Early structure

The Post-Graduate diploma in Clinical Cardiology qualification was originally accredited by the University Grant Commission (UGC). It originally required two year full-time study, and was arranged in two discrete sections: Practical and Written examinations. It was compulsory to pass both exams. Log books to be submitted and get approval before final examinations. Overall the marks achieved in coursework, examinations and the final practical and written exams had to exceed a weighted threshold for the candidate to pass and be awarded a PDDCC diploma. It was thus quite an intensive course with a large workload. If a candidate achieved 90% or above, they were awarded a Distinction.

Upon completion of the diploma, all doctors enrolled in the program are required to submit three logbooks and take the final national exit exam administered by the university. In addition, they must undergo a clinical assessment exam and a Viva, which are both conducted by external professors appointed by the university. Those who pass these exams will be invited to receive their diplomas during the national convocation ceremony held by the university. Furthermore, all enrolled doctors receive a monthly stipend equivalent to the amount given to DNB cardiology trainees.

Entry requirements

All the eligible MBBS doctors has to pass a national entrance exam conducted by the university and then a Viva exam in cardiology by external professors.