Diplomate of National Board
Post Diploma - Centralized Entrance Test
DNB-PDCET - JULY 2017 Admission Session

राष्ट्रीय परीक्षा बोर्ड


Format of DNB-PDCET
  • Is there a new testing format for DNB-PDCET?

    Yes, starting from the November 2012 administration, the Diplomate of National Board Post Diploma Centralized Entrance Test (DNB-PDCET) has changed from a paper and pencil test to a computer-based test (CBT). This is not an Internet-based test, i.e. a candidate does not take the test over the Internet. Instead of reading the questions from a paper booklet and darkening the ovals in an answer sheet, a candidate will now read the questions on a computer screen and choose an answer by using a mouse to click on the appropriate option.

  • How is the computer-based format different from the paper and pencil format?

    The only difference is in the way the questions are presented, and how responses are recorded.

  • What does a computer-based exam look like?

    A Demo Test will be made available on the NBE website http://www.nbe.edu.in to provide candidates with the look and feel, as well as functionality of the actual exam.

  • Can I take the exam from any computer?

    No, a candidate will have to take the exam on a pre-assigned workstation, in the testing venue chosen by him/her during the time of registration & scheduling.

Exam Duration & Pattern
  • What is the duration of the exam?

    The exam duration is 3 hours and will be conducted in a single session. There will also be an additional 15-minute tutorial prior to the start of the exam. Candidates will also need to accept a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) before beginning the exam.

  • How many questions will there be?

    There will be a total of 300 questions.

  • Can I move back and forth between the questions?

    Yes, candidates will have the option to navigate between the questions via the Review Screen. Candidates are advised to make use of the Demo Test on the NBE website http://www.nbe.edu.in to familiarize themselves with the navigation and functionality of the actual exam. A 15-minute tutorial will also be available prior to the start of the actual exam.

  • What type of questions will there be?

    The exam will only contain multiple choice questions, each with four (4) options and only one (1) correct response.

  • What is the syllabus / course on which the exam would be based?

    The standard of the examinations shall be at the level of Final MBBS (Exit Examination)

  • What is the 15-minute tutorial?

    The tutorial provides a series of screens that will orient you to the computer-based DNB-PDCET. This will give you an opportunity to try the various features, including how to navigate between questions, review them, select, de-select, change and mark responses etc. The tutorial has a total duration of 15 minutes and candidates are advised to go through it entirely before starting the actual exam. At the end of the tutorial, candidates will be asked to accept a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) before beginning the exam. For a similar preview, candidates can take a tour of the Demo test which will be available on NBE website at http://www.nbe.edu.in

  • What is the Demo Test?

    The Demo test is a sample computer-based test that is intended to familiarize candidates with the navigation and functionality of the DNB PDCET. It includes a tutorial on using the various features of the exam like moving between screens, selecting, de-selecting, marking and reviewing responses etc., as well as some sample questions which will allow candidates to try out these features. Note that these sample questions are not representative of the content of difficulty level of the actual exam.

Registration & Scheduling
  • When will the next DNB-PDCET be conducted?

    The next DNB-PDCET will be on 09th June, 2017.

  • Where will the exam be conducted?

    The exam will be conducted at selected test centres in 19 cities: Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chandigarh, Chennai, Kochi, Coimbatore, Greater Noida, Guwahati, Gurugram, Hyderabad, Mangalore, Mumbai, Kolkata, Nagpur, Navi Mumbai, New Delhi, Noida, Pune and Thiruvananthapuram.

  • Where can I get the list of test centres for DNB-PDCET?

    The list of test centres is available on the NBE website http://www.nbe.edu.in

  • Will I be able to select my preferred location for the exam?

    Yes, candidates will be able to select their preferred location for their exam during the online registration and scheduling process. Availability will be based on a first come, first served basis, and only available options will be shown at the time of scheduling. Please note that no reschedule or cancellation will be allowed once your registration/scheduling is completed.

  • How do I apply for the exam?

    Candidates may register for and schedule their exam online via http://www.nbe.edu.in from 13th April – 13th May 2017.

  • What is the exam fee?

    The fee for the DNB-PDCET is Rs. 4500/-.

  • How do I pay for the exam?

