IBO Exam Process : -
The Board certification exam is conducted once a year and is a three-phase process, namely:
PHASE – I Application
PHASE - II Online / written Examination
PHASE - III Clinical Examination
A ‘Board Applicant’ is a candidate whose advanced orthodontic education credentials are verified, constituting Phase I of the certification process. Phase II is a written examination wherein the candidate’s knowledge of basic sciences and clinical orthodontics is evaluated in a multiple-choice questions-based assessment. This is a criterion referenced test designed to measure the candidate’s performance against a fixed set of learning standards as would be completed in an advanced orthodontic education program.
PHASE-II examination format :
Phase II online /written examination will have 250 MCQ’s . 100 MCQ’s will be on applied basic sciences and 150 MCQ’s will be on Clinical Orthodontics. Each MCQ will carry 1 mark. The duration of the examination will be Three hours.
Phase III is a comprehensive evaluation of the case reports of 5 actual patient treatments of specified categories, treated by the candidate himself/herself followed by an oral examination. On successful completion of these case report presentations and the oral examination the candidate shall be qualified as a "Diplomate of the Indian Board of Orthodontics" and be designated "Board Certified”.
Case reports of patients treated by the candidate during the candidate’s tenure as a student in an advanced education program in orthodontics cannot be used to satisfy the Phase III clinical examination requirements.
The following are the five specific case categories as required by the Indian Board Orthodontics for the Phase III examination.
• Case Category 1
Selected clinical case depicting crowding more than 5 mm, managed by extraction of one tooth from each quadrant (preferably first premolars). Case with bimaxillary protrusion cannot be shown in this category.
• Case Category 2
Selected clinical case with angle ANB of more than 5 degrees. Treatment for the case should exhibit efforts taken to correct the sagittal discrepancy non surgically (with orthopaedic & orthodontic treatment).
• Case Category 3
Transverse discrepancy with unilateral or bilateral complete crossbite or vertical discrepancy with FMA greater than 35° or less than 20°.
• Case Category 4 and 5
Selected cases (two) of the candidate’s choice with a very high degree of difficulty.
• At least one case of the above five should be a case where all four first premolar extractions were done as a part of the treatment plan.
• Only one case amongst the above five cases can be a surgical case (treated with orthognathic surgery).