DNB PDCET 2021 - Admit Card (Released), Exam Date (Sept 19), Pattern, Test Centre

DNB PDCET 2021 - Admit Card (Released), Exam Date (Sept 19), Pattern, Test Centre

DNB PDCET 2021 - National Board of Examinations (NBE) has released the DNB PDCET 2021 admit card at nbe.edu.in. Registered candidates can download the hall ticket for DNB PDCET from the below-mentioned link. In order to download the DNB PDCET admit card, candidates have to enter the user ID and password.To download the DNB PDCET 2021 admit card - Click here

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As per the latest update, the DNB PDCET 2021 exam will be held on September 19, 2021. The admit card must be carried to the DNB PDCET 2021 exam centre with ID proof. NBE will conduct Diplomate of National Board Post-Diploma Centralised Entrance Test - DNB PDCET in a computer-based mode. Through DNB PDCET exam, admission to 1856 PDCET seats will be offered for 14 specialties in 942 colleges in India.DNB PDCET 2021 brochure released - Check here

A total of 120 objective questions based on the syllabus of the Diploma specialty will be asked in DNB PDCET exam. As per the DNB PDCET exam pattern 2021, four marks will be awarded for each correct answer, while one mark will be deducted for every incorrect response. DNB PDCET 2021 result will be announced in PDF format. The result of DNB PDCET will mention roll number, scores obtained (out of 1000), qualifying status.

The shortlisted aspirants can appear for DNB PDCET 2021 counselling. During the counselling of DNB PDCET 2021, aspirants need to register and fill choices of colleges and specialties. Based on these choices filled, seats available, DNB PDCET rank, reservation and other factors, admission will be granted. Read the article on DNB PDCET 2021 for dates, application form, eligibility criteria, admit card, exam pattern, syllabus, result, counselling and others

DNB PDCET 2021- Overview



Name of the exam

DNB PDCET 2021 exam

Full form of DNB PDCET

Diplomate of National Board Post-Diploma Centralised Entrance Test

Conducting authority

National Board of Examinations

Purpose of exam

Ranking exam for admission to DNB (post-diploma) courses


Once a year

Mode of conduct

Computer-based test

Process of seat allotment

Specialty specific merit-based counselling conducted by NBE.

Reservation of seats

For SC/ST/OBC/Persons with disability (PWD/ Hospitals/Institutions which are covered as per rules of Govt./ Public Sector Institutes/ Hospitals)

DNB PDCET 2021 Latest updates

September 17, 2021: The DNB PDCET 2021 hall tickets have been released at nbe.edu.in. Registered candidates can download the DNB PDCET admit card through the nbe.edu.in login window 2021.

August 23, 2021: NBE to re=open DNB PDCET 2021 application form window at nbe.ed.u.in from August 31 to September 5.

July 24, 2021: NBE has released the new exam date for conducting DNB PDCET 2021, September 19. Check the official notice regarding the release of DNB PDCET exam date below.

April 30, 2021: NBE has postponed DNB PDCET 2021 due rising COVID-19 cases and restrictions imposed across the country. Check the NBE notice on DNB-PDCET 2021 examination postponed below.

April 23, 2021: NBE has released a notice for conduct of DNB PDCET 2021 with COVID appropriate behaviour. As per the notice, DNB PDCET will be conducted as per schedule on May 9, 2021.

March 25, 2021: DNB PDCET 2021 application form date has been announced. Candidates can register for DNB PDCET 2021 from March 25, 5:00 PM onwards. The application form of DNB PDCET can be filled only in an online mode.

March 25, 2021: NBE has released the DNB PDCET information bulletin for 2021 session at nbe.edu.in. The brochure of DNB PDCET 2021 has been released with six major changes, discussed below.

