DNB CET Exam Pattern 2018 and Syllabus

Last Updated - February 15 2018

DNB CET 2018 Exam Format includes 300 multiple choice single accurate answer questions in English language only.

  • Period of DNB CET 2018 will be 3 hours and 45 minutes and shall be held in 2 sessions Forenoon and Afternoon.
  • Syllabus for DNB NET 2018 involves 19 subjects. Every subject has various weight.
  • Aspirants shall be situated to appear either in forenoon session or in the AFTERNOON session i.e. DNB CET includes of ONE session/aspirant only.
  • There shall be No Negative Marking.
  • The examination shall be a multiple-choice questions exam delivered using the online method as per scheme prescribed.
  • Entrance examination DNB CET 2018 shall be held in June 2018 and organized by National Board of Examinations as online computer-based exam only.

Aspirants successful in DNB CET 2018 shall be asked to participate in a Centralized merit-based counseling organized by National Board of Examinations.

Highlights Table of DNB CET 2018 Exam Format

DNB CET - Exam ModeOnline Computer Based Test
Organization of DNB CETTwice in a Year (June & December)
Number of Papers1 Paper
Number of SectionsQuestions are placed Subject wise into 19 Parts
Question Paper TypeSingle Selection, Objective Type
Syllabus for DNB CETBased upon MBBS Subjects
DNB CET Exam Duration3 Hours and 45 Minutes
Negative MarkingNot Eligible
DNB CET Exam LanguageEnglish
At Least Qualifying MarksAt Least Qualifying Marks Category-wise General Category – 50% PwH Category – 45% ST / SC / OBC Category – 40%
Seat AllocationMerit Based Counseling organized by NBE

DNB CET Exam Format 2018 in Detail

As is mentioned above DNB CET is organized via the online method for the period of 3 hours and 45 minutes. There would be 300 questions and every question has 4 options out of which one accurate response is to select. Every subject has its specific weight.  300 questions are derived from 19 subjects. Negative Marking Scheme is not eligible.

Subject-wise weight is being mentioned below as under:

Forensic medicine12
SPM, Statistics & Biomedical Research24
General Medicine26
Dermatology& STD6
General surgery25
Obstetrics & Gynaecology24

Syllabus for DNB CET 2018

Syllabus for DNB CET 2018 is based upon study area/ subjects/study material under MBBS Programme as is prescribed accordingly Graduate Medical Education Regulations allowed by Medical Council of India with prior approval of Government of India.

As said above, 19 subjects are the base of the questions in DBN CET exam. Specific weight is allotted to each subject and accordingly, that number of the questions per subject is determined.

Now under this topic, we will observe contents of the subjects covered under DNB CET 2018 Syllabus.

Subject-wise Syllabus for DBN CET is as follows:

ANATOMYGross anatomy
Embryology and Genetics
PHYSIOLOGYGeneral Physiology
Respiratory System
Cardiovascular System
Gastrointestinal System
Environmental Physiology
Sensory system
Motor system
BIOCHEMISTRYBiological cell
Metabolic pathways, their regulation and metabolic
Molecular Biology
Environmental biochemistry, cancer and cancer makers
PATHOLOGYGeneral Pathology
Systemic Pathology
MICROBIOLOGYIntroduction to Microbiology
Introduction to Bacteriology
Bacterial Staining and Cultivation
Common Tests for Bacterial identification
Introduction to parasitology
Introduction to Virology
Laboratory Diagnosis of Viral Infection
Introduction to Mycology
Common Laboratory Methods for Diagnosis of Fungal Infections
Collection of Transport of Samples
Bacterial AND Viral Genetics
PHARMACOLOGYGeneral Pharmacology
Autonomic nervous system & Peripheral nervous system
Central nervous system
Cardiovascular system
Gastrointestinal and respiratory system
Clinical Forensic Medicine
Medical Jurisprudence
Forensic Psychiatry
Forensic Sciences
General Toxicology
Clinical Toxicology
Environmental Toxicology
Analytical Toxicology
OPHTHALMOLOGYCommon problems affecting the eye
Magnitude of blindness in India and its main causes
Principles of management of major ophthalmic emergencies
Major systemic diseases affecting the eye
Effect of local and systemic diseases on the patient’s vision and the necessary action need to minimize the sequelae of such diseases
Adverse drug reactions with special reference to ophthalmic manifestations
SPM, Statistics & Biomedical ResearchOrganic Chemistry
Cell Biology
Medical Microbiology
Molecular Biology and Biotechnology
Application of Statistics & Mathematics for Biology
Human Physiology
Principles of Medicinal Chemistry
Molecular Oncology
Toxicology & Pharmacology
Genome Biology
Advanced Immunology Interdisciplinary
Nose and paranasal sinuses
GENERAL MEDICINEPrinciples of Geriatric Medicine - Normal ageing
Clinical assessment of frail elderly
Judgements about investigations and rehabilitation
Major manifestations of disease in elderly
PSYCHIATRYHuman behavior and its application in patient care
Concept of motivation, its impact on human behavior and illness concerned behavior
Various types of emotions and their impact on health of the personal
Define individuality, list determinants of individuality, various theories of individuality and learn methods of individuality assessment
Concept of psychiatric disorders and their classification
DERMATOLOGY& STDIneffective dermatoses: Pyoderma
tuberculosis and Drug eruptions
erythema multiforme
Gonococcal and Non-gonococcal infections
GENERAL SURGERYSkin: ulcers and wounds, wound infections, burns, skin infections
Head and Neck region
Classificaton of injuries around elbow & management of supracondylar fracture
Volkamann’s Ischaemic Contracture
Fracture pelvis & dislocation of hip
Fracture neck of femur
Fracture shaft of femur & tibia
Internal Derangements of Knee, Injuries of ankle & foot
Congenital malformations
Disorders of the hip
Acute Pyogenic Ostyeomyelitis
Chronic Pyogenic Osteomyelities
Septic Arthritis
Other Arthritides (Rheumatoid/Ank.Spond.)
Osteo-articular tuberculosis: General consideration & principles of management
Tuberculosis: Spine
Bone Tumours: Benign tumors, Malignant tumors
ANAESTHESIOLOGYPrinciples of acute medicine
Principles of applied physiology and applied pharmacology
Resuscitation (cardiopulmonary, cerebral, fluid and others)
Care of the unconscious patient, including airway and ventilation management
Management of blood, fluid, electrolyte balance, and metabolic disturbances in the surgical patient
Management of acute and chronic pain problems
Concepts of drug interactions
Surgical and anesthetic risk
Techniques of anaesthesiology
Pharmacology of muscle relaxant, application and monitoring
RADIOLOGYMusculo – Skeletal System
Respiratory System
Cardiovascular System
Gastrointestinal System
Urogenital Tract
CNS including Spine
Endocrine System
Clinically Applied Radio
Contrast Agents

