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Primary Examinations

4.1 Eligibility Requirements

(i) Candidates in possession of medical degrees from Indian Universities registerable in the First Schedule of the Medical Council of India Act 1956 as well as from foreign Universities recognised by MCI will be eligible to appear in the examinations conducted by the Board.

(ii) After passing MBBS and completion of Internship, the candidate shall be eligible to take primary examination.The cut-off date of completion of Internship will be 31st January for the February examination and 31st July for August examination.

NOTE: The above shall apply to both Indian as well as foreign nationals, who wish to appear in the examinations conducted by the NBE.

4.2 There will be a Common Primary Examination for all the broad specialties and Neuro Surgery (five years direct course).

4.3 The Primary Examination is of the standard of MBBS course.There are two objective type papers, each of three hours duration, and each paper consists of 180 Multiple Choice Questions.

4.3.1 Subjects Covered:

All the subjects taught during the MBBS course including pre-clinical, para-clinical and clinical.

Approximate weightage given to each subject in the two papers is as follows.

Paper I - Basic Sciences and Preventive Social Medicine.

Social & Preventive Medicine24
Forensic Medicine06
Total 180

Paper II - Clinical Sciences

Medicine including Pediatrics, Psychiatry, Dermatology & Venereology60
Surgery including Orthopedics,Anesthesia, Radio Diagnosis & Radio Therapy60
Obstetrics & Gynaecology30
Ophthalmology, ENT30
Total 180

4.3.2 Types of Multiple Choice Questions:

Each question paper is divided into four sections. Details of the type and number of questions in each section are indicated below:
Section I Single Response120
Section IIMultiple True / False20
Section IIIAssertion / Reason20
Section IVMatching20
Total Items 180
A response sheet is attached at the end of the question papers, the candidates should take particular care that the responses are entered in the corresponding section of the response sheet only.

Section - I (Single Response Type)

The answer sheet for this section contains 120 boxes.Each box refers to a single item and is numbered accordingly.Please remember that there is only one single correct response to each item.Indicate the correct response by writing 1,2,3 or 4 in the corresponding box.

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