DNB in Ophthalmology


DNB candidate Dr Zeeshan Jamil examines a patient


DNB residents examining a patient’s retina


DNB candidate Dr Anita Bisht examines a child

Global Hospital Institute of Ophthalmology (a branch of J Watumull Global Hospital & Research Centre) has been accredited by the National Board of Examinations (Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India) to offer the three-year post-graduate medical programme DNB in Ophthalmology.

The National Board of Examinations (NBE) was established by the Government of India in 1975 to conduct postgraduate and postdoctoral medical examinations in approved specialties leading to the award of Diplomate of National Board (DNB).


Course Director

Grp. Cpt. Dr VC Bhatnagar has over 30 years of clinical and teaching experience.

During his long tenure with the Indian Air Force, he led the ophthalmology services at 7 Air Force Hospital, Kanpur, and was visiting professor of Ophthalmology at the Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, Bengaluru.

Dr Bhatnagar holds post graduate degrees (MS, DNB) and a diploma (DOMS) in ophthalmology, and post graduate qualification in bio-informatics.

Fact File

  • Successful batches 7
  • Successful candidates 16


What Does DNB in Ophthalmology Involve?

DNB (Ophthalmology) is a residential training-cum-employment post-graduate programme in ophthalmology encompassing both academic and clinical aspects of the discipline.

Annual Intake

Global Hospital Institute of Ophthalmology is accredited for three DNB (Ophthalmology) seats per annum (2 primary and 1 secondary).

Eligibility & Selection

Candidates having a recognised MBBS degree and registered with the Medical Council of India or a State Medical Council are eligible to sit for the CET-NBE Examination. Successful candidates are put through centralised counselling conducted by the NBE for further selection.


Selected candidates receive a monthly stipend as per prevailing NBE guidelines.


Rs 125,000 is the annual training fee and Rs 35,000 is the annual charge for meals and electricity

Recognition Of Degree

Diplomate qualifications awarded by the NBE have been equated with postgraduate and postdoctoral degrees awarded by other Indian Universities (such as MD/ MS/ DM/ MCh) for all purposes including appointments to specialist’s posts and teaching positions (lecturers or assistant professors) by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India.