Drugs prescription during pregnancy and lactation
Hypertensive disorders in pregnancy
Anaemia in Pregnancy
Intrauterine Growth Restriction (IUGR)
Rhesus Negative Pregnancy
Disorders of liver, kidneys in pregnancy
Multiple pregnancy

Physiology of menstruation, common menstrual problem
Disorders of growth, amenorrhoeas
Carcinoma Endometrium
Carcinoma ovary
Carcinoma vulva
Gestational Trophoblastic disease
Genital Tract Fistulae
Adolescence, Pubertal changes, disorders of puberty


PAEDIATRICDescribe the normal growth and development during fetal life
neonatal period
childhood and adolescence and outline deviations thereof

DNB CET 2018 Preference Books

Below mentioned books are advisable for the preparation of DNB CET 2018 Exam:

 SubjectBook NameAuthorISBN
Medical Entrance ExamSure Success Magic:
Maximum Advantage Guide for Integrated Course Study
 Ramgopal BISBN-10: 9351528138 ISBN-13: 978 9351528135
 Medical Entrance ExamMnemonics for Sure Success in Post Graduate Medical Entrance Examinations Kumar AISBN-10: 8123925255 ISBN-13: 978-8123925257
 Medical Entrance Exam Final Edge Image-Based Questions Paperback – 2016Marwah Deepak ISBN-10: 9352501632 ISBN-13: 978-9352501632
 Medical Entrance Exam MED Post Graduate Review (2015 supplement) Paperback – 1 Jan 2015Aggarwal IISBN-10: 8189477293 ISBN-13: 978-8189477295
 Medical Entrance Exam Exam Secrets DNB 2015: Image-Based Questions as per Latest DNB Exam 2014 Paperback – 2015Ashfaq Ul Hassan /
Muneeb Ul Hassan /
Saleem Ur Rehman 
ISBN-10: 8123925867 ISBN-13: 978-8123925868
 Medical Entrance ExamA Clear Guide To Dnb–Cet (2011 – 2000): Fully Explanatory With References From Latest Edition Of Standard Textbooks Paperback – 2013 Hassan Ashfaq UiISBN-10: 9350908344 ISBN-13: 978-9350908341
Medical Entrance ExamA guide for preparation of All India Exam 2015-2016 Arvind Arora& Amit TripathyISBN-10: 938572214X ISBN-13: 978-9385722141

DNB CET 2018 Important Instructions

The aspirant should know and understand the process of the exam at Examination Hall. Below are the instructions, an aspirant must follow during DNB CET:

  • In case of any disruption, rest assured that a registered aspirant will get to take the exam again within the testing/examination window.
  • In case of any disruption, rest assured that a registered aspirant will get to take the exam again within the testing/examination window.
  • During the exam, aspirant may use the rough paper for rough work.
  • After verification of ID and capture of digital signatures and biometrics, aspirants will be escorted to the designated computer terminal at the examination center. A Test Centre Administrator (TCA) will check aspirant.
  • Aspirants need to keep their hall ticket and photo identification at all times during the organization of examination.
  • Aspirants need to listen to the TCA’s instructions to begin the exam.
  • Any suspicious or disruptive behavior on part of DNB CET aspirant may lead to cancellation of candidature.
  • Each workstation will be blocked on three sides – front, left and right. Aspirants are advised not to look around at other aspirants as there will be surveillance cameras that record both audio and video.
  • Pencils, eraser and rough paper will be distributed to each aspirant. No required to bring stationary/ writing material to the exam center.
  • For any issues during the exam, aspirant may raise his or her hand to notify TCA/Examiner.

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