Premier among the institutes are the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Lady Hardinge Medical College, Christian Medical College, Vellore and Ludhiana, NIMHANS, Bangalore, PGI, Chandigarh, Tata Memorial Centre, Mumbai and the Raj Kumari Amrit College of Nursing.
Some of the important Universities offering the 4-year Undergraduate course in Nursing, including internship, are the Banaras Hindu University, Manipal University, IGNOU, Bharati Vidyapeeth University and the D.Y.Patil University. The Medical Council of India has now merged the NEET-UG the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test for Undergraduate courses, conducted by CBSE for admission to the prestigious AFMC – the Armed Forces Medical College.
Besides these, there are the Indian Army Military Nursing Service BSc Nursing GNM Admissions, and the entrance exam conducted by the Ayush and Health Sciences University of Chhattisgarh for MSc Nursing, and the JIPMER Puducherry BSc Nursing Entrance exam.
Most of these colleges and Universities conduct their own written entrance exams and tests for the Nursing courses being conducted by them, some of them on an All-India basis.
While most colleges and Universities take in students who have completed 17 years of age as the minimum age, the maximum age varies from between 21 to 25 years, for being eligible to apply for the Entrance exam for the Nursing Undergraduate course. For the Post Graduate courses, the requirement is the completion of the degree course. Most colleges and Universities have 50% marks in Physics, Chemistry, Biology and English as the minimum percentage at the 10 + 2 level, for considering students for applying for admission to their Nursing UG courses.
Specialisation is offered at the PG level in Cardiological, Oncological, Neurosciences, Nephrological, Critical Care, Paediatric and Psychiatric Nursing by the Banaras Hindu University, and most likely other Universities and Colleges as well, that offer Under Graduate courses too. These are mostly for a duration of two years after graduation.
The Banaras Hindu University has a total of 60 seats, of which 30 are in the General category, 9 for SC and 5 for ST category, and 16 for OBC (non-creamy layer) category.
Some of the Universities have their own websites and applicants are required to fill in the application forms online and submit them, whereas some others advertise in the newspapers for their entrance exams and applicants have to collect the forms from the Universities or colleges.