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List of Nursing Courses after 12th Science, Arts- Check Eligibility, Age Limit, Fees, Colleges

Rohan Tyagi
Rohan TyagiUpdated On: May 12, 2023 01:52 pm IST

Have a look at the nursing courses you can join after completing class 12th from Science/ Arts stream. Also, check out the detailed eligibility, and top colleges offering these Nursing courses.

Nursing Courses in Science/ Arts

With the development of medical facilities in India, the demand for Nursing courses has increased immensely. There is always an ever-increasing demand for trained nurses in healthcare institutions - both government and private. Nursing courses in India are awarded different degrees, and students are judged on previous academic records according to their eligibility. There are no restrictions for students irrespective of their academic background (Science, Arts ) to join Nursing courses after the 12th standard. As there are different nursing degrees in India that students can take up after passing 10+2. Students can check which course they are eligible to enroll in.

The different nursing courses after the 12th can be awarded degrees like GNM, ANM, B Sc Nursing, etc. These courses are designed to address different requirements for the Nursing profession and a 12th pass student can join them if s/he qualifies the required eligibility criteria.

NEET 2023 entrance exam-based subjects are not the only available courses in the medical profession. Students, who could not clear the NEET UG entrance exam do not have any reason to get disheartened as the field of Medical Education is vast and people from different backgrounds can get a chance in the same. Here is a detailed description of various nursing courses in India that one can join after the 12th class with eligibility criteria and the medical colleges in India.

Nursing Course Details - Work and Job Responsibilities

Nurses are one of the pillars of the Medical and Healthcare systems functioning in the country. They devote themselves to the service of ill and injured people. A nurse knows to push an injection, set up saline, and keep check medical records of the patient to check their medical performance. A nurse's job is to take proper care of the patient and check if the doctor's directions are being followed. A nurse's responsibility also includes administering medicines & injections, conducting follow-up check-ups, and catering to the patient's overall recovery.

Under the nursing courses after 12th, the student not only learns to take care of the patients but also to take precautionary actions for others in need. A student can apply to join any private or government hospitals, orphanages, community health centers, nursing homes, old-age homes rehabilitation clinics, industries, sanatoriums, and also in the armed forces after passing out of nursing college.

Skills Required to Be a Nurse

Nursing is a profession that requires a lot of precision and skills. A Nurse is the first help of any doctor in the hospital. A Nurse needs to be attentive and dedicated to staying available for every patient whenever needed. However, there are certain skills that are must for a Nurse -

  • Communication

  • Confidence

  • Empathy toward Human Life

  • Ability to work under pressure

  • A flair to work in a team

  • Adaptability

  • Ability to resolve conflict

Types of Nursing Courses After 12th

There are different types of Diploma and Degree Nursing courses that candidates can pursue after completing Class 12. Here is a list of those courses:

Read all about these courses in detail below. 

Short Term Nursing Courses After 12th

In recent times, the surge in demand for the Nursing sector is not limited to hospitals and mental health centers. Public health departments and businesses in public schools are also equally in need of the skillful professionals. Due to the sudden rapid increase in nurses' demand, the number of candidates opting for nursing courses have also heavily increased.

 Mentioned below are the list of short-term nursing courses that can be pursued after 12th:

Course Name


TIARA Nursing

6 Weeks

Advanced Certificate Course in Critical Care Nursing

6 Months

General Duty Assistant [GDA]

6 Months

Certificate in Nursery Development and Management

6 Months

Certificate in Maternal and Child Health Nursing

6 Months

Certificate in Neonatal Nursing

9 Months

Certificate in Nursing Aid

1 Year

Nurse Practitioner in Critical Care

2 Years

Certificate in Nursing Care

1 Year

Certificate Course in Hospital and Home Based Care Attendant

1 Year

Certificate in Geriatric Care

6 Months

Masterclass in Clinical Cardiology- 

12 Months

Certificate in Medical Nursing Assistant

6 Months

Certificate in Prenatal, and Post-Natal

6 Months

Certificate in Maternity Nursing Assistant

6 Months

About GNM Nursing Course After 12th

GNM or General Nursing and Midwifery is one of the most pursued nursing courses. The course trains the students to be the first-level of nursing operation experts in a hospital. The course in different colleges can range between 3 to 3.5 years duration. For a GNM course, the candidate must have studied Science at the 12th level. The detailed eligibility criteria for the GNM course after the 12th are as follows:

GNM Course Eligibility Criteria

The student who wants to join GNM must follow the given eligibility criteria. Though some eligibility criteria may vary depending on the institute and its admission policies, the general eligibility criteria for GNM are likely to be the same as follows:

  • The candidate must have passed 12th level with Science Stream

  • The candidate must have studied PCB combination (Physics, Chemistry, and Biology) with compulsory English Language in 10+2

  • The candidate should have passed 10+2 with a minimum of 40% marks (can vary depending on the institute)

Top GNM Colleges in India

The nursing course can be pursued in government nursing colleges as well as private nursing colleges, depending on your preferences and academic performance. Some of the best colleges to study the GNM course in India are as follows:

