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FMGE Exam or MCI Screening Test for Indian MBBS Graduates



Secured your MBBS degree from a foreign medical university approved by the Medical Council of India (MCI)? Now, you want to practice in India, right?  In order to get the practicing license of a medical practitioner in India, you’ll have to take a test known as the MCI Screening Test or FMGE (Foreign Medical Graduate Examination). It is a licensure examination for Indian practising BS graduates (from a foreign country) conducted by the NBE (National Board of Examination).

It is a mandatory exam for all Indian medical students who have studied MBBS abroad. This screening test was first introduced in 2002. It was specially designed for aspiring doctors who have pursued MBBS from a foreign country including – China, Nepal, Russia, Bangladesh, Ukraine, Philippines, Barbados, and the Caribbean nations. Moreover, it is only for those students who have earned their MBBS degree from a medical university or college listed under the WHO (World Health Organization) International Directory of Medical Schools.

MCI Screening Test for Indian students

If you are an Indian citizen or an overseas citizen from India, and you hold a primary medical qualification or an MBBS degree from a medical university or college located abroad, and you want a permanent or a provisional/temporary or registration with the MCI or State Medical Council (SMC), you must take the MCI Screening Test or FMGE.

This screening test is held two times a year in the month of June and December. The question pattern includes – Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) with SCA (Single Collect Answer). There are 300 questions to answer with no negative marking, which is an added advantage. It is a computer-based test, and you can take in online. Most importantly, the examination fee is Rs. 5, 000/-, and it is non-refundable, no matter what.

What should be the percentage to pass MCI Screening test?

One of the most important things about the MCI Screening test or the FMGE is it is not a competitive test. And, you need to secure 50% marks to pass this test. To make things easy to understand, here is an explanation for you. There are 300 questions of 1 mark that you need to answer. If you get to score 150 out of 300, you’ll be considered a pass. Also, the negative marking system is not applicable here, you can score, as much as you can, provided you have checked the right answer. Another important feature of the MCI Screening Test is – you can attempt it unlimited times.

Eligibility for MCI Screening Test

As a Foreign Medical Graduate, you need to fit in the below-mentioned criteria in order to be eligible to take the FMGE test –

  • According to the provisions of Sec. 13 of the relevant Act, an applicant must be an Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) or an Indian citizen to be able to take the MCI Screening Test.
  • The applicant must have got a primary medical qualification and an MBBS degree from a medical college aboard before applying for the same.
  • Also, the medical institution from where the applicant has secured his or her MBBS degree must be an MCI approved college and listed under the World Health Organization Directory of Medical Schools.
  • All Foreign Medical Graduates must provide relevant documents to support their primary medical qualification from a medical college abroad.  
  • Candidates with an MBBS degree (Postgraduate) from the United States of America, Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom, and Canada don’t need to take the MCI Screening Test 2019. They are eligible to register with the SMC or MCI, directly.

FMGE Exam (MCI Screening Test) Syllabus 2019

The syllabus for MCI Screening Test or FMGE is set by the NBE (National Board of Examinations). Applicants who have acquired their MBBS degree from a medical institution outside India and looking forward to taking the MCI Screening Test 2019, should follow the syllabus structure given below –

The entire MCI Screening test syllabus is divided into 2 categories –

  • Pre and paraclinical studies
  • Clinical studies

Pre and paraclinical studies is further divided into 4 subjects. The table given below will help you understand the marks distribution according to the subjects –

SubjectMarks Distribution
Forensic Medicine10
Total marks100


Let’s take a look at the mark distribution according to the subjects for clinical studies –

SubjectMarks Distribution
General Surgery and Allied subjects
  1. Radiodiagnosis
  1. Orthopedics
  1. Anaesthesiology
  1. General surgery
Community Medicine30
Obstetrics and Gynaecology30
Medicine and Allied subjects
Dermatology and STD5
Total Marks200

How to Pass MCI Exam – Tips

Even after securing considerably good marks in medical education in a foreign country, an applicant must prepare himself or herself really well as there is no room for mistakes when it comes to getting the practitioner’s license. Here we have some effective tips for you to crack the MCI Exam with good marks –

  • Cover the entire syllabus – Quick-fix methods will not do here. You need to cover the entire syllabus and master each and every subject in order to get good marks.
  • Take notes, as much as possible – It is a good thing to take notes. It will help you with a quick reference when your exam will be near and you will not get much time to dig deep into the topics.
  • Understand your weak areas and work on them – Not everyone is good in every subject. Therefore, you should work on your weak areas because you cannot leave any subject.
  • Regular revision is a must – You need to make sure to revise whatever you have read at regular intervals. Revisions help you retain the information in your mind.
  • Take mock tests – Taking mock test within the timeframe of the MCI test is always a good idea. It prepares you well for the actual test.
  • Avoid too many resources – Referring too many resources can spoil your preparations. So, it’s better to avoid the same. Tyr to answer as many as MCI question papers. It is a good idea to hone your skills.



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