The FMGE exam (Foreign Medical Graduates Examination) or the MCI screening test is mandatory for every foreign medical graduate to pass before they can practice medicine in India. The test gives a provisional or permanent registration with the Medical Council of India (MCI) or any other State Medical Council (SMC).
The student, of course, has to have a medical graduate degree from an MCI recognized institution abroad. The screening test is conducted twice every year – once in June and other in December. The exam is conducted by NBE (National Board of Examination), and the details could be found on the FMGE website.
The Purpose of Conducting an MCI Screening Test
There are lots of students who attend medical colleges outside India like China, Russia, Ukraine, Bangladesh, New Zealand, Kyrgyzstan, Philippines, etc. These students who complete their MBBS from other countries and want to practice in India have to pass the FMGE exam to become an Indian professional doctor. Once this exam is cleared, these candidates become equivalent to the student s who have studied MBBS from India and are then allowed to choose their career in the field of medicine.
The MCI screening test is conducted to check the student’s clarity on basic concepts, time management, application of concepts and use of common sense. The exam does not explore every detail of the entire course of MBBS. It just checks if the students are familiar with the core concepts.
After passing the exam, the students are also supposed to carry out a 1-year internship or else they remain unemployed in India.
Eligibility Criteria for MCI Screening Test (2019)
The FMGE exam eligibility criteria are the minimum requirements needed to register for the exam. If the students do not meet these requirements, they will not be allowed to appear for the MCI screening test or the FMGE exam.
These eligibility criteria are:
- The candidate must be either an Indian citizen or an Overseas Citizen of India.
- The candidate must possess a graduate medical qualification which must be confirmed by the concerned Indian Embassy of the country where the medical institution is located.
- Candidate appearing for FMGE exams in 2019 must have obtained his/her primary medical qualification before May 31, 2019, with 50% marks.
- The candidate needs to submit the required documents specifying that he/she has passed the final exam of the primary medical qualification on or before May 31, 2019.
- A candidate who has completed the MBBS as well as the post-graduate medical course from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom and the United States of America is not required to appear for FMGE exam in June 2019. They can directly apply for MCI or SMC certificate.
Who are not eligible?
The aspirants who cannot submit the required documents within the stipulated period cannot appear for FMGE exam. Also, if any incorrect documents are submitted or the information is found to be wrong, then also the candidate is disqualified.
Passing the FMGE exam
The MCI screening test or the FMGE exam has a total of 300 MCQ questions, which is divided into two sections. Each section contains 150 questions. The candidate needs to obtain 150 or more marks to pass the exam.
There is no negative marking in this exam, and the candidate can appear multiple numbers of times. There is no maximum number of attempts.
FMGE Exam Syllabus 2019
The MCI screening test syllabus is issued by the Medical Council of India with the approval of Government of India. The exam syllabus contains the topics from Pre-Clinical, Para-Clinical and Clinical subjects. These subjects in total include Anatomy, Physiology, Biochemistry, Pathology, Microbiology, Pharmacology, Forensic Medicine, Medicine and Allied subjects – Medicine, Psychiatry, Dermatology & STD, and Radiotherapy, General Surgery and Allied subjects – General Surgery, Anaesthesiology, Orthopaedics and Radiodiagnosis, Paediatrics, Ophthalmology, Otorhinolaryngology, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, and Community Medicine.
Tips to Pass MCI Screening Test
Over the years, the complexity of FMGE exam has gone up considerably. Despite passing from the top-notch medical institution, the candidates need to prepare with increased intensity. Here are some major tips to follow for passing the exam with flying colours:
- The entire syllabus
You need to avoid study shortcuts and prepare the entire syllabus. Don’t give more or less attention to any part. Distribute the study intensity equally to all the subjects. Omitting certain subjects or focusing more on certain ones can be a huge risk you cannot afford taking at this stage.
To properly prepare for the exam, you need to develop a habit of taking notes. The concise notes help to study faster. At the time of the exam when there is not enough time to revise the entire syllabus, these notes serve as a quick reference guide.
- Weak areas
Most of the aspirants have a strong area and a weak area. Mostly the weak area is the topic they find tough and uninteresting which they leave for the last minute. Don’t do that. Identify your weaker areas and spend ample time on that.
- Maximum Questions
Doing the test in speed and with accuracy is the secret to passing the MCI screening test. Try to attempt the maximum number of questions possible. Attempting a higher number of questions means a higher score.
- Mock Tests
Once you are done with the syllabus preparation, take as many mock tests as you can. Taking these mock tests will tell you where you stand actually. Finishing the test within the stipulated time will also highlight your problem areas and tell you where you need to focus more.
It is not that difficult to pass the MCI screening test or the FMGE exam. It is all about the things you have already studied for the past five years abroad. If you have the complete knowledge about the subject, nothing can stop you. The exam requires a fee of `5500 to be paid for exam registration. Do not confuse yourself with too much study material and plan properly. That should be enough.