    The prescribed examination fee should be remitted through payment gateway provided using a Credit Card or a Debit Card issued by banks in India or net banking.

  • What is the last day for application?

    The online registration and scheduling window opens on 13th April 2017 to 13th May, 2017

  • Can I use my friend’s email address when registering for DNB-PDCET?

    No, you need to use a valid and unique email address.

  • Is there a restriction on what can be entered within the address fields during the online registration?

    Yes, you need to limit each address line to 30 characters including spaces. You may make use of Address line 1, 2 and 3 in case of longer addresses. Special characters are acceptable.

  • What happens after I’ve submitted my online application?

    At the end of Registration, the applicant will get a computer generated acknowledgement at the registered email id of the applicant. Admit card will be issued to candidate once the registration and scheduling has been successfully completed. Candidate is required to print a copy of admit card and affix a latest passport size photograph. Candidates may also log on to the DNB-PDCET website http://www.nbe.edu.in to download and print a copy of their Application form. The Admit Card will specify the Application Number / Testing ID of the Candidate.

  • If I have made any mistake(s) while registering for DNB-PDCET, can I make changes later to rectify?

    If you make mistakes while entering your application data, you may log back in to the DNB-PD-CET registration and scheduling website via www.natboard.edu.in and select Edit Profile to make changes to your personal details such as address or Edit Application to make changes to your application data such as educational information. For security reasons, editing of candidates full name and username will not be allowed. The ability to edit application profile and application details will be available until the end of the registration window i.e. until 11:59 PM IST on 13th May, 2017. Note that if you make any changes to your profile or application details, you will need to print and carry the most recent Admit Card.

Rescheduling & Cancellation
  • Can I cancel the exam?

    No, under no circumstances will a cancellation / refund be allowed.

  • If I do not take my exam, will I be eligible for a refund?

    No, your fees will not be refunded in case you do not appear for your exam as per your allotted location.

Testing Day
  • What is the reporting time for the exam?

    Candidates must arrive at their assigned test centre one (1) hour before their exam start time. As the exam begins at 10:00 AM, you must reach the test centre no later than 9:00 AM. This will allow for security checks, identity verification and check-in. The Reporting Counter will close 30 minutes prior to the exam start time. Candidates who arrive late will not be allowed to take the exam.

  • What do I need to bring to the test centre?

    Candidates MUST bring to the test centre the following documents. Unfair means case shall be registered against the candidates submitting false/forged documents:

    • Printed copy of the Admit Card with photo pasted on it AND
    • Photocopy of Permanent or Provisional SMC/MCI registration, to be retained by the test centre AND
    • Any one of the following authorized photo IDs** (must be original and valid/non-expired):

      • PAN Card
      • Driving License
      • Voter ID
      • Passport
      • Aadhaar Card (with photograph)

    In case, any candidate reports to the test center with e-Aadhaar card as proof of identity, the e-Aadhaar card should be a good quality colour print out with clearly visible photograph. The photograph should not have kinks, scratches and stains, and should definitely match with the candidate presenting the e-Aadhaar card. Decision of NBE in this regard shall be final.

    ** The name on the photo identification must match the name as shown on the Admit Card. If the name has been changed due to events such as marriage, Candidate must show the relevant document mentioned below at the time of the exam.

    • Marriage Certificate
    • Divorce Decree
    • Legal Name Change Document

    Note: Candidate will not be allowed to take personal items such as mobile phones, watches, food items, study material, lockets, bags, electronic gadgets or any other prohibited items into the testing room. Candidates are advised not to bring these to the test centre.

  • Does the name appearing on the photo identification need to match the one shown on the Admit Card?

    The name on your photo identification must match the name as shown on Admit Card. If the name has been changed due to events such as marriage, candidate must show the relevant document mentioned below at the time of the exam:

    • Marriage Certificate
    • Divorce Decree
    • Legal Name Change Document
  • Where can I find directions for getting to my test centre?

    Maps and directions to each test centre will be available on the NBE website http://www.nbe.edu.in. Candidates are advised to plan their travel accordingly and make allowance for traffic and other unforeseen circumstances.

  • What happens during the security checks, identity verification and check-in?

