After the repealing of the Indian Nursing Council Act, 1947 with the Nursing and Midwifery Commission Act, India is looking towards advancement in the concerned field. To move forward, the Center has taken various steps and one of them is the National Nursing and Midwifery Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test. Students of the medical field will be required to pass this uniform test to get admission in the undergraduate nursing and midwifery institutions.
This test will be applicable towards seeking admission in any institute of nursing and midwifery governed under any law at the time being. It will be a unique system as nursing students would have to take the National Exit Test during the final year which is totally different from the current scenario.
Nursing and Midwifery Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test will be conducted in English and many other regional languages. The new designated authority, under the regulations, will be held accountable for conducting the test.
The Central Government will be issuing a notification regarding the commencement of the Act. This test would become operational and valid within the three years from the date of commencement of the Act.
The manner of conducting common counseling will be prescribed by the Commission. The designated authority will be solely responsible for admission in the following courses in the nursing and midwifery institutions:
- Undergraduate program
- Postgraduate program
- Nurse practitioner
- Clinical nurse
The concerned authority will conduct counseling in two manners. Central Government’s designated authority will conduct counseling for Central Government Nursing and Midwifery Institutions and State and Union Territories Government’s will be conducting counseling for State/Union Territories Government Nursing and Midwifery Institutions.
The regulations for admissions in nursing associates and midwifery associates will be enacted by the Commission. The designated authority will be conducting common counseling in these courses.
It is to be noted that there will be separate counseling for the seats at state levels.