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NATBOARD DNB PDCET 2018 July Admission Session

DNB Post Diploma Centralized Entrance Test for July Admissions 2018

NATBOARD DNB PDCET 2018 - DNB PD-CET is mandatory eligibility-cum-ranking examination for entry to various Post Diploma (Secondary) DNB Courses. NATBOARD shall be conducting DNB-PD CET as a Computer Based Test (CBT) on 29th June 2018 at test centres across the country.

Diplomate of National Board conducted Post Diploma Centralized Entrance Test (PDCET) for July 2018 session. NBE at present conducts postgraduate and postdoctoral examinations in approved specialties leading to the award of Diplomate of National Board.


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The Govt. of India established the National Board of Examinations (NBE) in 1975 with the objective of improving the quality of the Medical Education by establishing high and uniform standards of postgraduate exams in modern medicine on an all India basis and utilizing existing infrastructure for capacity building

The MCI has laid down standards for postgraduate examinations conducted by various medical colleges and affiliated to concerned universities and other institutions, yet the levels of proficiency and standards of evaluation vary considerably in these institutions

The Exams conducted by NBE provide a common standard and mechanism of evaluation of minimum level of attainment of the knowledge and competencies of medical specialists. Moreover, intra country and international comparisons are facilitated with the availability of common evaluation mechanism


Important Dates

  • Availability of Information Bulletin: 11th May 2018
  • Online Registration for DNB CET: 11th May - 31st May 2018
  • Examination Dates for DNB CET: 29th June 2018
  • Declaration of Result: By 31st July 2018


Post Diploma DNB courses are offered in the following specialties:

  • Anesthesiology, Dermatology, Venereology and Leprosy, Nuclear Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Ophthalmology, Orthopedics, Oto-Rhino-Laryngologist, Paediatrics, Psychiatry, Radio-Diagnosis, Radiotherapy, Tuberculosis and Respiratory Diseases/Pulmonary Medicine, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Pathology


Eligibility Criteria

  • Candidates who have passed the final exam leading to the award of PostGraduate Diploma from Indian Universities which are duly recognized as per provisions of Indian Medical Council Act 1956, Govt of India i.e. have passed/Passing the final exams for Post graduate diploma on or before 30th June 2018 can apply for the Post Diploma CET Exam The same Broad specialty
  • Candidate should have completed his/her 2 years of post-diploma training by 30th June 2018
  • Submission of proof of having passed/Passing the Post graduate diploma final exam on or before the 30th June 2018 is an essential prerequisite
  • In case the candidate does not submit requisite proof of passing his/her post graduate diploma final examination, the candidate shall not be allowed to appear in July 2018 admission session
  • Candidate found to be ineligible at any stage of DNB-PDCET will not be permitted to appear in the exam. In an unlikely event of any ineligible candidate appearing and/or being successful in the DNB-PDCET, the result/candidature of such candidate shall be cancelled
  • Candidate who are qualifying their PG Diploma exit exams and getting their results after 30th June 2018  or likely to qualify after 30th June 2018 need not apply in the DNB-PDCET exam as they shall be ineligible to appear in the DNB-PDCET


Scheme of Exam

  • DNB-PDCET is an entrance exam and is an essential prerequisite for entry to post diploma DNB 2 years post graduate courses. The next session of entrance exam shall be held on June 2018 and conducted as computer-based exam only
  • Appearance in the Post Diploma CET is an essential pre-requisite for entry to the DNB Broad Specialties (Secondary Seats) July 2018 admission session
  • All the candidates who appear in the above exam will be given a merit position (rank) in descending order of the marks obtained by them. The merit list shall be published specialty wise (merit list for DGO, DMRD, DMRT, DORTHO, DOMS, DLO, DA, DVD, DPM, DCH,DNM, DTCD, DPMR
  • The exam comprises 300 multiple choice, single correct response questions of 1 mark each in English language only as per the following indicative scheme:
    • Human Biology (Anatomy, Physiology and Biochemistry) - 50 No. of questions;
    • Applied Pathology, Microbiology and Pharmacology - 50 No. of questions;
    • Medicine and Allied Sciences - 50 No. of questions;
    • Surgery and Allied Sciences - 50 No. of questions;
    • Obstetrics & Gynaecology - 50 No. of questions;
    • Community Medicine including Basic Statistics & - 50 No. of questions
  • Candidates successful in DNB-PDCET shall participate in Centralized merit based counseling conducted by National Board of Exams for allotment of DNB seats at NBE accredited Institutions/hospitals/medical colleges in order of their specialty specific merit and candidate shall be able to opt for the NBE accredited institution/hospital/medical college of their choice as per availability at their merit
  • There shall be 25% negative marking for incorrect answers. No marks will be deducted for unattempted questions


Centres for DNB-PDCET 2018

Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chandigarh, Chennai, Coimbatore, Kochi, Greater Noida, Gurugram, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mangalore, Mumbai, Nagpur, Navi Mumbai, New Delhi, Noida, Pune and Thiruvananthapuram



  • Registration and scheduling for appearing in the DNB-PDCET is to be undertaken online at the website www.nbe.edu.in
  • Application forms CANNOT be submitted in offline /printed copy by post.
  • Completing Post Diploma Qualification means candidate should have completed the requisite two years training and his /her result of the final examination of the requisite Post Diploma qualification should have been declared by the cutoff date i.e. 30th June 2018
  • Candidates who are not completing the training by the cutoff date or their final result has not been declared by the cutoff date or they have not qualified in the requisite exam need not apply
  • Candidates should go through the bulletin carefully for eligibility criteria, scheme, pattern of examination etc before contacting NBE for any queries
  • 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


NBE Examination

National Board of Examinations - Medical Enclave, Ansari Nagar, Mahatma Gandhi Marg (Ring Road), New Delhi-110029, Phone No.: 1800 11 1700 (Toll Free) or 0124-6771700, (Monday to Friday: 09:30 hrs to 17:30 hrs), Website: www.nbe.edu.in