The online application for Staff Nurse Grade-II [DHS] Exam in the State of Kerala starts. Last week PSC released a gazette notification regarding this post, and now the application form for the same is live. Kerala PSC collects the registration for the Staff Nurse vacancy 2020 through the KPSC Thulasi system. Candidates who have a profile with Kerala PSC may apply online for the Staff Nurse Exam; read the instructions given below.
PSC Staff Nurse Exam 2020: Eligibility
The minimum educational qualification for the Kerala PSC Staff vacancy is a 3-yr diploma in nursing and Nursing Council registration. MSc, BSc, and Post BSc holders are, of course, eligible. Candidates who have taken their degree from a university outside Kerala in the regular stream may also apply, subject to KNC registration. Another thing is the requirement on science subjects for Plus Two level; check the screenshot for the full eligibility requirements.
Age limit: 20-36 without relaxation. Three percentage of the vacancies are reserved for DA applicants.
A court case is going on regarding the PSC’s clause on science stream. However, at present, the registration for Staff Nurse Grade II exam requires the applicants to have exposure to science subjects.
How to submit Kerala PSC Staff Nurse Exam application form 2020
The selection of Staff Nurses happens through an entrance exam by Kerala PSC (KPSC). Candidates wishing to participate needs to register a profile at the Kerala PSC website before the last date (05-02-2020) to apply online for the PSC Staff Nurse Exam. Check below for the steps to register your application for PSC Staff Nurse Vacancy in this chance.
Step 1: Download KPSC Staff Nurse Exam 2020 Notification
Before we begin with the application, we need to download the Staff Nurse Recruitment notification from the Kerala PSC website. If you are new to the PSC application process, we request you to check our article on creating a KPSC Thulasi login profile. This account helps you download the advertisement and apply online for all Kerala Govt. jobs.
Once you have the PSC profile ID, and password, sign-in to your account, and go to the Notifications section. Now enter the Category Code for Staff Nurse Vacancy: 418/2019, in the box shown in screenshot and Quick Apply button. If you are unable to aces PSC DHS Staff Nurse notification 2020 in this way, click this direct link to download it from our site.
Step 2: Apply online for PSC Staff Nurse vacancy 2020
You have provide your qualifications like BSc/MSc/Post-BSc degree and KNC registration in KPSC Thulasi profile before you could apply online. Otherwise you won’t be see “Apply Now” button, and it may show an “ineligible” message.
On your PSC home page, select ‘My Profile” and the click on the first link “Educational qualification.” Then press the ‘Add” button to add your details from Class 10. For KNC registration, you can select qualification level as shown in screenshot.
Once you add the data satisfy the eligibility, the Apply now button appears. You can click on it to begin your PSC Staff Nurse application.
Now the PSC website lists all your matching qualifications for the Staff Nurse post on a new page. In my case, I have MSc, GNM, and Post BSc diploma in Nursing. Since I have not added PcBsc and MSc to my profile, I will go 10th option with GNM, +2, and KNC registration. Here I can also select 9th option as PcBSC is equivalent to BSc in Nursing, and as I have MSc, a higher qualification.
Select the “Apply using this qualification/ Equivalent or Higher” option to proceed to the next stage of the application.
Step: 3: Submit Kerala PSC Staff Nurse Exam (DHS) application form 2020
When you see your KPSC photo and signature, enter the name and date in the adjacent boxes, just as given in the photo. Tick all the declaration boxes. Finally, verify the vacancy name (Staff Nurse GR- II) and Category Code 418/2019 and hit the Next button.
Now you reach the last and most important part of the PSC application form. Select your district and also the Taluk, where you like to get a center for writing the Staff Nurse Exam 2020. Then use the “Preview Application” button at the bottom to re-check all details. When you are ready, press the “Submit Application” button.
The browser then takes you to the “Applications” section in the KPSC Thualsi portal. As you can see above, I’ve finally submitted my “Staff Nurse Exam 2020 application form.
Kerala PSC Staff Nurse vacancy 2020 details
Staff Nurse or Nursing Officer is the title used to designate the vacancies in the nursing sector. Kerala Government takes nurses to Grade-II roles in the health department cadres, namely DHS and DME. Medical colleges and teaching institutions come under the Directorate of Medical Education (DME). In contrast, the Directorate of Health Services (DHS) handles all other hospitals from primary health centers to GH.
Kerala PSC conducts separate exams for DME and DHS Staff Nurse vacancies. Now the latest recruitment we have in 2020 is to DHS. The rank list for the Kerala PSC Staff Nurse exam 2020 for DHS comes into effect in the second half of 2021. We expect nearly 500-1200 nursing vacancies in the DHS rank link during its three-year validity.
Last time Kerala PSC didn’t conduct interviews for Staff Nurse recruitment because of the urgent requirement of employees in DHS and DME. Those who topped the rank list got an advice memo after the verification. If they follow that pattern, the rank list for the upcoming exam may come out soon, maybe in 2020 itself.
Staff Nurse Salary and Promotion in Kerala
After the revision in 2014, the new salary-scale for the Staff Nurse in Kerala is 27800 to 59400. There is DA, and HRA is from 250 to 1680. Staff Nurses are also eligible for a city compensatory allowance of 350. When you add up all the other allowances, the total salary is around 32000 INR.
However, like any employee, a Kerala Govt. Staff Nurse should contribute at least 10% of Basic+DA to the NPS scheme, which is around 3000 INR. Hence, the in-hand salary for the newly selected PSC Staff Nurse in DHS would be around 27000. DME nurses may get extra allowances in accordance with their duty pattern.
When it comes to the promotions, Staff Nurses have the scope to move from Grade II to ward supervisor, Head Nurse, Nursing Superintendent scales, on the basis of their eligibility and service time. Promotion depends on the vacancies, but grade pay is always there. Yearly increment and medical benefits are also applicable.
Kerala PSC Staff Nurse Exam 2020 preparation: Syllabus
As always, the Kerala PSC didn’t mention the syllabus of the Staff Nurse recruitment in their notification. However, we have the old syllabubs for the last PSC Staff Nurse Exam conducted in April 2017. There won’t be GK and Current Affairs for the Exam in 2020 as per the latest announcement. The time-limit is usually 75 minutes- candidates get 100 questions of one mark each.
Expected date of Staff Nurse (DHS) Exam in 2020
If we predict the exam date based on our experience, the PSC Staff Nurse exam for DHS would be in April or May 2020. Last time PSC gave around three months for preparation, after the closure of online application.
Books for the upcoming PSC Staff Nurse Exam
Now that the Kerala PSC has removed GK from Staff Nurse Exam 2020 syllabus, the focus is more on the Nursing itself. If you want us to suggest a book for preparing PSC Staff Nurse vacancy, check Abha Narwhal’s Key success to Staff Nurse exam. [BUY NOW] The publishers have released a 2019 edition of the book with more that 12000 questions from AIIMS and other State PSC exams.
You can check the Amazon reviews for this book and decide. The advantage of this book is the section-wise coverage of the whole Nursing curriculum.