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DNB CET 2017 Exam Pattern

DNB CET 2017 is an online exam scheduled in different slots and sessions. It is expected to be conducted from June 30, 2017 to July 03, 2017. The candidates have to answer a total of 300 MCQs in 210 minutes.

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.

DNB CET 2017 (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 2017 Exam Highlights

The DNB CET 2017 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 2017 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 2017 Exam Pattern

The basic DNB CET 2017 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 2017 Subject-wise Distribution of Questions

There are a total of 300 questions in the online exam of DNB CET 2017. Candidates are asked the maximum number of questions from the general medicine. The candidates are tested on prevention, diagnosis and treatment of adult diseases in general medicine. There are 25 questions based on various topics related to general surgery.

The least number of questions are asked from Psychiatry, Dermatology and STD, Orthopedics, Anesthesiology and Radiology. The most important topics in the DNB CET 2017 with 24 questions each are mentioned below:

  • Anatomy
  • Physiology
  • Biochemistry
  • SPM, Statistics, Biomedical Research
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

DNB CET Exam Pattern

DNB CET 2017 Syllabus

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.

Given below is the DNB CET Syllabus of the Pre-Clinical Subjects, Para-Clinical Subjects and Clinical Subjects.

Pre-Clinical Subjects

The candidates are tested on their knowledge of life processes, development of human body, normal functions of organ systems. It also includes subjects of Demography, Health Economics, Medical Sociology, Hospital Management, and Behavioral Sciences inclusive of Psychology. The basic syllabus for Pre-clinical subjects is tabulated below:

Human AnatomyBiochemistry
Human Physiology and BiophysicsIntroduction to Humanities and Community Medicine

Para-Clinical Subjects

Candidate’s comprehensive knowledge of causes of diseases and treatment of infections in the community. The detailed syllabus is tabulated below:

PathologyForensic Medicine Including Toxicology
MicrobiologyCommunity Medicine

Clinical Subjects

Basic knowledge of dealing with major health problems of children, orthopedic skills etc. is tested in this subject. It also tests candidate’s awareness of the various needs for radio-diagnostic tools in medical practice. Details of DNB CET Syllabus for Clinical Subjects is tabulated below:

Medicine and its allied specialtiesOrthopedics
MedicineRadio-Diagnosis and Radiotherapy
PediatricsRadio diagnosis and imaging
Dermatology and STDOto-Rhino-Laryngology
Surgery and its allied specialtiesOphthalmology
SurgeryObstetrics and Gynecology

DNB CET 2017 Frequently Asked Questions

Ques. Is there a new testing format for DNB CET 2017?

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 2017 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 2017.



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