DNB final exam December 2019 – where and how to apply online guide


Looking for the schedule of the Diplomate of National Board exam December 2019? This article provides complete information on the exam dates, application procedure and eligibility requirements for the DNB final exam of December 2019 for Super Specialties and Broad Specialties for DNB, MD/MS and DM/M.Ch. candidates.

The National Board of Examinations (NBE) has announced the schedule for the DNB Final Exam to be conducted in the month of December 2019 in various Broad and Super Specialities.

NBE DNB Final Exam Decemeber 2019 notification
[Image source: Print advt. in Hindustan Times.]

About the DNB exam

In the case of the DNB Exam for Broad Specialties, there are four papers for the theory exam. The 100-marks paper has to be answered within a maximum of three hours. You need to score at least 200/400 in the aggregate of 4 papers to qualify the theory exam. On qualifying for the theory exam, then only you can appear for the practical exam. The practical exam is of 300 marks, including the Clinical Examination and Viva. For the clinical exam (including Viva), you need to score a minimum of 150/300. There is a maximum of three attempts that can be availed of for the Practical exam.

In the case of the DNB Exam for Super Specialties, the theory exam of 300 marks has three question papers. You are allowed to answer each paper for a maximum time of three hours. Once you qualify this theory exam, you can then appear for the practical exam of 300 marks, which includes a Clinical Exam and Viva.

There is also an exam for the six years' courses, details of which can be checked through the official bulletin. The courses are Paediatric Surgery, Plastic Surgery, Neurosurgery, and Cardiothoracic Surgery.



Exam fees

The DNB exam fee is Rs.5500/-. There is no registration fee. For MD/MS/DM/MCh the exam fee is Rs. 5500/- and the registration fee is Rs.1000/-. In the case of a second and third attempt for the Practical exam, the fee is Rs. 5500/-. There will also be additional charges for online payment using a Credit Card or a Debit Card issued by banks in India, as per the fees applicable by payment gateway service providers.

The above fee is inclusive of exam fees and the information bulletin, which is available online only at the official website.

Eligibility requirements

Those appearing for the DNB exam are required to have done their DNB trainee course at any NBE-accredited institute or any medical college/university-recognized Institute after having registered with NBE as a DNB trainee. Further, they should be completing their training as per the given schedule. It is permitted for a candidate to have undertaken the DNB Final Examination in the same speciality, subject to completion of training by the date mentioned and submission of the certificate to this effect.

The cutoff date for completion of DNB Training is 30th June 2020.

Eligibility for MD/MS/DM/ MCh

You should have passed the final exam leading to the award of Post Graduate Degree from Indian Universities recognized by the provisions of Indian Medical Council Act 1956 and the MD/MS/DM/MCh degree should have been awarded on or before 30th September 2019. You can then apply for the DNB Final exam in the same broad speciality.

Eligibility for Post Diploma

You should be registered with NBE and have completed the prescribed training by 30th June 2020.

Important note for all fields: It is mandatory for candidates to submit the Training Completion Certificate along with leave records for DNB trainees. The training completion certificate should be in the applicable format provided in the online information bulletin, to be submitted along with the hard copy of the printed application form. Ex-candidates are also required to submit a copy of the training completion certificate.



Thesis Submission to NBE

As per NBE norms, it is mandatory for all DNB candidates to write a thesis as this is a partial fulfilment of eligibility for the award of DNB degree certificate. Accordingly, you must submit the thesis before the cutoff date which shall be 30th June of the same year for candidates appearing for their scheduled December final theory exam. Candidates are advised to go through the detailed guidelines in the official information bulletin.

How to apply

You must fill in the online registration form after creating a candidate profile with a user name, password, email ID and mobile phone number at the official DNB exam registration website.

Then proceed to fill in the basic personal details first, such as name, address, etc. Next, select the exam and the Specialty for the exam. Then pay the requisite fee online. You can then proceed to fill in the online application form. You are required to select the desired exam centre for the theory exam (you can select two centres).

Then upload scanned copies of all the relevant original documents at the places required. The photo to be uploaded should be in jpg/jpeg format only. The photo should not be more than 100KB size, and minimum 35x45 mm with at least 75% coverage of the face and head. Your name and the date of capturing the photo should appear at the bottom of the photo. The scanned signature should also be in jpg/jpeg format, not more than 100KB size.

On successfully submitting the online application form, take a printout of it. Ensure that you sign it and also get it duly signed by the Head of the Institute at the requisite places. An unsigned application form will be rejected. Send this signed, hard copy of the form along with requisite documents (all these must be self-attested or certified) to reach the latest by 30th October 2019 to the NBE office. The address:
National Board of Examinations,
Ansari Nagar,
Mahatma Gandhi Marg (Ring Road),
New Delhi-110029.

Note: You must superscribe the envelope as "DNB Final Examinations Application form - Dec 2019 Session". Also, please check the official information bulleting for the list of required documents.

Important dates

  1. Last date to submit the online application form for DNB final exam (theory and practical: 20th October 2019.

  2. Hard Copy of the printed application form to the NBE office by 30th October 2019.

  3. Those who wish to apply for DNB final – only practical exam December 2019 session can submit their online applications latest by 31st January 2020. The hard copy of printed applications form of these candidates should reach the NBE office by 10th February 2020.




DNB Exam dates

DNB Final (Broad Specialty)

Paper-I: 13th December 2019 (Friday), 9.30 a.m. to 12.30noon.
Paper-II: 14th December 2019 (Saturday), 9.30 a.m. to 12.30 noon.
Paper-III: 14th December 2019 (Saturday), 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Paper-IV: 15th December 2019 (Sunday), 9.30 a.m. to 12.30 noon.

DNB Final (Super Specialty)

Paper-I: 13th December 2019 (Friday), 9.30 a.m. to 12.30noon.
Paper-II: 14th December 2019 (Saturday), 9.30 a.m. to 12.30 noon.
Paper-III: 15th December 2019 (Sunday), 9.30 a.m. to 12.30 noon.

DNB Super Specialty Direct 6 Years Course - Part – I

Paper-I: 13th December 2019 (Friday), 9.30 a.m. to 12.30noon.
Paper-II: 14th December 2019 (Saturday), 9.30 a.m. to 12.30 noon.

Important: Candidates are advised to check the official website for the complete schedule of the exams, in case of updates and changes in the dates and timings.

Contact information

Toll Free Helpline contact number for candidates: 1800 11 1800.
Ph: 011 – 45593000 (Monday to Friday, 9.30 a.m. to 6 p.m.).
Email: final@natboard.edu.in.
Website: http://www.natboard.edu.in/.

Best of luck!


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