DNB (Broad specialty), DrNB (Super specialty) & Diploma (NBEMS) courses in Government Hospitals of Karnataka


The State government of Karnataka has rolled out DNB (Diplomate of National Board) courses in FY 2016-17, DrNB (Doctorate of National Board) in FY 2019-20 and Diploma (NBEMS) courses in FY 2020-21. These DNB, DrNB and Diploma courses are provided by National Board of Examinations in Medical Sciences (NBEMS), New Delhi. 

These courses are being initiated in District hospitals, General hospitals, and Taluk/Sub divisional hospitals. Karnataka is the first State to begin DNB courses in Taluk hospitals. Along these lines we are the first State to apply for Diploma (NBEMS) courses in large numbers and to have got accreditation for these courses.  

A win-win situation: This initiative has provided an opportunity to use the available case load in these hospitals for postgraduate education and increase the availability of specialists and services for the patients. 

The first successful accreditation of DNB courses in the District hospital of the State was in the year 2017. Since then, there has been 2 General Hospitals, 9 District hospitals and 2 Taluk hospitals have been successfully accredited with 137 DNB seats (84 post MBBS DNB (Primary) seats and 53 post Diploma DNB (Secondary) seats. Till date, there are 267 Primary DNB students, 71 Secondary DNB & 282 Diploma students have enrolled in NBEMS courses in the government hospitals of Karnataka. At present around 520 students are undergoing DNB, DrNB and Diploma in Govt. Hospitals of Karnataka. 

Achievements of Karnataka:

1.Karnataka is the first state in India to

  • Start super specialty DNB courses in District Hospital

  • Start DNB courses in Taluk Hospitals

  • Start Diploma courses in Taluk/Sub-Divisional Hospitals

2.Fifty percent of these seats are reserved to in-service candidates of Karnataka there by  providing an opportunity for career progression.This acts as an incentive for joining   government service,hence improving the availability of doctors and specialists in the health    sector. 

3.The candidates who are opting these courses will have a service bond ie.,1 year for    candidates opting seats through NBEMS and 10 years for in-service candidates. Thus, this     initiative will address the shortage of specialists especially in the rural areas of the state.

4.The credit of successful implementation of these courses goes to all the officials of    government & hospitals who have worked in teams to transform the government hospitals    into teaching hospitals.The pass percentage of about 83.4% Theory and 87.5% Practical in   these hospitals talks about the quality of training in our centres.Three Government     hospitals are also centres for external FAT practical exams. 

5.On 5th of September 2021 Government of Karnataka was awarded an excellence award    for having highest number of DNB seats with excellent pass percentage by the Honourable     Vice President of India.