DNB CET 2021: Exam Date, Online Registration, Exam Pattern, Admit Card, Books, Counselling, Last Year Papers

Exam Date

Nov 13, 2021

Sep 27, 2021 | Medical


Candidates who are writing thisinto DM/ M.CH/ DrNB super speciality courses.  exam should read this article for understanding the details concerning DNB CET 2021, which includes DNB CET 2021 counselling, exam date, registration, Admit Card, exam pattern, and its latest updates.


What is the DNB CET?

The full form of DNB CET is "Diplomate of National Board Centralized Entrance Test-Super Specialty." It is a national level qualifying and ranking entrance exam, which is being conducted every twice a year by the National Board of Examinations (NBE) in January and June/July. The candidates interested in different Postgraduate Courses in modern Medicine are eligible for applying this exam.

DNB CET 2021 Highlights

Students who are interested in pursuing DM (Doctor of Medicine) or M.Ch (Master of Chirurgiae) and DNB 3-year Super Specialty courses at NBE(National Board of Examination) accredited Institutions, hospitals, or medical colleges should read the following highlights.

DNB CET 2021 At a Glance
Full Form Diplomate of National Board -Centralized Entrance Test
The conducting body National Board of Examinations (NBE)
Courses Post Graduate Courses (modern Medicine)
The Mode of Exam Online
Official Website of DNB CET natboard.edu.in

DNB CET 2021 Exam Date

The exam date for DNB CET 2021 is given in the table below. But the students should visit the official website of DNB CET to be updated about the exam dates and other important dates. The admission of DNB CET January session has been made through NEET PG 2021. Hence the Candidates can check the following dates for the DNB CET July session which are tabulated below:

Events Dates
Official Notification - Exam Date Jan 18, 2021
Start date of Online Registration Sep 22, 2021
Last Date of Online Registration Oct 12, 2021
Mock Test -
Admit Card available -
DNB CET 2021 Exam Date Nov 13, 2021- Nov 14, 2021
Declaration of Result -

DNB CET 2021 Online Registration

The candidates who are doing online registration for the DNB CET 2021 Exam should follow the below-given procedure:

DNB CET 2021 Online Registration Form

  1. Search the official site of the National Board of Examinations (NBE) and click on it.
  2. The details which are provided on the site should be filled in. It also contains a few mandatory details which are to be filled, such as:
    • Name of the applicant
    • DOB of the applicant in the format (dd/mm/yyyy format)
    • Contact Number
    • Country
    • Email Address of the applicant
    • Year of Passing (X, XII, graduation)
    • Name of the Guardian
    • category (SC/ST/ Others)
    • Aadhaar Number
  3. After filling the details, the applicant should click on the ‘confirmation’ tab, which will be received on the applicant's registered email address.
  4. Log in with the registered email & password.

DNB CET 2021 Online Application Form

  1. Once the applicant has logged in by entering an email id and password (registered), tap on the link “DNB CET 2021 Application Form" and fill the form with valid personal details and educational details.
  2. Finally, click on the "Submit" button after the application is filled and note down the application ID.
  3. Applicants need to choose a security question that should be remembered and noted down as it is important for the registration process.
  4. Download and Take a copy of the Application Form for future reference.
  5. Upload scanned Images and Documents of passport size photograph, signature, and all the educational documents.
  6. Payment of the application is to be done online. ( Payment fee is INR 4500).

DNB CET 2021 Admit Card

The applicants who will register themselves successfully for the DNB CET 2021 Exam will be eligible to download the admit card. The applicants would have the option to download the DNB CET 2021 Admit Card through online mode. It is sorted out to offer induction into DNB postgraduate courses. Below given is the important data regarding the admit card for DNB CET 2021:

  • The admit card is relied upon to be discharged before the conduction of the entrance exam.
  • The applicants would be required to enter their email ID to get to the DNB CET 2021 Admit Card.
  • The applicants should attach a passport size photo on their admit card.

Procedure to download DNB CET 2021 Admit Card

  • Go to the DNB CET official website.
  • Click on the link "Admit Card," which will be displayed on the website's homepage.
  • Enter the credentials required (registered username and password).
  • Validate the details entered before pressing on the 'Submit' button.
  • The admit card will be shown (pdf format).
  • Download and take a printout of the admit card as it will be required for further use.

Important Documents for DNB CET 2021 Admit Card

The other important document(s) that should be provided by the admit card candidates is as follows:

  • The hard copy of the DNB CET 2021 Admit Card with a passport size photo of the candidates attached to the admit card.
  • Photocopy of Permanent/Provisional SMC/MCI registration
  • Any of the authorized photo IDs -PAN Card/Driving License/Voter ID/Passport/Aadhar Card.

DNB CET 2021 Exam Pattern

The DNB CET 2021 exam pattern has been provided below.

