DNB CET 2020 - Counselling, Seats, Merit List, Admission Process
DNB CET 2020 - National Board of Examination (NBE) grants admission to Diplomate of National Board - DNB CET post MBBS courses. NBE has announced round three result for DNB CET 2020 counselling on August 11, in PDF format. A link to check DNB-CET round three result is provied on this page below. A total of 2,347 candidates have been selected for DNB CET admissions on the basis of scores obtained in NEET PG entrance exam. All the aspirants selected under DNB post-MBBS counselling are required to provide their acceptance/withdrawal for the allotted seat. Also, they have to pay the course fee and complete the document verification from August 11 to 16, 2020. In case of any vacant seats left, the authority will conduct mop-up round DNB CET seat allotment round in online mode and the schedule will be released soon. Earlier, round two DNB CET 2020 admission result was declared on July 1.
IMPORTANT: DNB CET counselling 2020 round third result announced!
The admission to DNB CET courses is done through scores obtained in National Eligibility cum Entrance Test for Postgraduate Exam (NEET PG). The result of NEET PG 2020 was announced on January 30, and scorecard was available on February 5. Based on the NEET PG 2020 scores, the admission to 2,256 DNB seats will be granted. For admission to 1,038 DNB CET hospitals, candidates are required to secure the NEET PG minimum qualifying percentile as specified for respective categories. DNB CET 2020 counselling will be conducted in online mode in three rounds.
NBE conduct the admission process for DNB CET 2020 once a year in January session. DNB CET 2020 is a gateway for admission to Diplomate National Board (DNB) post MBBS and super-speciality six years courses for January session. DNB CET is a qualifying cum ranking exam which grants entry to five (5) postgraduate MBBS level Board-specialty courses which includes Anatomy, Emergency Medicine, Field Epidemiology, Immunohematology & Transfusion Medicine and Rural Surgery.
Since NEET PG 2020 merit rank will be determined for post MBBS admissions. It is important for medical graduates to fulfill the eligibility criteria as specified by NBE. DNB CET 2020 was held in computer-based mode containing 300 multiple choice questions which must be completed in three hours and thirty minutes. The shortlisted candidates called for DNB CET seat allotment 2020 must register themselves on or before the last date. The first round of DNB CET counselling 2020 will begin from the first week of May, followed by the second and third round of allotment. Interested candidates can read the article on DNB CET 2020 for dates, registration, admit card, exam pattern, syllabus, result, counselling and other details.
Overview of DNB CET 2020
January 5, 2020
Name of exam
Diplomate of National Board Common Entrance Test
Commonly known as
Admission on the basis of
NEET PG scores
National Board of Examinations (NBE)
Level of exam
Total time allotted
3 hours 30 minutes
Total seats to be allotted
Number of hospitals
1038 across India
To read the official admission notice for DNB CET 2020, click here
DNB CET Important Dates 2020
Candidates can check DNB CET 2020 dates from the table below. Through the important dates of DNB CET 2020, aspirants can keep a track on crucial events.
DNB CET dates
Notification to be released
November 1, 2019
Availability of application form
November 1, 2019
Last date of registration
November 21, 2019
Correction window facility
November 27, 2019
Issuance of admit card
December 28, 2019
NEET PG exam
January 5, 2020
Declaration of result and cutoff
January 30, 2020
|Release of scorecard||February 5, 2020|
Release of merit list
February 18, 2020
Counselling dates - round one
Registration and filling of choices
May 8 to 23, 2020 up to 5:00 PM
Round one allotment
May 24, 2020
Payment for first year admission
May 24 to 31, 2020
|Last date of payment||June 4, 2020 till 5:00 PM|
|Release of eligible candidate list||June 5, 2020, 11:00 AM onwards|
|Download allotment letter and E-joining||June 6 to 15, 2020|
|Physical reporting||June 6 to 30, 2020|
Second round counselling
Display of vacant seat matrix
To be notified
Adding/deleting/editing choices filled
July 22 to 28, 2020, till 5:00 PM
|Process of allotment|
June 29 and 30, 2020
Round 2 allotment result
July 1, 2020
Payment of fees
Up to July 20, 2020
|E-joining||Up to July 25, 2020|
July 31, 2020
Third round of counselling - Revised
Editing/deleting of choices filled
August 5 to 8, 2020
August 9 to 10, 2020
Round-3 seat allotment result
August 11, 2020 - Announced
Payment of course fees
August 11 - 16, 2020
August 11 - 16, 2020
Joining of allotted institutes
August 11 - 20, 2020
Offline counselling at NBE office
To be notified
Joining of allotted institutes/hospitals
To be notified
Scope of DNB CET 2020 through NEET PG - Specialties
Through DNB CET, candidates will be granted admission to 16 various broad specialties at post-MBBS level. The names of the broad specialties are as mentioned below.
