NBE India Fellowship Entrance Test 2021 online applications for international students

Are you an international student eager to take up a residency program at a medical institute or hospital in India to pursue a Fellowship of National Board course? This article provides complete information on the entrance test through which international students can join the NBE scheme of the Fellowship Programme for International Students (FPIS). The list of FNB courses, eligible academic qualifications and other criteria, course fee and stipend, and the application procedure have been provided.

The National Board of Examinations (NBE) has issued the schedule of the Fellowship Entrance Test (FET) for international students, which is required for them to seek admission to Fellowship Courses of NBE. These courses are offered to them under the Fellowship Programme for International Students (FPIS) scheme for the seats that are specifically earmarked for them. NBE will issue a Visa-support letter to facilitate appropriate and valid travel visas and travel medical insurance.

Note that appearing for FET does not give an assurance of getting admission to the Fellowship of National Board (FNB) courses. You need to fulfill further requirements as per the norms of the institute/hospital where admission is sought. The exam fee is USD500.

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FNB Course Fee and Stipend

International Students from SAARC Nations have to pay a course fee of INR 1,25,000/-, while those from Non-SAARC Nations have to pay a course fee of USD 5000. This fee has to be paid only through Demand Draft/Cheque/electronic transfer (no cash will be accepted) on selection, but before joining the allotted training institute.

Each student is entitled to a minimum stipend as per NBE guidelines. The stipend for the first year is Rs. 41,000/- and for the second year it is Rs. 43,000/-. Trainees must arrange for other expenses, including boarding and lodging, themselves.

Eligibility requirements

While there is no age criteria, other eligibility requirements for FPIS are mentioned below-
Academic Qualifications: You must have a Postgraduate medical qualification equivalent to the eligible feeder qualification as mentioned in the list of courses below, against the particular Fellowship course. The Degree Certificate of eligible Post Graduate Medical Qualification should have been issued on or before 31st December 2020.

Additionally, you must be registered with the appropriate authority in your country where you obtained the postgraduate medical qualification and this should be duly recognized by the corresponding Medical Council/concerned authority and applicable provisions of the National Medical Commission Act/the repealed Indian Medical Council Act.

Professional Qualification: You must be a registered medical practitioner in your country.

Clearance requirement: If you have qualified for the entrance exam, you need to obtain clearance from the appropriate authorities (Ministry of External Affairs, Ministry of Home Affairs, Local police) and must obtain temporary registration with the Medical Council of India before you will be allowed to join an FNB course.

NOC requirement: As an international student, you must submit a NOC (No Objection Certificate) from your country's Medical council /Government for appearing in the FET-2021 exam and obtain permission to work in India for the entire duration of the Fellowship based on the valid travel document (passport) and valid permission (visa). While an Admit Card for the exam will be provisionally issued, the above requirements should be met for getting admission.

List of FNB Courses and prior requirement qualification

  1. Hand & Micro Surgery: DNB/MCh Plastic Surgery, DNB/MS Orthopaedics, DNB/MS General Surgery
  2. Infectious Disease: DNB/MD General Medicine/MD Tropical Medicine
  3. Interventional Cardiology: DNB/DM (Cardiology)
  4. Maternal and Foetal Medicine: DNB/MD/MS Obst. & Gynaecology
  5. Minimal Access Surgery: DNB/MS General Surgery
  6. Paediatric Hemato-Oncology: DNB/MD Paediatrics
  7. Reproductive Medicine: DNB/MD/MS Obst. & Gynaecology
  8. Spine Surgery: DNB/MS (Orthopaedics) DNB/ MCh (Neuro Surgery)
  9. Sports Medicine: DNB/MS (Orthopaedics)
  10. Trauma and Acute Care Surgery: DNB/MS (General Surgery), DNB/MS (Orthopaedics) , DNB/MCh (Neuro Surgery), DNB/MD (Anaesthesiology)

Refer to the official information bulletin to know the list of NBE-accredited institutes for the FIPS-FNB courses offered to international students.

How to apply for NBE FET-2021 FIPS

Before starting the registration and application procedure, you must go through the information bulletin and read all the instructions, including the KB size and format requirement of the photo, signature, etc.

You have to first register at the official website of the National Board of Examinations with a valid email and mobile number to get a User ID and password, which will be sent to you through SMS and email. Then fill up the application form and upload your photo, scanned signature, and the prescribed documents. After filling up all the information, pay the exam fee online, to the declaration at the end of the form, and submit the application. On successful submission, download and take a print out of the application form with the Transaction ID printed on it for future record and correspondence.

An application can be submitted by a student only once and if you submit more than one application, you will not be permitted to appear for FET-2021 and NBE may take the necessary action as per their policies.

