Diplomate of National Board conducted Post Diploma Centralized Entrance Test (PDCET) for January 2018 session. NBE at present conducts postgraduate and postdoctoral examinations in approved specialties leading to the award of Diplomate of National Board. The Medical Council of India has laid down standards for postgraduate examinations conducted by various medical colleges and affiliated to concerned universities and other institutions, yet the levels of proficiency and standards of evaluation vary considerably in these institutions.

Latest: Notice regarding DNB PDCET Dec 2017 Counselling has been released. Candidates can check the same from the link provided below.

DNB PDCET Dec 2017

DNB-PDCET is an entrance examination and is an essential pre-requisite for entry to post-diploma DNB 2 years postgraduate courses. The next session of entrance examination shall be held on 21 Dec 2017 and conducted as computer-based exam only. Appearance in the Post Diploma CET is an essential pre-requisite for entry to the DNB Broad Specialties (Secondary Seats) January 2018 admission session.

All the candidates who appear in the above examination will be given a merit position (rank) in descending order of the marks obtained by them. The merit list shall be published specialty wise (merit list for DGO, DMRD, DMRT, DORTHO, DOMS, DLO, DA, DVD, DPM, DCH, DNM, DTCD, DPMR DCP and Emergency Medicine etc. shall be published separately).

Schedule for DNB PDCET Dec 2017 is given below.

Events Dates
Availability of Application Form 30 Oct 2017
Last date for Online registration 27 Nov 2017
Availability of Admit Card 15 Dec 2017
Examination dates 21 Dec 2017
Declaration of Result 21 Jan 2018 17 Jan 2018
Cut off date for completing Post Diploma Qualification 31 Dec 2017
Date of Centralized Merit Based Counselling 09 to 13, 16 & 17 Apr 2018

Demo Test

Demo Test for DNB PDCET Dec 2017 is available. Candidates can practice for the exam by giving the Demo test. The direct link to the demo test is provided below.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Candidates who have passed the final examination leading to the award of Post Graduate Diploma from Indian Universities which are duly recognized as per provisions of Indian Medical Council Act 1956, Govt of India i.e. have passed/Passing the final examinations for Post graduate diploma on or st before December 31, 2017 can apply for the Post diploma CET in the same Broad specialty. Candidate should have completed his/her 2 years st (24 months) of post-graduation diploma training by December 31, 2017.

Other requirements

  • Submission of proof of having passed/Passing the Post graduate diploma st final examination on or before the 31 December, 2017 is an essential pre- requisite. In case the candidate does not submit requisite proof of passing his/her post graduate diploma final examination at the time of centralized merit based counseling, his/her candidature shall not be considered for PDCETJanuary 2018 admission session.
  • Candidate found to be ineligible at any stage of PDCET will not be permitted to appear in the examination. In an unlikely event of any ineligible candidate appearing and/or being successful in the PDCET, the result/candidature of such candidate shall be cancelled.
  • Requests for appearing in PDCET from candidates, who are qualifying and getting their results of the basic eligibility qualification after 31st December, 2017 shall be summarily rejected. Candidate who are qualifying their PG Diploma exit examination or and st getting their results after 31 December, 2017 or likely to qualify after st 31 December, 2017 need not apply in the PDCET exam as they shall be ineligible to appear in the PDCET.
  • Candidates already pursuing a MD/MS/DNB course are not eligible to appear for DNB-PDCET till such time they have completed the duration of prescribed course or have been discharged from the course. Candidates who have joined DNB (Post Diploma) course in or after July 2016 session are not eligible to appear in DNB-PDCET January 2018 admission session. This shall be irrespective of their resignation or discontinuation from the course due to any reason.
  • Registration and /or appearance in DNB-PDCET do not confer any automatic rights upon the candidate for admission at NBE accredited hospital / institute.
  • Registration with M.C.I./State Medical Council is necessary and its documentary proof should be furnished at the time of counseling.

Admit Card

Admit card has been released for the candidates to download. The candidate is required to print a copy of admit card and affix a latest passport size photograph of the following specifications on the admit card. The candidate is required to bring the admit card to the Test centre along with an identification document.

Examination Details

The exam comprises 300 multiple choices, single correct response questions of 1 mark each in English language only as per the following indicative scheme:

Specialty No.of Questions
Human Biology (Anatomy, Physiology and Biochemistry) 50
Applied Pathology, Microbiology and Pharmacology 50
Medicine and Allied Sciences 50
Surgery and Allied Sciences 50
Obstetrics and Gynaecology 50
Community Medicine including Basic Statistic and Research Methodology 50
Total 300
  • The standard of the examinations shall be at the level of Final MBBS (Exit Examination).
  • The above scheme is indicative and purely provisional. NBE reserves its rights to alter /vary /amend the same.
  • Candidates successful in DNB-PDCET shall participate in Centralized merit based counseling conducted by National Board of Examinations for allotment of DNB seats at NBE accredited Institutions/hospitals/medical colleges in order of their specialty specific merit and candidate shall be able to opt for the NBE accredited institution/hospital/medical college of their choice as per availability at their merit.
  • The provisional list of seats available at NBE accredited institutes where candidate can pursue Post Diploma courses.
  • The examination shall be a multiple choice questions exam delivered using computer network as per scheme prescribed.
  • Negative Marking – There shall be 25% negative marking for incorrect answers. No marks will be deducted for unattempted questions.


The counseling shall be done purely on the basis of DNB PDCET (January 2018) Specialty Specific Merit Position. The specialty specific merit has been determined by marks obtained by the candidates in DNBPDCET – December 2017 amongst their specialty. In the event of two or more candidates obtaining same marks, the Tiebreaker criteria as mentioned under clause 12.4 of Information Bulletin for DNB PDCET for Admission to Post Graduate DNB (Secondary) Courses January 2018 Admission session shall be adopted.

General Instructions

  • PDCET is a ranking examination for entry to various post diploma DNB courses.
  • Applicant may kindly note that appearance in PDCET does not confer any automatic rights to secure a seat in NBE accredited hospital /institute.
  • Online Registration & Scheduling for the examination must be completed on or before schedule date.
  • Applications of candidates producing false or fabricated information will not be considered and candidates may be further debarred from appearing in any future examinations conducted by NBE.
  • Candidates should go through the bulletin carefully for eligibility criteria, scheme, pattern of examination etc before contacting NBE for any queries. Queries pertaining to eligibility and other issues will only be entertained if the information requested is not given in bulletin or on website www.natboard.edu.in
  • Incomplete applications or applications not in accordance with instructions will not be considered and are liable to be rejected. The examination fee will not be refunded under any circumstances.
  • Fee will neither be carried forward to a future date nor refunded under any circumstances. Online applications and/or their acknowledgment of submission received after the due date will not be entertained and exam fee will not be returned in such cases.Application once submitted cannot be withdrawn.
  • NBE reserves the right to withdraw permission, if any, granted inadvertently to any candidate who is not eligible to appear in the DNB-PDCET even though the admit card/roll number has been issued or name/roll number is displayed on NBE website.
  • Absentees from the examination will forfeit their examination fee.

Official Website for DNB PDCET Dec 2017 is www.natboard.edu.in

For more details of DNB PDCET Dec 2017 – Download Information Brochure.

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