Job Opportunities after Nursing - Career Options, Scope, Salary

Jayita Ekka
Jayita EkkaPublished On: June 25, 2020

Courses, Fees and Career Prospects of Nursing in India. Popular nursing courses in India include Auxiliary Nursing & Midwife, General Nursing & Midwife, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Bachelor of Science in Nursing etc.

Career in Nursing

Nursing is one of the noblest professions and one of the best fields if you want to serve the community. Medicine, being one of the most recession-proof industries, offers very good career prospects and job opportunities for doctors and nurses alike.

There are various types of nursing courses at undergraduate, postgraduate as well as doctoral levels. Admission to most of the nursing courses is done on the basis of entrance exams, however, there are colleges that amidst students to UG nursing programmes on the basis of class 12 board exam score. If you aspire to enter the nursing field, here’s all you need to know about the courses.

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Type of Nursing CoursesFees of Nursing Programmes
How to apply for the UG Nursing ProgrammesJob Opportunities in Nursing
Salaries Offered in the Nursing FieldTop Nursing Colleges in India

Type of Nursing Courses

While looking for nursing programmes, make sure that you pick colleges that offer courses certified by the Indian Nursing Council (INC). Some of the popular nursing programmes are listed below.

Type of CourseName of the Course and Duration
Diploma Courses
Undergraduate Degree Courses
Post-graduate Degree Courses
Doctoral Courses
  • Master of Science in Nursing (M.Phil Full time) – 1 year
  • Master of Science in Nursing (M.Phil Part time) – 2 years
  • Doctor in Philosophy (Ph.D.) – 3 to 5 yrs

Get a Full List of Nursing Courses in India Here!

Fees of Nursing Programmes

  • The fees of the programmes may vary from college to college depending on the type of the institute.

  • Usually, government colleges charge less fee as compared to privately/ society-owned colleges.

  • B.Sc Nursing programmes will cost you from Rs. 50,000 to Rs. 1,80,000 per annum.

  • However, the fees for the GNM course will range from Rs. 45,000 to Rs. 1,40,000 per annum.

How to Apply for the UG Nursing Programmes

  • Auxiliary Nursing & Midwife (ANM): You can apply for the ANM diploma after passing class 12th.
  • General Nursing & Midwife (GNM): In order to take admission in this course you will have to pass class 12 board exam with Physics, Biology and Chemistry and a minimum aggregate of 40% marks. Different universities offering GNM programmes may conduct their separate entrance exams for admissions. Admissions to some regional universities are also done on the basis of state-level entrance test.
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.Sc. Basic): To take admission in this programme you will have to pass class 12 with at least 45% marks and Physics, Biology and Chemistry as compulsory subjects. Candidates must be at least 17 years of age in order to apply for B.Sc. Nursing basic programme.
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.Sc. Post Basic): Students can either pick a two-year regular course or distance learning programme. In order to apply for the B.Sc. Post Basic regular programme, candidates must have passed successfully completed 10+2 along with GNM. For the B.Sc. Post Basic distance programme, students must have passed 10+2, GNM along with two years of working experience.
  • Nursing Vacancies in Indian Armed Forces: Female candidates from the age group of 17 to 24 years can apply for the B.Sc. Nursing programme provided by the Indian Armed Forces. In addition to this, candidates must have passed 10+2 with a minimum aggregate of 45% for subjects including Physics, Chemistry and Biology. Admissions are done on the basis of Military Nursing Services (MNS) entrance exam.

Also Read: Registered Nurses & Midwives Count will Reach 4 Million by 2022!

Job Opportunities in Nursing

With surplus private as well as government hospitals in India, there are various job opportunities for nursing graduates in both sectors. The rapid growth and privatization of the healthcare industry have enhanced employment in this sector. Each year the government hires 22,000 nurses. There is still a requirement of 4 lakh nurses in the country. Graduates can also apply for nursing posts at private healthcare centres. Following are some of the profiles that are available in this field:

  • Staff Nurse
  • Nursing Service Administrators
  • Assistant Nursing Superintendent
  • Industrial Nurse
  • Department Supervisor
  • Nursing Supervisor or Ward Sister
  • Nursing Superintendent
  • Community Health Nurse (CHN)
  • Director of Nursing
  • Military Nurse
  • Deputy Nursing Superintendent
  • Teacher of Nursing

Salaries Offered in the Nursing Field

  • Freshers in this field can expect a salary ranging from Rs. 7,000 to Rs. 15,000 per month.

  • The salary improves with experience. Candidates can expect their salary to be Rs. 20,000 to Rs. 30,000 after 2 to 3 years of experience.

  • Highly experienced nurses may also get a salary package of Rs. 50,000 to Rs. 72,000.

Job Profile

Minimum Salary

Maximum Salary (with experience)

Average Salary

Lecturer or Speaker




Nurse EducatorINR 1.9 LPAINR 10.2 LPAINR 2.5 LPA

Nursing Instructor




Nurse (ICU) - Intensive Care Unit

INR 68,000 Per Annum



Marketing Executive




Nurse/ Midwifery




Top Nursing Colleges in India

Here are some of the top nursing colleges in India where you can get admission by simply filling our Common Application Form (CAF). You will then be assigned an education expert to assist you throughout the admission process. You can also avail instant counselling by dialling our Toll-Free number 1800-572-9877.

Shobhit University, MeerutYamuna Group of Institutions (YGI), Yamunanagar
Sagar Group of Institutions (SGI), BarabankiRayat Bahra University (RBU), Mohali
Sigma Group Of Institutes (SGI), VadodaraP P Savani University, Surat
Dr. M.G.R. Educational And Research Institute (DRMGRERI), ChennaiSwarrnim Startup And Innovation University (SSIU), Gandhinagar
SEA Group Of Institutions (SEA College), BangaloreSankalchand Patel University (SPU), Visnagar

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