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NIMHANS 2018 Entrance Exam is conducted by National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences. It is for admission to programs such as Ph.D, Superspeciality, Post Doctoral, Post Graduate Post Graduate Diploma Courses, B.Sc, and CCNT / DCNT / DPN / DNN courses. NIMHANS is an Institute of National Importance situated in Bangalore, Karnataka. Candidates interested in NIMHANS 2018 admission can go through the admission notification and prospectus. Candidates should first check eligibility criteria and then apply. The exam will be held online and it comprises of multiple choice questions. Get here complete details of NIMHANS 2018 Entrance Exam such as dates, application form, eligibility.

Latest: Online registration for NIMHANS 2018 Entrance Exam has started. Candidates can register through the link provided below.

NIMHANS 2018 Entrance Exam

Selection to programs offered at the institute is purely on the basis of the online entrance test. Those who appear for the exam and get qualifying marks can attend counselling to give preferences of the subject and document verification. General candidates need 50% and SC /ST need 45% to be eligible for counselling.

NIMHANS 2018 Important Dates

Events Dates
NIMHANS released admission notice and prospectus on 05 Jan 2018
Application form available from 05 Jan 2018
Date of Closure of registration 04 Feb 2018
Entrance exam will be in 23 to 25 Mar 2018
Date of interview & Counselling 1st week of June 2018
Commencement of courses 02 Jul 2018
Last date for admission 09 Jul 2018

Official Website: www.nimhans.ac.in

NIMHANS 2018 Eligibility Criteria

It is necessary for all the candidates to fulfill the eligibility criteria of the examination, else, they will not be granted admission. The criteria for eligibility is as mentioned below:

NIMHANS 2018 Age Limit:

  • For PG Medical and Superspeciality courses, age should not be more than 32 years for MBBS degree holders and 35 for PG Medical degree holders.
  • Age is relaxable by a maximum of 5 years in the case of SC/ST candidates and by a maximum of 3 years for OBC candidates as on the date of commencement of courses for Superspeciality courses.
  • Age should not be more than 45 years as on the date of commencement of courses in case of sponsored / deputed candidates.
  • Employees of NIMHANS applying for Ph.D should have at least 10 years of service left before registering for Ph.D.
  • Age is relaxable by a maximum of 5 years in the case of PWD candidates as on the date of commencement of course

NIMHANS 2018 Education Qualification:

The required minimum education qualification for each course is as mentioned below:

DM Degree in Neuroimaging and Interventional Radiology: MD/DNB in Radiodiagnosis. The duration of the course will be for a period of three years.

DM Degree in Neurology: (a) Post MBBS: The duration of the course will be for a period of five years, (b) Post MD/DNB in Internal (General) Medicine or Paediatrics: The duration of the course will be for a period of three years.

DM Degree in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry: MD/DNB in Psychiatry. The duration of the course will be for a period of three years.

DM Degree in Addiction Psychiatry: MD/DNB in Psychiatry. The duration of the course will be for a period of three years.

DM Degree in Neuroanaesthesia: MD/DNB in Anaesthesia. The duration of the course will be for a period of three years.

DM Degree in Neuropathology: MD/DNB in Pathology. The duration of the course will be for a period of three years.

DM Degree in Geriatric Psychiatry: MD/DNB in Psychiatry. The duration of the course will be for a period of three years.

M.Ch. Degree in Neurosurgery: (a) Post MBBS: The duration of the course will be for a period of five years, (b) Post MS/DNB in General Surgery: The duration of the course will be for a period of three years.

Post Doctoral Fellowship in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry: MD/DNB in Psychiatry.

Post Doctoral Fellowship in Neuroanaesthesia: MD/DNB in Anaesthesia.

Post Doctoral Fellowship in Neurocritical Care: MD/DNB in Anaesthesia/ MD in Internal Medicine/ DM in Neuroanaesthsia/ DM/DNB in Neurology or M.Ch./DNB in Neurosurgery.

Post Doctoral Fellowship in Neuroinfection: MD in Microbiology.

Post Doctoral Fellowship in Hospital Infection Control: MD/DNB in Microbiology.

Post Doctoral Fellowship in Neurology

a) Epilepsy b) Movement Disorders c) Neuromuscular Disorder d) Stroke: DM/DNB in Neurology.

Post Doctoral Fellowship in Neuropathology: MD/DNB in Pathology.

