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MCI Screening Test - FMGE

MCI screening test which is technically and shortly known as FMGE is for the Indian students studying Bachelors in Medicine and Bachelors in Surgery or any another medical course abroad.

FMGE stands for Foreign Medical Graduate Examination. Except for a few countries where MCI has already approved the courses and thus the students from there need not take up the MCI screening test.

But for the rest of the nations, the students of medical education courses are required to give this examination for further practice in India and for higher studies in India as well.

The standard of Indian medical treatment and study is really high and thus the students who went abroad to study medicine might not match the standard of Indian curriculum and this might affect the treatment of the patients and thus the Medical Council of India has made it compulsory for the people to take up this examination to check whether they are eligible to work and practice and do their further studies in India or not.


Not all countries medical education system is at par with the Indian medical educational standard and another factor which comes into the play is that most of the countries accept students without any entrance test which is not at all the scenario in India.

This is the reason why Indian medical council wants to evaluate the actual eligibility of the MBBS students or BDS as well from different foreign nations when they want to enter the Indian medical field.

More than ten thousand of MBBS aspirants go to foreign universities to do their graduation in medicine and surgery, on the completion of the course, when and if they want to come back to Indian medical arena for practice and post-graduation, they are bound to take and clear the Foreign Medical Graduate Examination or the MCI screening test.

What is MCI screening test or FMGE?

FMGE or MCI screening test is an examination which is like a pass or license for the Indian MBBS graduates from the foreign universities to practice and study in Indian hospitals, colleges, post graduate institutes etc.

It is conducted by NBE which stands for the National Board of Examinations twice in a year that is in the month of June and December.

The test was developed in the year 2002 and from then every medical graduate from foreign countries has to clear this test to start and continue their practice in India.

The MCI screening examination is a mandatory evaluation test which certifies the Indian doctors from other nation to work in India.

FMGE - Rules and Regulations

The MCI screening test has its own rules and regulations which are made by the Medical Council of India and they are enumerated below

  • The FMGE examination is for all the Indian MBBS students who are aspiring to work and study further in India.

  • The students need to register with the State Medical councils in order to practice in Indian states after completing their MBBS course from abroad and thus to make the cut, they need to clear the FMGE examination.

  • Under the act of IMC 1956, the foreign medical graduates can only be granted permission to practice in India after they clear the MCI screening test which is an FMGE test.

  • For being eligible for the MCI screening test or the FMGE test, the candidate needs to have the Eligibility certificate which he or she has to obtain from the Indian medical council before they start their MBBS or BDS course in foreign universities. It is under the law of IMC Act, 1956, sec. 13(4B).

  • The candidates seeking admission in foreign medical universities will only be granted the EC when they have the required qualification and scores according to the MCI.

  • The MCI screening test is held in the month of June and again in the month of December. The NBE - National Board of Examination conduct this test in a computerized format.

  • The quality and the recognition of the medical universities in the foreign land is crucial to be eligible for the FMGE test.

  • The NBE maintains a complete database of the passing percentage of the students taking MCI screening test every year.

  • The foreign universities enrolling the Indian students are also prescribed by the MCI to maintain the quality of the course as per the Indian standard of Education and provide reliable and compliant course structure.

  • MCI can also derecognize the medical universities in the foreign countries if they don't maintain their quality of education.

  • For clearing the FMGE test one has to score a minimum of fifty percent in the examination.

  • On clearing the examination, the student will be permitted by the SMC to practice in the state medical hospitals and colleges.

  • The MCI can change the rules and regulations from time to time and it is at the MCI's sole discretion that what will be the syllabus and eligibility criteria for the FMGE test.

  • The number of attempts that one candidate can take to clear the MCI screening test is not limited.

  • The results are declared by the NBE to the state medical councils and obvious to the students who sat for the examination.

  • The candidate must have the minimum medical qualification and the course he or she has undertaken must be from a recognized university in the foreign nation and the recognition should be given by both MCI and WHO.

  • Upon clearing the FMGE test, the candidates are granted permanent registration under the respective State medical councils.

  • The admit cards have to be obtained by giving the examination and the admit cards are disbursed 4 days before the examination.

