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Diplomate of National Board (DNB)

Diplomate of National Board is popularly known as DNB. in India. It is a general name given to the Post Graduate programmes and Post Doctoral Programmes in the medical field.

DNB is not a single medical course but is a general title for the courses. The courses are broadly categorized into the following categories:

  • DNB – Super Specialities
  • DNB – Broad Specialities

The three-year training programme is completed under a guide who has been accredited to conduct the training by the National Board of Education. Candidates during the programme perform clinical work, perform emergency duties, maintain records, and other related duties.

All DNB qualifications in the country are recognized by the Medical Council of India. They are posted as per rotations and it is mandatory for them to participate in various conferences, academic meetings, medical seminars and meets etc. The trainees are also provided with a stipend during the programme. There are almost 42 disciplines recognized by the board.

Diplomate of National Board (DNB) Eligibility Criteria

  • Candidates with a medical degree and those who possess a permanent registration certificate issued by the Medical Council of India can pursue the DNB course.
  • Candidates should also have successfully completed a one-year internship before submitting the application form.
  • The age limit to pursue DNB course is up to 50 years.

DNB Admission Process:

  • The entrance exam for the DNB specialities programme is – (DNB CET-NBE). Candidates must clear the exam for entry. The validity of the exam is 2 years.
  • Candidates who have passed the entrance examination have to register themselves online for the counselling process for the DNB courses.
  • Admission to the program is on the basis of merit. Candidates can only choose the subject as per merit.

Diplomate of National Board (DNB) Syllabus

Syllabus for the DNB program is on the basis of the choice of specialisation the candidate has opted for. The syllabus for the program is well structured and is revised periodically to introduce new training methods and technique.

Students are trained on various topics such as clinical examination, surgical management, case study of the patient, by posting the candidates in OPD, family planning clinics, clinical wards, family planning clinics and other departments. Given below is the DNB syllabus structure:

  • Academic Sessions
  • Paper Presentations
  • Seminars and Case Discussions
  • Research Project
  • Thesis
  • Conferences/Workshops
  • Projects
  • Teaching

Few Guidelines for Writing Thesis:

  • The thesis is a vital part of the DNB program for all the applicants registered for the respective program. Applicants must have a strong research background and should be well familiarized with the research methodology.
  • The introduction should state the purpose of the research (synopsis) and the title should be brief and focus on the relevance of the research subject.

Some Best Hospitals In DNB :- According to Branch :-

For DNB Medicine:

For every PG aspirant, medicine is one of the most preferred choices. Hence, there is plenitude of seats that are available in DNB and many of them are good for medicine. In medicine, every new case is a new experience to learn from so main thing you require is good OPD and IPD.

Number of beds in hospital, ICU, ICCU is directly proportional to the exposure you will get in that particular hospital. Both, Government as well as Private Hospitals will be good if they have a decent number of beds that will augment your skills with every new case.

The best hospitals for DNB Medicine are as follows:

  1. Sir Gangaram Hospital, Delhi
  2. Lilavati Hospital and Research Centre, Bandra, Mumbai
  3. Balabhai Nanavati Hospital S.V. Road, Vile Parle (West), Mumbai
  4. Lisie Hospital, Ernakulam, Kerala
  5. Lourde Hospital Road, Ernakulam, Kerala
  6. Narayana Hrudayalaya of Bangalore
  7. Martha’s Hospital, Nrupathunga Road, Bangalore
  8. Breach Candy Hospital, Mumbai
  9. Hinduja, Mumbai
  10. Madurai Meenakshi Mission Hospital, Madurai, Tamil Nadu
  11. Pushpagiri Hospital, Tiruvella, Kerala

For DNB Emergency Medicine:

Emergency Medicine is an upcoming specialization. This field has a lot of scope since it’s an emerging field. Here also, your exposure and tendency to learn is directly proportional to the number of beds present in the hospital as more than the number of beds, more the number of new cases.

The best hospitals for DNB Emergency Medicine are as follows:

  1. Jehangir Hospital, Maharashtra
  2. Apollo Hospital, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
  3. Manipal Hospital, Bangalore, Karnataka
  4. Ananthapuri Hospitals and Research Institute, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala

For DNB Respiratory Medicine:

Here also, your exposure and tendency to learn is directly proportional to the number of beds present in the hospital as more than the number of beds, more the number of new cases. You can choose any hospital either Government or Private that comprise of more than 400 beds.

The best hospitals for DNB Respiratory Medicine are as follows:

  1. Lrs Chest and TB Institute, Delhi
  2. Narayana Hrudayalaya, Banglore
  3. Mahaveer Jain Hospital, Banglore
  4. Kerala Institute Of Medical Sciences, Trivandrum
  5. Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, New Delhi

For DNB Pediatrics:

For pediatrics, you need a good functioning NICU, good load of patients and other modalities in a hospital. As compared to Private hospitals, Government or trust run hospitals will be better. However, some private hospitals are also good.