Post Doctoral Fellowship in Transfusion Medicine: MD/DNB in Pathology/Medicine/Pediatrics/Microbiology/Anaesthesia/ Emergency Medicine or any other clinical equivalent degree recognized from a recognized institution in India

Post Doctoral Fellowship in Neurological Rehabilitation: MD/DNB (Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation).

Post Doctoral Fellowship in Acute Care & Emergency Psychiatry: MD/DNB in Psychiatry.

Post Doctoral Fellowship in Community Mental Health: MD/DNB in Psychiatry.

Post Doctoral Fellowship in Addiction Medicine: MD/DNB in Psychiatry.

Post Doctoral Fellowship in Consultation Liasion Psychiatry: MD/DNB in Psychiatry.

Post Doctoral Fellowship in Geriatric Psychiatry: MD/DNB in Psychiatry.

Post Doctoral Fellowship in Obessive Compulisive disorder & related disorders: MD/DNB in Psychiatry.

Post Doctoral Fellowship in Clinical Neuro Sciences & Therapeutics in Schizophrenia: MD/DNB in Psychiatry.

Post Doctoral Fellowship in Women’s Mental Health: MD/DNB in Psychiatry.

Post Doctoral Fellowship in Non Invasive Brain Stimulation of Psychiatric Disorders: MD/DNB in Psychiatry.

Post Doctoral Fellowship in Forensic Psychiatry: MD/DNB in Psychiatry.

(The duration of Post Doctoral Fellowship courses will be for a period of one year)

MD in Psychiatry: (a) MBBS: The duration of the course will be for a period of three years (b) Diploma in Psychiatry (DPM): The duration of the course will be for a period of two years for DPM candidates

Fellowship in Psychosocial Support in Disaster Management: M.Phil. in Psychiatric Social Work/Clinical Psychology / Psychosocial Rehabilitation / Disaster Management or M.Sc. in Psychiatric Nursing with one year experience after completion of M.Sc. course.

Fellowship in Psychiatric Rehabilitation: Candidates who possess the following degrees/diplomas a) Diploma in Psychiatry/Psychological Medicine or MD (Psychiatry) or DNB (Psychiatry), b) M.Phil. in Clinical Psychology/Psychiatric Social Work, c) M.Sc. in Psychosocial Rehabilitation, Direct candidates as well as those deputed from other organizations can be admitted to the course. Those with MBBS and those with MA in Psychology/MSW/M.Sc. Nursing who have had minimum of 2 years of experience of having worked in a mental health setting are eligible. (If M.Phil. or Diploma is for only 1 year duration, then 1 additional year of experience in mental health setting is necessary).

Fellowship in Geriatric Mental Health Care: MD /DNB in General Medicine or Geriatric Medicine/or MBBS with minimum of 2 years of experience of having worked in a general hospital as medical officer. Direct candidates are well as those deputed from other organizations are also eligible.

Fellowship in Mental Health Education: MBBS/MA/M.Sc/MSW degree in Social Work/Psychology/Public Health/Nursing or any other behavioral sciences obtained through a regular full time course from a recognized university.

Post Graduate Certificate Course in Clinical Biochemistry: M.Sc in Biochemistry with a minimum of 50% aggregate marks

(The duration of Fellowship courses & PG Certificate Course will be for a period of one year)

Ph.D. in Clinical Neurosciences (ICMR Programme): Minimum Qualification: MBBS degree with not less than 55% of the Marks of any University recognized by the Medical Council of India (MCI). The Candidate should have completed satisfactorily one year compulsory rotating internship or its equivalent as recognized by the MCI after passing the final MBBS examination and must have full registration with a State Medical Council. The duration of the course will be for a period of five years.

Ph.D. in History of Psychiatry: Minimum Qualification: MBBS or Post graduation in Social Sciences/Humanities (History/Psychology/Sociology/Social Work/Cultural Studies).

