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Author: akanksha, Posted on Friday, June 18 @ 05:15:42 IST by RxPG  

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DNB Part 1

What is DNB Primary :

DNB Primary,now known as CET-NBE(Centralised Entrance Examination-National Board Of Examination) is an entrance examination,passing which makes you eligible for training in an DNB Accredited Institutions & Colleges.

The examination is held twice a year in the months of June & December.

What after DNB Primary:

Passing the entrance examination makes you eligible for the DNB training (usually of the duration 3yrs) in the subject available at the institute of your choice .(see the list of DNB accredited institutes at natboard.nic.in).

Once the results of the Primary examination is announced, the DNB accredited institutes start inviting applications from the pass candidates,following which an interview is held & final list of selected candidates is announced based on the marks obtained in the Primary Examination & the interview.

The selected candidates are supposed to start the training in the institute & register themselves with the Board (DNB) through the institute of joining/training,within 1 month of joining.

What after DNB training:

Once you have completed the scheduled training,you are eligible to appear for the Final Examination,on passing of which you will be awarded a DNB degree in the particular subject(say for e.g.-DNB Gen Medicine).

Who are eligible:

If you possess a medical degrees from Indian Universities and have completed one year internship and registered permanently with MCI ,you are eligible to appear in the examinations conducted by the Board.

Who are Exempted From The Primary Exam:

There are certain group of candidates who don’t need to go through the primary exam to make themselves eligible for the Training/Final Examination.

a. MD/MS/MCH/DM Pass

Candidate who have passed their MD/MS/MCH/DM examinations and their Degree recognized by MCI/Univ./NBE and having written Thesis/Dissertation and accepted by the university are eligible to appear in the Final Examination of the Board directly in the same subject of their post graduation.

In case the subject offered for DNB is different than the specialty in which PG obtained, the candidate will have to complete two and half years of the training after obtaining Registration with the NBE from hospital recognized by NBE for DNB training.

However, such candidates are exempted from taking the Primary examination.

b. Diploma Pass

Diploma holders having Diploma recognized by MCI are eligible to appear in the Final Examination in the same subject provided they have undergone additional training, maintaining student to teacher ratio of 1:1 for two years, equivalent to that of 2nd and 3rd year of Resident training required for MD/MS qualifications, after passing their Diploma in their subjects, in a hospital recognized by NBE for DNB training after having been registered with the Board.

They are exempted from taking Primary examination
For more info check out: www.natboard.nic.in

Subjects available:

The following subjects in both Broad Specaility & Super Specialities are available under DNB:

Broad Specialities:

1. Genaral Medicine
2.Paediatrics
3.Psychiatry
4.Radio-therapy
5.Radio-diagnosis
6.Dermatology & Venereology
7.Respiratory Disease
8.Anaesthesiology
9.Nuclear Medicine


(ii) 1. General Surgery
2. Orthopaedic Surgery
3. Obstetrics and Gynaecology
4. Ophthalmology
5. Otorhinolaryngology
6. Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Super Specialities:

1.Cardiology
2.Nephrology
3.Endocrinology
4.Gastroenterology
5.Neurology
6.Plastic Surgery
7.Paediatric Surgery
8.Neuro Surgery
9.Genitourinary Surgery
10.Cardio-thoracic Surgery

Examination Pattern:

The Primary exam or theCET-NBEcomprises of two parts:

a.Written test conducted by National Board of examinations
b.Aptitude Test (Interview) to be conducted by NBE Accredited Institutions.


2.For entrance into Broad Speciality Training Courses the examination will be of MBBS standard, while entrance for Super Speciality Courses will be of Post graduate standard.

3.For the purpose of Super Speciality Courses the examination will be divided into Medical and Surgical Specialities with two different sets of questions.

4.Marks will be awarded to the candidates and will be computed as marks obtained in an aggregate of 90.

A candidate would be declared qualified only on obtaining a minimum of 50% marks in the CET-NBE examination.

Based on this, an inter-se merit list is prepared.

Weightage for Each Subject:

All the subjects taught during the MBBS course including pre-clinical, para-clinical and clinical are covered in the Primary Exam.

Approximate weightage given to each subject in the two papers is as follows:

Paper–1
Basic Sciences and Community Medicine

Anatomy 24
Physiology 30
Biochemistry 24
Pathology 24
Microbiology 24
Pharmacology 24
Forensic Medicine 06
Community Medicine/SPM 24

TOTAL : 180 questions

Paper 2
Clinical Sciences

Medicine including Psychiatry
Dermatology and Venerology 45
Paediatrics 15
Surgery including Orthopaedics
Ansesthesiollogy, Radio-diagnosis
And Radiotherapy 60
Obstetrics and Gynaecology 30
Ophthalmology 15
ENT 15

Total: 180 questions
These are Single Response Multiple Choice Questions 180 in number in each paper.

    New Admission Procedure:

Though the admission to DNB courses are presently ‘institution based’,admission procedure is soon be changed to a ‘centralized’ one,where the admission will be totally on the basis of the subjects & institutes available at the particular rank of the individual Primary Pass Candidate.



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