About DNB PDCET 2020

National Board of Examination, (NBE) is the exam conducting authority of Diplomate of National Board Post Diploma Centralized Entrance Test (DNB PDCET). NBE has declared DNB PDCET result 2020 in the form of PDFs on January 14. A total of 14 speciallty wise merit lists have been released. Earlier the authorities successfully conducted DNB PDCET 2020 on December 20, 2019, from 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM. DNB PDCET exam was conducted in computer based mode with 200 multiple choice questions, which were asked from eight different specialties. Through DNB PDCET exam, around 1073 seats will be offered across 14 specialities in 597 hospitals in India. 

The scores obtained in DNB PDCET 2020 will be valid only in the same academic year. All candidates have been ranked in order of the marks secured in DNB PDCET 2020. A separate merit list has been published for each broad speciality course. Merit list for DGO, DMRD, DMRT, DORTHO, DOMS, DLO, DA, DVD, DPM, DCH, DNM, DTCD, DPMR, and DCP has been published separately.

DNB-PDCET is an essential pre-requisite entrance examination for admission to post-diploma DNB (broad specialities) postgraduate courses. The online exam was conducted in 24 test centres located across the country. As per the marking scheme of DNB PDCET 2020, single correct response questions of 4 marks. There is a negative marking of 25%, therefore, one mark will be deducted for each incorrect answer.

Candidates who have qualified the examination will be invited to participate in the online centralised DNB PDCET counselling 2020 which will be conducted by NBE. The counselling of DNB PDCET will be speciality specific on the basis of merit achieved in the entrance test.

For all the registered candidates, NBE had released the DNBPDCET admit card 2020 on December 13, 2019. DNB PDCET 2020 aspirants had to download the hall ticket as it was not sent via post. It was also mandatory to carry the hall ticket of DNB PDCET 2020 at the exam centre along with ID proof and registration certificate for verification purposes.

Exam level: National Level Exam
Frequency: Once a year
Languages English
Conducting Body: National Board of Examinations (NBE)
Duration 2 Hours 30 Minutes

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DNB PDCET 2020 Important Dates

Past Dates and Events

14 Jan, 2020

Result | Mode: Online

20 Dec, 2019

Exam | Mode: Online

13 Dec, 2019 - 20 Dec, 2019

Admit Card | Mode: Online

04 Nov, 2019 - 11 Nov, 2019

Application Correction | Mode: Online

11 Oct, 2019 - 31 Oct, 2019

Application | Mode: Online

11 Oct, 2019

Advertisement | Mode: Online

DNB PDCET 2020 Eligibility Criteria

All candidates applying for the entrance test must fulfil the DNB PDCET eligibility criteria as laid down by the exam conducting authority. The eligibility criteria of DNB PDCET 2020 reflect the basic pre-requisite conditions which must be met in order to be considered eligible to appear for the examination. Following are the eligibility criteria which the aspirants must fulfill. 

  • Candidates who have passed the final exam for a postgraduate diploma from a recognised Indian university.
  • Candidates must possess a proof of having passed/ passing the postgraduate diploma final examination on or before November 30, 2019.
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DNB PDCET 2020 Application Process

Mode of Application : Online

Mode of Payment : Net Banking | Credit Card | Debit Card

NBE had re-opened the correction window for candidates who have uploaded incorrect images of thumb impression, signature and photograph till November 25. Only those candidates who have been informed by NBE to upload correct images were be able to access. Earlier, the correction window facility of DNB PDCET 2020 application form was open from November 4 to 11.  Eligible candidates were required to fill the application form of DNB PDCET 2020 till October 31, 2019. The authority provided the correction window facility to edit certain details in the DNB PDCET 2020 application form from November 4 to 9, 2019.  In order to appear for the DNB PDCET, candidates had to fill the application form. Filling of DNB PDCET application form was a six-step process that included registration, filling of the application form, uploading of scanned images, choosing the test city, payment of application fee and printing of filled application form. All candidates irrespective of their category will be required to pay Rs. 4500/- as the application fee for DNB PDCET. 