DNB CET broad specialties
Dermatology and Venereology
Health Administration including hospital administration
Immunohematology and transfusion medicine
Obstetrics and Gynaecology
DNB CET 2020 admission through NEET PG scores
As mentioned above, candidates must note that the admission to DNB CET 2020 hospitals will be granted depending upon the scores obtained in National Eligibility cum Entrance Test for Postgraduate (NEET PG) exam. However, the counselling for DNB CET 2020 courses will be organised by NBE. Since, NEET PG exam was held on January 5, 2020, for admission to DNB Post-MBBS courses, below are the event-wise information for DNB CET admission related to eligibility, application form, exam centres, admit card, syllabus, result, cutoff and counselling.
DNB CET Counselling 2020
Aspirants qualifying the entrance test of NEET PG are called for DNB CET counselling 2020. NBE conducts the separate DNB CET 2020 counselling based on the scores obtained in NEET PG. The counselling dates for the second third and final round of DNB (Post-MBBS) 2020 has been released, which can be checked in the table above. Only the eligible candidates are eligible to participate for the counselling process of DNB CET 2020 on or before the last date. The eligible candidates are required to register themselves for counselling of DNB CET 2020 in online mode by paying the counselling registration fees of Rs. 2500.
Along with that, candidates also have to provide their preferences of institutes/hospitals as well as broad specialty in which they wish to get admission into. It is mandatory for candidates to complete DNB CET counselling registration carefully. The procedure for DNB CET seat allotment 2020 is mentioned below.
While registering, candidates must confirm their by uploading the relevant documents. Meanwhile, aspirants whose will not upload their documents to claim for SC/ST/OBC reservation will be considered for admission to Unreserved/general category.
After selection of every college and course during DNB CET 2020 counselling registration, candidates must lock the options. Without locking of choices, the filled in options will be automatically saved and allotment will be done on the same basis.
DNB CET allotment 2020 will be done on the basis of NEET PG merit, preferences of hospitals/institutes, seats availability of in particular specialty, reservation policy and other factors.
The higher option or choice after the allotted seat will be selected for next allotment.
Once an aspirant will be allotted a seat, he/she needs to accept it by logging in. Also the payment of Rs. 80,000 should be done in online mode as one-year course fees through NBE online counselling portal.
After the payment, they have to select the certificate and biometric verification at the centre.
The allotted candidates who have accepted the seat can participate for second round of DNB CET counselling 2020 to upgrade their seats.
Also, registered aspirants who have not been allotted seats can also appear for second or third rounds for DNB CET 2020 counselling.
A final round of DNB CET counselling will be conducted in offline mode at NBE, PSP area, Sector-9, Dwarka as per the schedule specified. Candidates will be required to make their arrangement to reach the centre.
Documents required for DNB CET 2020 counselling
Following are the documents required for DNB CET counselling 2020, which must be carried for verification purposes.
MBBS degree certificate/provisional pass certificate
Permanent registration certificate issued by MCI/State Medical Council
Internship completion certificate
Caste certificate (issued by competent authority), if applicable
Special category certificate (issued by the designated authority)
Valid ID proof - PAN card, Indian passport, Voter ID card, Driving license, or Aadhaar card with photograph
Any bonafide resident certificate (optional)
DNB CET Eligibility Criteria 2020
It is crucial for candidates to fulfill the eligibility conditions of DNB CET 2020 to know whether they can apply for the test. Some of the basic DNB CET 2020 eligibility criteria is mentioned below.
Candidates must have completed MBBS degree/provisional pass certificate as per the provisions of the Indian Medical Council Act 1956.
Such aspirants should have appeared and passed NEET PG 2020 exam by securing the prescribed cutoff percentile.
