NBE DNB, DrNB Final Exams March 2021 Schedule of December 2020 session


Are you searching for the postponed dates of the DNB and DrNB Final Exams of the December 2020 session? This article provides complete information about the deferred dates of the final exams of the of December 2020 session towards Diplomate National Board (DNB) (Broad Specialty)/ Doctorate National Board (DrNB) qualifying degrees awarded by National Board of Examinations (NBE). Details of the eligibility criteria for each exam, exam fees and online application procedure have also been given.

National Board of Examinations (NBE), an Autonomous Body under Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India has announced the schedule of the postgraduate and postdoctoral exams, namely, of the Diplomate National Board (DNB) (Broad Specialty)/ Doctorate National Board (DrNB) (Super Specialty) Final Exams of December 2020 session which was pushed forward to March this year due to the pandemic.

NBE DNB and DrNB Exams March 2021 Notification Banner
[Image source: print advt. in HT]

Exam for DNB Broad Specialty

There is first a theory exam and on successfully clearing it, you are allowed to appear for the practical exam. If you fail in the practical exam, you can re-appear for a maximum of two more attempts in the next three consecutive sessions of DNB final exam. Note that if you fail to appear at all for the practical exam, it is considered an attempt.

The theory exam includes four papers, each of three hours' duration, with a total of 100 marks for each paper. You need to score a total of at least 200 marks out of the 400 in order to pass. The practical exam includes OSCE and/or Clinical Examination, and Viva with a minimum of 150 marks out of a total of 300 to pass. [the practical exam's scheme may change as per the pandemic scenario.]

Exam for DrNB Super Specialty

There is first a theory exam and on successfully clearing it, you are allowed to appear for the practical exam. If you fail in the practical exam, you can re-appear for only one more time. Note that if you fail to appear at all for the practical exam, it is considered an attempt in the next two consecutive sessions of the DrNB final exams. Not appearing at all for the practical exam is considered an attempt.

The theory exam includes three papers, each of three hours' duration, with a total of 100 marks for each paper. You need to score a total of at least 150 marks out of the 300 in order to pass. The practical exam includes OSCE and/or Clinical Examination, and Viva with a minimum of 150 marks in aggregate out of a total of 300 to pass. [the practical exam's scheme may change as per the pandemic scenario.]



Exam for Direct six-year Courses

After completing 2 years of DrNB training there is Part-I Theory exam, with Paper I and Paper II (three hours, 100 marks each paper, the pass is minimum 100 marks in the aggregate). This is followed by Part-I Practical A, which is a clinical exam of four short cases in the concerned specialty; and then Part-I Practical B which is a clinical exam on OSCE pattern (General Surgery) and is common for all candidates in Paediatric Surgery, Plastic Surgery, Neurosurgery and Cardiothoracic Surgery.

On successfully completing all the theory and practical exams, and completing five years of DrNB training by the cut-off date as well as thesis submission to NBE for assessment, subject to fulfilment of eligibility criteria, you can appear for the DNB Final Exam (Part II) Practical. Then, after qualifying Part II (Theory & Practical) and completing six years of DrNB training, subject to fulfilment of eligibility criteria, you will be given the Provisional Pass Certificate/ Degree Certificate. [refer to the Bulletin for the details of Part-II Final exam.]

Note: The cut-off date for completion of two years DrNB training is 30th June 2021.

Eligibility requirements

For DNB Broad Specialty (Post MBBS and Post Diploma) candidates

You must have undergone training as a DNB trainee at any institute that is accredited by NBE after having registered with NBE as a DNB trainee and are completing the prescribed training as a DNB trainee by the cut-off date of 30th September 2021. This is Inclusive of the three months' extension of training as stated in the NBE notification of 18th January 2021. On submission of the certificate to this effect, you can undertake the DNB Final Examination in the same specialty.

If you do not submit the certificate of completion of the training along with your application, then your application will be rejected. In case the training is ongoing, you are allowed to submit a Provisional Training Completion Certificate (PTCC). You must then submit the Final Training Completion Certificate (FTCC) as soon as the training is completed. [the format for the PTCC and FTCC have been provided in the official Bulleting.]