Choice of exam centre

In India, the FET 2021-FPIS will be conducted only at the New Delhi Centre. The International Test Centres will be finalized based on the number of students and the availability of such Test Centres. You can provide the choice of country in which you are willing to take the exam up to 3rd February 2021. An online window will also be opened again from 22nd February to 26th February 2021 for payment of the exam fee and to select the International Test City by students who have successfully registered their applications for FET 2021-FPIS.

FET-2021 format

The exam is a computer-based one of 105 minutes with Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs). There will be a separate question paper for each fellowship course /clubbed group, with a total of 100 questions for each paper, divided into Part A & Part B (Part A is 45 minutes and Part B is 60 minutes). Four marks will be awarded for a correct answer, one mark will be deducted for an incorrect answer, and zero will be assigned for a question that has not been attempted at all. Check the information bulletin for more details, including the Fellowship courses which have been clubbed together.

You can try the FET-2021 Demo Test that will be available at www.nbe.edu.in from 1st March 2021 onwards.

At the exam center

You will be allowed to enter the exam centre at 9 a.m., at which time will begin the registration and face ID verification process. Entry to the exam centre will close at 10.30 a.m. You will be allowed to log-in at 10.45 a.m. and read the instructions at 10.50 a.m.The exam will begin at 11 a.m. and end at 12.45 p.m.

These are the documents that are required to be taken to the test centre-
  1. A print out of the Admit Card with your photo pasted on it.
  2. A valid Government-issued Passport in original. The name on the photo ID must match the one on the Admit Card. In case of a change in the name/surname for any reason, the student must produce the relevant document that is supporting proof of the claim for a change in name (such as a marriage certificate, Gazette notification for a name change, etc).

Please read the information bulletin to know which items are allowed and which are not inside the test center.

After the FET-2021 result

You need to get a minimum 50th Percentile in the paper/specialty to be declared as 'Qualified'. The scorecard can be downloaded from the official website through the NBE ID and password. No re-evaluation or rechecking or re-totaling will be done and requests for this will not be allowed at all. The scorecard can be utilized only for the 2021-22 admission for NBE Fellowship (FNB) courses and cannot be used again for any future admissions for FNB courses.

Qualified candidates will be called for the Admission Counselling session, for which the following documents are a must-
  1. MBBS/Primary Medical Qualification Degree Certificate

  2. Degree Certificate of eligible Post Graduate Medical Qualification issued on or before 31st December 2020

  3. Post graduate Medical Qualification Registration Certificate (AQRC) issued by the Medical Council of the respective country

  4. No Objection Certificate issued by the Medical Council/Government for permission to work in India for the period of Fellowship

  5. Valid travel document (Passport) and valid permission (visa)

Note: You need to check the official website and check out the counselling bulletin/handbook for updates if any further documents are required.

Joining the institute

You are permitted to join an NBE-accredited institute/hospital through the Centralized Merit Based Counseling provided you pass the medical fitness assessment procedure as conducted by the institute/hospital. As soon as you join, you will begin the FNB training and the institute will be submitting the joining report of each student to NBE in the prescribed proforma.

The FNB training program is a residential one during which you will be required to perform the clinical/hospital duties of a Senior Resident and attend in-depth academic classes. A Formative Assessment Test (FAT)/ Appraisal of FNB Trainees are organized by NBE or done by the institute as per NBE guidelines. An exit exam, comprising of theory (max. 100 marks) and practicals (max. 300 marks), will be scheduled at the end of the FPIS. Successful students in all respects shall be eligible for the award of FNB qualifications.

Important dates

Online Submission of the Application Form starts: 4th January 2021, 3 p.m. onwards.
Online Submission of the Application Form ends 3rd February 2021, 11.55 p.m.
Edit Window, Test City Selection and Fee Payment: 22nd to 26th February 2021.
Demo Test available to be familiar with the test format: 1st March 2021 onwards.
Admit Cards for FET 2021-FPIS Examination available for download: 8th March 2021.
Examination Date: 14th March 2021. Declaration of the Result: by 31st March 2021.

Contact information

NBE Student Care helpline: +91-22-61087595 (Monday to Friday other than holidays, 9.30 a.m. to 6 p.m. up to 31st March 2021; on exam day from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.)
Email helpdesknbeexam@gmail.com – when sending an email, you need to provide your name, email ID, mobile number, address for correspondence, the application ID/roll number for FET-2021, and the exam session.
Postal address: Executive Director, National Board of Examinations, Medical Enclave, Ansari Nagar, New Delhi -110029.
Website: https://www.natboard.edu.in/ and https://www.nbe.edu.in/.
Bulletin: https://www.nbe.edu.in/IB/Information%20Bulletin%20FET%202021-FPIS%20-%20Final%20version%20for%20Webiste.pdf.

All the best!

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