The table below includes all the best hospitals for DNB Pediatrics in different states: 

Andhra Pradesh 1. Aditya Hospital, Hyderabad
2. Durgabai Deshmukh Hospital, Hyderabad
3. Pragna Children’s Hospital, Hyderabad
4. Princess Durru Shehvar Children’s Hospital, Hyderabad
5. Rainbow Children’s Hospital, Hyderabad
Delhi 1. Batra Hospital & Medical Research Centre, New Delhi
2. Hindu Rao Hospital, Delhi
3. Max Super Specialty Hospital Saket, Delhi
4. Shanti Mukund Hospital, Delhi
5. St. Stephen’s Hospital, New Delhi
6. Sunderlal Jain Hospital, New Delhi
7. Tirath Ram Shah Hospital, Delhi
Gujarat 1. K.G. Patel Children Hospital & Jayodia Research Institute, Baroda
2. Nirmal Hospital Private Limited, Surat
Karnataka 1. Bangalore Baptist Hospital, Bangalore
2. C.S.I. Holdsworth Memorial Hospital, Mysore
3. Dr. Bidari’s Ashwani Hospital, Bijapur
4. Manipal Hospital, Bangalore
5. Narayana Hrudayalaya, Bangalore
6. St. Martha’s Hospital, Bangalore
Kerala 1. Academy of Medical Sciences, Pariyaram, Kannur, Kerala
2. Baby Memorial Hospital, Kozhikode, Calicut, Kerala
3. Kerala Institute of Medical Sciences, Trivandrum
4. Malabar Institute of Medical Sciences Limited, Kozhikode
5. Pushpagiri Institute of Medical Sciences & Research Centre, Thiruvalla
6. Pushpagiri Medical College Hospital, Thiruvalla
Maharashtra 1. Bakul Parekh Children’s Hospital, Chembyu, Mumbai
2. Bhabha Atomic Research Centre & Hospital, Mumbai
3. Deenanath Mangeshkar Hospital & Research Centre, Pune
4. K.E.M. Hospital, Pune
5. Mumbai Port Trust Hospital, Wadala (East), Mumbai
6. Nirmaya Hospital & Research Centre, Satara
7.Noble Hospital, Pune
8. Shankar Institute, Pune
9. Span Critical Care Centre, Solapur
Tamil Nadu 1. Apollo Hospital, Chennai
2. Dr. Mehta’s Hospital Private Limited, Chennai
3. G.Kuppuswamy Naidu Memorial Hospital, Pappanaickenpalayan, Coimbatore4. Kanchi Kamakoti Childs Trust Hospital, Chennai
5. Kovai Medical Centre, Coimbatore
6. Masonic Medical Centre for Children, Coimbatore
7. Meenakshi Mission Hospital & Research Centre, Madurai
8. Southern Railway HQ Hospital, Chennai
9. Sundaram Medical Foundation, Chennai
West Bengal 1. Apollo Gleneagles Hospitals, Kolkata
2. Dr. B. C. Roy Memorial Hospital for Children, Kolkata

For doing radiotherapy you need the availability of latest machines for instance SRT, LINAC, SRS, HDR Brachytherapy etc. Such facilities are not available in most of the Government Hospitals. Hence, radiotherapy is one of those branches where Private Hospitals are preferred more as compared to Government Hospitals.

The best hospitals for DNB Radiotherapy are as follows:

  1. Rajiv Gandhi Cancer Institute, Delhi
  2. Apollo Hospital ,Delhi
  3. Batra Hospital, Delhi
  4. Bangalore Institute of Oncology
  5. KIMS, Hyderabad
  6. Indo American Cancer Institute, Hyderabad
  7. Inlaks Budhrani, Pune
  8. Bhagwan Mahavir Hospital, Jaipur
  9. Pushpanjali Crosslay, Ghaziabad
  10. Kamla Nehru Memorial Hospital, Allahabad
  11. Jawahar Lal Nehru Cancer Institute, Bhopal

For DNB Dermatology:

You need good academics and a good load of patients for DNB Dermatology. Dermatology is not taught properly during MBBS thus you need to have good academics during your PG course. Therefore, it is important to select the best hospital which will help you score good academically.

The best hospitals for DNB Dermatology are as follows:

  1. Care Hospital, Hyderabad
  2. Railway Hospital, Hyderabad
  3. Karigiri , Tamilnadu
  4. Nanavati Hospital, Mumbai
  5. Base Hospital, Delhi
  6. Skin Institute And School For Dermatology, Delhi

For DNB Family Medicine:

You need a hospital having a good medicine department and good IP facilities for Family Medicine. In DNB, Family Medicine enjoys almost 100% pass rate and hence you can choose it freely.

