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DNB(Diplomate of National Board)

Course Information

DNB(Diplomate of National Board)

3 Years
Course Type

Post Graduation

Course Details

Diplomate of National Board (DNB)

  • DNB Broad Specialties List and Eligibility/Qualifications
  • DNB Broad Specialities Eligibility / Qualifications in Detail
  • DNB Syllabus

Diplomate of National Board, D.N.B., DNB India to be more specific, is a name/title given to Post Graduate Degree Courses and Post Doctoral Courses pertaining to various medical disciplines. The term DNB doesn’t stand for a single medical course but it is General Title for the course. There are separate courses for different medical fields which can be divided into Two Categories – DNB (Broad Specialities) and DNB (Super Specialities).

The Age limit to pursue a DNB (Broad Specialities) course is up to 50 years). The duration of the course is 3 years of training/part time (minimum 20 hrs per week in 3 years). During training DNB candidates perform clinical work, maintain records, and perform emergency duties and other required duties.

They are posted by rotation at various places and are also required to participate in academic meetings, present cases, reviews, seminars etc. Their work, knowledge, and skills are in this way periodically evaluated. DNB trainees are also provided stipend during training period. There are more than 149 recognized Medical Colleges, in addition to over 325 accredited institutions which impart DNB in various specialties and super specialties. There are 42 medical disciplines identified by the Board for which approved training courses are available as of 2011.

Diplomate of National Board is conducted by National Board of Examinations (NBE). National Board of Examinations is an autonomous body directly under the control of the Central Government. NBE was established in 1975 by the Government of India for improving the quality of the Medical Education by establishing high and uniform standards of postgraduate examinations in modern medicine on an all India basis. The setting up of a National Body to conduct postgraduate medical examination was intended to provide a common standard and mechanism of evaluation of minimum level of attainment of the objective for which postgraduate courses were started in medical institutions. The Medical Council of India (stands to be abolished as of 2011) has laid down standards for postgraduate examinations conducted by various medical colleges and affiliated to concerned universities.

Diplomate in national board qualifications are at par with the postgraduate and post doctorate degrees awarded by other Indian Universities for all purposes including appointment to teaching posts as lecturer/Assistant Professor by the Government of India, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare; vide their notifications issued from time to time. DNB holders are therefore eligible to be considered for specialist’s post/faculty in any Hospital including a training/teaching institution on a teaching post as faculty member. Though DNB is considered equivalent to MD/MS, most of populace is not familiar with it as DNB is a few years old as compared to MD/MS. Most of the candidates who are unable to acquire any MD/MS seat join DNB.

DNB Broad Specialties Eligibility / Qualifications

DNB Broad Specialties Eligibility Criteria : 

DNB Anatomy : MBBS or Equivalent + DNB-CET
DNB Physiology : MBBS or Equivalent + DNB-CET
DNB Biochemistry : MBBS or Equivalent + DNB-CET
DNB Pathology : MBBS or Equivalent + DNB-CET
DNB Microbiology : MBBS or Equivalent + DNB-CET
DNB Forensic Medicine : MBBS or Equivalent + DNB-CET
DNB Pharmacology : MBBS or Equivalent + DNB-CET
DNB General Medicine : MBBS or Equivalent + DNB-CET
DNB Paediatrics : MBBS or Equivalent + DNB-CET
DNB Psychiatry : MBBS or Equivalent + DNB-CET
DNB Radio Therapy : MBBS or Equivalent + DNB-CET
DNB Radio Diagnosis : MBBS or Equivalent + DNB-CET
DNB Anaesthesiology : MBBS or Equivalent + DNB-CET
DNB Dermatology & Venereology : MBBS or Equivalent + DNB-CET
DNB Respiratory Diseases : MBBS or Equivalent + DNB-CET
DNB Nuclear Medicine : MBBS or Equivalent + DNB-CET
DNB General Surgery : MBBS or Equivalent + DNB-CET
DNB Obstetrics & Gynaecology : MBBS or Equivalent + DNB-CET
DNB Ophthalmology : MBBS or Equivalent + DNB-CET
DNB Otorhinoaryngology : MBBS or Equivalent + DNB-CET
DNB Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation : MBBS or Equivalent + DNB-CET
DNB Social & Preventive Medicine : MBBS or Equivalent + DNB-CET
DNB Health Administration including Hospital Administration : MBBS or Equivalent + DNB-CET
DNB Family Medicine : MBBS or Equivalent + DNB-CET
DNB Immunohematology & Transfusion Medicine : MBBS or Equivalent + DNB-CET
  • DNB Eligibility / Qualifications in Detail Only those candidates who have passed MBBS, completed one-year internship and passed CET will be registered for DNB training in Broad Specialties.
  • Broad Specialties Entrance Examination – DNB CET-NBE. A candidate needs to clear the Centralised Entrance Test (CET- NBE) for entry to the DNB Broad Specialties. DNB CET is validity for 2 years.
  • A merit list based on performance of candidate out of 360 marks is published in order of merit subject to a minimum score of 50%, i.e. 180 out of 360 is a successful candidate.
  • Candidates declared pass in CET examinations have to register online to participate in the centralized counselling for admission to DNB courses conducted by the National Board of Examinations
  • The seats are allotted through the merit based centralized counselling wherein candidates can opt for a seat from the available seats on the basis of merit obtained by them in the examination. The candidates will be able to choose the subject in order of merit.
  • Candidates can appear for counselling in different subjects provided they have filled the application form and paid the fees for the subjects separately. If a candidate has accepted and paid fees for a seat in a particular subject and then opts for another seat, (in which a vacancy is created) his/her admission fees will be transferred for that subject.
  • Candidates who are in possession of Medical degrees from Foreign Universities and possess permanent registration certificate issued by the Medical Council of India/State Medical Council and have completed one year of internship on or before the last date of submission of the application form.
  • Candidates who are in possession of a Provisional Registration certificate issued by the Medical Council of India/State Medical Council and are likely to complete their one year of Internship before the last date of submission of the application form are also eligible to apply for the CET, subject to their submitting a certificate from the Head of the Hospital/Institution that they are likely to complete their one year of Internship on or before the examinations.
  • Provisional Documents: Submission of Internship Completion Certificate and Certificate of Permanent registration with MCI/SMC is an essential pre-requisite.

DNB Syllabus

Diplomate of National Board syllabus is dependent on the choice of specialisation on has opted for. However, the basic framework of the syllabus is similar. DNB has a well structured curriculum which is revised periodically to incorporate newer topics and introduce more innovative training methods.

There are lists of skills in various procedures/ surgical techniques which a DNB candidate must acquire during the training, reference and text books as well as the journals in the speciality. The curriculum also gives sample theory questions and common cases for practical skill assessment during training every six months in the form of concurrent assessment.

The guidelines for thesis and maintenance of log book to record day to day activities carried out by the candidates are also given. Students are trained about proper history taking, clinical examination, advising/ ordering relevant investigations, their interpretation and instituting medical / surgical management, by posting the candidates in OPD, specialty clinics, wards, operation theaters, labour room, family planning clinics and other relevant departments. The candidates are trained to manage all emergency situations which are often dealt on day to day basis.

Post your queries
Dear sir, some doctors write their degrees as DNB ( Trained). is it legally acceptable?

S Biswas

by Subrata biswas, on Jul-01-2013
hi, i have passed ms ophthal exam. i want to do DNB. How can i apply . is there   post ms candidate only going for entrance test for DNB & going for DNB classes as well ????   
by Dr. mahendra singh, on Jun-13-2013
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