DNB-PDCET Application Form, Eligibility, Admit Card, Result _ Counselling

DNB-PDCET: Application Form, Eligibility, Admit Card, Result & Counselling

May 29, 2024

DNB-PDCET is Diplomate of National Board- Post Diploma Centralized Entrance Test. It is a single-window entrance examination for admission to Post Diploma DNB Broad Specialty Courses. The duration of the Post Diploma DNB course is 2 years.

The DNB-PDCET entrance examination is conducted by the National Board of Examinations in Medical Sciences (NBEMS). A consistent national standard for assessing the minimal level of knowledge and skills required for postgraduate and doctorate courses is provided by NBEMS.

The DNB PDCET examination will held on 28th July 2024 for a total of 1073 seats for 14 different specialties. The DNB-PDCET 2024 result has been released on 21st August 2024 and can be downloaded from the NBEMS official website, natboard.edu.in.

DNB-PDCET Eligibility Criteria

The eligibility criteria for admission to the Post Diploma DNB courses are as follows:

  • Candidates can apply for the DNB PDCET 2024 in the desired broad specialty using the online application system available at the NBEMS website, https://nbe.edu.in or  https:// natboard.edu.in if they have completed the final examination leading to the award of a Post Graduate Diploma from Indian Universities that have been duly recognized by NMC.
  • The final test result for the mentioned Post Graduate Diploma certification should have been released on or around February 28, of the academic year.
  • Those who are already enrolled in an MD, MS, or DNB programme are not eligible to take the DNB-PDCET until they have finished the ongoing program or have been released from it.
  • You must provide documented verification of their registration with the NMC, the former Medical Council of India, or the State Medical Council on the day of the exam and during counselling/admission.

DNB-PDCET Exam Scheme

Particulars Description
Scheme Single-day and single session exam
Mode of Exam Computer-based Test
Type of questions Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)
Language of Question Paper English
Total number of questions 120
Total time allotted 120 minutes
Marking Scheme +4 is given for every correct answer.

-1 is given for every incorrect answer.

Zero mark for every unattempted answer.

Questions marked for review are evaluated according to the marking scheme.

Total Marks 480
Organizing Body NBEMS (National Board of Examinations In Medical Sciences)

List of Post Diploma DNB Courses

Following is the list of Post Diploma DNB Courses in which admission is done through DNB-PDCET:

S.No. Post Diploma DNB Courses Prior Entry Eligible Qualification
1 DNB (Anaesthesiology) DA
2 DNB (Dermatology, Venereology & Leprosy) DVD
3 DNB (Nuclear Medicine) DNM
4 DNB (Obstetrics and Gynaecology) DGO
5 DNB (Ophthalmology) DOMS
6 DNB (Orthopaedics) DORTHO
7 DNB (Otorhinolaryngology) DLO
8 DNB (Paediatrics) DCH
9 DNB (Psychiatry) DPM
10 DNB (Radio Diagnosis) DMRD
11 DNB (Radiation Oncology) DMRT
12 DNB (Respiratory Medicine) DTCD
13 DNB (Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation) DPMR
14 DNB (Pathology) DCP

DNB PDCET Online Application Form

Steps to fill in an online DNB-PDCET application form.

  1. You are required to fill out the user registration form to generate a User ID/Application ID and Password.
  2. You will receive an SMS and Email with the User ID and Password.
  3. Then you must complete the application form and upload your photograph, scanned signature, thumb impression, and other required documents. You must fill in the information correctly to avoid any discrepancies later.
  4. While filling in the form, you need to choose your Exam Centre/Test City and pay the examination fee.
  5. After completing the form and carefully checking it, agree to the declaration and submit the application.
  6. You must submit the DNB-PDCET online application form before the last date.
  7. After completing the payment, check the payment status to be mentioned as ‘S’ (Successful) on the application form.
  8. You must take a printout of the filled Application form with the transaction ID printed on it and payment status should be mentioned as Successful.

Instruction to Fill Online DNB-PDCET Online Application Form

New User Registration: You are required to create an online profile to generate a User ID and Password.

Applicant Login: You can login and register an online application using the User ID and Password that has been set. Following user creation, the “Go to Application” link enables you to carry on with the application submission.

Fill out the application form correctly: You are required to fill in details like name, gender, nationality, email id, contact, and more.

Nationality can be chosen from the following options: Indian, Non-Resident Indian (NRI), Overseas Citizen of India (OCI)/PIO, and Non-OCI Foreign Nationals. If you are a Foreign National along with an Overseas Citizen of India, choose OCI/PIO as your nationality. If you are a foreign national and not an OCI, then choose Non-OCI Foreign National as your Nationality.