  • Hike in application fee: The application fee of DNB PDCET 2021 has been increased to Rs 5,900 with taxes.
  • Changes in exam timings: DNB PDCET 2021 will be conducted for a duration of 2 hours from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
  • Changes in exam pattern: The number of questions in DNB PDCET 2021 exam have been reduced to 120 from 200.
  • Changes in exam centre: Noida has been included in Delhi NCR as a DNB PDCET exam centre 2021. The total number of DNB PDCET 2021 exam cities is 23.
  • Addition to tie-breaking criteria: The tie-breaking criteria of DNB PDCET 2021 has been revised. Now, candidate with less number of wrong answers will be awarded a higher rank.
  • Changes in accepted identity proof: The aadhar card of the candidate will not be accepted as a valid id proof at the DNB PDCET exam centre now. Acceptable id proofs include Voter ID, Passport, Driving License and PAN card.

March 24, 2021: NBE has released the notification of DNB PDCET 2021. The notice mentions the DNB PDCET exam date along with information bulletin and application form date. Check notice below.

January 18, 2021 : As per the notice released by NBE, questions in the DNB PDCET exam 2021 will be based on the curriculum of Diploma specialty only. The questions in DNB PDCET 2021 will be objective in nature.January 18, 2021 : NBE has released a notice on DNB PDCET exam date 2021. As per the notice, the DNB PDCET exam will now be conducted on May 9, 2021 in a computer-based mode.

DNB PDCET 2021 - Important Dates



Information brochure of DNB PDCET 2021 exam

March 25, 2021 - Released

Release date of DNB PDCET application form

March 25, 2021, 5:00 PM onwards - Released

Last date to fill the application form

April 14, 2021

Correction window facilityApril 17 to 18, 2021
Final edit windowApril 24 to 25, 2021
Availability of mock test

May 3, 2021

Application form window re-opensAugust 31 to September 5, 2021

Release of admit card

September 17, 2021

Exam date of DNB PDCET 2021

September 19, 2021

Last date of submitting deficient documentsTo be announced

Declaration of result

To be announced

Registration and choice filling for round oneTo be announced
Process of seat allotmentTo be announced
First seat allotment listTo be announced
Last date of payment of course feeTo be announced

DNB PDCET 2021 Eligibility Criteria

Aspirants must ensure that they fulfill the eligibility criteria laid down by the exam conducting authority before applying for DNB PDCET. The eligibility criteria of DNB PDCET 2021 reflects the pre-requisite conditions that a candidate must meet in order to be considered eligible for the entrance exam and for further admission procedure. Aspirants who fail to fulfill the DNB PDCET 2021 eligibility criteria will be considered ineligible for the admission process. Aspirants can go through the below-mentioned main DNB PDCET eligibility criteria.

  • Candidates should have passed the final exam for a postgraduate diploma from a recognized Indian university.

  • Candidates must possess a proof of having passed/ passing the postgraduate diploma final examination on or before February 28, 2021.

  • Candidates must have been registered with the Medical Council of India or respective state medical council.

  • Candidates who have qualified PG Diploma exit examination or and getting their results after February 28, 2021, will not be eligible to apply for DNB PDCET 2021.

  • Candidates already pursuing an MD/MS/DNB course will NOT be eligible to appear for DNB-PDCET 2021 exam.

DNB PDCET application form 2021

Only aspirants who fulfill the eligibility criteria can fill the DNB PDCET application form. The completion of the application process for DNB PDCET 2021 comprises of six different steps like registration, filling of application, uploading of scanned documents/images, selection of test city, payment of application form, and printing of duly filled application form. In order to successfully submit the DNB PDCET 2021 exam, aspirants are required to pay the prescribed application fee of Rs 5,900/-. It is essential that all details in the application form are filled accurately as submission of application form not in accordance with instructions will not be considered and the candidature of such candidate will be cancelled. Candidates should also ensure before applying for the registration that their MBBS and postgraduate diploma qualification is recognized as per provisions of the Indian Medical Council Act.

