NEB FET Fellowship Entrance Test (NATBOARD) 2021, Application Form, Dates


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NEB FET 2021 (NATBOARD) Fellowship Entrance Test Application form, Dates, Courses

NEB FET 2021 – The National Board of Examinations shall be conducting Fellowship Entrance Test (FET) – 2021 on 14th March 2021 for International students for admissions to various Fellowship (FNB) courses.
NBE FET is the eligibility-cum-ranking examination for entry to various fellowship programs under the National Board of Examinations (NBE).
Candidates can check more details on NATBOARD Fellowship Entrance Test 2021  such as application process, exam date, eligibility, fee etc. from the page below.

Courses Offered by NBE for Fellowship Program

For Indian Students
1. Arthroplasty 2. Breast Imaging
3. Hand and Microsurgery 4. High Risk Pregnancy and Perinatolog
5. Infectious Diseases 6. Interventional Cardiology
7. Liver Transplantation 8. Minimal Access Surgery
9. Neurovascular Intervention 10. Paediatric Gastroenterology
11. Paediatric Nephrology 12. Pediatric Hemato Oncology
13. Reproductive Medicine 14. Spine Surgery
15. Sports Medicine 16. Trauma Care
17. Vitreo Retinal Surgery
B. For International Students (FPIS)
1. Hand and Microsurgery 2. High Risk Pregnancy and Perinatology
3. Infectious Diseases 4. Interventional Cardiology
5. Minimal Access Surgery 6. Pediatric Hemato Oncology
7. Reproductive Medicine 8. Spine Surgery
9. Sports Medicine 10. Trauma Care

NATBOARD Fellowship Entrance Test 2021 Important Dates

Events Dates
Availability of Information Bulletin 04th January 2021
Online Application Submission 03rd February 2021
Edit Window Students who have chosen Test Centre in India 22nd to 26th February 2021
Test Centre Selection, Fee Payment & Edit Window – International Test Centre (for International Students only) 22nd to 26th February 2021
Final Edit Window to rectify Deficient Images:1. Photograph & 2. Signatures 04th March 2021 to 5th March 2021
Issue of Admit Card 08th March 2021
Date of Examination (FET 2021) 14th March 2021
Declaration of Result By 31st March 2021

Eligibility Criteria for NATBOARD Fellowship Entrance Test 2021

The student must meet/fulfil the following criteria:
  • The student should possess a postgraduate medical qualification equivalent. The Degree Certificate of eligible Postgraduate Medical Qualification should have been issued on or before 31st December 2021
  • The qualification of the student should be a registered qualification in his /her own country. The qualification of the student should be included in National Medical Commission Act/ the Second Schedule or Part II of Third Schedule of the repealed Indian Medical Council Act, 1956 which can be seen at the website of National Medical Commission.
  • The student should be a registered medical practitioner in his/her own country.
  • The eligible student who has qualified the entrance examination shall have to obtain clearance from appropriate authorities (Ministry of External Affairs, Ministry of Home Affairs, Local police) and will have to obtain temporary registration with National Medical Commission (NMC) before they are permitted to join any FNB course..
  • The National Medical Commission may, on payment of the prescribed fee for registration, grant temporary registration for the duration of the Post Doctoral course limited to the medical college/institution to which he/she is admitted for the time being exclusively for pursuing postdoctoral studies.
  • Provided further that temporary registration to such foreign national shall be subject to the condition that such person is duly registered with  appropriate registering authority in his own country from where he has obtained his PG Medical qualification, and is duly recognized by the corresponding Medical Council or concerned authority.
  • All international students are required to submit “No Objection Certificate” from their Medical council /Government for appearing in the examination and permission for working in India for the period of Fellowship based on valid travel document (passport) and valid permission (visa).
  • Eligibility of students issued admit card for the examination shall be purely provisional. Appearing in FET 2021-FPIS does not confer any automatic rights upon the student for admission to FNB courses.
Age Limit
  • There is no age limit for training in Fellowship courses.

