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Everything you need to know about DNB CET-SS

Jul 07, 2017

DNB-CET SS is a qualifying-cum-ranking examination conducted for admission to various Super Specialty Courses. DNB CET-SS is conducted by the NBE and serves as a mandatory pre-requisite for admission to Post-Doctoral (MD/MS/DNB) 3-year Super-Specialty courses.
  • What is DNB CET-SS?
DNB CET-SS is a qualifying-cum-ranking examination which is conducted by NBE for taking admission to various Super Specialty Courses. The full form of DNB is “Diplomate of National Board” and this diplomate qualification is awarded by National Board of Examinations.
  • Why DNB CET-SS is conducted?
  • DNB-CET SS is an entrance examination and is a necessary pre-requisite for taking admission into post MD/MS/DNB 3-year Super Specialty courses.
  • These Diplomate qualifications are associated with the postgraduate and post doctorate degrees awarded by other Indian Universities for all purposes that include appointment to teaching posts as lecture/Assistant Professor by the Government of India, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
  • DNB is eligible to be considered for specialist’s post/faculty in any Hospital including a training/teaching institution on a teaching post/ as a faculty member. Diplomate National Board qualifications are well-recognized and established worldwide.
  • Eligibility criteria for DNB CET –SS
The candidate must fulfill the below mentioned criteria’s:
  1. Candidates must possess post graduate medical degrees or have a Provisional Pass Certificates in eligible specialties and their medical qualifications are recognized according to the provisions of the Indian Medical Council Act, 1956 or candidates who are already DNB qualified may apply for DNB-CET-SS through online application.
  1. Candidate must have a permanent registration certificate of MBBS qualification and their additional medical qualification should be registered with MCI.
  1. Ineligible candidates are not allowed to appear for DNB CET-SS examination. In an unlikely event of any ineligible candidate appearing and/or being successful in the DNB CET-SS, the results or candidature of those candidates will be cancelled.
  1. Candidates already pursuing a DM/MCh or DNB course are not eligible to appear for the DNB-CET-SS till the time they have completed the duration of prescribed course or have been discharged from the course.
  • How to apply for DNB CET-SS? (Registration Procedure)
The registration procedure for DNB CET-SS is summarized below: Register for CET-SS Create a Profile Apply for DNB CET-SS Schedule the Exam (Select your exam centers) Make Online Payment (Candidates have to pay an examination fee of Rs. 4500(approximately) through Credit/Debit Cards or Internet Banking)
  • DNB CET-SS: Admit Card
Admit Cards will be generated after completion of the Registration and scheduling process. Applicant will be required to take a print out/hard copy of the Admit card and affix a recent passport size photograph as per the specifications.
  • DNB CET- SS: Exam pattern
Exam Mode Online
Periodicity Once a year
Type Objective –Type with Single Correct Response
Number of Questions 180
Time Duration 3 hours
Negative Marking No negative marking
Level Post Graduate Exit Examination
Topics covered Applied basic sciences, clinical practice and Recent advances.
  1. Medical Specialties – 180 questions
  2. Surgical Specialties – 180 questions
  3. Pediatric Specialties (For Neonatology) – 180 questions
  4. For Medical Genetics, eligible candidates from (1) and (3) above will have to further undertake a paper in Medical Genetics comprising 30 MCQs.
  • Test centers for DNB CET-SS:
DNB CET-SS test centers are located in the following cities:
Sl.no. City Sl.No. City
1 Ahmedabad 22 Mumbai
2 Bangalore 23 Nagpur
3 Bhopal 24 Navi Mumbai
4 Bhubaneswar 25 New Delhi
5 Chandigarh 26 Noida
6 Chennai 27 Bardoli (Surat)
7 Cochin 28 Pune
8 Coimbatore 29 Raipur
9 Dehradun 30 Ranchi
10 Mysore 31 Trivandrum
11 Aurangabad 32 Udaipur
12 Greater Noida 33 Varanasi
13 Gurgaon 34 Durgapur
14 Guwahati 35 Kozikhode
15 Hyderabad 36 Mangalore
16 Indore 37 Trichy
17 Jaipur 38 Vijayawada
18 Jammu 39 Visakhapatnam
19 Jamshedpur 40 Gandhinagar
20 Kolkata 41 Goa
21 Lucknow
  • Required documents at the time of DNB CET exam:
  • Printed copy of the Admit Card with photo pasted on it.
  • Photocopy of Permanent or Provisional SMC/MCI registration.
  • Any one of the subsequent authorized photo IDs (must be original and valid/non-expired): PAN Card / Driving Licence / Voter ID / Passport / Aadhar Card (with photograph)
  • DNB CET-SS: Counseling
Candidates successfully qualifying CET-SS will be required to take part in the Centralized Merit Based Counseling conducted by the NBE for allotment of DNB seats at NBE recognized Hospitals/Institutions.
  • Counseling Fees:
  • Candidates are required to deposit a counseling fee of Rs. 2500/- (approximately) through demand draft in favor of National Board of Examinations, payable at New Delhi, on the day of counseling at counseling venue itself. Candidates are required to bring the above mentioned demand draft.
  • Once the candidate has been registered for Counseling at the counseling venue, the counseling fee will not be refunded under any circumstances.
  • Counseling Round:
Candidates absent/not taking part in any of their scheduled round of counseling either in-person or through online (opt out) will not be eligible for participation in subsequent round(s) of counseling.
Counseling Eligibility
1st Round Candidates qualifying DNB CET-SS conducted by NBE in the respective session and fulfill the eligibility criteria for admission to the respective courses at different NBE accredited Medical Colleges /Institutions /Hospitals in India will be eligible to participate in the counseling for allocation of seats purely on merit-cum-choice basis.
2nd Round Candidates participated in the 1st Round of counseling either in-person or via online (opt out) will be eligible for taking part in the 2nd round of Counseling according to their merit list.
3rd Round (if conducted) Candidates participated in the 2nd Round of counseling either in-person or via online (opt out) will be eligible for taking part in the 3rd round of Counseling as per the merit list.
The schedule of DNB CET-SS Centralized counseling will be made available on NBE website.
  • Validity of DNB CET-SS result :
The validity of the result of the DNB CET-SS will be only for the current admission session only and will not be carried forward for the next session of DNB CET-SS.
  • DNB CET-SS: Merit List
The Merit List for DNB CET-SS will be structured in the following order: Merit List Order:
  • Medical
  • Surgical
  • Pediatrics/Neonatology
  • Medical Genetics combined with Medical/Pediatrics/Obstetrics & Gynecology
  • DNB CET-SS: Important Dates
Tentative dates for DNB CET-SS are as follows:
Event Tentative Dates
Starting Date of Online Registration Last week of September 2017
Closing Date of Online Registration Last week of October 2017
Exam Date Last week of November 2017
We hope that this blog has familiarized you with all the details pertaining to DNB CET-SS. Best Wishes.. More Updates will Follow… Stay Tuned with PrepLadder!!
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