Eligibility > Licensing Exam

(A) Nepalese citizen graduated from Nepal
To meet the professional education requirement for licensure as a qualified professional nurse, the candidate must present satisfactory evidence of having received pre-service nursing education programmes approved by the NNC and must submit the documents as mentioned in Table 1. Theseprogrammes include a four- year Bachelor of Science in Nursing or 3 years of Proficiency Certificate Level (Diploma level) programmes.

(B) Nepalese citizen graduated from other countries
Applicants, who have completed pre-service nursing education from other countries, must have their equivalence certificate from the concerned government authority. Individual applicant needs to be graduated from the institute recognized from the respective nursing council or authorized government body and must submit the documents as mentioned in Table 1.


(A) Reporting prior convictions or disciplinary action against licensing
Applicants are required under 'Regulation of the National Licensure Examination for Nurses' to report all misdemeanor and felony convictions. Failure to report prior disciplinary action is considered falsification of application and is a ground for denial of licensure or revocation of license.

(B) Applicants with disability
Applicants, who are constitutionally provisioned for special consideration, will be provided opportunity to appear in the examination based on their limitation.

Application process

The following documents are required for application

Table 1: List of documents required for PCL Nursing/B.Sc. Nursing

1. Complete online personal information
2. Upload scanned original copies of the following documents (size not more than 2MB and must be in jpg format)
  • SLC/SEE Mark sheet and Character Certificate
  • Citizenship
  • Academic Transcript or Mark sheets and Character Certificate of PCL Nursing Programme
  • Academic Transcript or 10+2 Mark sheets or I. Sc. Mark sheets, and Character Certificate for B.Sc. Nursing Programme
3. Upload recent white background Passport size photo (size not more than 2MB and must be in jpg format)
4. Examination fee NRs. 3,100/- should pay through eSewa
5. Upload original scanned copies of documents related to recognition/accreditation of institute from the respective nursing council or individual registration in the respective nursing council or in the authorized government body (only in case of non-existence of nursing council) of the respective country (Only applicable for the Nepalese graduated from other countries).
  • Upload original scanned copy of Equivalency letter from CTEVT/TU
* All original academic certificates, citizenship and related documents need to bring for verification during receiving registration certificate from NNC.

The process is:

  • The applicant must upload all the documents to online NLEN registration process within the time period mentioned in the notice.
  • The examination center, time and other important information will be notified on the online admit card. The admit card can be downloaded from online application.
  • If an applicant changes her/his name and/or address after submitting an application for licensure, the applicant must notify the NNC immediately in order to document receive current information. An applicant is required to submit legal documentation of any change to the NNC immediately after the change occurs.
  • An Applicant’s name must match EXACTLY as it appears on photo identification that will be at the test center. The same name must also be used to the NLEN online at the time s/he registers in order to prevent delays with issuing examination authorization.
Examination Process / Rule
  • Duration of Examination
    Licensure Examination will be of two and half hours (2:30 hours) duration. Applicants are not allowed to enter the examination room after 15 minutes from starting examination. Applicants can leave the room only after 1 hour of starting the examination.
  • Type of Questions
    All of the test items are Multiple Choice Question (MCQ) with four options. Applicants are to select the most appropriate choice.

Distribution of Test Items

Table 4: Subject wise distribution of test items

Distribution of test items (%)
Possible numbers of items
Integrated Science
Fundamental of Nursing
Community Health Nursing
Adult Nursing
Child Health Nursing
Midwifery and Gynecology
Leadership and Management

Frequency of the NLEN
The Nepal Nursing Council conducts the NLEN three times a year. If applicant fails an examination, s/he will be allowed to apply for the next examination.

Application Fee
The fee for the NLEN online application for Nepalese candidate is NPR 3,100

Scoring System
There is no negative scoring system. It means when applicant gives wrong answer, no minus marking will be done.

Passing Standard
The grading system on the NLEN is either pass or fail. No numerical score will be provided. In order to pass the National Licensure Examination, the applicant must score at least 50% marks in aggregate.

Result of NLEN
The result of NLEN will be published on the same exam day in the evening unless and until there is a technical difficulty. Results will be published on the Nepal Nursing Council notice board and on the NNC's website. The Nepal Nursing Council will not inform the candidates individually.

Once applicant has successfully passed NLEN they can apply for registration to get their registration license from the NNC with the registration fee of NPR 1200 paying via eSewa and they should also bring the admit card along with two photographs same as used for admit card including all the original documents and citizenship.