NATBOARD DNB Final Exam (December 2013)

National Board of Examinations

Medical Enclave, Ansari Nagar, Ring Road, New Delhi-110029
Tel 011-46054604, Fax 011-45593009
Email, Website

Admission Notice 2013


Admission for DNB Final Examination (Super Specialties) December-2013

Information bulletin and application form for Diplomate of National Board Final Examination (Super Specialties)




(Practical Only: March/April/May 2014*)/Final schedule for each specialty may vary

NBE at present conducts postgraduate and postdoctoral examinations in approved specialties leading to the award of Diplomate of National Board

The Examinations conducted by NBE provide a common standard and mechanism of evaluation of minimum level of attainment of the knowledge and competencies of medical specialties

Moreover, intra country and international comparisons are facilitated with the availability of common evaluation mechanism

Information for Candidates:

DNB – Final is an exit examination leading to the award of DNB qualification

A candidate holding a medical qualification (DM/MCh) i.e. having passed the final examination in a specialty recognized as per the provisions of Indian Medical Council

A candidate registered with the Board as a DNB trainee and obtaining requisite period of training as prescribed by the Board & fulfilling other eligibility criteria as stated in the Information Bulletin may appear for the DNB final examination

The examinations are held only as per the schedule of examinations prescribed by the Board from time to time

Applications for admission to the examination should definitely reach NBE by the specified date


Final DNB Training (Post DNB 3 Years)

Candidates who have undergone training as a DNB trainee at any National Board of Examinations accredited institute/medical college /hospital after having registered with the Board as a DNB trainee and are completing their 3/6 years of training by 30th April 2014 can undertake the Board’s exam in the same specialty subjected to completion of training by the date mentioned and submission of certificate to this effect

Part-I (For Direct 6 Years Course only)

DNB candidates undergoing direct 6 years courses in Plastic surgery, Pediatric surgery, Cardio Thoracic Surgery and Neurosurgery can apply for Part-I exam if they are completing their first 2 years of DNB training on or before 30th June 2014

DM/MCh: Candidates who have passed/passing their DM/MCh final examinations on/before 31st October 2013 can apply for the DNB final examinations in the same Super Specialty

Candidates to ensure before applying for DNB Final examination that the post doctoral degree awarded to them is from an Indian University and is duly recognized as per Indian Medical Council (IMC) Act, 1956

Submission of proof of having passed the DM/MCh final examination on/before 31st October, 2013 is an essential pre-requisite. In case the candidate does not submit the requisite proof of passing DM/MCh before 15th November, 2013 his/her application shall be rejected and fees forfeited


DNB FINAL: The DNB Final is a two-stage exam comprising of theory and practical component

An eligible candidate who has qualified the theory examination is permitted to appear in the practical exam

A candidate unsuccessful in the first attempt of practical examination is permitted to undertake one more attempt in practical exam

This second attempt shall be permitted out of the next 2 sessions of practical examination placed along with the next two successive theory examination sessions

DNB Final Exam:

Theory Exam:

Maximum Marks: 300

The theory exam comprises of three question papers

There are 10 short notes of 10 marks each in the question paper

The number of short notes and their respective marks weightage may vary in some subjects/some papers
Maximum time permitted is 3 hours for each question paper

Candidate must score at least 50% of maximum marks to qualify the theory exam i.e. candidate scoring 150 or more marks out of 300 shall be declared ‘pass’ in theory examination

Grace marks of upto 2% of maximum marks i.e. 6/300 shall be given only to the candidates falling in the zone of consideration i.e. scoring between 144-149 marks out of 300

Candidates who have qualified the theory examination are permitted to take up the practical exam

Practical Exam:

Maximum Marks: 300

Comprises of Clinical Examination and Viva

Candidate must obtain a minimum of 50% marks in the Clinical/Examination (including Viva) to qualify for the Practical Exam

There are no grace marks in Practical Examination

There are a maximum of two attempts that can be availed by a candidate for Practical Exam

Examination for Direct 6 Years Courses

Paediatric Surgery, Plastic Surgery, Neurosurgery and Cardiothoracic Surgery

Candidates enrolled for DNB Direct 6 year courses in Paediatric Surgery, Plastic Surgery, Neurosurgery and

Cardiothoracic Surgery are required to take Part – I & Part – II (Final) Examination

Candidates who have successfully qualified Part – I examination can take Part – II (Final) Examination on completion of 5 years of DNB training subject to fulfillment of eligibility criteria

Part – II (Final) Examination is common for candidates of 3 years and 6 years DNB courses in the respective super specialties

However, Paper – I shall be exempted for candidates of direct 6 year courses

Application form:

Applications for admission to the examination should definitely reach NBE by the specified date

Statements made by the candidate in the application form shall be certified by the head of the institution at the appropriate place and the application shall be supported by the relevant documents

Candidates who are not in service shall get their forms signed by a Gazetted Officer

Applications of candidates producing false or fabricated records will not be considered and the candidate may be further debarred from appearing in any future examinations

Candidates should go through the bulletin carefully for eligibility criteria before writing to the Board’s Office; queries pertaining to eligibility and other issues will only be entertained if the information requested is not given in bulletin or on website

Incomplete applications or application not in accordance with instructions will not be considered
In such cases, the examination fee will not be refunded

