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DNB CET 2019 Exam Pattern

Updated On - October 17th 2018

DNB CET 2019 for January Session will be scheduled from December 2018. The exam pattern declared by NBE for DNB CET 2019. It is essential for the appearing students to have complete information about DNB CET 2019 Exam Pattern so that they prepare accordingly. 

The exam comprises 300 multiple choice questions in English language only. The candidates have to answer a total of 300 MCQs in 210 minutes. Duration will be 3 hours and 45 minutes and shall be held in 2 sessions Forenoon and Afternoon. Candidates have to reach the DNB CET Exam Center before the stipulated time. There is a 15-minute tutorial to teach candidates how to attempt the DNB CET exam and mark responses.

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DNB CET 2019 (Diplomate of National Board Centralized Entrance Test) is a national level qualifying-cum-ranking examination that is conducted bi-annually for admissions to various postgraduate courses. These courses also include a Direct 6 year course in the specialty of Plastic Surgery, Neuro Surgery, Cardio-thoracic Surgery and Pediatric Surgery.

DNB CET 2019 Exam Highlights

The DNB CET 2019 exam is a mandatory examination for enrollment to DNB broad Specialties and Post MBBS Direct 6 year super specialty courses. It is held twice every year. Some important details about DNB CET 2019 are given below –

Periodicity of examHeld twice a year
Format of examObjective MCQ test
Mode of examOnline or Computer Based
Language of examEnglish
Duration of examThree and a half hours or 210 minutes
Number of questions300 questions in all
Marking SchemeNo negative marking for wrong answers
Criteria for passing the examGeneral Category – Minimum of 50% marks
SC/ST/OBC Category – Minimum of 40% marks
PWD Category – Minimum of 45% marks

DNB CET 2019 Exam Pattern

The basic DNB CET 2019 Exam Pattern is mentioned below:

  • It is an objective test and will consist of a total of 300 MCQ or Multiple Choice Questions.
  • Each question will have four responses out of which only one will be correct.
  • The questions will be available in English only.
  • There is no negative marking for wrong answers. Hence, attempting all questions in the test is advised.
  • The duration of the exam will be three and a half hours. A 15-minute tutorial will be shown at the start of the examination for guiding the students through the question paper.

The candidates will be able to navigate the paper in any order they wish to. Hence, the candidates can select the questions according to their preference and can solve those questions they want to solve first and then get to the difficult ones later.

DNB CET 2019 Syllabus

There are a total of 300 questions in the online exam of DNB CET. Before the candidate registers for the DNB CET exam, they should have a proper understanding of the in-depth syllabus of the test. It is important for the candidates to know exactly what the topics included in the syllabus are. Otherwise, the candidate may miss out on valuable questions in the actual exam.

SubjectsSubject Wise Weightage (Out of 300)
Forensic Medicine12
SPM, Statistics & Biomedical Research24
General Medicine26
Dermatology & STD6
General Surgery25
Obstetrics & Gynaecology24

DNB CET 2019 Frequently Asked Questions

Ques. Is there a new testing format for DNB CET 2019?

Ans. Yes, formerly this test was pen and paper based; now it is a Computer-Based test. However, the test is not an Internet-based test. No internet is needed for conducting the test. Instead of reading the questions on a paper, now the candidates will have to read it on a screen and mark their responses there too.

Ques. How is the computer-based test different from the paper and pen test?

Ans. The only difference is in the way questions are viewed and responses are marked.

Ques. What does a computer-based test look like?

Ans. A demo test will be made available on the website of NBE – – to help candidates get the feel and the look as well as the functionality of the test.

Ques. Can I take the test from any computer?

Ans. No, a candidate will have to test on a pre-assigned test station at an allocated testing venue, chosen during the DNB CET 2019 registration process.

Ques. What type of questions will be asked?

Ans. The questions will be multiple-choice with each question having four responses, out of which only one will be correct.

Ques. What is the syllabus of the test?

Ans. The syllabus consists of all subjects taught during MBBS courses including pre-clinical, para-clinical and clinical subjects.

Ques. What is the 15-minute tutorial?

Ans. The tutorial will provide the candidates with a series of screens that will orient them to the computer-based DNB CET. They will be free to try various features like navigating through questions, reviewing them, selecting and deselecting them. At the end of the tutorial, the candidates will be asked to accept a non-disclosure agreement before beginning the test.  For a similar experience, candidates can take the Demo Test available on the official website.

Ques. What is the Demo Test?

Ans. The Demo Test is a sample computer-based test that is intended to familiarize the candidates with navigation and functionality of the DNB CET 2019.

*The article might have information for the previous academic years, which will be updated soon subject to the notification issued by the University/College


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