Steps to fill the DNB PDCET application form

Step 1Registration
Step 2Filling of Application form
Step 3Uploading of scanned documents/images
Step 4Selection of test city
Step 5Payment of application form
Step 6Printing of duly filled application form

DNB PDCET Exam Centre 2021

While filling the application form for the DNB PDCET 2021 exam, aspirants are required to choose a test city where he/she wants to take the test. In order to appear for the DNB PDCET exam, candidates can chose only those test cities where seats are available. The allocation of the seat in a test city is done on a first come first serve basis. In case there are no seats left in a particular test city, candidates can choose the option ‘Others’ from the list of states at the time of selection of state shown at the time of submitting the DNB PDCET application form 2021. Usually, the testing city is allocated as per the preference of the candidate if not, the authority allocates the DNB PDCET 2021 test city in the nearest state. Candidates can check the list of test cities in the table below.

DNB PDCET Test Cities


Test City


Test City






























Delhi NCR















DNB PDCET 2021 - Correction window facility

The authority will open the DNB PDCET 2021 correction window facility for the convenience of aspirants. With the help of the DNB PDCET correction window facility, candidates will be able to rectify any information that was filled incorrectly at the time of applying for DNB PDCET 2021. Information such as personal details, educational qualification, etc. provided by the candidates in the online application form shall be treated as correct and NBE will not entertain, under any circumstances, any request for a change in the information provided by the candidates.

Fileds that are non-editable in DNB PDCET 2021 application form:

  • Name of the Candidate
  • Mobile Number
  • Email ID
  • Testing City
  • Nationality

Fields that can be edited in the DNB PDCET application form:

  • Date of Birth
  • Gender
  • Category of the Candidate

DNB PDCET admit card 2021

The authority has issued the DNB PDCET 2021 admit card for only registered candidates. Aspirants can download the DNB PDCET hall ticket 2021 by visiting the official website and entering the user ID and password. The admit card of DNB PDCET 2021 mentions the exam centre of each centre along with other crucial information like the name of the candidate, roll number, reporting time, exam duration, etc.

Before downloading the DNB PDCET hall ticket candidates must always ensure that the details mentioned on it are correct. In case of any discrepancy, candidates must intimate the exam conducting authority immediately. Without a valid DNB PDCET admit card 2021 candidates will not be allowed to enter the exam hall thus, it is necessary to carry a printed copy of it on the day of examination. As the DNB PDCET 2021 admit card is the important documents to carry at the exam centre.

Important documents to carry at DNB PDCET exam centreThe following are the documents that aspirants must carry along with the hall ticket of the DNB PDCET exam 2021.

  • A printed copy of the DNB PDCET 2021 admit card with a photo pasted on it

  • Photocopy of Permanent or Provisional SMC/MCI registration

  • One of the authorized photo ID (in original)

  • PAN Card

  • Driving License

  • Voter ID

  • Passport

  • Aadhar Card (with the photograph)

DNB PDCET Exam Pattern 2021

Candidates appearing for the entrance test should know about the paper pattern of the DNB PDCET 2021 exam. By knowing the exam pattern of DNB PDCET, candidates will be able to prepare a solid strategy to qualify the exam. The DNB PDCET exam pattern 2021 includes information about the duration of the exam, type of questions, negative marking, etc. Interested candidates can check the DNB PDCET 2021 exam pattern in the table below.

DNB PDCET Paper Pattern



Examination mode

Computer-based test

Examination Duration

2 hours

Timings2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Types of questions

Multiple choices

Number of questions

120 questions

Marking scheme

  • 4 marks will be awarded for each correct answer
  • 1 mark will be deducted for each wrong answer
  • 0 marks for unanswered questions

Examination syllabus

Diploma specialty curriculum

Examination medium


DNB PDCET 2021 - Demo Test

In order to familiarize the candidates with the computer-based test format, NBE uses to provide a demo test of the DNB PDCET 2021 exam. Registered candidates will be able to access the DNB PDCET demo test from the official website www.nbe.edu.in after its availability. With the help of the demo test, candidates were able to formulate a strategy to crack the DNB PDCET entrance test 2021. By using the facilities of the demo test, aspirants will be acquainted with the DNB PDCET 2021 exam pattern of the entrance test.

