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JIPMER Nursing Officer Recruitment Exam
An Uphill Battle to a Beachy Beauty

Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research (JIPMER) traces its origin to Ecole de Medicine de Pondicherry – an institute established by the French government in 1823. This institute of national importance, spread over 192 acres and just 5 km away from the coastal line, is a sight to behold for every individual wanting a career in healthcare.

JIPMER regularly announces Nursing officer vacancies. The pay scale for the nursing officer at JIPMER is similar to that of all central government hospitals, which is Rs. 44,900/- in level 7 of the pay matrix of the 7th CPC. Individuals with a B.Sc. or post-basic degree in nursing or GNM diploma holders with a minimum of 2 years of experience in a 50 bedded hospital are eligible to appear for this exam. The maximum age limit for a candidate is 35 years.

The CBT consists of 100 multiple-choice questions, with a maximum time to attempt of 90 minutes. 70% of these questions are related to the subject concerned, and 30% are related to general areas like general knowledge, general intelligence, general English, and general mathematics. An overall judgment of your nursing knowledge and basic IQ! Now that’s something holistic!! You are called for the skill te only after you get a good rank in CBTst.

The following table mentions the minimum qualification marks for CBT and skill test:

Most candidates appearing in JIPMER Nursing Officer recruitment exam have found it difficult comparing to the AIIMS NORCET exam. The candidates found the level of the question to be more advanced and updated. Adding to the difficulty level was the extra weightage given to the general areas. For a better understanding of the exam, the JIPMER provides an online mock test for the candidates that can be accessed through their site http:://

Now let’s have a look at the topper in each category, the number of questions they attempted, and the percentile:

I want you to carefully assess the data related to Rank holders 1 and 2. Rank holder 1 attempted fewer questions compared to the rank holder 2. Because it’s not about the number of attempts, it’s about the number of correct and incorrect responses in toto. And this simple difference created a gap of 36 marks. You must observe how many questions you must attempt in the exam to get a good rank. Your highest target should be trying 90 out of 100 questions with an accuracy of 85%. No……..don’t panic! Don’t panic…..take a deep breath. I mentioned the highest expectation, the lowest you can determine

Skill test is done in the form of OSCE. There are around 10-12 stations in an OSCE. The skill test, as I previously mentioned, is of qualifying nature. You need to score more than 50%. It is held at the College of Nursing, JIPMER, Puducherry. A total of 1213 candidates were shortlisted for the skill test in the last exam, and around 250 candidates were called daily for the same. On the day of the skill test, biometric and certificate verification is also done. If someone fails to carry the required documents, they are disqualified. Let’s have a look at the cut-off ranks of the candidates that were called for the skill test: 

In this blog post, I analyzed the result of their latest exam. It was organized to fill 433 vacancies (UR-175, EWS-43, OBC-116, SC-66, ST-33, horizontal reservation for PWBD-23). As per JIPMER governing body, 80% of these vacancies were reserved for female candidates. A total of 15953 candidates appeared for the same, so the probability of getting success is about 3 in 100. The competition is less than NORCET, but the probability game still does not favor an average

candidate. So, to help you transform from an average to an excellent candidate, you can subscribe to Nursing Next Live’s Plan B(Test Series Pack) or JIPMER Crash Course (coming soon). 

It’s also essential for you to notice that JIPMER also regularly announces various Research nurse vacancies on a contractual basis with a consolidated pay ranging from 15-20 thousand. Though these vacancies are for just 1-2 research nurses at a time, the frequency of announcements is also less. But applying is not harmful if you are falling short of options. 

If good pay and a prime institute have always been your priority, you should try your luck in the JIPMER exam. For those seriously preparing for AIIMS Norcet, it won’t be tough. Whether or not to attempt this paper is up to you. The exam centers for this exam are limited. Most of them are in central or south India. North Indians might find it quite difficult to adjust due to different food availability, and, of course, the language issue can’t be ignored. But as we all know, these problems are secondary compared to the possibility of getting a government job. 

So amigos, get set and start preparing…wishing you the best for ahead!!