They must possess the permanent/provisional registration certificate of MBBS qualification issued by the Medical Council of India (MCI) or State Medical Council (SMC).
It is important to complete 12 months of rotatory internship on or before March 31, 2020.
Any request of applicants for admission to DNB CET 2020 January session for completion of internship after March 31 will not be accepted.
Aspirants who are already pursuing the DNB courses will not be allowed to appear for post MBBS. Any of an applicant who have joined DNB Broad Specialty courses in or after January 2017 will not be allowed to appear for counselling process.
DNB CET Application Form 2020
Candidates applying for DNB CET had to fill the NEET PG application form 2020 which had been released on November 1, 2019. Only the eligible aspirants could apply for DNB CET online registrations 2020 till November 21, 2019. The mode and release of NEET PG application form is online only.
The application form can be filled using the following steps:
DNB CET application steps
Steps to apply
NEET PG online registration
Filling of qualification, contact and other details
Selection of exam city
Uploading of documents
Payment of application fees
Printout of confirmation page
It is important to upload the passport size photographs, signature and left-hand thumb impression as per the specifications mentioned by the authority. For the successful submission of DNB CET application form, it is mandatory to submit the application fees in online mode. The fees to be deposited has been mentioned below.
DNB CET application fees
DNB CET Exam Centres 2020
While filling the application form, candidates were required to provide the list of exam centres in which they wish to take DNB CET 2020. With the release of NEET PG brochure, the authority had provided the list of exam cities in which the exam was conducted. This year, the computer-based exam was conducted in a total of 162 cities across the country. The selection of DNB CET exam centres 2020 will be done on the basis of first come first serve basis. For the better idea, check the list of DNB CET cities 2020 from the table below.
DNB CET exam cities
|S.No.||Test City||S.No.||Test City|
DNB CET 2020 Admit Card
NBE had released NEET PG admit card 2020 for DNB CET aspirants on December 28, 2019. Candidates whose NEET PG applications were received by the authority could download DNB CET 2020 hall ticket. The admit card could be downloaded by entering the user ID and password, created at the time of registration. It is mandatory to download and carry DNB CET 2020 admit card and other related documents for verification purposes. The admit card will mention the name as well as personal details of candidate, date and time of exam, complete details of exam centre allotted and other important guidelines related to NEET PG.
DNB CET 2020 Exam Pattern
The exam pattern of NEET PG 2020 organised for DNB CET admissions is mentioned in the table below.
DNB CET paper pattern
Medium of exam
Duration of exam
3 hours 30 minutes
3:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Types of questions
Objective type questions
Total number of questions
300 multiple-choice questions
4 marks for every correct answer
1 mark deducted for an incorrect response
0 mark for unattempted questions
Based on MBBS curriculum
DNB CET 2020 Syllabus
Since, NBE will only conduct NEET PG exam for DNB CET exam for academic session 2020-21. Thus, the syllabus will be the same as prescribed by NBE for MD/MS and PG Diploma courses, which has been mentioned in the table below.
DNB CET syllabus
Weightage of Questions
Social and Preventive Medicine
General Medicine Including Dermatology & Venereology & Psychiatry
General Surgery Including Orthopedics, Anaesthesia and Radiodiagnosis
Obstetrics and Gynaecology
DNB CET 2020 Result
NBE had declared DNB CET result 2020 along with NEET PG result on January 30, 2020. It was mandatory to secure the minimum qualifying percentile to be included in NEET PG result 2020. Based on the scores in computer-based exam, the authority will consider for Diplomate of National Board post-MBBS admissions. The result has been released online in the form of NEET PG merit list 2020 mentioning roll number of candidates, scores (out of 1200) and All India Rank (AIR) secured.
DNB CET Cutoff 2020
For admission to DNB CET 2020 courses, it is mandatory to secure NEET PG cutoff 2020 to qualify the entrance exam. The minimum qualifying percentile varies for different categories. The scores obtained in NEET PG should be equivalent to the qualifying percentile as specified for DNB CET. The table below mentions the cutoff qualifying percentile for each category along with the previous years marks.
DNB CET cutoff percentile and scores
Cutoff scores (2020)
Cutoff scores (2019)
Cutoff scores (2018)
DNB CET 2020 Seat Matrix
Below is the PDF mentioning the list of participating institute and seat matrix of DNB CET 2020.
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