I’m in Std X. I want to pursue a career as a psychiatrist as well as in an NGO. What combination should I take in Std XI and how do I continue my studies after 12th? What are the good colleges in India (especially in Bangalore) and abroad? What courses and exams should I take up? Which field of psychiatry should I choose as I’m interested in both Addiction Psychiatry and Adolescent and Child Psychiatry? Which field has more scope?
To become a psychiatrist, first take Physics, Chemistry and Biology in 10+2. Then appear for entrance exams like NEET for admission into MBBS. After completing MBBS, go for a post-graduate course (MD) in psychiatry or a Diploma in Psychiatry (DPM). DM (Child and Adolescent Psychiatry) is available at National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS), Bangalore (nimhans.kar.nic.in/cap/default.htm).
Apart from academic qualifications, this is one of those fields where your personal skills decide your success. You should be patient, a good listener and be able to understand people. Good communication skills are also essential in becoming a good psychiatrist.
Psychiatry offers a wide range of job opportunities within its subspecialties. The demand for psychiatrists is increasing with increasing mental tension and stress arising from modern lifestyles.
Dr Vibha Gupta, a feature writer, is a Ph.D. in Mathematics from IIT Roorkee. Her book Careers: A Pathfinder and articles in various publications are an attempt to guide students in choosing a career according to their natural strengths, talents and skills.