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Diplomate of National Board (DNB) - Course Overview

Duration: 3.0 yrs |Mode: Regular|Avg. Fees: 1,00,000 / Year

39 courses |15 colleges

About Diplomate of National Board (DNB)

Diplomate of National Board is popularly known as DNB. in India. It is a general name given to the Post Graduate programmes and Post Doctoral Programmes in the medical field.

DNB is not a single medical course but is a general title for the courses. The courses are broadly categorized into the following categories:

  • DNB - Super Specialities
  • DNB - Broad Specialities 

The three-year training programme is completed under a guide who has been accredited to conduct the training by the National Board of Education. Candidates during the programme perform clinical work, perform emergency duties, maintain records, and other related duties.

All DNB qualifications in the country are recognized by the Medical Council of India. They are posted as per rotations and it is mandatory for them to participate in various conferences, academic meetings, medical seminars and meets etc. The trainees are also provided with a stipend during the programme. There are almost 42 disciplines recognized by the board.

Diplomate of National Board (DNB) Eligibility Criteria

  • Candidates with a medical degree and those who possess a permanent registration certificate issued by the Medical Council of India can pursue the DNB course.
  • Candidates should also have successfully completed a one-year internship before submitting the application form.
  • The age limit to pursue DNB course is up to 50 years.

DNB Admission Process:

  • The entrance exam for the DNB specialities programme is - (DNB CET-NBE). Candidates must clear the exam for entry. The validity of the exam is 2 years.
  • Candidates who have passed the entrance examination have to register themselves online for the counselling process for the DNB courses.
  • Admission to the program is on the basis of merit. Candidates can only choose the subject as per merit.

Diplomate of National Board (DNB) Syllabus

Syllabus for the DNB program is on the basis of the choice of specialisation the candidate has opted for. The syllabus for the program is well structured and is revised periodically to introduce new training methods and technique.

Students are trained on various topics such as clinical examination, surgical management, case study of the patient, by posting the candidates in OPD, family planning clinics, clinical wards, family planning clinics and other departments. Given below is the DNB syllabus structure:

  • Academic Sessions
  • Paper Presentations
  • Seminars and Case Discussions
  • Research Project
  • Thesis
  • Conferences/Workshops
  • Projects
  • Teaching

Few Guidelines for Writing Thesis:

  • The thesis is a vital part of the DNB program for all the applicants registered for the respective program. Applicants must have a strong research background and should be well familiarized with the research methodology.
  • The introduction should state the purpose of the research (synopsis) and the title should be brief and focus on the relevance of the research subject.