Application Fees

Category Quota Mode Gender Amount
OBC, EWS, SC, ST, General Online Female, Male ₹ 4500

DNB PDCET 2020 Exam Pattern

The exam pattern of DNB PDCET acquaint the candidates with the details of entrance exam like the duration, the number of questions, types of questions etc. With the help of DNB PDCET exam pattern candidates are required to formulate a solid strategy to crack the entrance test.  NBE conducts the exam in computer-based mode, consisting of 200 multiple choice question with a single best answer. For every correct answer, candidates are awarded 4 marks and one mark will be deducted for each incorrect answer. The exam conducted only in English medium. The syllabus of DNB PDCET 2020 is based on MBBS exit level.

DNB PDCET 2020 Admit Card

The exam conducting authority had issued the DNB PDCET admit card 2020 for all the registered candidates on December 13, 2019. The admit card of DNB PDCET is a crucial document which reveals the designated test centres of the candidates. Candidates were required to carry the following documents to the examination centre in order to gain entry.

  • Print out of DNB PDCET admit card to the exam centre along with
  • A government authorised ID proof like (in original) 
  • A photocopy of permanent or provisional SMC/MCI registration. 

Candidates must furnish DNB PDCET admit card at the time of checking result and counselling thus it is necessary to retain it till the admission process concludes. Candidates were required to paste their latest photograph in the prescribed space in the admit card and report to the examination centre within the prescribed time.

DNB PDCET 2020 Exam Centers

State City
Gujarat Ahmedabad
Karnataka Bengaluru
Madhya Pradesh Bhopal
Odisha Bhubaneshwar
Chandigarh Chandigarh
Tamil Nadu Chennai
Uttarakhand Dehradun
Delhi New Delhi
Assam Guwahati
Telangana Hyderabad
Rajasthan Jaipur
Jammu and Kashmir Jammu
West Bengal Kolkata
Kerala Kozhikode
Uttar Pradesh Lucknow
Maharashtra Mumbai
Bihar Patna
Jharkhand Ranchi
Andhra Pradesh Visakhapatnam

Documents Required at Exam

  • DNB PDCET Admit Card
  • Valid Photo ID Proof
  • Photocopy of Permanent or Provisional SMC/MCI registration

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The DNB PDCET result has been declared on January 14, 2020. The result of DNB PDCET 2020 has been declared in the form of merit list which is published separately for 14 different specialities. The result of DNB PDCET is uploaded on the official website of NBE. All candidates have been given a rank in descending order of the marks obtained by them. Such candidates who qualify the examination will be invited to participate in the online centralised counselling of DNB PDCET conducted by NBE.

Mode of Counselling: Online

Those candidates who have cleared the entrance test and fulfill the other eligibility criteria will be eligible to participate in DNB PDCET counselling 2020. In order to participate in the counselling, candidates will have to register online on the official website as and when it begins. A total of four rounds of DNB PDCET counselling will be organised wherein the first three will be online and the last round will be conducted in offline mode at NBE office, New Delhi. Those candidates who will not register in the first round of counselling will not be allowed to participate in further rounds. A mock round of counselling will also be organised for the candidates to familiarise them with the online seat allotment process. After registration, candidates will have to fill preference of course and college. Candidates with merit position will be allowed to fill their option/choices after remitting the required counselling fee of Rs 2500/- Based on the choices given and availability of seats, admission will be granted to specific specialities. To check the seat matrix for 14 broad specialities, click here 

Documents Required at Counselling

  • Provisional/Degree certificate of MBBS
  • Provisional/Pass certificate issued by Medical Council of India/State Medical Council of India
  • Proof of having passed the Postgraduate diploma final examination on or before November 30, 2019
  • Cast/ Community certificate (if applicable)
  • Special category certificate issued by the competent authority
  • Valid ID proof ( PAN card, Indian passport, Voter ID card, Driving license or Aadhar card)

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Question: Who will conduct DNB PDCET exam?


National Board of Examination (NBE), is responsible to conduct DNB PDCET exam.

Question: What is exam pattern of DNB PDCET 2020?


Every correct answer will be awarded 4 marks and for each incorrect answer, 1 mark of the candidates will be deducted. 

