DIPLOMATE OF NATIONAL BOARD
- CENTRALISED ENTRANCE TEST
DNB-CET - JULY 2017 Admission Session

राष्ट्रीय परीक्षा बोर्ड
NATIONAL BOARD OF EXAMINATIONS

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Format of DNB-CET
  • Is there a new testing format for DNB-CET?

    Yes, starting from the August 2012 administration, the Diplomate of National Board Centralised Entrance Test (DNB-CET) has changed from a paper and pencil test to a computer-based test (CBT). This is not an Internet-based test, i.e. a candidate does not take the test over the Internet. Instead of reading the questions from a paper booklet and darkening the ovals in an answer sheet, a candidate will now read the questions on a computer screen and choose an answer by using a mouse to click on the appropriate option.

  • How is the computer-based format different from the paper and pencil format?

    The only difference is in the way the questions are presented, and how responses are recorded.

  • What does a computer-based test look like?

    A Demo Test will be made available on the NBE website http://www.nbe.edu.in to provide candi-dates with the look and feel, as well as functionality of the actual test.

  • Can I take the test from any computer?

    No, a candidate will have to test on a pre-assigned workstation, in the testing venue chosen by him/her during the time of registration.

TEST DURATION & PATTERN
  • What is the duration of the test?

    The test duration is 3½ hours and will be conducted in a single section. There will also be an addi-tional 15-minute tutorial prior to the start of the test. Candidates will also need to accept a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) before beginning the exam.

  • How many questions will there be?

    There will be a total of 300 questions.

  • Can I move back and forth between the questions?

    Yes, candidates will have the option to navigate between the questions via the Review Screen. Candidates are advised to make use of the Demo Test on the NBE website http://www.nbe.edu.in to familiarize themselves with the navigation and functionality of the actual test. A15-minute tutorial will also be available prior to the start of the actual test.

  • What type of questions will there be?

    The test will only contain multiple choice questions, each with four (4) options and only one (1) correct response.

  • What is the syllabus / course on which the test would be based?

    The test will include all subjects taught during the MBBS course including pre-clinical, para-clinical and clinical. Approximate weightage will be given to each subject as indicated in the bulletin.

  • What is the 15-minute tutorial?

    The tutorial provides a series of screens that will orient you to the computer based DNB-CET. This will give you an opportunity to try the various features, including how to navigate between ques-tions, review them, select, deselect, change and mark responses etc. The tutorial has a total dura-tion of 15 minutes and candidates are advised to go through it entirely before starting the actual test. At the end of the tutorial, candidates will be asked to accept a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) before beginning the test. For a similar preview, candidates can take a tour of the Demo Test which will be available on NBE website at http://www.nbe.edu.in

  • What is the Demo test?

    The Demo test is a sample computer-based test that is intended to familiarize candidates with the navigation and functionality of the DNB-CET. It includes a tutorial on using the various features of the test like moving between screens, selecting, de-selecting, marking and reviewing responses etc., as well as some sample questions which will allow candidates to try out these features.
    Note that these sample questions are not representative of the content of difficulty level of the ac-tual test.

Registration & Scheduling
  • When will the next DNB-CET be conducted?

    The next DNB-CET will be conducted from 15th June to 18th June 2017.

    There will be a total of 3 testing days within this testing window.

  • What are the timings for the testing sessions?

    There will be 2 sessions – one at 10:00 AM and another at 3:45 PM.

  • Where will the test be conducted?

    The test will be conducted at selected test centres in 19 cities: Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chandigarh, Coimbatore, Chennai, Kochi, Greater Noida, Gurugram, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Kolkata, Mangalore, Nagpur, Navi Mumbai, New Delhi, Noida, Pune and Thiruvananthapuram.

  • Where can I get the list of test centres for DNB-CET?

    The list of test centres is available on the NBE website http://www.nbe.edu.in

  • Will I be able to select my preferred location for the exam?

    Yes, candidates will be able to select their preferred location, date and time for their exam during the online registration and scheduling process. Availability will be based on a first come, first served basis, and only available options will be shown at the time of scheduling. Please note that no re-schedule or cancellation will be allowed once your registration/ scheduling is completed.

  • How do I apply for the exam?

    Candidates may register & schedule for their exam online via www.nbe.edu.in from 13th April – 13th May, 2017.

  • What is the exam fee?

    The fee for the DNB-CET is Rs. 4500.

  • How do I pay for the exam?

    The prescribed registration fee should be remitted through payment gateway provided using a Credit Card or a Debit Card issued by banks in India or net banking.

  • What is the last day for application?

    The online registration window opens on 13th April - 13th May, 2017.

