Diplomate National Board (DNB)

Diplomate National Board (DNB) is a degree in postgraduate (PG) diploma awarded by the National Board of Examinations (NBE), an autonomous body recognised by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. It will help to learn in-depth knowledge and hands-on training with the latest techniques. So the specialists can do accurate diagnosis and further, treatment in the specified fields.

Admissions to the DNB are centralized, but passing rates of the DNB exam are low, 5-15 per cent, and what makes it tougher is the standard of the degree and exam.This makes it a much more superior degree than the other PG degrees in medicine. The training and practice in the DNB institutions are much more advanced and they are exposed to the latest pieces of equipment and technologies which makes it more recognisable in other developed countries.

The specialities after MBBS are broadly divided among three different types- Clinical, Non-Clinical, and Paraclinical. The difference among them is whether you are providing direct patient care in terms of giving direct diagnosis or treatment. Clinical roles include face to face interaction with patients while non-clinical roles, in some cases, can require interaction with patients but they do not provide diagnoses. Paraclinical fields also do not include much involvement in inpatient care. 

The only difference between the courses MD/MS and DNB is when a candidate chooses academics as their career option. Many institutions prefer MD/MS graduates over DNB graduates when it comes to the teaching profession. DNB holders with three or more years of teaching experience have a better chance of landing a job in academics. 


DNB is a 3 years duration course and often offered in various fields of medical practice. The aspirants can pursue any of them based on their field of expertise. Some of the specializations are as follows.

  • Anaesthesia
  • Anesthesiology
  • Cardiology
  • Critical Care technology
  • ENT
  • Family Medicine
  • General Medicine
  • Neonatology
  • Obstetrics & Gynaecology
  • Ophthalmology
  • Orthopaedics
  • Paediatrics
  • Psychiatry
  • Radiodiagnosis
  • Surgery
  • Urology

Required Skills and Aptitude

The nature of the job requires responsibility, sincerity, self-confidence and distinct skills. The essential skills required  are listed below:

  • Communication Skill
  • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving Skill
  • Diagnosis Skill
  • Interpersonal Skill
  • Perseverance and Endurance
  • Practical skills
  • Team Working Skill
  • Time Management Skill
  • Use of modern treatment techniques

Entrance Examination

Admission for all PG courses are based on an entrance examination NEET PG (National Eligibility Cum entrance Test) conducted by NTA (National Testing Agency).

Job Profiles

Some of the job profiles for DNB are as follows:

  • Doctors
  • Surgeon
  • Tutors/ Professors

Top Recruiters

DNB specialists have huge opportunities in both private and government sectors. They can work as faculty after 3 years experience. Following are some of the jobs of these professionals:

  • Government hospitals
  • Medical Colleges
  • Private Super Speciality Hospitals
  • Research Institutes

Popular institutes offering DNB specializations

  Name of the institution  State
  Narayana Medical College - Nellore   Andhra Pradesh
  Jaslok Hospital and Research Centre – Mumbai   Maharashtra
  KEM Hospital   Maharashtra
  Rajarshi Chhatrapati Shahu Maharaj Medical College and CPR Hospital – Kolhapur   Maharashtra
  KJ Somaiya Medical College and Research Centre - Mumbai   Maharashtra
  Fortis Escorts Heart Institute and Research Centre   New Delhi
  Institute of Human Behaviour and Allied Science   New Delhi
  National Heart Institute and Research Centre   New Delhi
  The University of Delhi   New Delhi
  Ganga Medical Centre and Hospital   Tamil Nadu
  Kanchi Kamakoti Childs Trust Hospital – Chennai   Tamil Nadu
  ICARE Eye Hospital and Post Graduate Institute   Uttar Pradesh
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