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 released notification for withheld aspirants who are having deficient document along with the list of documents which have to be fulfilled for DNB PDCET 2020. Candidates can fulfill the deficent document lastly till February 15, 2020 as failing to which candidature of candidtes for DNB PDCET admission will be cancelled. Authorities had announced DNB PDCET result 2020 for 54 withheld candidates on February 6, 2020. Earlier the authorities had declared DNB PDCET result 2020 in the form of PDFs on January 14. A total of 14 speciality 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.

DNB PDCET 2020 Highlights

Full Exam Name Diplomat National Board Post Diploma Centralized Entrance Test
Short Exam Name DNB PDCET
Conducting Body National Board of Examinations (NBE)
Frequency of Conduct Once a year
Exam Level National Level Exam
Languages English
Mode of Application Online
Application Fee (General) 4500 Rs [Online]
Mode of Exam Online
Mode of Counselling Online
Participating Colleges 5
Exam Duration 2 Hours 30 Minutes

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DNB PDCET 2020 Important Dates

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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
EWS, General, OBC, ST, SC Online Male, Female ₹ 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 for 54 withheld candidates has been announced on February 6, 2020 in the form of PDF. Earlier, DNB PDCET 2020 result had been declared on January 14, 2020. The result of DNB PDCET 2020 had 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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when will be Dnb pdcet 2020 counselling starting

Devanshi Adhikari 18th Mar, 2020

Dear aspirant,

The DNB counselling for post-diploma courses will commence from the first week of April. The counselling of DNB PDCET 2020 will be conducted in four rounds, three of which will be conducted online. The last and final round of DNB counselling (post-diploma) will be held offline at the NBE Office, New Delhi.

Thank you.


hi there what if i get the institute of desire in the first counselling and if i want to continue with the same without going further in the counselling, can I join the institute immediately after the first counselling gets over or do I have to wait through the entire counselling process?

Shubham Dhane 6th Mar, 2020


If  you are alloted a seat in first round and if you are satisfied with the allotment of seat in the DNB PDCET counselling you can accept the seat by reporting to the college and pay one year course fee within the prescribed time.You don't to participate in subsequent rounds.But if you are not satisfied or want to go for upgradation of seat you can participate in subsequent rounds in the counselling.


I m having domicile of maharashtra & passed my mbbs from maharashtra from mci recognized college . am I eligible for madhyapradesh state neet pg counselling 2020? want to try my luck in both maharashtra & MP. wot are the eligible criteria ?

Manisha 2nd Mar, 2020
Hello aspirant
Madhya Pradesh allows madhyapradesh domicile but IT BECOMES OPEN STATE IN 3rd ROUND.
But condition is you have to do registration in round one itself. Fees structure is between 10-12 lakhs.
Highest fees is of LM college 11,55000
Lowest fees is of Index college or 10,46000
Other open states are Karnataka, UP , Andhra Pradesh.Rajasthan is open state from 2nd round.

MP PG medical criteria
An applicant must have completed their 12 months rotatory Internship on or before 31 March 2020.
candidate must have an MBBS / bds degree of pad certificate issued by MCI or DCI
candidate must have registration certificate for MCI or DCI before the admission process.
it is Mandatory to qualify the neet PG cut off 2020 as specified by the conducting authority.

my rank 27775 AIQ, OBC can i get the possibility of clinical dnb seats in tamilnadu

Priyaanka Sarkar Student Expert 18th Feb, 2020

Going by previous All India cut offs and your rank, you may have decent chances in General Surgery in Medical Colleges like:

VMKV Medical College: Emergency Medicine

Meenakshi Medical College: Radio Diagnosis

SRM Medical College: Tuberculosis and Respiratory Diseases

Chettinad Academy: Paediatrics

Kilpauk Medical College: Forensic Medicine

Having said that, this is 2019 data and cut offs change every year depending on various factors such as no.of Candidates appearing for the exam, no.of Candidates qualified, difficulty of the exam, and no.of seats available for each specialisation. Please try our College predictor to check the possibility of other specialisations with you rank across India:  https://medicine.careers360.com/neet-pg-all-india-college-predictor


45800 all over rank neet pg 2020 ,sc category any chance of getting clinicals in govt college?

Nihal Kumar Gupta Student Expert 21st Feb, 2020


First of all congratulations on securing average rank in NEET PG 2020. As per your rank and previous year cutoff, you will get private colleges with this rank. The colleges you will get in clinical branch are:

GMCH Chandigarh

Guru gobind medical college,Faridkot

Medical college and hospital Kolkata

IPGMER Kolkata

Osmania medical college

There is a list of medical you will get as per your rank. Hope this helps!! You can also go through our college predictor link: https://medicine.careers360.com/neet-pg-college-predictor

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