CAREER OPTION : Psychiatrist


Being a Psychiatrist

Are you fascinated by the working of human minds? Do you want to study about it and help those minds that go out of track? Then a psychiatrist is what you should become. As a psychiatrist, you will be dealing and helping in the cure of mental problems of your patients. You will use both therapy and medication for a speedy recovery of your patient from problems like mental disorders and depression. With the passage of time, human brain has changed and life has got even more complicated for certain people. This is where a psychiatrist has a major role to play.

Because of hectic schedules, crimes, tragedies and high stress levels, certain people tend to lose control over their mental stability. As a psychiatrist, you will provide them with proper medication and treatment and help them recover from this phase of life. Being a psychiatrist requires a lot of hard work and commitment. But it is a highly paid profession today and opted by many who have interest in the medical field.


  • Qualifying marks in your H.S.C. (10+2) exams under a recognised board of education with Physics, Chemistry and Biology being your core subjects.
  • You need to qualify in entrance tests conducted by several state, central and independent educational bodies in order to be eligible to join a course in medicine and gynaecology such as the CBSE-PMT.

Required Skills

  • You must be judgemental about how another person is behaving and interacting and why he/she is behaving in that manner.
  • You must have good reasoning skills in order to apply known facts and principles about a patient to find a logical answer.
  • You must be good in communication and be excellent listener.
  • You must listen and give complete concentration to a patient and their case history.
  • Having compassion and empathy for others is a vital quality since you are a healer of the society.
  • Working as a psychiatrist can sometimes be very stressful. You will handle different kinds of patients and interact with people from different backgrounds. Hence, stress tolerance is a must have quality for psychiatric aspirants.
  • You must be good in written communication also in order to prepare reports and conclusions about a patient’s condition.

How to become a Psychiatrist

STEP 1: After completing your H.S.C. you need to attend entrance exams conducted by state and central bodies such as the CBSE – PMT (Pre Medical Test). The entrance exam will have objective type questions from subjects like Physics, Chemistry and Biology.

STEP 2: There are also entrance examinations conducted by private institutions such as AIIMS, PGI, GMCH, etc. After clearing these exams, as per your rank you will admitted into different colleges for MBBS. You need to pursue your MBBS degree from an accredited college first.

STEP 3: After completing your 5 years of MBBS, you need to opt for a master’s degree in psychiatry. The course duration is for 2 years and you need to attend entrance exams for admissions conducted by certain colleges like AIIMS. You can also pursue a diploma in psychiatry which is also for 2 years.

Best Institutions

  • All India Institute of Medical Sciences – New Delhi
  • King George’s Medical University – Uttar Pradesh
  • Maulana Azad Medical College – New Delhi
  • Armed Forces Medical College – Pune

Career Prospects

As a psychiatrist, you can work with government hospitals or private hospitals. You can start as a junior psychiatrist. If you are skilled enough, you will be given the head position. You can also work with corporate medical organizations, clinics and hospitals. If you wish to practice alone, that is also possible.


To begin with, you can earn between Rs.40, 000 to Rs.60, 000 per month depending upon different organizations you work with. This can get as high as Rs.3 lakhs per month or even more.