Have a look at some of the Top GNM Colleges in India along with their fees and location:-


Colleges Name

Approximate Annual Fee 


T. John Group of Institutes, Banglore

Rs 40,000/-


Sri Sukhmani Group of Institutes, Mohali 

Rs 88,000/-


Mahatma Jyoti Rao Phoole University, Jaipur

Rs 50,000/-


Sankalchand Patel University, Visnagar 

Rs 58,000/-


LNCT University, Bhopal 

Rs 40,000/-


Sawai Madhopur College of Engineering & Technology, Jaipur 

Rs 50,000/-


Yamuna Group of Institutions, Yamunanagar 

Rs 70,500/-

Career Scopes After Studying GNM Nursing

GNM course gives Nursing students some of the most top working positions in the sector. Some career options after studying GNM are as follows,

  • ICU Nurse

  • Senior – Nurse Educator

  • Nursing Tutor

  • Certified Nursing Assistant

  • Home Care Nurse

State-wise ANM/ GNM Admissions 2023

Uttar Pradesh ANM/ GNM Admissions 2023

Maharashtra ANM/ GNM Admissions 2023

Gujarat ANM/ GNM Admissions 2023

Telangana GNM Admissions 2023

Kerala GNM Admissions 2023

Rajasthan GNM Admissions 2023

Andhra Pradesh GNM Admissions 2023

Tamil Nadu GNM Admissions 2023

Karnataka GNM Admissions 2023

West Bengal ANM/ GNM Admissions 2023

Kerala ANM Admissions 2023

Chhattisgarh ANM/ GNM Admissions 2023

About ANM Nursing Course After 12th

ANM or Auxiliary Nurse Midwifery is a diploma course that can be taken up after completing 12th. This course is conducted for 2 years and students can join various nursing fields after studying ANM as well. The detailed eligibility criteria and career scopes after studying ANM are given below:

ANM Eligibility Criteria

The eligibility criteria for taking up a nursing course of ANM at the UG Diploma level are as follows:

  • Candidate must have passed 10+2 or equivalent in Arts (Mathematics/ Physics/ Chemistry/ Biology/ Biotechnology/ Economics/ Political Science/ History/ Geography/ Business Studies/ Accountancy/ Home Science/ Sociology/ Pyschology and Philosphy) English Elective or Science or Health care Science- Vocational stream only.
  • The student shall be medically fit
  • Candidate who has qualified 10+2 in Arts/ Science stream examination conducted by the National Institute of Open School.

Top ANM Colleges in India

There are many colleges offering ANM courses in India. Some best and most popular colleges for ANM Course are as follows:


ANM Colleges

Annual Fee


Teerthanker Mahaveer University

Rs 62,200/-


Sankalchand Patel University

Rs 37,000/-


IIMT University

Rs 78,000/-


Yamuna Group of Institutions

Rs 70,500/-


Noida International University

Rs 70,000/-


GCRG Group of Institutions

Rs 80,000/-


Parul University

Rs 37,000/-


RP Indraprastha Institute of Technology



Bhai Gurdas Group Of Institutions

Rs 40,750/-


Mansarovar Group Of Institutions

Rs 30,000/-

Career Scopes after Studying ANM Nursing

Following ate the career options and scopes students can venture into after studying GNM Nursing:

  • Health Visitor

  • Rural Health Worker

  • Home Nurse

  • Community Health Worker

  • Basic Health Worker

About Psychiatry and Mental Health Nursing Course After 12th

Psychiatry and Mental Health is a specialization in nursing that includes medical and therapeutic counselling practice with the patient having any mental illness. The student will undergo detailed training in handling patients facing anxiety, panic, insomnia, and other mental conditions. The duration of this nursing course differs from one to two years and from university to university.

Eligibility for Psychiatry and Mental health Nursing Course


  • The candidate must have completed the class 12th examination from a recognised board in the country.

  • The candidate must have completed the age of 17 in the admission year of the course

  • There is no maximum age limit requirement as per the latest government guidelines.


  • The student must have completed a graduate degree in nursing or science with a minimum of 40% aggregate marks (which can vary) from a recognised university.

Diploma in Nursing course after 12th

A diploma in nursing is an advanced course in nursing that can be pursued after 12th in different nursing colleges in India. A diploma holder in nursing can apply for various Nursing jobs in any of the medical facilities of the country, be it government or private. The duration of a diploma course in nursing in India is of three years comprising of training in various aspects of general nursing.

Eligibility for Diploma in Nursing

  • Any student interested to do a diploma in nursing has to complete 10+2 with a minimum of 45% marks to apply for Diploma in Nursing Admissions Process 2023.

  • The age of the candidate should not be less than 17 years in the year of admission.

About B Sc Nursing Course after 12th

B.Sc Nursing is another popular course of nursing. This sector mostly deals with academic knowledge of the sectors of Nursing. Students who have studied PCB/ science stream can join the B.Sc Nursing course which consists of a duration of 3 years like any other Bachelor in Science (B.Sc) Course.