The best hospitals for DNB Family Medicine are as follows:

  1. Sir Gangaram, Delhi
  2. Stephen’s, Delhi
  3. MGIMS, Sevagram, Maharashtra
  4. Deenanath Mangeshkar, Pune
  5. Philomena Hospital, Bangalore
  6. Indira Gandhi Hospital, Pondicherry
  7. Bhabha Atomic Research centre, Mumbai
  8. Holy Family Hospital, Mumbai
  9. CMRI, Kolkata.
  10. Kamineni Hospital, Hyderabad.
  11. Maharaja Agrasen, Delhi
  12. Guru Tegh Bahadur Charitable Hospital, Punjab.
  13. Jehangir Hospital, Pune
  14. Inlaks & Budhrani Hospital, Pune
  15. KIMS, Andhra pradesh
  16. Peerless Hospital, West Bengal
  17. Medical Trust Hospital, Kerala
  18. I. Kalyani General Hospital, Tamil Nadu
  19. Aditya Birla Memorial Hospital, Pune

For DNB Surgery:

For surgery, you need to have good hands on exposure which you can attain by getting admission in Government and Trust run Hospitals. A well established and important type surgery nowadays is robotic surgery which is mainly performed by CTVS people and Gastroenterologists. Therefore, choose a Hospital where these are available.

The best hospitals for DNB Surgery are as follows:

  1. Railway Hospital, Connaught place, Delhi
  2. Deen Dayal Upadhyay Hospital, Delhi
  3. Stephens Hospital, Delhi
  4. Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, Delhi
  5. Narayana Hrudyalay ,Bangalore
  6. Sri Sathya Sai Institute for Medical Sciences, Ananthpur
  7. Rural Trust Hospital, Anathpur
  8. Government Hospital, Chandigarh
  9. Railway Hospital, Mumbai
  10. Bhabha Hospital, Bandra
  11. KJ Somaiya Medical College, Sion
  12. Port Trust Hospital, Wadala
  13. Kem Hospital (linked to B.J. Medical College, Pune)

For DNB Orthopedics:

For Orthopedics, you need a good load of patients and good hands on exposure and thus you should go for Government or trust run Hospitals.

The best hospitals for DNB Orthopedics are as follows:

  1. Nanavati Hospital, Mumbai
  2. Martha’s Hospital, Bangalore
  3. Kovai Medical Centre and Hospital, Coimbatore
  4. Devadoss Multispecialty Hospital Madurai (IORAS hospital )
  5. LISIE Hospital, Kochi
  6. Ganga Hospital, Coimbatore
  7. Hosmet Hospital, Banglore
  8. MIOT Hospital Chennai
  9. Stephen, Delhi
  10. Sant Parmanand Hospital, Delhi
  11. Port trust, Mumbai
  12. SPARSH, Bangalore
  13. APOLLO, Chennai
  14. APOLLO, Hyderabad
  15. Tata Main Hospital Jamshedpur, Jharkhand
  16. Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, Delhi
  17. Sundaram Medical Foundation Community Hospital, Chennai


You need a good load of patient and good hands on exposure to surgeries for ENT. As compared to Private Hospitals, Government Hospitals would be better option to choose.

The best hospitals for DNB ENT are as follows:

  1. Madras ENT Research Foundation, Chennai
  2. KKR ENT Hospital &  Research Foundation, Chennai
  3. Narayana Hryudayalay, Bangalore
  4. KIMS, Hyderabad
  5. Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, Delhi
  6. Stephens Hospital, Delhi

For DNB Ophthalmology:

For Ophthalmology, you need to have a good OPD and availability of numerous latest machines. Opthalmology is a diverse field where new equipment comes every 3-4 years, thus Private hospitals would be advantageous over Government hospitals. However, Government and trust run institutions will give you good hands-on exposure and a good load of patient. Therefore, the selection of the hospital should be done wisely.

The best hospitals for DNB Ophthalmalogy are as follows:

  1. Sir Ganga Ram, New Delhi
  2. Hindurao, New Delhi
  3. Shroff Eye Centre (South Delhi)
  4. Arvind Eye Hospital Trichy, Tamil Nadu
  5. Aravind Eye Hospital, Chennai Theni Hwy, Kottai Kalam, Theni, Tamil Nadu
  6. Sri Kanchi Kamakoti Medical Trust Hospital, Eye Centre, Coimbatore.
  7. Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Medical Sciences, Puttaparthi
  8. Sankara Eye Hospital, Chennai
  9. Sankara Eye Hospital, Guntur
  10. HV Desai Eye Hospital, Pune
  11. National Institute of Ophthalmology, Pune.
  12. N. Hospital, Bhilai


You require good hands-on exposure for Obstetrics and Gynecology, thus Government or Trust run Hospitals would be preferred over Private ones.

