Career in Clinical Psychology

The human mind is one of the most enduring enigmas in the entire universe. Despite Years of research, researchers have not been able to completely figure out the complexities involved in the mental processes of human beings. It is really wonderful that human beings exhibit a number of emotions which make us superior to other animals. But it is equally saddening that a few human beings exhibit abnormal mental behaviour, the reasons behind which are equally mysterious.

If you are a person who wants to unravel the mysteries of the human mind and also want to offer a healing touch to those who are afflicted with mental illnesses, you should do a course in Clinical Psychology. The satisfaction which comes with working out the methods of the human mental activities is supreme. And the number of professionally qualified Clinical Psychologists in the country is very low, hence searching for a job is not a worry in this field.

Psychology is the science of the mind or of mental states and processes. Clinical Psychology is the discipline in which one studies abnormal mental states, mental processes and mental behaviour. A Clinical Psychologist is a trained professional, who offers counseling services to people who are afflicted with abnormal mental states and show abnormal mental behavior.


India ranks second in the world in terms of population. There needs to be a healthy ratio between doctors ( in each specialized field ) and patients, in order to ensure the good health of a country’s population. However, today, the number of Clinical Psychologists in the country is abysmally low. The situation looks very grim if we compare the number of Clinical Psychologists in the country with that of the number of Psychiatrists in India.

The ratio between Clinical Psychologists and Psychiatrists, in the country, is very poor at 1:10. Even the current output of registered Clinical Psychologists in India is as low as ten percent of the total need. Psychotherapy can be and should be offered by trained Clinical Psychologists, according to the Rehabilitation Council of India ( RCI ). But due to the acute shortage of trained Clinical Psychologists in the country, even Psychologists and Psychiatrists offer counseling services.

This is being done, despite the fact that Psychiatrists are trained to address mental health issues only from the physiological point of view. Students, who have merely completed their Post graduation in Social Work or in Psychology are also offering counseling services, even though they are not registered under the RCI.

This presents a picture of an acute lack of trained Clinical Psychologists in India. It also points to the urgent need for trained and qualified Clinical Psychologists. The Mental Health Authority ( MHA ) was set up by the Government of India, in the wake of the fire tragedy at a psychiatric nursing home in Erwadi ( Tamil Nadu ), in which many mentally ill patients were burnt to death.

The task of issuing licences to psychiatric nursing homes and such establishments was entrusted to the MHA. The presence of at least one registered Clinical Psychologist on the premises of any such establishment, was recommended by the MHA. The RCI issues a registration number to every Clinical Psychologist which has to be renewed after every seven year.

Eligibility for Clinical Psychologist :

The successful completion of an M.A. or M. Sc. Degree in Psychology with a minimum of 55 percent marks in aggregate is the minimum eligibility criteria for pursuing an M.Phil Degree in Clinical Psychology. It is preferable to have a special paper in Clinical Psychology at the Master’s Degree level. The aggregate percentage marks are relaxable by five percent for the students belonging to the Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Other Backward Classes. Two Years of practical experience in offering counseling services is also an eligibility criteria at several institutes.

Aptitude :

One needs to be kind and compassionate in nature in order to be a good Clinical Psychologist since this profession entails the practitioners to understand and solve the problems of people through counseling. One should have a good understanding of the workings of the human mind and should also have a natural propensity to unravel the deepest mysteries of the human mind.


It is a difficult task to deal with patients exhibiting abnormal mental behaviour, hence a lot of patience is required on the part of a counselor. In the profession of Clinical Psychology, a counselor picks up a lot of negative thoughts and emotions from the patients.

Hence, one should have the ability of ventilating all the negativity picked up during counseling. Moreover, one should also have strong skills of persuasion in order to help patients break their mental blocks. Effective communication skills are also required, since one has to uncover the innermost workings of the patients mental processes by talking with them.

Courses in Clinical Psychology in India :

Various courses in Clinical Psychology are offered by universities and institutes across the country. One can go in for an M.Phil. Program of 2 Years duration. Two Year M.Phil. Programs are available at the Central Institute of Psychiatry ( CIP ) in Ranchi ( Jharkhand ), the National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences ( NIMHANS ) in Bangalore ( Karnataka ) and at the Institute of Human Behaviour and Allied Sciences ( IHBAS ) in New Delhi.

