surprised about above comments I have cleared my DNB from st philo. though not in surgery, so i can tell some facts to all readers. i have seen 3 batches of colleagues in surgery(6 students) in my 3 years of residency in medicine and 5 of them passed 4 in first attempt and 1 in second. And i have seen them come out of OTs and giving us treats for surgeries. I have seen candidates coming out of classes at 8:00 AM. after finishing lectures. so all above statements are BULL. I don't want to go in details of who the person quoting above statements is/are. but please dont malign a good institute because of personal reasons. because by doing so u r actually depriving our own colleagues.and as far as i remember the junior in question left for a paraclinical MD seat without bothering to inform the institute and lapsed a perfectly good clinical seat. anyways all candidates should confirm status of hospital before joining in. Best of luck to all.