  • The candidates need to choose their cities or the state whether they want to give the examination and accordingly the center will be chosen.

  • For taking the FMGE MCI screening test the candidates need to be an Indian nation or Oversees Indian Citizen.

MCI screening test pattern

The mci screening test question papers are of multiple choice questions and there is a total of MCQs in each part of the examination.

The examination is divided into two parts. The first part of the examination is held from 10 a.m. in the morning to 12:45 p.m. where 15 minutes are for educating the candidates about how to take the test.

The second half stars from 3:15 p.m. and ends at 5:45 p.m. So, each of the sets of 150 questions you are needed to complete within two hours and forty-five minutes. There is a break of 2.5 hours in between the two sets of examination.

The National Board of Examination along with MCI sets the format of the mci screening test question papers and also they can alter the mci screening test pattern at any point in time.

The marks for each question are also set by NBE and they can alter the score of each question. But one positive point is that there is no negative marking in this examination like other competitive examinations in India. There is a total of 300 questions and the medium of the examination is in English.

From the Pre and Para-clinical subjects, there will be 100 marks and 200 marks from the clinical subjects. The marks are divided into seventeen marks each for Anatomy, biochemistry, and physiology.

Then thirteen marks each for pathology, pharmacology, and microbiology. And ten marks from forensic medicine which makes the total of 100 marks in pre and Para-clinical section.

Another two hundred marks of clinical subjects are divided into the different topics and sections under it like medicine, radiotherapy and every other subject written under the syllabus of FMGE.

MCI screening test syllabus

Pre and Para Clinical Subjects
Basic tissues of the body, nomenclature and terminology under general anatomy, elements of anatomy which includes Osteology, mycology, neurology, arthrology, Angiology.

Embryology which includes the postnatal growth of the organs in the body and its development.

Histology which includes the general histology, organ's microanatomy on an individual basis and their system.

Genetics of the human including the molecular biology and the principles.

Surface Anatomy which includes the cadavers in the living organism, Radiology Anatomy which comprises of principles of imaging methodology, skiagrams, x-rays with special techniques. Applied Anatomy and sectional anatomy of the thorax, brain, head, abdomen, and neck.

Under regional anatomy, the things which you need to cover are a spinal cord, head, abdomen, neck, brain, upper and lower limb thorax, diaphragm.

Under this subject a contender of FMGE needs to study the cell and injuries that can happen to the cell, repairment and inflammation, diseases which are infectious , immunopathology disturbances in the circulation of blood in the body, neoplasia and disturbances in one's growth, disorder of genetics, cardiovascular pathology, haematology, respiratory pathology, lymphoreticular system or spleen, both gender’s reproductive system, breast diseases, endocrine pathology, dermatopathology, musculoskeletal system, neuropathology, ocular pathology.

It includes the immunology, general virology, mycology. Clinical or applied microbiology, general microbiology, bacteriology, systemic virology, parasitology.

Pharmacology It is comprised of autonomic nervous system, general pharmacology, cardiovascular system, drugs which affects the blood formation and blood, diuretics, drugs related to autocoids, endocrine pharmacology, central nervous system, respiratory system, psychopharmacology, gastrointestinal system, drugs in anesthetic uses, toxicology, chemotherapy, clinical pharmacology and use of radiation drugs.

Forensic Medicine
Includes procedures of court related to medical tests, definition, the court of India, Medical certifications, medico-legal test reports which include the declaration of a person dying.

Death causes, how a body changes after death, magistrate's/police's/coroner's inquest, identification of the body, tests of the human remains which is mutilated, autopsies for medico-legal work, mechanical wonds and injuries, tests for injury cases, importance of medico-legal nature of the injuries and their causes due to physical agents, death due to neglect or malnutrition of the battered babies, asphhyxial death, death in dowry cases, legitimacy of a case, virginity, sexual perversions or molestation, pregnancy and birth of babies, infanticides, biological fluids, forensic psychiatry, toxicology, seminal stains and medical jurisprudence.

