • Government College of Nursing, SSKM Hospital, Kolkata
  • Government College of Nursing, Thiruvananthapuram
  • MSR Institute of Nursing Education & Research, Bangalore
  • Madras Medical Mission, College of Nursing, Chennai

Last Updated on : March 10, 2016