Upload Images: Upload your photograph, signature, and thumb impression in the application form.

Instruction for Uploading the Images

Images to be uploaded                                      Instructions
Photograph Candidate must upload two photographs:

1. Real time photograph- taken by the inbuilt system while filling out the PDCET application form.

2. Recent Photograph- in this case, the photograph should not be more than 3 months old.

·  Do not wear spectacles, cap goggles, or ornaments while getting clicked.

· Photograph should be colored with white background.

· The size of the image should be less than 80kb.

· The image should be in .jpg/.jpeg format.


The signature can be made in two ways:

1. Uploading the signature using a digital device: (i.e., camera)

· Draw a box of size 1.5 cm (height) x 3.5 cm (width).

· Sign with a black or blue ink pen.

· Scan the image through scanner and then crop the image to the box.

· Resize the image to 20-100kb.

2. Uploading the scanned signature

· Signature should be done on a blank white page with blue/black pen.

· Set the scanner to 200 dpi.

· Scanned image should be in .jpeg/.jpg format.

· Size of the image should be less than 80kb.

Thumb impression

· Draw a box of 3.5 cm x 1.5 cm (width x height) on white paper.

· Use a blue/black ink pad and take the left thumb impression.

· Scanner should be set at 200 dpi.

· Scanned image of the thumbprint must be in .jpg/.jpeg format.

· Size of the image should be less than 80kb.

Choose Examination City
: You must choose the Test City from the given options. The exam centres are allotted according to a first come first serve basis.

Exam Centres

The tentative list of exam centres for the DNB-PDCET exam:

  • Ahmedabad
  • Bengaluru
  • Bhopal
  • Chandigarh/Mohali
  • Chennai
  • Delhi NCR
  • Guwahati
  • Hyderabad
  • Jaipur
  • Jammu
  • Kolkata
  • Kozhikode
  • Lucknow
  • Mumbai
  • Patna
  • Pune
  • Ranchi
  • Thiruvananthapuram
  • Visakhapatnam

Pay the Examination Fee: The DNB-PDCET examination fee is Rs. 5000 (excluding additional payment gateway charges and tax). After making the payment make sure the confirmation is reflected as ‘S’ (Successful) in the application form.

Application Form Submission: Carefully preview your application form and agree to the declaration and submit the application form.

Acknowledgment of Application Submission: An acknowledgment email is sent to the registered email ID which confirms the successful application.

If any detail/field in the application form mentioned is incorrect, you can only edit it during the Edit Window. However, the following fields remain non-editable:

  • Name of the Candidate
  • Email ID
  • Mobile number
  • Nationality
  • Test City

List of Barred Items

  • Mobiles phones and other electronic devices like earphones, Bluetooth, wristwatches, etc.
  • Any stationary item like a pen, textual material, notebook, writing pad, pouch, eraser, etc.
  • Any ornaments like rings, earrings, bracelets, chains, brooches, etc.
  • Any other wearables and accessories like caps, goggles, wallets, handbags, etc.

DNB PDCET Admit Card

The DNB-PDCET admit cards can be downloaded from the NBEMS website, natboard.edu.in.

You must download their admit cards from the NBEMS website and firmly paste their most recent (not older than three months) passport-size photo in the designated spot on the card. The image must adhere to the following requirements:

  • The size of the photograph must be a minimum of 35×45 mm with a clear face and head of the candidate.
  • The photograph should be coloured with white background.
  • No caps, goggles, or ornaments should be worn.
  • The photo must be printed on fine paper with a resolution of at least 600 dpi.
  • The admit card mentions the exact address and location of the exam centres. You are urged to become familiar with the location of the test centres at least one day before the exam and make sure you report for the exam at the appointed time.

Documents to Carry on Exam Day

Candidates must bring the following documents to the test centre on the exam day:

  • A printed copy of your barcoded or QR coded admit card with a recent colored photo attached.
  • Permanent SMC/MCI/NMC registration photocopy, later retained by the test centre.
  • Any one of the government-issued photo IDs listed below:
    • PAN Card
    • Aadhar Card (with the photograph)
    • Voter ID
    • Driving License
    • Passport

DNB PDCET 2024 Result Declaration

The DNB PDCET 2024 result has been declared on 21st August 2024. The Cut-off date for qualifying for the final examination of PG Medical Diploma qualification towards eligibility for DNB-PDCET 2024 is 31st May 2024.

Steps to Check Your DNB PDCET 2024 Result

Step 1: Go to the official NBEMS website, ntaboard.edu.in.

Step 2: Click on the DNB PDCET 2024 result link available on the homepage.