For MD/MS Qualified candidates

You should have passed the final exam on or before 31st December 2020 leading to the award of a Post Graduate Degree (MD or MS), from a recognized Indian University and can apply for the DNB Final exam in the same broad specialty. As of now, the FCPS qualifications awarded by the College of Physicians and Surgeons, Mumbai are not eligible to apply. You must submit the requisite proof of qualifying final exam MD/MS degree by the prescribed cut-off date.



Thesis requirement: Only DNB trainees who have submitted their thesis by 15th December 2020 are eligible to apply for the DNB Final Theory Exam of the December 2020 session.

For DrNB Super Specialty Candidates

The eligibility requirements are the same as mentioned above for DNB Broad Specialty (Post MBBS and Post Diploma) candidates.

For DM/MCh Qualified Candidates

You should have passed the final exam on or before 31st December 2020 leading to the award of a Doctoral Degree (DM/MCh), from a recognized Indian University and can apply for the DNB Final exam in the same Super Specialty.

Registration and Exam fees

The following is the fee to be paid in online mode with a Debit card or a Credit card or using the other options mentioned-
For DNB/DrNB Trainees there is no registration fee as this is paid at the time of Registration for the DNB/DrNB Course.; the exam fee is Rs.7080/- (Rs.6000+Rs.1080 towards GST).
For MD/MS or DM/MCh the registration fee is Rs.1000/-; the exam fee is Rs.6000/-+Rs.1260 GST.

How to apply

Application for DNB/DrNB Final Theory Exam - December 2020 can only be submitted online through the National Board of Examinations official website. Before doing so, go through the information Bulleting for instructions and guidelines on filling up the only application.
Note that you do not need to submit the hard copy print out of the application form and documents uploaded to NBE website. However, it is advisable to keep a copy of the printed application form for future reference.



Important dates

Submission of online application: 19th January to 14th February 2021, up to 11.55p.m.
Selection of exam city: 15th February, 3 p.m. onwards up to 18th February 2021, 11.55 p.m.
Issue of Admit Card: 11th March 2021.
Dates of the March 2021 DNB/DrNB exams and result dates is displayed in the table below-

NBE DNB and DrNB Exams March 2021 Schedule
[Table image source: official NBE information bulletin]

In the case of DNB/DrNB Final Practical exams, candidates who have qualified the theory exams will be informed through their Online Exit Examination Portal (OEEP) account.

At the exam centre

In addition to the Admit Card, with the photo pasted on the designated place, you need to take one of the following original ID proof to the exam centre - PAN Card or Driving License or Voter ID or Passport or Aadhar Card (with Photograph). Ensure that this ID proof is valid and has not expired.

Note: There will be no re-evaluation or rechecking or re-totalling of answer sheets. Requests for a re-evaluation or any paper and for re-totalling will not be accepted at all.

After the result, the provisional passing certificate will be issued within four weeks, but this may be delayed due to unforeseen circumstances. The DNB/DrNB degree, subject to fulfilment of eligibility criteria, will be conferred at the Convocation Ceremony, details of which will be available at the NBE website.

Contact information

For any issues related to the online application, status of the application, etc, you can communicate with NBE preferably through the online mode at https://exam.natboard.edu.in/communication.php?page=main.

Communication by post can be sent to: The Executive Director, National Board of Examinations, Medical Enclave, Ansari Nagar, New Delhi -110029.

All queries must include your name, email ID, mobile number, address of correspondence, the application Form ID/Roll Number for DNB/DrNB final exam, and Specialty of exam.

Candidate Helpline Number: 011 - 45593000 (Monday to Friday, from 9.30 am. To 6 p.m.)
Website: https://www.natboard.edu.in/
Information Bulletin: https://exam.natboard.edu.in/candidates/frontpage.php?v=2&d=1

NBE India Fellowship Entrance Test 2021 online applications are also open.


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