B Sc Nursing Course Eligibility Criteria

Following are the detailed Eligibility Criteria for B.Sc Nursing Course:

  • The candidate must have passed 12th level in the Science Stream

  • The candidate should have studied PCB Combination (Physics, Chemistry, and Biology) with compulsory English Language in 10+2

  • The candidate has passed 10+2 with a minimum of 40% marks (can vary depending on the institute)

Age Limit for Nursing Courses

The age limit for Nursing courses is as follows:

Course NameAge Limit

The minimum age limit for an ANM course is 17 years on 31st December of the year in which admission is sought.

The upper age limit is 35 years.

GNMThe minimum and maximum age for the GNM course is 17 and 35 years. There is no age bar for ANM/LHV
B.Sc (N)The minimum age for admission is 17 years on 31st December of the year in which admission is sought.

State-Wise B Sc Nursing Admissions 2023

Candidates who want to get admission in B Sc Nursing in their state can check out the state-wise B.Sc. Nursing counselling/ admissions 2023.

West Bengal B Sc Nursing Admission 2023

Gujarat B Sc Nursing Admission 2023

Bihar B Sc  Nursing Admission 2023

Andhra Pradesh B Sc  Nursing Admission 2023

Kerala B Sc  Nursing Admission 2023

Uttar Pradesh B Sc  Nursing Admission 2023

Rajasthan B Sc  Nursing Admission 2023

Maharashtra B Sc  Nursing Admission 2023

Karnataka B Sc  Nursing Admission 2023

Haryana Nursing Admission 2023

Top B.Sc Nursing Colleges in India

Some of the best B.Sc Nursing Institutes in India include:


Name of College

Annual Course Fees


Universal Group of Institutions Mohali



Jaipur National University



Shyam Institute of Engineering and Technology Dausa



Acharya Institute of Health Sciences Bangalore



Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology Bhubaneswar



Teerthanker Mahaveer University Moradabad



Dr MGR Educational Research Institute Chennai



Graphic Era Deemed University Dehradun



IIMT University Meerut


Career Scopes after Studying B Sc Nursing

A student can choose from a galaxy of career options in the Nursing field after studying B.Sc Nursing. The career options after studying B.Sc Nursing include:

  • Clinical Nurse Specialist

  • Nurse Anesthetic

  • Case Manager

  • Manager/Administrator

  • Certified Nurse Midwife

  • Staff Nurse

  • Nurse Practitioner

  • Nurse Educator

Along with doctors, the demand for highly qualified nurses is high in India as well as abroad. The average pay scale of a nurse in India is around 20k to 30k per month. But in some special cases, the monthly salary of a nurse can be as high as 70k. A certified nurse can earn as much as 21 lakh per year abroad. In other words, the scope of career growth and improvement in the pay scale is immense with appropriate skills and experience, a nurse will be able to build a secure and stable career path for themselves.

If you are interested in checking out any one of the nursing courses and colleges in India, then you can fill out the Common Application Form which is available on our website.


What is the qualification needed for Nursing in India?

Any nursing aspirant who has completed his/her 10+2 from a recognised board and falls in the age group of 17 to 35 years can apply for all the nursing courses in India including B.Sc Nursing, Diploma in Nursing, ANM, GNM, etc.


How many government nursing colleges are there for B.Sc Nursing in India?

There is not a precise number for the same. However, the number of recognised government nursing colleges is around 100-120 across the country. 


Is NEET required for any nursing course in India?

As per the latest guidelines issued by NTA, NEET 2022 is not a mandatory examination for admission in various nursing courses in India. However, the scores of NEET 2022 are considered for admission on priority in various nursing colleges in India for B.Sc Nursing.


Can I do BSc Nursing and GNM together?

The answer is simply No. A B.Sc in Nursing and GNM (General Nursing Midwifery) are full-time regular courses after the 12th. No student is eligible to take admission in more than one full-time course at once.


Can I do BSc Nursing after Diploma in Nursing?

Yes, any student who has completed class 12th from any of the recognised boards of the country can apply for admission in BSc Nursing even when he/she has completed a Diploma in the same course additionally. 


What are the documents required for nursing?

A student needs to generate a number of documents while taking admission in any of the nursing courses after12th class which are -

  • Class 10th Marksheet and Certificate

  • Class 12th Marksheet and Certificate

  • Resident Certificate/Domicile Certificate

  • Aadhaar Card/PAN Card/Driving License/Passport (For Identification)

  • Transfer Certificate/Migration Certificate from the previous school

  • Character Certificate from the previous school

  • Category Certificate (Only for the reserved category students)

  • Family Income Proof (Only for the EWS students)

Can I pursue a nursing course after the 12th arts?

There is no academic barrier for any student who has completed his/her 10+2 in humanities. There are a number of nursing courses that can be pursued only with an eligibility requirement of class 12th irrespective of the stream.


Which is the best nursing course after 12th?

There are a vast number of courses that are offered to all class 12th eligible candidates in various nursing colleges. The majority of the popular courses in nursing are B.Sc Nursing, Diploma, ANM, and GNM. Each of these courses has separate importance and responsibility.


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