  • Mode of Examination: DNB CET 2021 examination is conducted via online mode.
  • Type of Questions: It will consist of multiple-choice questions
  • Medical super specialities.
  • Surgical super specialities.
  • Pediatric super specialities (For Neonatology).
  • Language in which the exam will be conducted: The examination is conducted in the English language.
  • Total No. of Questions: A total of 300 MCQs
  • Time Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes of total time duration will be given for every section where each section is of 180 marks.
  • Marking Scheme: 4 marks for every correct answer will be given, and there is no negative marking for incorrect answers.
  • Eligibility Criteria for passing the examination along with the cut-off for various categories is:
  • General Category – 50% marks(Minimum)
  • SC/ST/OBC Category – 40% marks(Minimum)
  • PWD Category - 45% marks(Minimum)

DNB CET 2021 Result

The concerned Exam authorities will provide the DNB CET 2021 Result, which will be available only online. The results would be declared after a few days of the Entrance Test. DNB CET 2021 Exam is conducted in two sessions in one year (January and July).

The admission will be provided for the candidates based on the marks secured in their exam. The exam authorities will opt for the candidates who have secured the same ranks based on the ‘tie-breaking criteria.’

The candidates should take a hard copy of their result as it is mandatory for the counselling process.

How to Check DNB CET 2021 Result

  • Go to the official website to obtain the result for the DNB CET 2021 Exam.
  • Select the DNB CET-SS option provided on the homepage.
  • Press on the 'result' tab to view the results and check your result and download it.
  • Take a printout or a hard copy as it will be useful during counselling.

DNB CET 2021 Counselling

The schedule for DNB CET 2021 counselling round two is revised by the National Board of Examinations (NBE). The counselling for DNB CET 2021 Second Round Seat Allotment will start for DNB Post MBBS & DNB Post Diploma Courses soon after the declaration of the result. 

  • A total of 3,065 candidates have been selected in the counselling of DNB CET and the candidates selected for the previous DNB post -MBBS was 36,378(under unreserved category).
  • The students who have registered for any DNB CET post for the counselling but are not yet allotted any seat for the post can automatically join the subsequent round.counseling

The students should thoroughly understand the online process for the Post MBBS, and Diploma course (DNB CET Counseling) and its Admission Session Flowchart provided on the official website of NBE.

DNB CET 2021 First Round Counselling

Events Dates
The start date for registration To be announced
Last date for registration To be announced
Seat allotment process To be announced
Seat allotment To be announced
Fee payment - First-Year Course To be announced
The final date of fee payment To be announced
Eligible list of candidates - Final To be announced
Downloading the allotment letter and E-joining To be announced
Joining date-Physical To be announced

DNB CET 2021 Second Round Counselling

The revised schedule for 2nd round counselling is tabulated below, which includes seat allotment procedure and other important dates.

Display of vacant seat matrix To be notified
Adding, editing, recording of filled in options To be announced
Seat allotment process To be announced
Result of allotment To be announced
First-year course fee payment To be announced
E-joining To be announced
Physical reporting To be announced

DNB CET 2021 Third Round Counselling

The revised schedule for 3rd round counselling is tabulated below which includes result allotment, college allotment and other important dates.

Display of vacant seat matrix To be announced
Editing of choice filled To be announced
Seat allotment To be announced
Result announcement To be announced
Second-year course fee payment To be announced
E-joining To be announced
Final round (In-person) To be announced
Offline counselling, biometric and document verification To be announced
Joining allotted college To be announced

DNB CET 2021 Last Year Papers

The DNB CET 2021 Exam consists of questions from the following subjects:

  • Anatomy
  • Physiology
  • Biochemistry
  • Pathology
  • Microbiology
  • Pharmacology

The students can download the previous year papers and model question papers to thoroughly prepare for the DNB CET 2021 Exam as it is a difficult Entrance Test.

Subjects Paper 1 Paper 2f
Anesthesiology Anesthesiology (Paper 1) Anesthesiology(Paper 2)
Cardiology Cardiology( Paper 1) Cardiology( Paper 2)
Dermatology Dermatology(Paper 1) Dermatology(Paper 2)
Emergency Medicine Emergency Medicine(Paper 1) Emergency Medicine(Paper 2)
General Medicine General Medicine(Paper 1) General Medicine(Paper 2)

DNB CET 2021 Books

The key features that are present in the DNB CET 2021 Books and its Reference Books are:

  • Frequently asked topics of each problem vicinity covered systematically.
  • All the core subjects of MBBS are present.
  • The book is ready for helping students to accumulate maximum information in minimum time.
  • Each problem starts evolved with a précis of the theory part that is essential and is marked 'ought to' remember:
  • A beneficial e-book for a brief revision in all subjects is provided.
  • Specially prepared for those preparing for the DNB CET 2021 exam.
  • Also useful for those getting ready all India and extra importantly, various entrance exams.
Book Author
DNB CET Review 4ed Vol-3 Dr Aditi Bharat, Dr Gaurav Bharat, Dr Ishad Aggarwal
Review Of DNB CET And NEET PG Medical Entrance Examination (DNB In Your Hands) Vikash Gupta
DNB Entrance Examination DNB-CET M. S. Bhatia
A Complete Guide to DNB – CET (2019- 2021): Fully explanatory with references from the latest edition Ashfaq Ul Hassan

DNB CET Contact Details

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Toll-Free: 1800 11 1700


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