DNB CET 2020 - National Board of Examination (NBE) will grant admission to Diplomate of National Board - DNB CET post MBBS courses on the basis of NEET PG 2020. The authority has released the official brochure of NEET PG on November 1, 2019. The online registration for the same has commenced on November 1, 2019. A link to fill the application form has been given below. The admission to DNB 2020 (Post MBBS) courses will be done on the basis of merit list of NEET PG only. It must be noted the candidates willing for admission to Diplomate in National Board (DNB) Post-MBBS courses must appear for NEET PG 2020 exam, which is to be held on January 5. The authority will get admission in 649 hospitals across India through DNB CET 2020.LATEST: NEET PG application form 2020 has been released; register now!
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NBE will conduct the seat allotment process for DNB CET 2020 once a year in January session. Earlier on April 25, 2019, DNB CET July session was scrapped by the authority. 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.
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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 admit card can be downloaded by registered candidates from December 28, 2019. DNB CET 2020 will be held in computer-based mode containing 300 multiple choice questions which must be completed in three hours and thirty minutes. The result of NEET PG 2020 will be announced in the last week of January.
With the announcement of NEET PG merit list 2020, NBE will release the schedule for DNB CET 2020 counselling for post-MBBS board specialty courses. 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 April, 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.
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
649 across India
To read the official admission notice for DNB CET 2020, click here
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.
Notification to be released
November 1, 2019
Availability of application form
November 1, 2019 (RELEASED)
Last date of registration
November 21, 2019
Correction window facility
Second week of December 2019*
Issuance of admit card
December 28, 2019
NEET PG exam
Declaration of result and cutoff
By January 31, 2020
Release of merit list
First week of March 2020*
Registration and filling of choices
First week of April 2020
First mock allotment
Second week of April 2020
Editing of filled in choices
Round one allotment
By the third week of April 2020
Payment for first year admission
Last week of April 2020
Second round counselling
Display of vacant seat matrix
Adding/deleting/editing choices filled
First week of May 2020
Round 2 allotment result
Second week of May 2020
Payment of fees
Document verification and biometric verification
Third week of May 2020
Third round of counselling
Display of seat left vacant
Editing/deleting of choices filled
Round-3 seat allotment result
Last week of May 2020
Payment of course fees
Original documents and biometric verification for newly allotted candidates
First week of June 2020
Joining of allotted institutes
Offline counselling at NBE office
Third week of June 2020
Joining of allotted institutes/hospitals
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.
Dermatology and Venereology
Health Administration including hospital administration
Immunohematology and transfusion medicine
Obstetrics and Gynaecology
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 will be 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.
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.
Candidates applying for DNB CET must fill the NEET PG application form 2020 which has been released on November 1, 2019. Only the eligible aspirants can 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:
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
While filling the application form, candidates will be 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 has provided the list of exam cities in which the exam will be conducted. Last 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. Since, the brochure has not been released, therefore, it is expected in the hike of DNB CET exam centres. For the better idea, check the list of DNB CET cities 2020 from the table below.
NBE will release NEET PG admit card 2020 for DNB CET aspirants on December 28, 2019. Candidates whose NEET PG applications will be received by the authority can download DNB CET 2020 hall ticket. The admit card can 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.
The exam pattern of NEET PG 2020 exam organised for DNB CET admissions is mentioned in the table below.
Medium of exam
Duration of exam
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
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.
Weightage of Questions
Social and Preventive Medicine
General Medicine Including Dermatology & Venereology & Psychiatry
General Surgery Including Orthopedics, Anaesthesia and Radiodiagnosis
NBE will declare DNB CET result 2020 along with NEET PG result by January 31, 2020. The link to check the result of DNB CET 2020 will be provided on this page when released. It is 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 considered for Diplomate of National Board post-MBBS admissions. The result will be 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.
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 (2019)
Cutoff scores (2018)
Aspirants qualifying the entrance test of NEET PG will be called for DNB CET counselling 2020. NBE will conduct the separate DNB CET 2020 counselling based on the scores obtained in NEET PG. The eligible candidates will be 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.
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)
Below is the PDF mentioning the list of participating institute and seat matrix of DNB CET 2020.
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For NEET PG, it will be opened later in the month of December. Category and DoB are the two editable fields in this year's correction window.
I request you not to worry as there is a correction window available for NEET PG this year. It will be in the last week of December. However, the fields that can be corrected are dependent on the number of correction requests received by the NBE. Last year, only Date of Birth and Category could be corrected. You can write an application to the NBE and hope your category is selected for correction.
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