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Know the Process to Become a Nurse: Eligibility, Selection Process & Salary

Mar 8, 2018 08:02 IST
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If you talk about the profession that works for humanity, then the place of nurses comes on the topmost of the list. It is considered as a rewarding career which makes a difference in the life of the people. A nurse spends his/her entire life in the service of the sick with dignity and complete dedication.

In India, the large numbers of vacancies for engagement of nurses are notified by various government organisations that include state and central Hospitals, Indian Army, Indian Railways, Indian Navy, State PSCs, UPSC and various Medical Institutions from time to time. The recruitment is done in every district and state of the country for the posts of Staff Nurse/ Nursing Sister, Teacher of Nursing Assistant Nursing Patient Coordinator, Superintendent, Director of Nursing, Senior Nursing Officer and Nursing Officer. Community Health Nurse (CHN), Military Nurse, Industrial Nurse, Nursing Service Administrators etc.

So, here in this article, we are discussing the qualifications, selection process and salary of a nurse.

Eligibility Criteria:

Candidates who are aspiring to pursue the nursing career in government sector can opt for any of the following qualifications carried out by Indian Nursing Council (INC):

B.Sc Nursing - B.Sc Nursing is a 4-year undergraduate programme conducted in various nursing colleges/institutions across India. Candidates who have passed the 12th class examination in Science can apply for this course. Various government hospitals and PSCs often hire Nursing graduates. Candidates while studying for this course also get practical clinical on job training every year.

General Nursing Midwifery (GNM) -It is a 3-year programme deals with the education of nurses in general health care and midwifery. The students who have passed 10+2 with 45% marks in Physics, Chemistry and Biology are eligible to apply for the admission to GNM. Both female and male candidates can apply for the course. The age of the student should be minimum 17 years old. GNM graduates get the opportunity to work as a Staff Nurse, Home Nurse, Health Visitor & Community Health Worker.

Auxiliary Nurse and Midwifery (ANM) - This is a 2 years vocational training programme, applicable for women candidates only.

High Degree Course - In order to become specialized in the specific area of nursing such as Oncological Nursing, Cardiological/CTVS Nursing, Nephrological Nursing, Neurosciences Nursing, Paediatric Nursing, Critical Care Nursing etc., candidates can pursue M.Sc in nursing. Graduates with B.Sc in Nursing with the requisite marks can apply for the course.

Selection Process

The selection process for recruitment of nurse posts in the government sector is usually done on the basis of written examination/ interview /skill test. Most of the government exams are conducted on All India Basis. Candidates who are seeking to for the job should prepare systematically with strong determination and also perform well in the interview conducted by the organisation.


Nurses in a government hospitals/institution generally get about 9,300 to 34,800 rupees plus grade pay at the entry level. There may be some variations in the salary structure in different institutions. Generally, Railway and Defence sector offer jobs with same pay scales but allowances are often higher than public central and state-government hospitals.

Nurse is a major position in any medical hospital. Approx, 1,200 of nursing degree schools, 2,000 nursing diploma schools, and 281 M.Sc nursing colleges are there in India and every year 60,000+ students hold Nursing position. Furthermore, the demand for nurses in India is expected to grow by about 6,00,000 in the near future. Candidates after completion of their Degree/diploma in nursing sector, can apply for the government nursing jobs for various post

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