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How to Get CHO Jobs in 2022? Is Community Health Officer a Permanent Job?

CHO Jobs in National Health Mission (NHM) of India

What is a CHO (COMMUNITY HEALTH OFFICER)?

The full form of CHO is Community Health Officer. As part of the Ayushman Bharat initiative of the Indian Government CHO (COMMUNITY HEALTH OFFICER) is a new cadre non-physician health worker, who works in the rural health mission (NHM). They are trained health care providers who have a defined scope of practice. Only Nursing and AYUSH practitioners are eligible for this cadre. They are trained and legally permitted to provide healthcare in fewer situations than physicians but more than other health professionals.

This article deals with qualification, salary, syllabus, exam pattern of CHO job and exam. It also talks about the status of Community Health Officer job such as whether it is permanent or not? CHO (Community Health Officer) is government or private job? etc. The article also tells you if Community Health Officer is a doctor?

CHO (Community Health Officer)

Full Form of CHO

Full Form of CHO is Community Health Officer.

How do I become a CHO (COMMUNITY HEALTH OFFICER)- CHO Qualification

Community Health Officer Eligibility

B.Sc Nurses or candidates who have completed Post Basic B.Sc can directly apply to be a CHO (COMMUNITY HEALTH OFFICER). GNM and ANM can join a certification course of 6 months on Community nursing from the prescribed institutions and can apply for becoming a CHO (COMMUNITY HEALTH OFFICER). In the six months of training, the candidates will be taught community medicine with practical experience in various departments of the hospitals. They are given Rupees 10,000 as a stipend during the 6 months of training.

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Community Health Officer Duties and Responsibilities

What is the work of CHO in a hospital?

CHO (COMMUNITY HEALTH OFFICER)s are appointed in Primary Health Centres (PHC) at the village level, Block level, or District level. A person becomes eligible for the next level after a certain number of years (in some states 6 years). CHO (COMMUNITY HEALTH OFFICER) coordinates other health workers in their center such as ASHA workers. They also maintain Meeting Proceeding Register with these workers. They attend regular checkups of pregnant women and involve in their health education, conduct immunization drives, and provide ANC. Government offers attractive incentives (cash) based on the number of people they attend in various levels (up to 15,000 initially).

Following are some questions that people ask. What is CHO duty time? Details on CHO salary slip. what is CHO salary in UP? What is CHO salary in Punjab? These questions can be answered by the respective state health department and hospitals.

Is Community Health Officer a Doctor?

Community Health Officer is not a doctor. It is a separate cadre of health workers who has necessary nursing qualifications.

CHO (COMMUNITY HEALTH OFFICER) Permanent Salary

Initially, the CHO (COMMUNITY HEALTH OFFICER)s are contract workers with these health centers. Their salary starts at 25,000 (Basic can slightly vary in each State) plus 15,000 incentives. The incentives are calculated on the basis of the number of people they attend to. As they gain seniority the salary can go from 50,000 to 70,000. At the end of their first stint in their position (often six years) they are made permanent. The final salary of each State such as UP, MP, Karnataka, West Bengal, Bihar, Assam, etc are decided by respective States.

CHO (COMMUNITY HEALTH OFFICER) Promotion Guidelines

People are concerned about ‘ what is the future of community health officer’?

On completing six years of being a CHO (COMMUNITY HEALTH OFFICER) they have the option of moving on to clinical practice in Ayurveda or pass the exam and becoming a CHO (COMMUNITY HEALTH OFFICER) in PHC. On further completion of six years, they can have training in Public Health or Hospital Management. If you are training in public health you will be supporting block level CHO (COMMUNITY HEALTH OFFICER)s. If you pursue Hospital Administration, you will be supporting block level CHO (COMMUNITY HEALTH OFFICER)s in the administration level.

Once you become a District level CHO (COMMUNITY HEALTH OFFICER), you can even go on to be a Lecturer in District Training Centres.

As CHO (COMMUNITY HEALTH OFFICER) is a new cadre opened under Ayushman Bharat, details of future options are still developing.

CHO is a Permanent Job or Not?

The most frequently asked question about CHO is “Is CHO a permanent job or not?” People also ask ‘is MP CHO a permanent job?” or “is UP Cho a permanent job?”