    Candidates will need to produce their Admit Card and one valid and original ID for verification upon arrival at the test centre. Only registered candidates will be allowed into the test centre. Candidates will be frisked before entering the testing room to ensure they are not carrying any prohibited items. A digital photo and fingerprint of all candidates will also be captured electronically as part of the check-in process.

  • Will there be any breaks during the exam?

    No, there will be no scheduled breaks during the test but candidates are allowed to go to the restroom by raising their hand to inform the test centre administrator. Note that the on-screen timer will continue running during restroom breaks.

  • What will I be provided with during the exam?

    At the test centre, each candidate will be seated at a desk with a computer terminal and he/she will be provided with pencils, eraser and rough/scratch paper. Rough work cannot be done on any other paper/sheet, as no other material will be allowed inside the testing room. On completion of the exam, candidates will have to hand all the scratch paper and stationery back to the test centre administrator.

  • How do I know when the exam time has ended?

    There will be an on-screen timer on the top right corner of your screen which will count down from 3 hours. Candidates are advised to check this timer regularly and allocate their time carefully. A pop-up window will appear before the test ends to alert candidates.

  • Will I be able to leave early if I finish the exam before the allocated test time has ended?

    No, candidates will not be allowed to leave until the entire duration of the exam is up with the exception of genuine medical conditions.

  • How will the tie of marks be resolved? What is tie breaker criteria?

    In the event of two or more candidates obtaining same score the inter-se-merit position of candidates at the tie position shall be determined by the following criteria:

    • On the basis of performance of the Candidate.
    • Based on performance of Post Diploma examination -
      • Candidates having cleared the final /exit examination of the requisite Diploma qualification in first attempt shall be placed higher in merit.
      • In the event of the above criteria being unable to resolve the tie, candidates possessing higher marks in the requisite exit examination of Post Diploma shall be placed higher in merit.
    • In the rare event of the above criteria of performance in Post Diploma examination not being able to determine the inter-se-merit the following tie-breaker criteria shall be used –
      • Candidate who has passed all MBBS professional Examinations in First attempt shall be placed at higher merit position.
      • Candidate with higher aggregate marks (in percentage) in all MBBS professional Examinations shall be placed at higher merit position.
      • Candidate with higher aggregate marks (in percentage) in 3rd MBBS professional Examination (Part I & Part- II) shall be placed at higher merit position.
      • Candidate with higher aggregate marks (in percentage) in 2nd MBBS professional Examination shall be placed at higher merit position.
      • Candidate with higher aggregate marks (in percentage) in 1st MBBS professional Examination shall be placed at higher merit position.
  • When will the merit list be available?

    The merit list is likely to be available by 31st July, 2017.

  • How long are my results valid for?
    The results for DNB-PDCET are only valid for the admission to July 2017 DNB session only.
  • If I do not get my Admit Card, who should I contact?

    You need to log in to the DNB-PDCET registration and scheduling website via http://www.nbe.edu.in using your username & password and select “Email Admit Card”. Your Admit Card will be emailed to the email address you provided during registration. There is also an option for you to print your Admit Card directly from the website.

  • In case the website does not work and I am unable to registered myself, how should I register?

    If the registration website is not accessible for any reason, please close your Internet browser and try again. You can register for your exam any time between 13th April - 13th May, 2017.

  • What are the timings to contact the NBE Candidate Care helpline?

    The FAQs, IVRS and online instructions are designed to enable self-service. You are requested to use these tools to guide you through the entire process and help answer most of your queries. In case you are still facing issues, then NBE Candidate Care Support is available by phone and email.

    Phone: 0124-6771700/1800 11 1700 (Toll Free) Webmail: Use Contact us form at www.natboard.edu.in Phone support availability:

    Phone support availability:

    • Registration Phase: 13th April to 13th May, 2017 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM from Monday to Friday.
    • Pre-Testing Window: 14th May to 08th June, 2017 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM from Monday to Friday.
    • Testing Day: 9th June, 2017, 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM

    Webmail support availability:

    Webmail support will be available from 13th April 2017 to 09th June 2017.

    NBE Candidate Care will be closed on the following days:

    • 14th April, 2017 (Friday)
    • 01st May, 2017 (Monday)