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

Pratyush Roy
Pratyush RoyPublished On: May 05, 2021

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 12th. As there are different nursing degrees in India that students can take up after passing 10+2. Students can check for which course s/he is eligible to enroll at.

The different nursing courses after 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 entrance exam-based subjects are not the only available courses in the medical profession. Students, who do not make the cut in 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 them. Here is a detailed description of various nursing courses in India that one can join after 12th with eligibility criteria and the best nursing colleges.

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 a check of medical records of the patient to check his/her medical performance. The job of a nurse is to take proper care of the patient and keep a check if the directions of the doctor are being followed. A nurse's responsibility also includes administering medicines & injections, conduct follow-up check-ups, and cater 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 learns to take precautionary actions for healthy patients. The student, after passing out from a nursing college, can apply to join in any private or government hospitals, orphanages, community health centers, nursing homes, old age homes, rehabilitation clinics, industries, sanatoriums, and also in armed forces.

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. 

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 GNM course after 12th is 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:

Universal Group of Institutions Mohali

Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research Kolkata

Kalinga Institution of Industrial Technology Bhubaneswar

Koshy’s College of Nursing Bangalore

Sri Guru Ramdas Institute of Medical Sciences & Research Amritsar

Sapphire Group of Institutions

Biyani Group of Institutions Jaipur

Rayat Bahra University Mohali

See top nursing colleges in India.

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 2021

Uttar Pradesh ANM/ GNM Admissions 2021

Maharashtra ANM/ GNM Admissions 2021

Gujarat ANM/ GNM Admissions 2021

Telangana GNM Admissions 2021

Kerala GNM Admissions 2021

Rajasthan GNM Admissions 2021

Andhra Pradesh GNM Admissions 2021

Tamil Nadu GNM Admissions 2021

Karnataka GNM Admissions 2021

West Bengal ANM/ GNM Admissions 2021

Kerala ANM Admissions 2021Chhattisgarh ANM/ GNM Admissions 2021

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:

Sai Nath University Ranchi

Desh Bhagat Institute of Nursing Mandi Gobindgarh

Kailash Institute of Nursing and Paramedical Noida

IIMT University Meerut

Bhai Gurudas Group of Institutions Sangrur

Teerthanker Mahaveer University Moradabad

Sankalchand Patel University Visnagar

Bhava Institute of Medical Science and Research Bhubaneswar

Just like GNM courses, there are several government ANM colleges in India as well as private ANM colleges in India.

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 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.

Also Read:Difference between B.Sc Nursing and Post Basic B.Sc Nursing

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 2021

Candidates who want to get admission in B.Sc. Nursing in their state can check out the state-wise B.Sc. Nursing counselling/ admissions 2021.

West Bengal B.Sc. Nursing Admission 2021

Gujarat B.Sc. Nursing Admission 2021

Bihar B.Sc. Nursing Admission 2021

Andhra Pradesh B.Sc. Nursing Admission 2021

Kerala B.Sc. Nursing Admission 2021

Uttar Pradesh B.Sc. Nursing Admission 2021

Rajasthan B.Sc. Nursing Admission 2021

Maharashtra B.Sc. Nursing Admission 2021

Karnataka B.Sc. Nursing Admission 2021

Haryana Nursing Admission 2021

Top B.Sc Nursing Colleges in India

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

Acharya Institute of Health Science Bangalore


Sri Sukhmani Group of Institutions Mohali

CMC Vellore

Armed Medical Forces Pune

University of Technology Sanganer

Chettinad Academy of Research and Education Chengalpattu

Mansarover Global University Sehore

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

Also Read:Speciality or Short-Term Courses after B.Sc Nursing

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.

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