Clinical Psychologist - How to become a Clinical Psychologist?


Clinical psychology is a subdivision of Psychology, which is concerned, with the study of anomalous mental conditions, mental processes and mental behavior. Those who have completed the different programs in Clinical psychology can become Clinical Psychologists. These professionals diagnose the mental trouble that an individual is suffering from and provides preventive and relief measures through psychological treatments. Clinical Psychologists are trained professionals who analyze and rectify the psychological distress or dysfunction of individuals through counseling.

Qualifying Exam

The eligibility criterion to turn out to be a clinical psychologist is the completion of the post graduation and PhD program in Clinical Psychology. It should be pursued in certified University. They should pass a written licensing test in addition to become a licensed clinical psychologist. Aspirants who have conceded the various courses in the respective areas can search out for employments in public as well as private sector. A graduation in the relevant fields in a pre-requisite for the entry level jobs. Clinical Psychologists can expect remunerations around Rs. $77,800. p.a. entering into career. Most of these professionals work as independent practitioners. They can seek for jobs in health cares, elementary / secondary schools, university counseling centers, clinics, rehabilitation centers and so on.

Who is eligible to apply?

Those who have passed the Bachelors’ degree in Clinical psychology or related fields from an acknowledged University can apply for the Masters’ course in the respective fields. In addition, they are required to attend a PG entrance test so as to get admission for the post graduation course.

Key Points in the process

  • Obtain a degree in Clinical Psychology or allied subjects
  • Earn a Post graduation in Clinical Psychology
  • Pursue the research programs in Clinical Psychology
  • Acquire job experience in the related fields
  • Apply for public sector or private sector jobs

How to prepare for exam and interview?

Aspirants need to have thorough knowledge in the eligibility course technical subjects so as to clear the Clinical Psychologist licensing entrance test. The test will be different for different states. Applicants can procure specialized technical books and previous years’ question papers for reference. By solving sample papers, they may get confidence in attending the mains. Candidates can also self-evaluate their papers to spot their weaker portions.



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4 Responses to “Clinical Psychologist - How to become a Clinical Psychologist?”

  1. 4

    I did my BAMS now want to do clinical psychology, please sugest me which are post graduate degree course in clinical, child, addiction psychology. and wher?
    presently i am in maharashtra
    please sugest the course and college.
    than you

  2. 3
    Mayank Arora:

    I am a commerce student. i am in 12 now. i want to become a clinical psychologist . what should i do after 12 . please tell ,e on my e-mail id.

  3. 2
    sunita Darlami:

    i am doing PG in Psychology and it’s a distance learning course, will it help me to become a Clinical Psychologist?

    Kindly guide me how to become a good psychologist would also like to know regarding good colleges which will help me to fullfill my dream in this field.


    Sunita Darlami

  4. 1

    I am a B.Sc. Nursing student. Am i eligible for post graduation in clinical psychology?