Yes, starting from the November 2012 administration, the Diplomate of National Board Post Diploma Centralised Entrance Test (PD-CET) has changed from a paper and pencil test to a computer-based test (CBT). This is not an Internet-based test, i.e. a candidate does not take the test over the Internet. Instead of reading the questions from a paper booklet and darkening the ovals in an answer sheet, a candidate will now read the questions on a computer screen and choose an answer by using a mouse to click on the appropriate option.
The exam duration is 3 hours and will be conducted in a single section. There will also be an additional 15-minute tutorial prior to the start of the exam. Candidates will also need to accept a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) before beginning the exam.
Yes, candidates will have the option to navigate between the questions via the Review Screen. Candidates are advised to make use of the Demo Test on the NBE website http://www.pdcet.natboard.edu.in/ to familiarize themselves with the navigation and functionality of the actual exam. A 15- minute tutorial will also be available prior to the start of the actual exam.
The tutorial provides a series of screens that will orient you to the computer- based PDCET. This will give you an opportunity to try the various features, including how to navigate between questions, review them, select, de-select, change and mark responses etc. The tutorial has a total duration of 15 minutes and candidates are advised to go through it entirely before starting the actual exam. At the end of the tutorial, candidates will be asked to accept a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) before beginning the exam. For a similar preview, candidates can take a tour of the Demo Test which will be available on NBE website at http://www.pdcet.natboard.edu.in/.
The Demo test is a sample computer-based test that is intended to familiarise candidates with the navigation and functionality of the PDCET. It includes a tutorial on using the various features of the exam like moving between screens, selecting, de-selecting, marking and reviewing responses etc., as well as some sample questions which will allow candidates to try out these features. Note that these sample questions are not representative of the content of difficulty level of the actual exam.