Ph.D. in Biophysics: M.Phil. Biophysics/Neuroscience/MBBS/M.Sc. in Biophysics/Physics/Biochemistry/Biotechnology/Life Sciences/ Physiology

Ph.D. in Biostatistics: M.Stat. (ISI)/M.Sc. in Statistics/Biostatistics/Medical Statistics/Health Statistics/Agricultural Statistics

Ph.D. in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry: MD in Psychiatry or DNB in Psychiatry or M.Phil. in Clinical Psychology or M.Phil. in Psychiatric Social Work

Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology: 2 years full time MA/M.Sc. in Psychology/Counseling Psychology/Psychological Counseling/Clinical Psychology/Applied Psychology/M.Phil. degree in Mental Health and Social Psychology/M.Phil. in Clinical Psychology

Ph.D. in Human Genetics: M.Sc. in any Life Sciences discipline

Ph.D. in Neurochemistry: M.Phil. in Neurosciences/M.Sc. in Biochemistry/M.Sc. in Medical Biochemistry/M.Sc. in Biotechnology

Ph.D. in Neuroimaging & Interventional Radiology: MBBS/MD or DNB in Radiodiagnosis/M.Sc. in Medical Subjects/BE/B.Tech./M.Tech. Degree

Ph.D. in Neurological Rehabilitation: MBBS, Masters in Physiotherapy (MPT)/Masters in Occupational therapy (MOT)/Masters in Orthotics & Prosthetics/M.Phil. in Clinical Psychology/M.Phil. in Psychiatric Social Work/M.Phil. in Clinical Neurosciences/M.Sc. in Nursing/M.Sc. in Speech Therapy/ MD/DNB in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Ph.D. in Neuromicrobiology: MBBS/MD Microbiology/ BE Biotechnology/M.Phil. Neuroscience/M.Sc. in Medical Microbiology/Microbiology/Biotechnology/Molecular Biology/MLT /Applied Microbiology/Biochemistry/Biomedical Genetics/ Neuroscience

Ph.D. in Neuropathology: MD in Pathology/M.Sc. in Life Sciences/MBBS

Ph.D. in Neurophysiology: M.Phil. in Neuroscience/Neurophysiology/MBBS/MD in Physiology/MD in Ayurveda/BE/B.Tech. Electronics/Electrical/Computer Science/Biotechnology/M.Sc. in Physiology/Biochemistry/Anatomy/Neuroscience/Life Science/ Biotechnology/Zoology/Masters in Physiotherapy/Masters in Unani Medicine

Ph.D. in Neurovirology: MBBS/MD in Microbiology/M.Sc. in Medical Microbiology/Microbiology/Biotechnology/Virology

Ph.D. in Nursing: Master’s Degree in Psychiatric Nursing

Ph.D. in Psychiatric Social Work: 2 years full time Masters Degree in Social Work/M.Phil. in Psychiatric Social work

Ph.D. in Mental Health Rehabilitation: M.Sc. in Psychosocial Rehabilitation/M.Phil. in Clinical Psychology/M.Phil. in Psychiatric Social Work/M.Sc. in Psychiatric Nursing/MBBS

Ph.D. in Psychiatry: MBBS/MD/Postgraduate degree in the Basic Sciences or Humanities/BE/B.Tech./ME/M.Tech.

Ph.D. in Psychopharmacology: MD in Pharmacology/Physiology/Biochemistry/MBBS/BE Biotechnology/Bioinformatics/B.Tech. Biotechnology/Bioinformatics/ME Biotechnology/Bioinformatics/M.Sc. in Pharmacology/Physiology/Biochemistry/Life Science/ Biotechnology/Bioinformatics

Ph.D. in Speech Pathology & Audiology: M.Sc. in Speech Pathology & Audiology or M.Sc. in Speech-Language Pathology or M.Sc. in Audiology

(The duration of Ph.D. courses will be between 3 – 5 years)

M.Phil. in Biophysics: MBBS/B.Tech in Biotechnology/Electronics/Computer Science/M.Sc. in Biophysics/Physics/Biochemistry/ Biotechnology/Life Sciences/Zoology/Chemistry/Physiology

M.Phil. in Clinical Psychology: 2 years full time MA/M.Sc. in Psychology/Counseling Psychology/Psychological Counseling/Applied Psychology /Clinical Psychology

M.Phil. in Neurophysiology: MBBS/BAMS (Ayurveda)/BDS/M.Sc. in Physiology/Neuroscience/Anatomy/Biochemistry/Zoology/ Biotechnology/Life Science/Molecular Biology/Bachelors in Unani Medicine

M.Phil. in Neurosciences: MBBS/BE/B.Tech. Electronics/Electrical/Computer Science/Biotechnology/M.Sc. in Physics/Chemistry/ Biochemistry/Anatomy/Physiology/Molecular Biology/Genetics/Biotechnology/Zoology/Life Science/MA Psychology/M.Sc. Psychology

M.Phil. in Psychiatric Social Work: 2 years full time MA/MSW degree in Social Work.

