Military Nursing Service (MNS) is a prominent officer post. This is a great opportunity for women who want to serve the Indian Army and be a part of the job that belongs to the prime order of service for the Nation.

Female candidates who aspire to join the Indian Army as an MNS officer need to go through a high discipline and tough selection process. The criteria laid for selection include educational qualification, written test, physical fitness test, medical examination, and interview. Only the candidate who fit in these selection measures and trials well and achieves the qualifying grades can get through the selections.

As you aim for the selections in Military Nursing Services you have to appear for a series of qualifying tests that involve marking and evaluation based on your performance in the examination. Here are the different parts of the selection process that you need to go through to prove your admissibilityand qualification for the post.

Written Test:

Based on your eligibility for the post, you are allowed to appear for the multi-phase examination process which begins with a written test. This test is conducted during the month of June* at selected centersthat are declared by the examination authoritiesfrom time to time. The test is for 100 marks and only includes objective type multiple-choice questions. The questions can have different points and weights based on the marking scheme and pattern of the question paper.

These tests are written on OMR (Optical Mark Recognition) sheets and are sent for evaluation to the IHQ (Integrated Headquarters) of the Ministry of Defence (MoD Army). The results of this exam are declared online on the official website of the Indian Army. The passing candidates also get further instructions and guidelines for the next part of the examination and selection process. You will also get the details about the interview and physical examination with the date, batch, and location that is selected against your candidature.

Personal Interview:

As you clear the written examination for Military Nursing Service, you get a call for an interview that takes you to the next step of selection. The interviews are staged in Delhi during the month of September*. The number of selected candidates who are going to appear for the interview is generally three times the total vacancies.The candidates are lined for the interview on the basis of their merit.

Mostly the questions asked in the interview comprise questions related to personal and family information, strength and weaknesses, aim in life, and the motivation behind joining MNS. On rare occasions, the questions can get a bit tricky and grilling when the candidate’s attitude and ability to serve the profession is being interrogated.

Medical Examination:

On clearing the interview for Military Nursing Services, you need to appear for the medical examination. The candidates are tested for their physical capacity and checked if they are medically fit based on various health parameters. The tests are conducted under the supervision of a team of medical professionals deputed in the military hospitals operated by Indian Armed Forces. The whole process of medical examination would be conducted as per the laid procedural guidelines, the pattern of marking, and scheme of evaluation. Once the process is over, the result is declared by the president of the Medical Board stating the candidate ‘Fit’ or ‘Unfit’.

Both of these examinations take a combined time of 2-5 working days to process and candidates are updated about the proceedings and the status that followsas per the progress.

Military Nursing Service examination 2020 details:

Name of Authority Indian Army
Name of Examination 4 Years B.Sc. Nursing Course Entrance
Application Invited for Female Candidates
Online Application Form Starting Date Generally, in November
Last date for application form submission Generally, in December
Educational Qualification Senior Secondary, Other Qualifications with Physics, Chemistry and Biology
Exam/Interview Date Postponed/TBD*
Exam Type Written Exam (Objective Questions), Personal Interview, Medical Examination
Subjects General English, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, General Intelligence
Official Website

*Note: Due to the outbreak of the Coronavirus, the Military Nursing Service examination for 2020 has been suspended for an indefinite period. You need to wait for the next official update to get information on the dates for the examination.


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