Fee will neither be carried forward to a future date nor refunded under any circumstances; applications in original along with enclosures received after the due date will be returned

Candidate found to be ineligible at any stage of DNB examination, will not be permitted to appear in the exam; in an unlikely event of any ineligible candidate appearing and/or passing the DNB exam the results/candidature of such candidate will be cancelled and/or are deemed to be cancelled

Instructions in the information-bulletin are liable to changes based on decisions taken by the Board from time to time

However, candidates will be governed by information Bulletin vide which they were registered for determining the eligibility

NBE reserves its absolute rights to alter the examination schedule, pattern, policy and guidelines at any time during the continuation or after the completion of DNB training

NBE reserves its absolute right to alter, amend, modify or apply any or some of the instructions/ guidelines contained in this information bulletin

Request will not be entertained for change in date/center of examination under any circumstances

Absentees from the examination will forfeit their examination fee and Photocopy of the filled in application form may be retained by the candidate for future reference

All certificates (photocopies) should be attested by a Gazetted Officer /self-certified; unattested/uncertified copies will not be accepted under any circumstances

Result and Roll number for DNB Final Exams may also be seen on the website

Candidates should ensure before applying for the registration that their MBBS/ MD/MS/Diploma/DM/M.Ch is recognized by MCI

If it is found at any time that the Degree/Diploma is not recognized by MCI then the NBE will have the right to cancel the registration. Registration with NBE is mandatory for all candidates appearing in DNB Examinations

All the correspondence should be addressed to the Executive Director, National Board of Examinations, Medical Enclave, Mahatma Gandhi Marg, Ansari Nagar, New Delhi-110029

Candidates are requested to kindly superscibed the envelope with the subject matter of the correspondence for expeditious processing

For queries submitted by e-mail, please do mention DNB Final-Session December 2013 in subject line and include your complete contact details

Fee Structure:

Candidates are required to submit the following fees

DNB Final Exam and Direct 6 Years Part-I Examination (Theory plus 1st Attempt practical) Rs. 3550/-

DNB Final (Only Practical- Final attempt) Rs. 3600/-

Registration fees (only for DM/MCh Pass candidates taking DNB Exam) Rs. 1000/-

Application forms downloaded from website of NBE must include application form fee of Rs. 750/- along with exam fees

Deposition of Fees:

By Cash Deposit: The fee as above can be deposited at any branch of the Indian Bank or Axis Bank; The list of branches of Axis Bank and Indian Bank can be seen at their website and respectively

Pay-in-slip can also be downloaded from NBE Website
NBE copy of pay-in-slip is required to be submitted in original alongwith application form Absentees from the exam

Thesis Submission to NBE

As per NBE norms, writing a thesis is essential for all DNB candidates towards partial fulfillment of eligibility for award of DNB degree certificate

DNB candidates are required to submit their thesis before the cut off date which shall be 30th June, 2013 of same year for candidates appearing for their scheduled December final theory examination

Similarly candidates who shall be appearing in their scheduled June DNB final examination shall be required to submit their thesis by 31st of preceding December

For December, 2013 exam going candidates, the prescribed cut off dates are as follows:

For DNB Final Examination (December 2013)

Cut off date: 30th June, 2013

Fee to be submitted for assessment (In INR) 3000/-

Extended cut off date with an additional late fee:

Cut off date: 30th October, 2013

Fee to be submitted for assessment (In INR): 7000/-

Candidates submitting Thesis beyond 30th October, 2013 shall not be considered eligibility to appear for December 2013 DNB Final Examinations

Fee can be deposited through pay-in-slip/challan at any of the Indian bank branch across India. The challan can be downloaded from NBE website

Candidates who will fail to submit their theses by the aforementioned extended cut off date shall NOT be allowed to appear in DNB final examination to be held in December 2013

Examination Centres:

The tentative/proposed list of various theory centers is given below

Bangalore; Bhopal; Mumbai; Nagpur; Kolkata; Delhi; Guwahati; Hyderabad; Chennai; Trivandrum; Pune ; Chandigarh

Part-l (Theory) Exam for direct 6 years courses shall be conducted only at Delhi, Bangalore and Chennai Centres

Date of Examination:

Theory: 07th December, 2013 Saturday
Paper-I: 09.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m.
Paper-II: 02.00 p.m. to 05.00 p.m.
08th December, 2013 Sunday
Paper-III: 09.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m.
Schedule of Part-I examinations (Direct six years course) in Plastic Surgery/Pediatric Surgery/Neuro Surgery/Cardiothoracic Surgery: 07th December, 2013 Saturday
Paper-I: 09.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m.
Paper II: 02.00 p.m. to 05.00 p.m.

National Board of Examinations shall conduct the DNB-Final Examinations (Super Specialties) on 07th December, 2013 to 08th December, 2013

Application form which can be downloaded 21st July, 2013 onwards from website: or obtained from branches of Indian Bank on cash payment of Rs. 750/- from 28th July, 2013 onwards
Duly completed application form along with examination fee receipt can be submitted to the office of NBE latest by 30th August, 2013

Candidates who have taken DNB Final examination in Cardiology held in June 2013 and declared fail in Practical examination can apply for only practical examination of December 2013 session latest by 31st January 2014

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