Military Nursing service provides an opportunity for female candidates to serve as a short service commissioned officer. The motto of MNS is "Service with smile”. MNS looks after the soldiers and their families in the tri service hospitals-Army, Navy and Air Force. is an integral part of the Armed Forces Medical Services (AFMS)

The AFMS consists of Army Medical Corps (AMC), Army Dental Corps (ADC) and Military Nursing Service (MNS). The AFMS personnel serve in the medical establishments of Army, Navy and Air Force.

How to join MNS

There are two steps of Joining MNS. First one is Passing MNS Written exams & the second one is clearing a subsequent interview.

How difficult is the written exam

MNS is an objective type paper (Multiple choice questions) MNS written exam consists of 1 Paper.

Timing Paper Marks CUT OFF
90 Minutes 1 PAPER Consisting of
100 (100 questions carrying 3 marks each) Varies from 45%-55%

There is NO negative marking in MNS exam , General intelligence above refers to the logical and analytical reasoning.

How often is the exam conducted

MNS exam is conducted once in a year either in the month of February or September. To appear in the exam one has to apply online 2-3 months prior to the exam date when the applications are out.


Applications are out on

Following are the steps to fill the form.

  • Go to
  • Click on Register
  • After Registering successfully login to your account to fill the application
  • Follow on screen instructions to fill the form
  • Your application is complete only after the Payment of the exam fees
  • You may keep a copy of the acknowledgement for future reference

What is the eligibility to appear

Age Your age should be between 16 1⁄2 to 24

Candidates must have passed in the first attempt, Senior Secondary Examination (10+2) or equivalent with Physics, Chemistry, Biology (Botany & Zoology) and English with not less than 50% marks in aggregate. or Should have passed MSc (Nursing) /PB B Sc (Nursing)/B Sc(Nursing) from INC recognized University and be a registered Nurse and Midwife from a State Nursing Council

Gender Unmarried/divorced/legally separated female candidates are eligible.
Nationality A citizen of India

What's next after clearing exam

After clearing your exam, you will receive a call letter for AFSB interview. Once you are recommended by the AFSB, you will undergo a total medical examination. At this stage if you are declared medically unfit you will be sent back. As soon as you are declared medically fit, your name will be accommodated in the Merit List.

Ranking in merit list is identified by the total marks secured by the candidate in written exam and interview. Finally let’s assume there are 100 candidates who made into the merit list and your rank in merit list is 68 further the vacancies required are just 70, In that case everyone ranking from 1 to 70 will get a Call letter to join the academy (course) for training.

Rest of the candidates will be considered merit out and have to undergo the same procedure again from scratch including written examination.

About training

The candidates will be awarded admission in Colleges of Nursing. Selected candidates shall execute an agreement/Bond to serve in the Military Nursing Service (MNS) for 5 years. On successful completion of Nursing Training (4years), the candidates will be granted permanent/short service commission in the Military Nursing Service, under the terms and conditions laid down for grant of such commission.

Candidates selected for grant of SSC in the MNS will be liable to serve for five years extendable to a total tenure of fourteen (5+5+4) years, anywhere in India in the same way as Military Nursing Service (Regular) Officers of the Armed Forces (Army, Navy and Air Force). No request will be entertained on choice of posting through any means in the first five years of service.

Once you are commissioned as an officer, your starting salary will range anywhere around 80k keeping aside all other benefits and perks.

Finally, if you intentionally leave the academy in between, you are liable to reimburse the cost of training.

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