Masters in Public Health: MBBS degree from a recognized University or from any other University recognized as equivalent thereto by NIMHANS/MCI and registered with a State Medical Council and currently working with Central or State Government’s health departments or Bachelor of Dental Sciences or Bachelor of Veterinary Sciences or Post Graduate degree in Sociology/Statistics/Environmental Sciences from a recognized University or recognized as equivalent thereto by NIMHANS. If the seats are not filled by the sponsored candidates, then those seats will be filled by the eligible candidates from non-sponsored category and vice versa.

M.Sc. in Psychiatric Nursing: Should be a Registered Nurse & Midwife with any State Nursing Registration Council with minimum passing of B.Sc. Nursing/B.Sc. Hons.Nursing/Post Basic B.Sc. Nursing with minimum of 55% aggregate marks from an Institute recognized by INC with minimum of one year experience after Basic B.Sc. Nursing as on the day of counseling. Minimum of one year of work experience prior or after post Basic B.Sc. Nursing as on the day of counseling. Candidate shall be Medically fit.

M.Sc in Biostatistics: Undergraduates in Mathematics/ Statistics as main subjects from any University recognized by NIMHANS, with at least 55% of the marks, are eligible for this program.

(The duration of M.Phil, M.Sc and MPH courses will be two years)

Common for all Courses:

The qualifying degrees for all the above mentioned courses should be from a University recognized by NIMHANS. For Medical qualification, the degree should be recognized by the Medical Council of India.

The Candidates should have obtained not less than 55% of Marks in the aggregate of the Master’s degree for non-medical courses.

A relaxation of 5% on the aggregate of marks obtained will be given for non-medical and Ph.D. courses in respect of SC/ST candidates.

10% relaxation in the qualifying marks of the Entrance Test will be given for all Post Doctoral Fellowship courses for the Sponsored/Deputed Candidates.

NIMHANS Seats Matrix

A) Ph.D.

(a) Institute Fellowship

Ph.D. Degree in Clinical Psychology 03 Seats
Ph.D. Degree in Neurophysiology 02 Seats
Ph.D. Degree in Psychiatric Social Work 01 Seat
Ph.D. Degree in Speech Pathology & Audiology 01 Seat
Ph.D. Degree in Biostatistics 01 Seat
Ph.D Degree in Mental Health Rehabilitation 02 Seats
Ph.D in Clinical Neurosciences 08 Seats (ICMR Programme)

(b) External Fellowship

Candidates with Sponsorship / deputation from Government of India / State Govt. Institutions / Universities, candidates with Fellowships from Government Agencies like UGC, CSIR, ICMR, DBT (JRF/SRF only) and Permanent employees / tenured employees of NIMHANS can also apply for Ph.D. in the following departments of this Institute which will be considered at the discretion of the competent authority for Entrance Test and interview to be held during the month of March and June respectively

Note: Candidates applying for Ph.D. with Fellowships from UGC, CSIR, ICMR, DBT (JRF/SRF only) are exempted from the Entrance Test. All the candidates have to attend an interview and qualify by obtaining a minimum of 50% marks to be eligible for admission into the Ph.D. programme. Mere qualifying in Entrance test and interview does not entitle admission to Ph.D. course. Selection is subject to availability of eligible Guides in the respective departments. (a) Biophysics (b) Biostatistics (c) Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (d) Clinical Psychology (e) Human Genetics (f) Ph.D. in History of Psychiatry (g) Mental Health Education (h) Neurochemistry (i) Neuroimaging & Interventional Radiology (j) Neurological Rehabilitation (k) Neuromicrobiology (l) Neuropathology (m) Neurophysiology (n) Neurovirology (o) Nursing (p) Psychiatric Social Work (q) Mental Health Rehabilitation (r) Psychiatry (s) Psychopharmacology (t) Speech Pathology & Audiology

B) SuperSpeciality Courses

DM Degree in Neuroimaging and Interventional Radiology 4 Seats
DM Degree in Neurology 14 Seats (10 seats for Post MD/DNB & 04 seats for post MBBS)
DM Degree in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry 04 Seats
DM Degree in Addiction Psychiatry 02 Seats
DM Degree in Neuroanaesthesia 06 Seats
DM Degree in Neuropathology 2 Seats
DM Degree in Geriatric Psychiatry 02 Seats
M.Ch. in Neurosurgery 10 Seats (05 seats for post MS/DNB & 04 seats for post MBBS)
(01 seat for sponsored under post MS/DNB only,
however, if sponsored candidates are not available, it will go to the General Pool)