NATBOARD Fellowship Entrance Test 2021 Application Process

  • Application for FET 2021-FPIS can only be submitted online through the National Board of Examinations website There is no other methodology for application submission. Application submitted through any other mode shall be summarily rejected.
  • Candidates may note that there is no option for submitting the form other than the online mode, offline applications or printed copies will not be accepted.
  • Students who fail to submit duly completed applications with requisite documents and/or fail to rectify the deficiencies in the application by the last date prescribed for rectification shall be declared ineligible. Admit Card shall not be issued to students who are declared ineligible.
  • Before filling the on-line application form, read the information booklet and instructions for filling on-line application forms etc. very carefully.
New User Registration
  • All students desirous of applying for FET 2021-FPIS shall be required to create an online profile of themselves to generate a UserID and Password.
Applicant Login
  • This User ID and Password so created will allow the student to login as an applicant for FET 2021-FPIS and register an online application. The “Go To Application” link will allow the student to continue with the application submission immediately after user creation

Examination Fee

Examination Fee 500 USD  (Inclusive of GST)
Mode of Payment through payment gateway provided using a Credit Card or a Debit Card or other modes

Selection Process

The selection of a student will be through a MCQ based examination namely Fellowship Entrance Test.

Scheme of FET 2021

A student can apply for the fellowship courses for which his/her broad or super specialty qualification/equivalent qualification is eligible, at the time of online submission of the application form.
Mode of Exam FET 2021-FPIS shall be conducted in a single day as a computer based examination on 14th March 2021.
Total Duration The total duration of the question paper will be 105 minutes (Part A – 45 minutes and Part B – 60 minutes).
Question Paper There shall be a separate question paper for each fellowship course /clubbed group. Total number of questions in each question paper shall be 100 which shall be divided into two Parts; Part A & Part B.
Marking Scheme Correct Response – 4 Marks
Incorrect Response – 1 Mark shall be deducted
Unattempted Question – Zero
Negative marking There shall be 25% negative marking for incorrect answers. No marks will be deducted for unattempted questions.


Part-A Part-A of the question paper for any fellowship course/clubbed group shall comprise MCQs from the eligible feeder broad/ super specialty course(s). In case, there is only a single feeder broad specialty course for a particular super specialty, Part A in such a case will comprise questions from only one broad specialty. For eg.MS/DNB General Surgery is the only feeder specialty for FNB Minimal Access Surgery, therefore Part A of FNB Minimal Access Surgery question paper will comprise questions from General Surgery.
For Fellowship courses having multiple feeder specialty courses, Part-A will comprise questions from all the eligible feeder specialty courses. For eg. The eligible feeder specialties for FNB Hand & MicroSurgery courses are General Surgery, Orthopaedics and Plastic Surgery. Therefore, Part -A of FNB Hand and Microsurgery question paper shall comprise of questions from all the three feeder specialty courses i.e. General Surgery, Orthopaedics and Plastic Surgery. 6.8.
Part- B Part- B of the question paper: It shall comprise of 60 questions pertaining to the concerned fellowship course. The questions shall cover topics from clinical practice and basic sciences as applied to the concerned Fellowship course at entrance/entry level.

Centres for FET 2021-FPIS

Exact address and location of the test centres shall be indicated in the admit card. Students are advised to familiarise themselves with the test centre locations at least one day prior to the examination day and ensure that they report for the exam as per scheduled time only.
Test Centres in India In India, the FET 2021-FPIS shall be conducted only at New Delhi Centre.
International Test Centres The International Test Centres shall be finalized depending upon the number of such students and availability of such Test Centres.

Admit Card

  • Admit Cards for FET 2021-FPIS Examination shall be available to download at NBE website on 8th March 2021. Students found ineligible shall not be issued admit cards.
  • Students will be informed through SMS/Email alerts and website notice regarding availability of the admit card on the National Board of Exams website. Admit card will not be sent to the students by Post/Email.

For more details and to apply online, please visit the official website