The IHBAS inducts 12 students into its M. Phil. Program every Year. Each of the above – mentioned institutes conducts independent, All India Level Entrance Examinations for candidates wishing to get admission into M. Phil Programs at these institutes.  The candidates who qualify in the written examination also have to clear an interview in order to get admission.

Diploma courses and Certificate courses in Clinical Psychology are also offered by several institutes across the country. The Jamia Millia Islamia ( New Delhi ) and a few regional centres of the NCERT ( National Council of Educational Research and Training ) offer Diploma courses in Clinical Psychology. The RCI recommends a practice – oriented curriculum for students pursuing any course ( Degree, Diploma or Certificate ) in Clinical Psychology. The RCI recommends an OPD ( Out Patient Department ) in every institute offering a course in Clinical Psychology. It also recommends the restriction of theory – related teaching to only 30 percent of the syllabus while laying more stress on practical learning.

Prospects for Clinical Psycology :

As mentioned earlier, there is a severe shortage of trained manpower in Clinical Psychology in the country. There are just over 600 practising Clinical Psychologists in the country. Hence, one will be sure to find a job if one has a professional degree in Clinical Psychologists under one’s belt. One who has done a course in Clinical Psychology will be able to find jobs in the government sector. One will also be able to find jobs in the licensed psychiatric nursing homes.

Clinical Psychologists are also required in the non – governmental organizations ( NGOs ) who are engaged in offering counseling services. One can also find a job as a full – time career counselor in a school, since the Central Board of Secondary Education ( CBSE ) has directed for the appointment of at least one full – time career counselor in each and every school under its affiliation. One can also specialize in marital counseling if one has obtained a professional degree in Clinical Psychology. Moreover, the prospects of earning name and fame are quite bright if one sets up a clinic and starts counseling independently.

A lot of opportunities are also open for students of Clinical Psychology in the UK, the US, Australia and Singapore. The profession of Clinical Psychology is in a very young stage in India but is set to expand more in the near future. Together with it, the career scope of students, who do a course in Clinical Psychology today, will also expand in the near future.

Remuneration :

Students who clear the entrance examinations are immediately offered stipendiary benefits at their institutes. The IHBAS in New Delhi offers a stipend of Rupee 5,000 per month to every student who gets admitted into the M.Phil Program of the institute. The two other nationally recognized institutes, viz. NIMHANS ( Bangalore ) and CIP ( Ranchi ), also offer the provision of stipend to their students.

One who is professionally trained in Clinical Psychology will be able to command a salary of over Rupee 8,000 ( which can go up to Rupee 13,500 ) in the government sector. The salary in the private sector is higher for a Clinical Psychologist. It can be as high as Rupee 40,000 in the private sector. Schools and NGOs recruit Clinical Psychologists who are not professionally trained but even they command a salary ranging between Rupee 8,000 and Rupee 10,000. Private practitioners who offer counseling services independently, earn a lot more as remuneration.

52 thoughts on “Career in Clinical Psychology

  1. Hello sir/mam I am home sc n I wish to pursue a career in clinical psychology.plz guide me if . I stay in Delhi n if possible can go for it online

  2. my daughter finished her 12th std i like to know where in chennai the clinical psygology is take place, how about thiscourse. reply me

  3. Even after doing MA in Clinical Pychology I understand that one can not practice as Clinical Psychologist in India as it is not approved by Rehabiltation Council of India. What then is the future of all those who do MA in Clinical Psychology?

  4. hello sir,my daughter has done Bsc Microbiology.Now she wants to pursue carrier in clinical psychology.How should we proceed now? Is BA in psychology must for doing clinical psychology?

  5. Sir I’m just paased 12 in science, I want to make a career in clinical psycology.. I’m interested in counsaling , please guide…..

  6. I am looking for best institutes which can
    Provide me quality apprenticeship under clinical Paychology on merit basis.
    Guidance will be helpful.

