Life is a play and suddenly you are Hamlet trying to determine what to be.

Lucky for you, instead of a skull we are here to guide you through the confusing and sometimes tumultuous road that are the UPSC examinations and their associations with DNB.

But before we get into it, you need to realize what all goes into the makings of the titular question. The meaning behind the same and what it entails for hopeful aspirants like you.

It is time we explore it all in an in-depth fashion so that you can make an informed decision. To do so, we need to start from the very beginning.

So let’s break it down, shall we?

What is DNB?

It stands for Diplomate of National Board. A postgraduate Master’s degree is granted to Specialist Doctors in India after three years of residency and the exam to award this prestige is conducted by a sector of the government.

But the reach of the Diplomate of National Board as a whole is not limited to jobs associated with the public sector, even if its exams are.

The autonomous body, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (India) makes sure to have it recognised all around the country. As a result, if you later change your mind about seeking a position in the civil office, the doors leading up to the privacy practices will always be wide open. The same goes for employment in the joint sectors.

What about DNB medical? And DNB PDCET?

The National Board of Examinations (NBE) is responsible for conducting the degree and awarding the Diplomate of National Board to those worthy of it. DNB medical is synonymous with the Diplomate of National Board and follows the same jurisdictions.

To put it in layman’s terms, Diplomate of National Board is strictly medical and the exam taken to sit for it is as government-based as the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) or Public Service Commission (PSC).

The DNB PDCET is the abbreviation for Diplomate of National Board Post Diploma Centralized Entrance Test that acts as a qualifying examination for the DNB and other associated post-diploma courses conducted by the NBE.

So, it must be noted that Diplomate of National Board PDCET is the test that will determine whether or not you as an applicant will be qualified to sit and study for the Diplomate of National Board.

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UPSC Preparation

With the basic information out of the way, let’s put patience aside and proceed to the original question and the answers it might entail; can I write Public Service Commission and Union Public Service Commission while doing Diplomate of National Board?

Yes, you can. There are even cases where it is actually preferred for certain positions that you do so. Opting for the Diplomate of National Board will not only enhance your application but also make you more well-rounded and give you a holistic sense of our world.

There are qualities that the UPSC examiners seek in their cadets, and having the Diplomate of National Board on your resume often translates that you will deliver as it not only justifies your knowledge but also stands to prove your academic achievements considering the fact that the Diplomate of National Board Post Diploma Centralized Entrance Test is a ranking examination.

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Will Opting for the DNB Hinder My UPSC Preparation?

It depends on how well you can handle and manage a varied range of subjects thrown at you. Plus, for the Diplomate of National Board you will have to focus heavily on the science of the mind and body. If you are up for that, then you are good to go.

The best idea here is to test if you can practice for both the exams without sacrificing your revisions for one for the benefit of the other.

To do so our recommendation would be to fix a period of time, maybe a week or more, in order to determine whether you can balance your preparations for the two tests; without hampering your progress for either.

If such a time table fits your routine existence without adding too much stress, then that is the way to go. And if not, then it is best to take it one exam at a time.

Will Not going for the DNB Hurt My Chances at UPSC?

Nope! The Diplomate of National Board may make your application look better, but not having it will not affect it adversely. Unless you are aiming for specific UPSC posts that require you to have taken the Diplomate of National Board.

To elaborate, government jobs associated with the medical sphere might see DNB as an excellent addition to one’s job application. But if you are planning on applying solely for administrative and civil positions in relation to the wide spectrum that we call government jobs, then Diplomate of National Board might not be a very big contributing factor towards landing them.

What is the Difference between PSC, UPSC and DNB?

PSC and UPSC as a whole are examinations fully aiming towards placements solely for the sake of government jobs.

Diplomate of National Board on the other hand is a degree program that can be joined only by cracking the DNB PDCET test and the job market in relation to it is not limited as it is open to both the public as well as the private sector.

PSC, UPSC and Diplomate of National Board are mutually exclusive to each other, that is you do not need one to be qualified for the other.

You can be a DNB aspirant with no goal towards the UPSC and PSC exams or you can be studying for the PSC and UPSC exams with no Diplomate of National Board background.

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We started with the question, can you write PSC and UPSC while doing DNB and went on a whirlwind of information about it altogether.

We realized the differences between them and explored what they mean for you; how you can decide which to opt for and what direction you should take.

You got this! We believe in you! Good luck with your future endeavours!

If you still have any doubts, feel free to use the comments section and we shall get back to you as soon as possible!

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