C) Post Graduate Degree/Diploma Courses

MD Degree in Psychiatry Total: 37 Seats – Break-up indicated below:
i) 22 seats All India selection
ii) 09 seats for Domiciles of Karnataka
iii) 06 seats for Candidates from Arunachal Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Jammu and Kashmir, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim, Tripura & Uttarakhand domiciles only*
*Decided solely on overall Merit and not necessarily State-wise
Fellowship in Psychosocial Support in Disaster Management 08 Seats (4 for Sponsored)
Fellowship in Psychiatric Rehabilitation# 04 Seats (Under Medical & Non-Medical)
Fellowship in Geriatric Mental Health Care 02 Seats
Fellowship in Mental Health Education 04 Seats
M.Phil. in Clinical Psychology Total: 21 Seats – Break-up indicated below:
i) 15 Seats for All India
ii) 03 Seats for Karnataka Domicile
iii) 03 Seats for foreign/sponsored candidates
M.Phil. in Psychiatric Social Work 21 Seats (including 03 seats for foreign/sponsored candidates)
M.Phil. in Neurophysiology 02 Seats
M.Phil. in Biophysics 03 Seats
M.Phil. in Neurosciences 04 Seats
Masters in Public Health 10 Seats (05 Seats for sponsored candidates from the government sector
and 05 Seats for non-sponsored candidates)
M.Sc. in Psychiatric Nursing 09 Seats
M.Sc in Biostatistics 04 Seats
Post-Graduate Diploma in Clinical Biochemistry 04 Seats

D) Post Doctoral Fellowship Courses

Child & Adolescent Psychiatry 2 Seats (1 for sponsored)
Neuroanaesthesia 04 Seats (02 seats for foreign/sponsored)
Neurocritical Care 03 Seats (02 seats ICMR fellowship under Centre for Advanced
Research and 01 seat sponsored by TVS group)
Neuroinfection 02 Seats (01 seat for sponsored)
Hospital Infection Control 01 Seat (01 seat for sponsored
Epilepsy 02 Seats (01 seat for sponsored)
Movement Disorders 02 Seats (01 seat for sponsored)
Neuromuscular Disorder 01 Seat
Stroke 01 Seat
Paediatric Neurology 02 Seats
Neuropathology 02 Seats
Transfusion Medicine 02 Seats (1 for sponsored)
Neurological Rehabilitation 02 Seats
Acute Care & Emergency Psychiatry 02 Seats (01 seat for sponsored)
Community Mental Health 03 Seats (02 seats for sponsored)
 Addiction Medicine 04 Seats (02 seats for sponsored)
Consultation Liaison Psychiatry 02 Seats (01 seat for sponsored)
Geriatric Psychiatry 02 Seats (01 seat for sponsored)
 Obsessive Compulsive Disorder & Related Disorders 03 Seats (02 seats for sponsored)
 Clinical Neuro Sciences & Therapeutics in Schizophrenia 03 Seats (02 seats for sponsored)
 Women’s Mental Health 02 Seats (01 seat for sponsored)
 Non-Invasive Brain Stimulation of Psychiatric Disorders 02 Seats (01 seat for sponsored)
Forensic Psychiatry 02 Seats (01 seat for sponsored)
  • Sponsored and Deputed candidate/s means permanent employees sponsored/deputed by the State/Central Government or Public Sector undertaking of State/Central Government.
  • All Foreign Nationals (Holding Passports of Countries other than India), Non Resident Indians and Overseas Citizen of India should apply under Foreign National category only. They shall appear for a common entrance test along with the other candidates. Admission will be subject to the candidate obtaining “No Objection Certificate for pursuing the course applied” from Government of India.
  • Sponsorship for Ph.D for Foreign Nationals is permitted only from Governmental Organizations, recognized Universities and National Scholarships of any reputed/recognized organization will be considered. No other source of funding will be considered.
  • # Candidates sponsored by the NGO’s also can apply for this course. The sponsorship letter should be in the NIMHANS prescribed format as shown under Sponsorship Certificate. If no candidates are qualified under Medical category, the seats will be filled by the Candidates from the Non-Medical category and vice-versa.

For more information regarding NIMHANS 2018 Entrance Exam, download prospectus.

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