The best hospitals for DNB OBG are as follows:

  1. Edappal Hospitals Private Limited, Malappuram, Kerala
  2. Sri Ramakrishna Hospital, Coimbatore
  3. Jubilee Mission Medical College & Research Institute, Thrissur, Kerala
  4. Isabel Hospital, Chennai
  5. Northern Railway Central Hospital, New Delhi
  6. Army Hospital (R & R), Delhi Cantt.
  7. BHEL Kasturba Hospital, Bhopal
  8. Bokaro General Hospital, Jharkhand
  9. Medical College (Maharani Hospital), Jagadalpur, Chattishgarh
  10. Holy Family Hospital, New Delhi
  11. Holy Family Hospital, Mumbai
  12. Shri Harilal Bhagwati Municipal General Hospital, Mumbai
  13. South Central Railways Hospital Lallguda, Secunderabad
  14. Southern Railway HQ Hospital, Chennai
  15. Martha’s Hospital, Bangalore
  16. Stephen’s Hospital, New Delhi
  17. Yashoda Super Speciality Hospital, Hyderabad

For DNB Anesthesiology:

Anesthesia goes hand in hand with surgery. Hospitals where you will attain good exposure in surgery, you will get good exposure in Anesthesia as well.

Both Private and Government Hospitals have separate features for this branch. Private Hospitals have the latest equipment in anesthesia whereas Government and trust run Hospitals will give you more exposure. Thus, choose wisely.

The best hospitals for DNB Anesthesia are as follows:

  1. Bhabha Atomic Research Centre Hospital, Mankhurd, Mumbai
  2. Ganga Ram, New Delhi.
  3. KEM Hospital, Pune
  4. All Apollo Hospitals are good
  5. Sri Satya Sai Hospital, Banglore
  6. Baby memorial hospital, Kerala
  7. Bokaro General Hospital, Bokaro Steel City, Jharkhand
  8. Fortis Hospital, Bangalore
  9. Kovai Medical Centre, Coimbatore
  10. Lourdes Hospital, Ernakulam
  11. Manipal Hospital, Bangalore
  12. Max Super Specialty Hospital, New Delhi
  13. Northern Railway Central Hospital, New Delhi
  14. Saifee Hospital, Mumbai
  15. Southern Railway HQ Hospital, Chennai
  16. Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Medical Sciences, Bangalore
  17. Yashoda Super Speciality Hospital, Hyderabad
  18. Ganga, Coimbatore
  19. Poona Hospital, Pune
  20. Hinduja Hospital, Mumbai
  21. Narayana Hrudyalay, Bangalore.
  22. Holy Family Hospital, Bandra, Mumbai

For DNB Superspecialty Surgery:

You need good hands on exposure for Superspecialty Surgery that can be attained only at a few centres in India. This course is of 6 years duration. Many Private Hospitals provide this course but only few are good.

The best hospitals for DNB Superspecialty Surgery are as follows:

  1. Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, Delhi
  2. Narayana Hrudayalay, Bangalore
  3. Vivekanand Policlinic, Lucknow


As claimed by many individuals, CTVS is a dying branch due to advent of minimal invasive techniques. However, few places, may fetch you a good exposure to all the techniques required to be specialized in this course.

Following are the best hospitals for all the hard-core surgery enthusiasts who wish to take up superspecialty surgical branches including CTVS:

  1. Narayna Hrudayalay
  2. RTIGS, Calcutta
  3. Fortis Escorts, Delhi
  4. National Heart Institute, Delhi
  5. Heart and Lung Institute, Delhi

For Radiodiagnosis:

For Radiodiagnosis, two important aspects are good load of patients and availability of machines. Most of the Private Hospitals situated in metros are equipped with all the machines whereas good load of patients would not be found due to high prices. On the other hand, in Government Hospitals, you will find a good load of patients but availability of advanced machines like MRI or PET scan may or may not be there. Thus, choose your Hospital for this course wisely.

Delhi 1.    St. Stephens, Delhi
2.    Sir Ganga Ram, Delhi
3.    Rajiv Gandhi Cancer Institute, Delhi
4.    Apollo, Delhi
5.    Safdarjung, Delhi
6.    Max/Batra, Delhi
Hyderabad 1.    NIMS, Hyderabad
2.    KIMS, Hyderabad
3.    Yashoda, Hyderabad
4.    Care Hospital, Hyderabad
Bangalore 1.    Narayana Hrudyalaya
2.    Manipal Hospital, Bangalore
3.    Columbia Asia Hospital, Bangalore
Mumbai 1.    Breach Candy Hospital, Mumbai
2.    Lilavati Hospital, Mumbai
3.    Hinduja Hospital, Mumbai
Tamil Nadu 1.     Kovai Medical Centre and Hospital, Coimbatore
2.     Apollo Hospital, Chennai
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