DNB CET (Diplomate of National Board Centralized Entrance Test-Super Specialty) is a significant national-level entrance examination administered by the National Board of Examinations (NBE). It serves as a qualifying and ranking test for candidates seeking admission to various Post-Graduate Courses in modern Medicine. The examination is typically conducted twice a year, usually in January and June/July.

For the year 2022, DNB CET is expected to be conducted on 20th March 2022, tentatively. It’s crucial for aspiring candidates to keep abreast of the official notifications and updates from NBE regarding the examination schedule.


    The DNB CET examination is an essential gateway for medical professionals aspiring to pursue advanced courses in super specialties. The test is designed to assess the candidates’ knowledge, skills, and readiness for specialized medical practice.


    Exam Name


    Full Form

    Diplomate of National Board -Centralized Entrance Test

    Conducting Body

    National Board of Examinations (NBE)

    Courses offered

    Post Graduate Courses in modern Medicine

    Exam Mode

    Online mode

    Official Website


    Admission Process

    • Eligibility Criteria:Candidates need to ensure they meet the eligibility criteria specified by the National Board of Examinations (NBE). This includes educational qualifications, internship completion, and other criteria.
    • Application Form:Eligible candidates must fill out the online application form for DNB CET during the specified registration period. The application form is usually available on the official website of NBE.
    • Application Fee:Candidates are required to pay the prescribed application fee along with the submission of the application form. The fee details are mentioned in the official information bulletin.
    • Admit Card:After successful registration, candidates can download the admit card from the official website. The admit card contains details about the examination venue, date, and other relevant information.
    • Examination:DNB CET is a computer-based test, and candidates need to appear for the examination at the designated test centers. The exam assesses the candidates’ knowledge and skills in the chosen super specialty.
    • Result:NBE releases the result of DNB CET on its official website. Candidates can check their individual scores and ranks obtained in the examination.
    • Counseling Process:Qualified candidates are required to participate in the counseling process. The counseling process involves document verification and seat allotment based on merit and preferences.
    • Joining the Allotted Institute:Candidates who receive a seat in the counseling process need to complete the admission formalities at the allotted institute. This may include payment of fees and submission of necessary documents.


    • Educational Qualifications:Candidates must possess a recognized postgraduate medical qualification (MD/MS/DNB) or an equivalent qualification.
    • Internship Completion:Candidates should have completed their internship or likely to complete the internship on or before the specified date. The completion of the internship is a mandatory requirement for eligibility.
    • Registration:Candidates should have provisional or permanent registration with the Medical Council of India (MCI) or State Medical Council (SMC).
    • Nationality:Only Indian nationals are eligible to apply for DNB CET.
    • Experience Requirement:For certain super specialties, candidates may be required to have a specific period of post-MD/MS/DNB experience.

    Document List

    • Educational Qualification Documents:Mark sheets and passing certificates of MBBS/MD/MS/DNB or equivalent examinations.
    • Internship Completion Certificate:Certificate indicating the completion of the internship or a document stating the expected date of internship completion.
    • Medical Registration Certificate:Provisional or permanent registration certificate issued by the Medical Council of India (MCI) or State Medical Council (SMC).
    • Identity Proof:A valid government-issued identity proof such as Aadhar card, passport, driving license, or voter ID.
    • Date of Birth Proof:Birth certificate or class 10th certificate mentioning the date of birth.
    • Caste Certificate (if applicable):For candidates belonging to reserved categories, a valid caste certificate issued by the competent authority.
    • PWD Certificate (if applicable):Certificate issued by the competent authority for Persons with Disabilities (PWD), if applicable.
    • Passport-sized Photographs:Recent passport-sized color photographs as per the specifications mentioned in the application form.
    • DNB CET Admit Card:A copy of the admit card downloaded from the official website.
    • Result Certificate:Copy of the DNB CET result certificate.
    • Counseling Call Letter:Counseling call letter issued by the authorities.

    Registration Process

    • Visit the Official Website:Candidates need to visit the official website of the National Board of Examinations (NBE) where DNB CET registration is conducted.
    • New User Registration:Candidates who are registering for the first time need to create a new user account. This involves providing basic details such as name, email address, mobile number, etc.
    • Login Credentials:After successful registration, candidates receive login credentials (username and password) on their registered email address and mobile number.
    • Complete the Application Form:Using the login credentials, candidates need to log in to the system and complete the online application form. This includes entering personal details, educational qualifications, internship details, and other relevant information.
    • Upload Documents:Candidates are required to upload scanned copies of necessary documents, including educational certificates, internship completion certificate, passport-sized photograph, signature, etc.
    • Payment of Application Fee:After completing the application form, candidates need to pay the prescribed application fee. The payment can be made online using debit/credit cards, net banking, or other available modes.
    • Submit Application:Once the application form is filled, documents are uploaded, and the fee is paid, candidates need to submit the application form.
    • Download Admit Card:After successful submission, candidates can download the admit card from the official website. The admit card contains details about the examination venue, date, and time.
    • Appear for the Examination:On the scheduled date, candidates need to appear for the DNB CET examination at the designated test center.
    • Check Results:After the examination, candidates can check their results on the official website


    • Anatomy:Gross anatomy, Microscopic anatomy, Developmental anatomy, and Applied anatomy.
    • Physiology:General Physiology, Systemic Physiology, and Applied Physiology.
    • Biochemistry:Molecular Biology, Nutrition, and Metabolism.
    • Pathology:General Pathology, Hematology, Systemic Pathology, and Clinical Pathology.
    • Microbiology:General Microbiology, Immunology, Systemic Bacteriology, and Virology.
    • Pharmacology:General Pharmacology, Autonomic Nervous System, Cardiovascular System, Central Nervous System, and Drugs in Anesthesia.
    • Forensic Medicine:Forensic Pathology, Clinical Forensic Medicine, and Medical Jurisprudence.
    • Ophthalmology:Anatomy and Physiology of the Eye, Ocular Pharmacology, and Common Ocular Diseases.
    • ENT (Ear, Nose, and Throat):Anatomy and Physiology of Ear, Nose, and Throat, Diseases of Ear, Nose, and Throat.
    • Orthopedics:General Anatomy, Physiology, and Biochemistry of Bone, Joint Structure, and Function.
    • Anesthesiology:Anatomy, Physiology, and Biochemistry of Respiratory System, General Anesthesia, Regional Anesthesia, and Monitoring.
    • Radiodiagnosis:Physics and Radiobiology, Anatomy, Physiology, and Biochemistry of Skeletal and Soft Tissues.
    • General Surgery:General Surgery, Trauma, Orthopedic Surgery, Urology, and Neurosurgery.
    • General Medicine:General Medicine, Cardiology, Neurology, Nephrology, Gastroenterology, and Endocrinology.
    • Pediatrics:Pediatrics, Neonatology, and Developmental Milestones.

    Exam Pattern

    Maximum No. Of Questions


    Mode of examination


    Language of Question Paper


    Negative Marking

    No negative marking

    Type of questions

    Multiple type question

    Cut off for General Category


    Cut off for SC/ST Category


    Cut-off for PwD


    Cut off


    Minimum Cut off Percentage








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