The Indian Dietetic Association conducts the RD exam annually to certify all the applicants who are successful in the exam. The exam is a must for those who want to practice as registered dietitians in India.


  • The candidate must have completed 6 months Life Membership of the IDA (Indian Dietetic Association) by August 31st of the year of exam.
  • The candidate must be a Graduate in Nutrition & Dietetics OR a PG Diploma holder in Nutrition & Dietetics OR Masters in Nutrition & Dietetics OR Masters in Food and Nutrition
  • The candidate must have completed a 6 month internship in a multi-specialty hospital with a minimum of 150 beds (A Grade cities) or with a minimum of 100 beds (B Grade Cities), in the R. D. Board recognized hospitals and Clinics


The syllabus topics for the exam are divided according to the two papers: Paper I – Human Physiology, Biochemistry, Physiologic and Metabolic Changes in Disease, Food Microbiology, Sanitation and Hygiene.


The candidate has to answer 2 test papers and the duration for each paper is 2 hours. Each paper is divided in 3 parts:

  • Part A&B: Objective questions (50 marks) & Multiple choice (20 marks)
  • Part C: Clinical oriented question (30 marks)

To qualify in this exam, it is mandatory for the candidate to score 50% and at least 45% for each paper.

How to Apply

Candidates can download the application form through the official website. The exam fee for this exam is Rs.500 which has to be paid by DD to ‘ Chairperson, IDA Registration Board’

For more information: www.idaindia.com

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