  • Can I use my friend’s email address when registering for DNB-CET?

    No, you need to use a valid and unique email address.

  • Is there a restriction on what can be entered within the address fields during the online registration?

    Yes, you need to limit each address line to 30 characters including spaces. You may make use of Address line 1, 2 and 3 in case of longer addresses. Special characters are acceptable.

  • What happens after I’ve submitted my online application?

    At the end of Registration the applicant will get a computer generated acknowledgment at the regis-tered email ID of the applicant. Admit card will be issued to the candidate once the registration & scheduling process has been successfully completed. Candidates may also log on to the DNBCET registration portal with their username and password to download and print a copy of their Admit Card. The Admit Card will specify the Registration Number / Testing ID of the candidate, exam date, time and location. Candidates are required to appear for the exam at the specified exam cen-tre, on the date and time indicated on the Admit Card.

  • Can I appear for DNB-CET more than once during the testing window?

    No, you can only appear for DNB-CET only once during the July 2017 annual testing window. It will be deemed a fraudulent activity if one attempts to appear more than once. Admit Cards and photo IDs of the candidates will be checked, and digital images and fingerprints will be captured at the test centre.

  • If I have made any mistake(s) while registering for DNB-CET, can I make changes later to rectify?
    If you make mistakes while entering your application data, you may log back in to the DNB-CET registration and scheduling website via http://www.nbe.edu.in select “Edit Profile” to make chang-es to your personal details such as address or “Edit Application” to make changes to your applica-tion data such as educational information. For security reasons, editing of candidate’s full name and username will not be allowed The ability to edit application profile and application details will be available until the end of the registration window i.e. until 11:59 PM IST on 13th May, 2017. Note that if you make any changes to your profile or application details, you will need to print and carry the most recent Admit Card.
Rescheduling & Cancellation
  • Can I reschedule my exam date / time?

    No, you will not be allowed to change your exam location, time or date once you have completed your online registration and scheduling process. Please select your preferred choices carefully based on the availability shown to you at the time of your scheduling.

  • Can I cancel the exam?

    No, under no circumstances will a cancellation / refund be allowed.

  • If I do not take my exam, will I be eligible for a refund?

    No, your fees will not be refunded in case you do not appear for your exam as per your scheduled location, date and time.

Testing Day
  • What is the reporting time for the test?

    Candidates must arrive at their assigned exam centre one (1) hour before their exam start time. If the exam begins at 10 AM, you must reach the reporting counter at exam centre no later than 9 AM. If the exam begins at 3:45 PM, you must reach the reporting counter at exam centre no later than 2:45 PM. This will allow for security checks, identity verification and check-in. The reporting counter will close 30 minutes prior to the exam start time. Candidates who arrive late will not be allowed to exam.

  • What do I need to bring to the exam centre?

    Candidates MUST bring to the test centre the following documents. Unfair means case shall be registered against the candidates submitting false/forged documents:

    • Printed copy of the Admit Card with photo pasted on it AND
    • Photocopy of Permanent or Provisional SMC/MCI registration*, to be retained by the test centre AND
    • Any one of the following authorized photo IDs** (must be original and valid/non-expired):

      • PAN Card
      • Driving License
      • Voter ID
      • Passport
      • Aadhaar Card (with photograph)

    In case, any candidate reports to the test center with e-Aadhaar card as proof of identity, the e-Aadhaar card should be a good quality colour print out with clearly visible photograph. The photo-graph should not have kinks, scratches and stains, and should definitely match with the candidate presenting the e-Aadhaar card. Decision of NBE in this regard shall be final.

    *Candidates who have obtained their Primary Medical Qualification outside India and do not have SMC/MCI registration should bring their original screening test pass certificate issued on NBE let-terhead.

    ** The name on photo identification must match the name as shown on Admit Card. If the name has been changed due to events such as marriage, candidate must show the relevant document mentioned below at the time of the exam.

    • Marriage Certificate
    • Divorce Decree
    • Legal Name Change Document

    Note: Candidate will not be allowed to take personal items such as mobile phones, watches, food items, study material, lockets, bags, electronic gadgets or any other prohibited items into the testing room. Candidates are advised not to bring these to the test centre.

  • Does the name appearing on the photo identification need to match the one shown on the Admit Card?

    The name on photo identification must match the name as shown on Admit Card. If the name has been changed due to events such as marriage, candidate must show the relevant document men-tioned below at the time of the exam:

    • Marriage Certificate
    • Divorce Decree
    • Legal Name Change Document
  • Where can I find directions for getting to my test centre?

