Q) Who is a Registered Dietitian?
A) Registered Dietitian (RD) is a title awarded to applicants who successfully complete the RD examination conducted annually (usually in the month of February) by Indian Dietetic Association, RD Board.

Q) What is the eligibility for writing an RD exam?
A) Eligibility criteria for RD exam –

Candidates must fulfil all the following points:

  1. Graduate Degree in Nutrition & Dietetics OR Graduate Degree in Home Science / Science stream with a minimum of 3 nutrition related subjects like (i) Basic Nutrition (ii) Biochemistry (iii) Human Physiology (iv) Diet Therapy (v) Clinical Nutrition (vi) Diets in Diseases(only as a day scholar)


  1. Post Graduate Diploma in Nutrition & Dietetics OR Post Graduate Degree (M.Sc) in Foods & Nutrition/Clinical Nutrition/Dietetics (only as a day scholar from recognized universities).

(This is a 3 + 1 format where the candidate must have minimum of four years in HomeScience or Foods, Nutrition & Dietetics)


  1. Six months continuous internship with competency package from hospitals recognized for RD training that are listed on the IDA website (


Five years of experience in a multispecialty hospital as full-time dietitian (clinical portfolio only) from hospitals recognized for RD by IDA, in addition to the above two qualifications requirement.

If the candidate is from a hospital that is not listed for RD training on the IDA website, a recommendation letter from the IDA Chapter President to be submitted with the RD exam application form.

Q) Is IDA life membership compulsory to write the RD exam?
A) Yes, candidates who apply for RD Exam should have a life membership of IDA for at least six months before applying for the RD Exam (e. May 31stof the year before the exam). For example, if you appear for RD exam in Feb 2018, you should be a life member of IDA before May 31, 2017.

Q) Which are the hospitals recognized to conduct RD internship?
A) List of hospitals recognized for RD internship is given on the IDA website.

Q) If the internship is done as part of course work, will the candidate be allowed to write the RD exam?
A) RD Internship should be done separately and not as a part of any course work, unless RD Board has approved such an internship as per the requirement.

Q) How long is the internship valid for?
A) RD internship is valid for 5 years only from the date of completion. If a candidate wishes to write the exam after the internship validity period is over, the candidate must repeat the 6 months RD internship OR complete 5 years of work experience in a multi-specialty hospital in order to take the RD exam.

Q) What is the percentage marks required to pass the exam?
A) A candidate needs 50% marks for qualifying, and a minimum of 45% marks in each paper. There will be no re-evaluation of RD exam answer papers.

Q) How many case studies should a candidate prepare, and how many case studies are to be presented?
A) A total number of 50 case studies need to be prepared by each candidate during the internship, out of which 6 cases should be done in detail as per case study format given on website.

Case study presentation: 2 case studies to be presented for evaluation in presence of a 2-member jury (one internal and one external) and 4 case studies to be presented in the dietetics department of the same hospital where the candidate interns. The external jury member can be from the same hospital or from the same IDA chapter.

Q) Is the internship done under a dietitian who works in a single specialty clinic / hospital considered as criteria to write the exam?
A) Single specialty clinics or hospitals will not fulfil the criteria for RD exam. Only hospitals recognized by the RD board and listed on website meet the requirements.

Experience of dietitians should include only hospital experience and

not the experience earned from health centers.


Q) Can internship be done in two different hospitals?
A) No. The 6 months RD internship needs to be done in a multi-specialty hospital which follows the competency package listed on the IDA website.

Note: In case any other clarification is needed, please refer to IDA website regarding internship, training, competency package, certificate, RD Exam etc. You may also send an email to the Chairperson RD Board at to clarify your doubts.

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