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Preparing for DNB Examination  Tips for DNB candidates 

Tips for practical examination


                                    Please  form DNB club in your department with fellow DNB candidates in your speciality.

  •                                    Plan atleast 1 case presentation per day inthe DNB club.

  •                                    Please remember that in adult learningsituation, experiential and self efforts are most crucial.

  • Your consultants can help you more  if you have done preliminary effortsyourself.

  •                                    Have discussions with your consultants afteryou have discussed the cases in you DNB clubs.

  •                                    In the present system of DNB examinationyou have to clear the practical examination with

  • atleast 50% marks in clinical and 50% in viva component

  •                                    There are long cases, short cases,instruments, ward rounds, viva etc.

  •                                    In some specialities Objective Structured Practical Examination (OSCE) has been  introduced by converting part of short cases and           viva components, (ENT, Ophthalmology and           Pediatrics).

  •                                    In principal OSCE would be introduced in other specialities as well in near future and this would be notified in Bulletin. 

  •                                    Examiners expect from you basic clinical competencies and basic steps in clinical history, examination, investigations, differential diagnosis andmanagement.

  •                                    The examiners looks for basic points in youranswers and if you have covered these you will get goodmarks.

  •                                    You will have limited time in your

  • examination for preparation of cases and unless you are well prepared youmay not be able to

  • collect all the information in the specified time.

  •                                    You should practice the skills of case presentation by covering key points in history, clinical examination, investigations, differential diagnosis, management for common types of cases.

  •                                    You should refer to the list of sample casesfor clinical examination and practice in you DNB clubs.

  •                                   You should write these important key pointsfor various types of cases in a diary.

  •                                    Remember good presentation in theexamination is a skill and this differentiate a topper from a mediocre student.

  • Prepare from practical exam guide and practical package, has a host of learning material to help you pass in the first attempt like case presentation videos and orthopaedic case proformas and scheme for practical examination and case presentation



Tips for Theory Examination


  •                                     Please  form DNB club in your departmentwith fellow DNB candidates in your speciality.

  •                                      Plan atleast 1 hour per day of regular self learning in the DNB club.

  • Purchase Davangere ortho notes  in the beginning of your course and start studying from it chapter wise.It will really help you grow in leaps and bounds.Divided in 18 volumes the books offer good depth in knowledge and understanding which is unparalled by any othe book.The notes are derived from standard textbooks like campbell, chapman,turek and mercer.There is no match for them.

  •                                     Please remember that in adult learning

  • situation, experiential and self efforts are most crucial.Your consultants can help you more if you have done preliminary efforts yourself.

  •                                      Have discussions with your consultants afteryou have discussed the topics in you DNB clubs.

  •                                      In the present system of DNB examination you have to clear the theory examination first with atleast50%

  • marks before you get a chance to appear in practical.

  •                                      There are ten short structured questions in each theory paper.

  •                                      You will get 15-18 minutes to attempt eachquestion.

  •                                      Usually candidates spend more time in initial questions and are left with less time for            attemptingthe rest of the questions.

  •                                      you are expected to plan your question and write what is asked from you. For that you must read the question carefully and focus on the specific aspects asked.

  •                                      Many a times our handwriting is not good and we are not able to convey effectively to the examiner.

  •                            Many of us feel that writing more will fetch more marks but this is not true. The examiner looks  forkey points in your answer and if you have covered theseyou will get marks irrespective to         the number of pagesyou have attempted.

  •                                      When you do not have much time inexamination for some questions it is better to highlightkey points, or draw flow diagrams or diagrams or writingkey points in bullet form or putting keypoints in boxes orunderlining these.

  •                                      You can also improve you handwriting by practicing writing alphabets.

  •                                      Your letter size should be medium, not slanting too much to right or left, and round shaped.

  •                                      Remember good presentation in the examination is a skill and this differentiate a topper from a mediocre student.

Make use of Previous years question papers dnb ortho 

and solved question bank dnb ortho with answers  and keep revising.Also go through the

wealth of information and recent advances journals 

and notes in Theory package


Tips for Theory papers Better preparation

  •                                    Refer to previous short questions and write important questions topic wise (sample Questions and curriculum on

  •                                    Plan for attempting the questions (Important key points, flow diagrams,

  • illustrations etc) on a diary

  •                                    Discuss with your colleagues ( Have           DNBclubs)

  • Tips for Theory papers Better presentation Easy readability

  •                                    Margins- Upper, Lower, Right, Left Question number and question

  •                                   Letter  size and shape( Too small/ big; round / slanting out wards/ inwards etc)

  •                                    Spacing between words, underlying important key points/ sentences etc.

  •                                  Using bullets, flow diagrams, diagrams Boxes/ squares etc. for highlighting key           issues

  •                                 Logic organization of the contents           or the key issues

  •                                    Avoiding writing controversial points

  •                                    One or two issues in one paragraph 

  •  Practice by planning for questions


  • In your examination you will be having 10 short           structured questions in each theory  paper. You are expected to attempt each           question in 15-18  minutes.

  •                                   It is therefore important that you read the question carefully and plan on one page of answer sheet what would be key points and how will you illustrate yourpoints by flow diagrams, diagrams etc.

  •                                 By referring to the sample questions youdevelop a plan for attempting these           questions

  •                                    You should have a diary where you should write your plan for these questions. You

  • should discuss this plan with your  colleagues in “ DNB Club” and later with your consultants.

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