    Maps and directions to each test centre will be available on the NBE website http://www.nbe.edu.in Candidates are advised to plan their travel accordingly and make allow-ance for traffic and other unforeseen circumstances.

  • What happens during the security checks, identity verification and check-in?

    Candidates will need to produce their Admit Card and one valid and original ID for verification upon arrival at the test centre. Only registered candidates will be allowed into the test centre. Candidates will be frisked before entering the testing room to ensure they are not carrying any prohibited items. A digital photo and fingerprint of all candidates will also be captured electronically as part of the check-in process.

  • Will there be any breaks during the exam?

    No, there will be no scheduled breaks during the test but candidates are allowed to go to the re-stroom by raising their hand to inform the exam centre administrator. Note that the on-screen timer will continue running during restroom breaks.

  • What will I be provided with during the exam?

    At the exam centre, each candidate will be seated at a desk with a computer terminal and he/she will be provided with pencils, eraser and rough/scratch paper. Rough work cannot be done on any other paper/sheet, as no other material will be allowed inside the testing room. On completion of the test, candidates will have to hand all the scratch paper and stationery back to the test centre admin-istrator.

  • How do I know when the exam time has ended?

    There will be an on-screen timer on the top right corner of your screen which will count down from 3:30 hours. Candidates are advised to check this timer regularly and allocate their time carefully. A pop-up window will appear before the exam ends to alert candidates.

  • Will I be able to leave early if I finish the exam before the allocated exam time has ended?

    No, candidates will not be allowed to leave until the entire duration of the exam is up with the excep-tion of genuine medical conditions

RESULT
  • How will I know if I’ve been successful in the DNB-CET?

    Candidates who obtain a minimum score as per category below shall be declared as “Qualified” in DNB CET and issued a PASS /QUALIFYING Certificate.

    • General Category – 50% score
    • SC/ST/OBC – 40% score
    • Persons with Disability – 45% score Successful candidates will be given a merit position (rank) based on their scores obtained in the DNB-CET. They will then be asked, in order of their merit position, to participate in the centralised counseling to exercise their choice of specialty and institution. This will continue until the allotted seats are filled. The merit list will also be published on the NBE website.
  • How will the tie of marks be resolved ? What is tie breaker criteria?

    In the event of two or more candidates obtaining same score the inter-se-merit position of candidates at the tie position shall be determined by the following criteria:

    • Candidate who has passed all MBBS professional Examinations in First attempt shall be placed at higher merit position.
    • Candidate with higher aggregate marks (in percentage) in all MBBS professional Examinations shall be placed at higher merit position.
    • Candidate with higher aggregate marks (in percentage) in 3rd MBBS professional Examination (Part-I & Part-II) shall be placed at higher merit position.
    • Candidate with higher aggregate marks (in percentage) in 2nd MBBS professional Examination shall be placed at higher merit position.
    • Candidate with higher aggregate marks (in percentage) in 1st MBBS professional Examination shall be placed at higher merit position.
  • When will the merit list be available?
    The merit list is likely to be available by 31st July, 2017.
  • How long are my results valid for?
    The results for DNB-CET are only valid for the admission to July 2017 DNB session only.
Other Information
  • If I do not get my Admit Card, who should I contact?

    You need to log in to the DNB-CET registration website via http://www.nbe.edu.in using your username & password and select “Email Admit Card”. Your Admit Card will be emailed to the email address you provided during registration. There is also an option for you to print your Admit Card directly from the website.

  • In case the website does not work and I am unable to register myself,how should I register?

    If the registration website is not accessible for any reason, please close your Internet browser and try again. You can register for your test any time between 13th April to 13th May, 2017.

  • What are the timings to contact the NBE Candidate Care helpline?

    The FAQs, IVRS and online instructions are designed to enable self-service. You are requested to use these tools to guide you through the entire process and help answer most of your queries. In case you are still facing issues, then NBE Candidate Care Support is available by phone and email.

    Phone: 0124-6771700/1800 11 1700 (Toll Free)
    Webmail: Use Contact us form at http://www.nbe.edu.in

     

    Phone support availability:

    • Registration Phase: 13th April to 13th May, 2017, 9:30AM to 5:30PM from Monday to Friday.
    • Pre-Testing Window: 14th May to 14th June, 2017, 9:30AM to 5:30PM from Monday to Friday.
    • Testing Day: 15th June to 18th June 2017, 8:00AM to 8:00 PM daily

    Webmail support availability:

    Webmail support will be available from until 13th April to 18th June, 2017.

    NBE Candidate Care will be closed on the following days:

    • 14th April, 2017 (Friday)
    • 01st May, 2017 (Monday)