DNB Ophthalmology 101: A practical guide to start your journey in Ophthalmology: Part 2

During my pre-counselling days, I always wondered if I could get access to a list featuring the institutes available state-wise, that would simplify the difficult choice of choosing my post-graduation seat. In part 2 of this practical guide to DNB ophthalmology, I will be discussing which institutes are preferred by DNB candidates, based on past years’ counseling trends.

Disclaimer: Please note that this order is purely on the basis of past and current experiences of the authors and other DNB candidates, and may be subjected to change owing to variations in the faculty or change in standard of care in a particular institute. The authors do not possess any financial interest and the only purpose of this article is to guide the MBBS students in picking up the post-graduate institute of their choice.

State-wise preference list: (n= No. of DNB seats available; as per seat index matrix for the session 2020)

Andhra Pradesh:

1. Sankara Eye Hospital, Guntur (n=4)

2. Sri Sathya Sai institute, Ananthpur (n=2)

3. Sai Kiran Institute, Kakinada (n=3)

4. Visakha eye hospital, Visakhapatnam (n=2)

5, Sankar Foundation Eye hospital, Visakhapatnam (n=1)


1. Sri Sankaradeva netralaya, Guwahati (n=3)

2. Chandraprabha eye hospital, Jorhat (n=1)

3. Lions eye hospital, Cachar (n=2)


1. MGM Eye institute, Raipur (n=1)

2. JLN, Bhilai (n=2)


Academics in institutes of Delhi is very good in general. Ranking them was difficult. 4,5 and 6 are almost equally good.

1. Sir Ganga Ram Hospital (n=1)

2. Dr Shroff Charity eye hospital, Daryaganj (n=2)

3. DDU (n=4)

4. St Stephens (n=2)

5. Venu eye institute (n=3)

6. Hindu Rao (n=2)

7. Shroff eye centre,Kailash colony (n=2)

8. Dr Baba Saheb Ambedkar (n=2)

9. Vision eye centre (n=1)

10. Mohan Eye Hospital (n=1)

11. Centre for sight (n=1)

12. Sant Parmanand (n=1)

1. Drashti Netralaya, Dahod (n=3)

Rotary eye institute, Navsari (n=2)

1. Medanta (n=2)

2. Bhagat Phool Singh (n=1)


Here also the top 4 institutes are very close to each other in terms of PG training overall.

1. Sankara Eye, Bangalore (n=3)

2. MM Joshi, Hubli (n=3)

3. Narayana Nethralaya, Bangalore (n=4)

4. Sankara Eye, Shivamogga (n=3)

5. Bangalore West Lions (n=2)

6. Nethradhama, Bangalore (n=3)

7. Manipal Hospital (n=1)

8. Prabha eye, Bangalore (n=2)

9. District Hospital, Tumakuru (n=1)


1. Little flower, Angamaly (n=3)

2. Giridhar eye hospital, Kochi (n=2)

3. Comtrust eye hospital, Calicut (n=2)

4. Chaithanya eye, Trivandrum (n=4)

5. Dr Tony’s (n=1)
6. Al Salama, Palakad (n=1)

Madhya Pradesh:

1. SNC Chitrakoot (n=5)

2. Choithram (n=2)

3. Ratan Jyoti, Gwalior (n=1)

Maharashtra institutes are usually good. Ranking them was difficult.

1. HV Desai (n=3)

2. Shri Ganapati (n=2)

KJ Somaiyya (n=1)

Mahatme Eye (n=2)

PD Hinduja (n=2)

6. Suraj Eye (n=2)
Sarakshi (n=1)

7. Deenanath Mangeshkar (n=2)

8. Laxmi Panvel (n=1)

Bhaba Atomic (n=2)’


1. Shija (n=1)


1. LVPEI Bhubaneshwar (n=2)

2. J P M Rotary Eye Hospital and Research, Bidanasi, Cuttack (n=3)

3. Ispat general Hospital IGH (n=2)

4. Agarwal’s Eye Hospital, Cuttack (n=2)

5. Pondicherry:
Arvind (n=6)

6. Indira Gandhi Govt General Hosp and PG institute (n=3)


Thind Eye Hosp, Jalandhar (n=2)


1. Alank Nayan Mandir Institute, Udaipur (n=2)

2. Global hospital Institute of Ophthalmology, Mount Abu (n=2)

3. Anand hospital and Eye Centre, Jaipur (n=2)

4. Dr Kothari’s Eye Hosp, Udaipur (n=1)

Tamil Nadu:

Again, academics Tamil Nadu institutes is generally good. Ranking them was difficult. So many branches of reputed institutes fare marginally as compared to one another.

1. Sankara Netralaya, Chennai (n=10)

Arvind, Coimbatore (n=5)

3. Arvind, Tirunelveli (n=6)

4. Sri Kanchi Kamakoti medical trust, Sankara Eye, Coimbatore (n=5)

5. Arvind, Theni (n=2)

6. Aravind, Salem (n=2)

7. Arasan Eye Hosp, Erode (n=2)

8. The Eye Foundation, Coimbatore (n=4)

Agarwal’s, Chennai (n=6)

10. Rajan Eye Care (n=2)

11. Lotus, Coimbatore (n=2)

12. M N Eye hospital. Chennai (n=2)

13. Agarwal’s Tirunelveli (n=2)

14. Govt Head Quarters, Cuddalore (n=1)


1. LVPEI, Hyderabad (n=2)

Pushpagiri Eye Inst, Secundarabad (n=6)

3. Krishna institute of medical sciences, Secundarabad (n=2)

4. Anand eye institute, Hyderabad (n=1)

5. Medivision Eye and Heath care, Hyderabad (n=2)

Uttar Pradesh:

1. ICare, Noida (n=2)

Vivekananda Polyclinic and institute of Medical Sciences, Lucknow(n=2)

Prakash Netra Kendra, Lucknow (n=1)

West Bengal:

1. Sankara Netralaya, Kolkata (n=2)

2. Susrut eye foundation, Kolkata (n=2)

3. College of medicine and JNM Hosp, Kalyani (n=1)

Hope this information helps you all in choosing the right seat for the bright beginning of your career. Select wisely! All the best!


Dr. Abhishek Paul , Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus consultant (MBBS, FAGE, DNB, FICO, MRCS Ed, FMRF)

Dr. Bijita Deb, Cornea, Cataract and Refractive Surgery consultant (MBBS, MS, DNB, FRCS Ed I)

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