  7. Iam just completing my graduation.. Iam interested in clinical counselling.. Can u give some information about what to do after graduation.. And when I can do this course(clinical psychology)

  8. I have done MSc applied psychology and working as a teacher in a cbse school wanted to do masters in clinical psychology

  9. Hello Sir/Mam, I am a graduate in Homescience. I want to make a carrier as a Clinical Psychologist. Please guide. Thank you

  10. wish to do a clinical psychology course by distance mode after graduation/post graduation. Please suggest institutes with reasonable fees,recognitioins & carrying
    pgood placements.


  12. Hello Sir/Mam ,i’m PG in Clinical Psychology from IGNOU now i want to do M.phil in same subject .Plz give me some tips regarding M.phil that would be your most kindness.Thank u.

  13. sir, i m pursuing MA from IGNOU, distance education. Sir could you please suggest me the best possible sub stream which i should opt in my MA final year. i also want to know about the scope of respective sub-stream in upcoming years.

  14. Sir i have complited in master degree in clinical psychology. i want do the carries in Indian railway. so there is some chance

  15. I m M.A eng want to do mphil in clinical psychology ..I cannot go for regular class looking for online study…please guide

  16. hello sir/mam…i am basically a dentist..i would like to pursue my career in clinical psycology…please give me some details about the studies..thank you

  17. hello maam/sir ,
    can u please provide me the names of top 10 colleges which provides masters in clinical psychology. thanks.

  18. Age limit and eligibility for the course of MA in psychology. I have done BA and correspondence Post graduate in Computer science . Please suggest me. It’s urgent

  19. Hi I might 34yrs old I am graduate in arts and done M.Sc (IT) and want to do MA in psychology (clinical)

  20. i’m juhi jain, i’m 26 years old nd i’m married, i’m post graduated in psychology, i want to something in councelling psychology or other psychology. plz guide me

  21. Sir I am a postgraduate in clinical Psychology from BRABU, I wanted to become a clinical psychologist.pls guide me

  22. I am pursuing Masters in Clinical Psychology (1 Year) from UK. I would like to know the further procedure if I wish to practice in India.

  23. Hi. I am Archana, I have studied BAMS, MD. I am intersted in clinical psychology. I want to know the courses regarding the same.

  24. Hello sir /mam iam a postgraduate in counselling psychology n I wanted to study clinical psychology plz guide me thank you

  25. Sir I am post graduate in clinical psychology from BBABihar university.I wanted to become a clinical psychologist.pls guide me

  26. sir i m final year student of M.A Clinical Psychology from Nagpur University, i wanted to go for M.Phil, from CIP, i need proper guidance about it how to apply and when ? and what are the scope for Clinical professionals in India

  27. Sir / Maam, I am pursuing Psychology from IGNOU. Please guide me for my futher studies and carers in clinical psychology.

  28. am science graduate. present am doing job in pvt industry ,production depatrment.
    now i am joined in M.Sc psychology in AMBEDKAR OPEN UNIVERSITY.BUT AM 43 YERS OLD

  29. i am an ayurvedic doctor, iam interested to do msc course in clinical psychology, pls provide me information regarding the colleges in south india which provides this course

  30. Hi,

    I am a BE graduate. I want to do my PG in Clinical Psychology and make a career in it. I enquired in few colleges and they replied as, I should have studied a single psychology paper in UG.Is there any way for me to do PG directly or through correspondence course without such psychology need in UG? If I do in correspondence course, will it help me to make a career for sure? Please do reply me….Thanks in advance…:)

  31. i m postgraduate in botany i want to do diploma in clinical psychology please suggest me some college in india where i can join this

  32. I want to do M.Phil in Clinical Psychology from UK. Once I get my degree in UK can I do job in India or is this degree be recognized in India.


  34. i am working in an institute for last 6 years as a Sr. career counselor,I love to read human mind and get them out of their problems, I want to know the scope of this course and the starting salary for experienced people.

  35. i wanna become a psychiatrist coz i love to read human mind and i wanna root out the problem of mind from the nation………..

  36. I want to know how to apply for M.Sc in clinical psychology or diploma in clinical psychology in karnataka or maharashtra in a recognized university. I have completed my B.A with specialization in psychology and economics in my 3rd year. kindly help

  37. i wud like to do a course on clinical psychology either regular or distance education mode..

  38. i am homoeopath.i am interested doing part time clinical psychology.plz guide me regarding the college in pune who offer the course as well the admission procedure.

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