Question: Is DNB same as a Diploma?


DNB program is same as a post-graduate and post-doctoral program. This program provides the students with the same stature as that of MD and MS.

Question: How do I apply for DNB PDCET 2020?


Medical aspirants must fill the registration form of DNB PDCET to appear for the examination. 

Questions related to DNB PDCET

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how to go about giving DNB exams after having completed MS Ophthalmology??

Charvi Nayyar 13th Jan, 2020


There is a provision where a person holding MD/MS degree in accordance to medical council of India (MCI) can apply for the primary DNB. But you only get to study the exact same discipline (branch of MD/MS) when selected for DNB or follows the super-specialty in respective branch and you must fulfill the eligibility criteria which is follows:

  1. they should have qualified their MBBS degree with a minimum aggregate of 50% marks
  2. Candidates must have passed DNB-CET
  3. They should have completed their one-year rotating internship.
  4. Those with a medical degree possessing a permanent registration certificate issued by MCI of India can pursue the program.
  5. Candidates who have passed MBBS from foreign universities can also seek admission.
  6. Candidates should not be more than 50 years of age for seeking admission to Diplomate National Board (DNB) program.

good luck ! hope this helps!


list of national board accredited institutions

thomas joy 6th Jan, 2020

Hi Nalini,

NBA are the government body that gives accreditation to varous technical and proffesional programs.

Some of the NBA acrredited institutions are

  • Vivekanand Education society,maharastra
  • Budge Institute of Technology
  • Bengal collage of Engineering and technology, west Bengal
  • Xavier school of Management,Jamshedpur
  • SP Jain Institute of Management,pune
  • Narsee Monjee Institute of Management
  • TAPMI, Manipal
  • DIME, Kanpur
  • BIMTECH, Noida
  • SDM, Institute mysore
  • IMS Ghaziabad
  • PSG, Institute Coimbatore

Here is the link for further NBA acrredited collages


Hope this will help you.

Thank you


total number of seats in pdcet 2020 ophthalmology

Himanshu 15th Dec, 2019

Dear Student,

Diplomat National Board (DNB) - Post Diploma Centralized Entrance Test (PDCET) is a mandatory eligibility cum ranking examination for Post Diploma (secondary) courses in the following specialties: Anaesthesiology, Dermatology, Venerology and Leprosy, Nuclear medicine, Obsterics and Gynaecology, Ophthalmology, Orthopaedics, Oto-Rhino- Laryngology, Paediatrics, Psychiatry, Radi0-Diagnosis, Radiotherapy, Respiratory Diseases, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and Pathology.
As per the past records the DNB PDCET 2018 seat matrix for Ophthalmology having total 159 seats - Click Here (https://www.natboard.edu.in/pdoof/pbnotice2018/cns/DNB%20PDCET%20Indicative%20Seat%20Matrix%20Jan%202018%20-%2028.03.2018.pdf?h88233erhx90wsd0q2wk2s2ks2) to check the seat matrix.

The seats for Ophthalmologyin DNB PDCET 2019 is 139. So it is clear that in 2020 the availability of seats in PDCET 2020 Ophthalmology is in between 135-140. Hope this information is helpful.
Have a great day!


Pdcet 2020 number of seats ophthalmology?

Ruchika Chauhan Expert 16th Jan, 2020


DNB PDCET exam is for admission to 1073 post-diploma DNB seats in 14 specialities at 597 hospitals across India. Seat matrix for this year has not been released yet. You can go through the link below and check the previous year seat matrix for reference


Also, if you have appeared for DNB PDCET exam and seeking admission, you can go through the link below and use the DNB PDCET College Predictor tool to check your  admission chances based on your rank, category, etc.


Good Luck!


where can I find the correction window for the DNB PDCETapplication form

Aditya kumar Student Expert 5th Nov, 2019
Hello there! !!!!

Greetings! !!!!

I am extremely sorry to tell you dear but NBE does not provides any  correction form facility or any correction window for the candidates applying for DNB PDCET examination. So , since no facility like correction window is provided, you cannot correct the mistakes made by you while filling the application form of PDCET.


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