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NATBOARD DNB Final Exam (Broad Specialty) 2017 Notification

NATBOARD (NBE) DNB Final Examination (Broad Specialties) December 2017


The Diplomate of National Board (DNB) invites applications form eligible candidates for Final Examination (Broad Specialty) during the admission session December 2017


DNB - Broad Specialty Courses

List of DNB Specialties in which Final Examinations shall be conducted in December 2017

Anaesthesiology; Dermatology, Venereology & Leprosy; Family Medicine; General Medicine; General Surgery; Nuclear Medicine; Obstetrics & Gynaecology; Ophthalmology; Orthopaedics; Oto-Rhino-Laryngology; Paediatrics; Pathology; Psychiatry; Radio Diagnosis; Radiotherapy; Social & Preventive Medicine/Community Medicine; Tuberculosis & Respiratory Diseases / Pulmonary Medicine; Emergency Medicine



DNB Candidates: Candidates who have undergone training as a DNB trainee at any National Board of Examinations accredited institute or any medical college/university recognized institute after having registered with NBE as a DNB trainee and are completing their prescribed (as per registration letter) training as DNB trainee as per the following schedule:


Cut off date for completion of DNB Training - 30th June 2018


Submission of Training Completion Certificate along with leave records for DNB trainees is an essential pre-requisite. In case the candidate does not submit the training Completion certificate (as per applicable format given in Annexure III & IV) with the application form, his/her application may be rejected and fees forfeited


MD/MS: Candidates who have passed the final examination leading to the award of Post Graduate Degree from Indian Universities which are duly recognized as per provisions of Indian Medical Council Act 1956 i.e. have passed the final examinations for MD/MS degrees on or before 30th September 2017 can apply for the DNB Final exam in same broad specialty

Submission of proof of having passed the MD/MS final examination on or before 30th September 2017 is an essential prerequisite. In case the candidate does not submit the requisite proof of passing MD/MS before 30th September 2017, his/ her application shall be rejected & fees forfeited


Post Diploma

Candidates who are registered with the Board and completing their prescribed training (as per the registration letter) by 30th June 2018 are eligible to appear in DNB Final Exam. Submission of Training Completion Certificate along with leave records for DNB trainees is an essential pre-requisite


Candidates not completing their DNB training at the time of submitting the application are required to submit provisional training completion certificate as per format in Annexure-III along with leave records and also required to submit Annexure-IV within 15 days of completion of their training


Such candidates shall be provisionally allowed to appear for DNB Exam at sole discretion of NBE and subject to compliance of eligibility criteria prescribed


Exam Pattern (Broad Specialties)

Theory Exam: The theory exam comprises of four papers, maximum marks 100 each (ii) there are 10 short notes of 10 marks each, in each of the papers; the number of short notes and their respective marks weightage may vary in some subjects/some papers; maximum time permitted is 3 hours

Candidate must score at least 50% in the aggregate of 4 papers to qualify the theory exam

For candidates of General Medicine, Paediatrics and Family Medicine wherein Paper 4 is MCQ based, there is no grace marks in MCQ based papers

Fourth paper for General Medicine, Paediatrics and Family Medicine shall be Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) based; there shall be 200 questions of single response type; each question shall carry 0.5 marks i.e. maximum marks shall be 100

There shall be no negative marking


Centres for FINAL Exam

The tentative/proposed list of various theory centers is Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Bhopal, Chandigarh, Chennai, Delhi, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai, Nagpur, Pune, Thiruvanathapuram, and Varanasi

The admit card of the candidate shall be uploaded on website. Candidates are required to take print out of their admit card from the website, paste their photograph at the designated place and appear at the examination centre along with an original and valid/non-expired ID proof which can be any one of the following:

a. Pan Card

b. Driving License

c. Voter ID

d. Passport

e. Aadhaar Card (with Photograph)


Application Procedure

Candidate is required to download the Application Form 1 and Application Form 2 from the website www.natboard.edu.in and submit the duly filled Application Forms along with the necessary documents before the prescribed i.e. 13th October 2017


Candidates should go through the bulletin carefully for eligibility criteria before writing to the Board’s Office; queries pertaining to eligibility and other issues will only be entertained if the information requested is not given in bulletin or on website www.natboard.edu.in


Enclose photocopies of certificates and Pay-in-Slip (NBE copy) with the Application Form


Exam Fee for DNB Final Exam 2017

DNB Exam Fee - Rs.5500/-; Registration Fee - Nil & Total Fee Rs.5500/-

MD/MS Exam Fee - Rs.5500/-; Registration Fee Rs.1000/- & Total Fee Rs.6500/-

2nd /3rd attempt for only Practical Exam - Rs.5500/-

Cost of Bulletin and Application Form Rs.1000/-


Deposition of Fees

By Cash Deposit: The fee as above can be deposited at any branch of the Indian Bank or Axis Bank; The list of branches of Axis Bank and Indian Bank can be seen at their website www.axisbank.com and www.indianbank.in respectively
Kindly use the pay-in-slip provided along with this Information Bulletin for this purpose


Important Dates


Last Date of Submission of Application Form (DNB Final Exam): 13th October 2017


Date of Exam (Broad Specialty):


08th December 2017 (Friday): Paper-I: 09.30 AM to 12.30 PM


09th December 2017 (Saturday): Paper-II: 09.30 AM to 12.30 PM, Paper-III: 02.00 PM to 05.00 PM


10th December 2017 (Sunday): Paper-IV: 09.30 AM to 12.30 PM


[Practical Only: Mar/Apr/May 2018* final scheduled for each specialty may vary]


Candidates who have taken DNB Final Exam (Theory) held in June 2017 and have been declared FAIL can submit their application for DNB Final Exam December 2017 session latest by 15th October 2017


Candidates willing to apply for DNB Final - Only Practical Exam December 2017 session can submit their applications latest by 31st January 2018


National Board of Examination (NBE) New Delhi

Medical Enclave, Ansari Nagar, Mahatma Gandhi Marg (Ring Road), New Delhi-110029, Tel.: 011-45593000, Email: mail@natboard.edu.in, Website www.natboard.edu.in


For any query,  candidates are requested to check the official website  .

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