CAREER OPTION : Anaesthetist



If you are good with making quick decisions and prefer a career in the field of medicine, it is a great idea to become an anaesthetist. It is a respected medical profession and your duties will be to provide patients with anaesthesia in situations that require the same. You will be responsible to administer the correct dose and anaesthesia during the time of a surgery. It is you who will be making the surgery as painless as possible. Before providing anaesthesia, you should examine the patient to determine his/her capacity to withstand the shock of the operation.

You will present throughout the operation and it makes you the most important specialist during such delicate and complicated medical situations. It is a profession that will help you gain a good reputation as well as monetary advantages.



  • You must have qualifying marks in your H.S.C. (10+2) exams under a recognised board of education. Also, your stream should be Science with Biology, Physics and Chemistry as main subjects.
  • You have to finish your 5 years course in M.B.B.S. and be a qualified doctor before you specialise in anaesthesia.


Required Skills

  • Hard-work, dedication and spirit to serve the society.
  • Discipline, patience and commitment to excel in the respective field with confidence.
  • Interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work with team spirit.
  • Reliability, ability to self-motivate and punctuality.
  • Ready to act correctly during emergencies and willingness to work under different time schedules.


How to become an Anaesthetist

STEP 1: You have to attend medical entrance exams conducted by central and state bodies after which you will be admitted into various institutes for MBBS depending upon your merit and rank. Some of the entrance exams are CBSE-PMT by central board, AIIMS, AFMC etc.

STEP 2: The entrance exams will have questions from subjects like English, Physics, Chemistry and Biology and it will be an objective type question paper. It is important that you prepare for the exam well.

STEP 3: After completing 4 and a half years of your MBBS, you have to specialise in anaesthesia. It is a three year residency program and covers topics like anaesthesiology, cardiology, critical care medicine, internal medicine, pharmacology and surgery. The course will have both practical and theoretical training.


Best Institutions

  • DY Patil University – Mumbai
  • Kasturba Medical College – Bangalore
  • Government Medical College – Kottayam
  • Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences – Ranchi


Career Prospects

In today’s world the scope for anaesthetist is large. You can start your career as a trainee or junior anaesthetist with either a government or private hospital. Corporate hospitals provide huge salaries. With experience and confidence you can later become a senior anaesthetist or head anaesthetist.



The starting salary for an anaesthetist is between Rs.35, 000 to Rs.50, 000. This can vary depending upon the hospital that you work with. A couple of years of dedicated work and experience could lead you to a package of Rs.1.5 lakhs per month.