DNB PDCET Result 2021

The competent authority will declare the DNB PDCET 2021 result in online mode. The result of DNB PDCET will be released in the form of separate merit lists for each broad specialty which are mentioned below on this page. The scores obtained in the DNB PDCET result 2021 will only be valid for the same academic year only. Candidates who have appeared for the examination will be required to download the DNB PDCET 2021 result from the official website of NBE. No aspirant will be intimated individually about the result of DNB PDCET.

All candidates are ranked in order of the marks secured by them amongst other candidates of the same Broad specialty which will be published as the DNB PDCET merit list 2021. For e.g. the merit list for DNB Obstetrics & Gynaecology secondary seats will have only Post DGO candidates as competitors. In case two or more candidates have obtained identical scores, tie-breaking criteria will be applied to determine the inter-se merit in descending order. The tie-breaking criteria have been listed below.

  • A candidate who has a number of correct responses shall be placed at a higher position.

  • If the above criteria do not resolve the tie, the candidate who is older will be placed at a better merit position.

Scope of DNB PDCET 2021 - Broad Specialities

Authorities will conduct the DNB PDCET 2021 exam for admission to 14 different broad specialties at post diplomate level. These broad specialties have been listed below.

Broad specialties for DNB PDCET


Name of DNB course

Eligible Postgraduate Diploma qualification


DNB (Anaesthesiology)



DNB (Dermatology and VD)



DNB (Nuclear Medicine)






DNB (Ophthalmology)



DNB (Orthopaedics)



DNB (Otorhinolaryngology)



DNB (Paediatrics)



DNB (Psychiatry)



DNB (Radio-Diagnosis)



DNB (Radio-Therapy)



DNB (Respiratory Disease)



DNB (Physical Medicine and




DNB (Pathology)


DNB PDCET Counselling 2021

Aspirants who qualified for the entrance test and included in the results will be eligible to participate in the DNB PDCET 2021 counselling. Eligible candidates will be able to select and arrange their preference of college only after paying the prescribed DNB PDCET counselling fee of Rs 2500/-. A total of four rounds of DNB PDCET counselling 2021 will be organized by NBE out of which only the last round will be conducted in offline mode. Only candidates who have failed to secure a seat in the first, second, or third round of counselling will be eligible to participate in the fourth round of DNB PDCET 2021 counselling. The following criteria have been specified by NBE authorities and will apply in the DNB PDCET counselling.

  • There is no limit on the number of preferences that a candidate can give for a given round of DND PDCET counselling. However, it is advisable not to fill the choices in which candidates are not interested to join, if they do so and allotted with such seat and not pays the course fee or not joins the allotted seat, they will not be eligible for further rounds of DNB PDCET counselling 2021 including final round (in person) counselling.

  • Candidates belonging to the reserved category will be required to upload the relevant certificate to substantiate their claim or else they will be considered under the unreserved category.

  • The special category candidates will be able to opt for the special category at the time of filling the registration form of DNB PDCET 2021 counselling. Relevant documents to support the claim must be uploaded. These documents will be scrutinized by NBE.

  • The choices/preferences have to be locked within the stipulated time period for DNB PDCET admission, if not done so, the preferences entered will be locked automatically on the last date of registration.

  • The seat allocation will be done in accordance with the order of merit and the web options given by the candidate during the process of DNB PDCET admission 2021.

  • Those candidates who have been allotted a seat in a particular round will be required to accept the seat by paying a one-year course fee of Rs 8,000/- in online mode. Non-payment of the fee will be considered as the explicit refusal of the seat.

  • Only those candidates who have paid the one-year course fee will be eligible for up-gradation of the seat in further rounds.

  • Candidates are required to select the certificate and biometric verification centre at the time of online payment of a one-year course fee.

DNB PDCET 2021 Seat Matrix

As aforementioned, the DNB PDCET exam will be conducted for admission to around 1073 seats offered across 14 specialties in 597 hospitals in India. Since the authority has not released seat matrix for DNB PDCET 2021, candidates can take a look at the previous years' seat matrix for a reference.

To download DNB PDCET 2020 seat matrix - click here

To check DNB PDCET seat matrix 2019 - Click here