Step 3: Enter your login details and click on the submit button.

Step 4: DNB PDCET Result 2024 PDF will appear on the screen.

Step 5: Check and download the PDCET 2024 result.

Step 6: Take a printout of the same for further counselling and admission purposes.

The merit list of the DNB-PDCET entrance examination is generated specialty wise and there are no minimum qualifying criteria. Questions asked in the examination can be challenged only within the 3 calendar days after the exam day.

Any candidates found indulging in unfair practices will be expelled for the next 14 attempts or the next 7 years or as decided by the Examination Ethics Committee after considering a particular case.

The DNB PDCET official answer key can be downloaded from the official NBEMS official website once released.

Validation of DNB-PDCET Result 2024

The PDCET result is valid only for the current year i.e., the year in which the examination has been attempted. The merit and score cannot be carried forward to the next admission sessions.

Tie-breaker Criteria

In case of two or more candidates score the same, the merit is determined using the following criteria in descending order:

  • Candidates who have marked more correct responses are placed above in the merit.
  • Candidates with a lesser number of negative responses in the question paper are placed in a better position in the merit.
  • Older candidates are placed in better positions on merit.

Publication of Merit List

  • All students who take the DNB Post Diploma CET test will be ranked according to the scores they received in comparison to other applicants who applied for the same broad specialty.
  • For each Broad specialty for which the Post Diploma CET test is held, a distinct merit will be created. For instance, only Post DGO applicants will be eligible for the merit list for DNB Obstetrics and Gynecology Post Diploma seats. Specialty-based merit lists will be released separately.

DNB PDCET 2024 Counselling

  • The registration for the counseling is conducted by the designated authority.
  • Candidates who have secured merit positions in the NBEMS-conducted DNB Post Diploma Centralized Entrance Test (DNB-PDCET) 2024 and who meet the requirements for admission to DNB (Post Diploma) programs (2024 admission session) at various NBEMS-accredited Medical Colleges, Institutions, and Hospitals in India are invited to participate in the counselling for the allocation of seats solely based on merit and student preference.
  • For Scheduled Castes (SC), Schedule Tribes (ST), Persons with Disabilities (PwD), Other Backward Classes (OBC), and EWS, the status of any Post Diploma DNB seats that are subject to appropriate reservations will be declared at the time of counselling.
  • Candidates are required to show their category certificate at the time of counselling.
  • The PwD candidates must get themselves certified at one of the Disability Assessment Boards, before the counselling date and are required to carry their treatment documents at the time of counselling.

Important Dates for DNB-PDCET Entrance Examination

Particulars Tentative Timelines
Submission of Online Application Form 28th May 2024 (3 PM Onwards) to
17th June 2024 (Till 11:55PM)
Application Edit Window 20th June 2024 to
23rd June 2024
Selective Edit Window to rectify images (Photograph/Signatures/Thumb Impression) 3rd July 2024 to
7th July 2024
Admit Card Issue Date 16th July 2024
Examination Date 21st July 2024
Result Declaration By 21st August 2024
The cut-off date for qualifying for the final examination of PG Medical Diploma qualification towards eligibility for DNBPDCET 31st May 2024

Things to keep in mind

  • Know the DNB PDCET Exam Pattern before starting the preparation.
  • Remember to regularly check the DNB PDCET Registration Date and DNB PDCET online application form release date and submit it on time to get to the desired exam centre.
  • Go through the DNB PDCET syllabus before preparation and solve the PDCET previous year’s question papers and sample papers to enhance the preparation.
  • Solve DNB PDCET mock test papers during revision time to evaluate your progress and understanding of the topic.
  • Don’t forget to affix the photograph on the admit card.
  • Verify and check all the required documents for the exam day.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):

Q1. What is PDCET?

Ans. DNB-PDCET is Diplomate of National Board- Post Diploma Centralized Entrance Test. It is a single-window entrance examination for admission to Post Diploma DNB Broad Specialty Courses. It is conducted by the National Board of Examinations in Medical Sciences (NBEMS).

Q2. What is the duration of the PDCET exam?

Ans. The duration of the PDCET exam is 120 minutes.

Q3. When is the DNB-PDCET 2024 result declared?

Ans. The DNB-PDCET 2024 result has been declared on 21st August 2024 and can be checked on the official NBEMS website, natboard.edu.in, and nbe.edu.in.

Q4. What is the exam pattern of DNB PDCET?

Ans. The DNB-PDCET is a computer-based exam with multiple choice type questions. It is Single-day and single session exam. The exam has a total of 120 MCQs to be completed in 120 minutes.

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