Diplomate of National Board (DNB) is the title awarded by the National Board of Examinations (NBE), an autonomous academic body under the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India to candidates who successfully complete their postgraduate or postdoctoral medical education under it.

Diplomate National Board (DNB) is a full-time 3-year post-graduation level program. The eligibility of the course is qualifying MBBS or equivalent examination with a minimum of 50% and above aggregate percentage along with passing the DNB- CET entrance test. The course is covered in the form of semesters which also comprises of rotating training.

Course level Post-Graduation
Duration 3 years
CExamination Type Semesters
Eligibility Qualifying MBBS or equivalent examination with minimum 50% aggregate and passing DNB-CET entrance examination
Admission process Merit and Entrance Based
Course Fee As per NBE guidelines

Diplomate National Board (DNB): Eligibility

The eligibility criteria for Diplomate National Board (DNB) are as follows:

  • Those who have qualified their MBBS degree or equivalent examination with a minimum aggregate of 50% marks are eligible for admission

  • Candidates must have passed DNB-CET or CET-NBE (for DNB Broad Specialist) are eligible for admission.

  • They should have completed their one-year rotating internship

  • Those with a medical degree possessing a permanent registration certificate issued by MCI of India can pursue the program

  • Candidates who have passed MBBS from foreign universities can also seek admission

  • Candidates should not be more than 50 years of age for seeking admission to Diplomate National Board (DNB) program.

Course Description

Diplomate National Board (DNB) is a program equivalent to that of the post-graduate and post-doctoral program in the field of medicine. This program provides the students the same stature as that of MD and MS. The program is divided into two sub-categories which include DNB in Broad Specialities and DNB in Super Specialists. Candidates of DNB have wider prospects in the career stream as they can join as specialists and faculty members in reputed government and private agencies

The program serves all the purposes of enabling student gain all-round knowledge about the specialized field. Candidates are skilled in carrying on academic meetings, reviews, seminars, managing records as well as performing emergency duties. The course is set with the aim of monitoring and evaluating the skill of the students before they are competent enough to turn up as professional doctors specializing in different medical domains.

The curriculum comprises of theory and practice. Candidates must complete a minimum of 20 hrs lectures per week, along with rotating training. They are provided with a stipend for training sessions. Candidates will be required to generate Thesis at the end of the course which would be evaluated by the National Board of examination. They are trained in various aspects based on their choice of specialization, they are skilled in surgical procedures, practical assessment, managing emergency situations and having an in-depth knowledge of the field from all aspects

Students of DNB have wider prospects to start their career as specialists or faculty lectures in universities and reputed medical colleges. The candidates through the program are imbibed with the skills to manage any tiring situations as well as managing the emergency situation skilfully. The course is set with the aim of imparting candidates with the entire knowledge and skills of the chosen specialization field making them able doctors and professionals on the career front.