Various Entrance Tests Conducted by National Board of Examinations (NATBOARD)

The National Board of Examinations was established in 1975 with the prime objective of improving the quality of the Medical Education by elevating the level and establishing standards of post graduate examinations in modern medicine on an all India basis. There are more than 149 recognized Medical Colleges in the country. In addition to Postgraduate teaching institutions under MCI, there are 450 accredited institutions imparting training in various Broad and Super specialties for the award of postgraduate qualification in Broad and super specialties.

The Board at present conducts postgraduate and postdoctoral examinations in 54 disciplines approved by the Board for the award of Diplomate of National Board.

The Diplomate qualifications awarded by the National Board of Examinations have been equated with the postgraduate and post doctorate degrees awarded by other Indian Universities by the Government of India, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare; vide their notifications issued from time to time (Annexure III).

Let’s have a look at the examinations conducted by NATBOARD:

All India Post Graduate Entrance Examination (AIPGMEE)

National Board of Examinations (NATBOARD) conducts the All India Post Graduate Entrance Examination (AIPGMEE) for admission to MD/ MS/ PG Diploma Courses in Medical and Dental Colleges. AIPGMEE is an all India PG Medical Entrance Exam and is the eligibility-cum-ranking examination prescribed as the single entrance examination for admission to all India 50 per cent quota of MD/MS/Diploma Seats (except Jammu & Kashmir and erstwhile Andhra Pradesh (Telangana and Andhra Pradesh). The State Governments of Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Odisha, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Rajsthan, Goa and Sikkim utilize the result of AIPGMEE for admission to MD /MS /PG Diploma Courses at college under their control and thus these states do not conduct any state entrance examination of their own.

Foreign Medical Graduates Examination (FMGE)

The National Board of Examinations conducts the FMGE Screening Test for Indian Nationals with Foreign Medical Qualifications and is desirous of getting provisional or permanent registration with the Medical Council of India or any State Medical Council. The NBE FMGE Screening Test is held twice a year at New Delhi. As per the Screening Test Regulations 2002, an Indian citizen possessing a primary medical qualification awarded by any medical institution outside India who is desirous of getting provisional or permanent registration with the Medical Council of India or State Medical Council on or after shall have to qualify the Foreign Medical Graduate (FMG) Examination (Screening Test).

Diplomate National Board Centralized Entrance Test (DNB CET)

The Diplomate National Board Centralized Entrance Test is conducted by NATBOARD for admission to DNB Post Graduate Courses. DBN CET is the legibility-cum-ranking examination for entry to various post graduate courses in modern medicine under the National Board of Examinations (NBE). NBE shall be conducting DNB CET as a computer based test (CBT) at test centres across the country.

Diplomate National Board Centralized Entrance Test, Super Specialties (DNB CET SS)

The Diplomate National Board Centralized Entrance Test conducted for admission for DNB (Super Specialties) by the NATBOARD is known as the DNB CET (SS). It is a qualifying-cum-ranking examination for entry to various posts DNB/ MD/ MS Super Specialities courses in modern medicine. NBE conducts te DNB CET SS as a Computer Based Test (CBT) at test centres across the country for admission to the following Super Specialties- Medical: Cardiology; Endocrinology; Gastroenterology; Haematology; Medical Oncology; Neurology; Rheumatology; Medical Genetics Surgical: Cardio Thoracic Surgery; Genito Urinary Surgery; Neurosurgery; Paediatrics Surgery; Plastic Surgery; Peripheral Vascular Surgery; Surgical Gastroenterology; Surgical Oncology Pediatrics: Neonatology.

Post Diploma Centralized Entrance Test (PD CET)

The Post Diploma Centralized Entrance Test (PD CET) is the eligibility-cum-ranking examination for entry to various Post Diploma courses in modern medicine under the National Board of Examinations (NBE).

The Diplomate qualifications awarded by the National Board of Examinations are equated with the postgraduate and post doctorate degrees awarded by other Indian Universities for all purposes including appointment to teaching posts as lecture/Assistant Professor by the Government of India, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. The holders of Board’s qualification awarded after an examination i.e. DNB are eligible to be considered for specialist’s post/faculty in any Hospital including a training/teaching institution on a teaching post/ as a faculty member.