The answer is CHO (COMMUNITY HEALTH OFFICER) is considered a government job on a contractual basis. That means, practically speaking you do not loose job. But you do not get full salary benefits of a government job. However, CHO is considered better than private jobs because it offers better salary and allows you to work near your hometown.

Is CHO Job Government or Private?

Community health officer CHO job is considered a government job on a contractual basis. This would mean that you would be working for the government sector with better salary than private hospitals. But CHO does not offer salary as per government staff salary. Recently UP government released the job interviews with the offer of 20,000 rupees per month and incentives upto 15,000.

That is CHO is a government job, as government is calling for the interview and pay the salary. But the employees will not get regular pay commission salary like other permanent government employees.

CHO (COMMUNITY HEALTH OFFICER) Job Openings

CHO (COMMUNITY HEALTH OFFICER) positions are open in every State of India. Eligible candidates can apply in their own states. The jobs are opened under the National Health Mission (NHM). Every state has its own website where you can apply online to be a CHO (COMMUNITY HEALTH OFFICER). Application forms to be a CHO can be availed from these websites.

Community Health Officer Rajasthan : http://rajswasthya.nic.in/CHO.htm

Community Health Officer Uttar Pradesh : http://upnrhm.gov.in/home/update_news_detail

Community Health Officer Bihar: http://statehealthsocietybihar.org/

Community Health Officer Kerala : https://arogyakeralam.gov.in/opportunities/

Community Health Officer Madhya Pradesh: https://www.mponline.gov.in/portal/services/nrhm/frmhome.aspx

Community Health Officer West Bengal: https://www.wbhealth.gov.in/pages/career

Community Health Officer Karnataka : https://nhm.karnataka.gov.in

Other Important links to apply for CHO jobs

MP CHO vacancy 2022 : https://www.nhmmp.gov.in/

CHO Salary in MP : https://www.nhmmp.gov.in/

Bihar CHO Vacancy : http://statehealthsocietybihar.org/

CHO Exam Syllabus 2022

As per MP NHM directions, the following are the subjects covered in the CHO exam.

1.Physiology
2.Anatomy
3.Demography and common health statistics
4.Community Health, Epidemiology and Disease Prevention
5.Maternal Health (Pregnancy and Childbirth)
6.Child Health and Nutrition
7.Immunization
8.Adolescent health
9.Family Planning
10.Common Communicable diseases
11.Non-Communicable Diseases
12.National Health Programs
13.General Knowledge
14.Analytical and Communication Skills
CHO Syllabus

Exam Pattern of CHO Exam 2022

A rough mark distribution of CHO exams is as follows:



Sr. No.SubjectPercentage of Question/ Marks
1.Physiology5
2.Anatomy5
3.Demography and common health statistics5
4.Community Health, Epidemiology and Disease Prevention10
5.Maternal Health (Pregnancy and Childbirth)10
6.Child Health and Nutrition5
7.Immunization5
8.Adolescent health5
9.Family Planning5
10.Common Communicable diseases10
11.Non-Communicable Diseases10
12.National Health Programs10
13.General Knowledge10
14.Analytical and Communication Skills5
Total Marks100
CHO exam pattern

What is the grade pay of CHO?

Initially, the CHO (COMMUNITY HEALTH OFFICER)s are contract workers with health centers. Their salary starts at 3 Lakh per annum.

What is the qualification to be a CHO?

B.Sc Nurses or candidates who have completed Post Basic B.Sc can directly apply to be a CHO (COMMUNITY HEALTH OFFICER). GNM and ANM can join a certification course of 6 months on Community nursing from the prescribed institutions and can apply for becoming a CHO (COMMUNITY HEALTH OFFICER).

Community Health Officer job is government or private?

Community health officer job is considered a government job on a contractual basis.

Is Community Health Officer a Doctor?

Community Health Officer is not a doctor. It is a separate cadre of health workers who has necessary nursing qualifications.

Is MP Cho a permanent job?

MP CHO job is technically not a permanent job. It is a contractual job, which is renewed every year.

Does CHO salary increase?

CHO salary increase based on performance. More details are in the article.

What is the future of community health officer?

There are promotion options after 6 years. Details are given in the above article.

What are the CHO promotion guidelines?

CHO promotion guidelines are issued by Ayushman Bharat under the Government of India from time to time. Further details can be found in the above article.

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