General Surgery
Includes the hemorrhage and shocks, skin tumors, skin grafting, burns, fluid nutrition, electrolyte, balance of acids in the body, arterial diseases, venous diseases, wound, lymphatic and lymph nodes, specific and non-specific injections, infections of foot and hand, tumors, stones, ulcers, cysts, fistulae and sinuses.

The diseases of muscle, fascia, tendons, bursae. Then there is Hernia, abdominal wall, umbilical granuloma, and adenoma.

Thyroid glands, teeth, face, tongue, neck, mouth, gums, salivary glands, endocrines, thyroglossal tract. The study of breast, craniocerebral injuries, sympathetic system, nerves, brain and every single part of the body.

It includes anatomy of the upper airway, pre-operative evaluation, and pre-medication, stages of anesthesia, and agents of anesthesia, physiology of respiration and the methodology of oxygen therapy. IPPV, Muscle relaxants, local anesthesia etc.

Injuries of bones, spine, vascular system, lower extremity, cold orthopedics, neuro-muscular disorder, regional conditions, tuberculosis of bones and joints, rehabilitation and physical medicine.

Radio – Diagnosis
includes all the systems in the human body that are from the respiratory system to the excretory system.

It comprises of principles of chemo and radiotherapy, how to prevent cancer from spreading with early diagnosis, nuclear medicine’s principles, common radiation, and reactions etc.

It includes neonatology, nutrition, genetics, infections, vital statistics, development and growth of the child, emergencies, gastroenterology, central nervous system, nephrology, endocrinology, respiratory system.

It includes the common symptoms of different diseases, clinical methods, and practice of medicine, hematology, etc.

It comprises of mental illness and its history, diagnosis, and treatment. Behavioral sciences, different psychoses, and clinical features, diagnosis, mania, depression, schizophrenia, dementia, drug abuse, etc.

Obstetrics & Gynecology
Under this subject, the chapters you need to read our Anatomy of the women’s reproductive tract, development of fetus and placenta, changes in the mother’s body during the pregnancy, antenatal care, normal labor, care of newborn etc.

Diseases of the ear, nose, trachea, Nasopharynx etc.

Lichen Planus, infective disorders, allergy, leprosy, alopecia, eczema, melanocytes, dermatological therapy etc.

eligibility Criteria

The MCI screening test eligibility requirements are as follows

  • The contender applying for the MCI screening test must have done his or her MBBS or BDS course from a university which is listed by the World Health Organization.

  • The students from the institutes which are approved by the Indian Embassy are also eligible for taking the FMGE test.

  • The contender must be an Indian citizen or the citizen of India in overseas countries.

The candidates must complete their MBBS education before November month for taking up the FMGE test in December.

MCI screening test latest news

One big MCI screening test latest news is that, since many applicants are failing the FMGE test in the recent years due to the foreign universities admitting them without evaluating their capability to study medicine, MCI made NEET examination mandatory for the students who are going abroad for their MBBS or BDS.

This will initially cut the undeserving candidates to go for foreign medical institutes. This will help NBE and MCI to screen the best candidates through FMGE - MCI screening test.

FMGE coaching

For practicing in Indian hospitals and colleges, a foreign medical graduate needs to clear the mci screening test 2018 and since the success rate is only 10% last year, you can understand the level of difficulty.

Thus taking tuition or coaching classes are advised to understand the actual requirement of the examination and get through it easily.

Preparation Tips for FMGE

Some essential things you need to keep in mind while preparing for the FMGE test is that

  • There is a time factor, so try to solve as many sets of the questions as you can within the given time limit as Mock tests.

  • Try to prepare everything in English.

  • Since there is no negative marking, try to mark as many answers as you can even if you don't know one, you should try and guess, it might be right.

MCI screening test pass percentage

The MCI screening test pass percentage is recorded according to the number of students appearing for the examination with MBBS or BDS degrees from different nations. For example, in 2012-2014, the pass percentage of the students appearing from Bangladesh was 30.8%, China, 18.9%, Georgia was 25.5%, Nepal was 21.2% and so on so forth.

In the recent years, the number of students appearing with Chinese Medical degree is at the highest and around 12000 of students appear for the mci screening test every year from China.

The MCI screening test pass percentage in 2012-13 was at 28.3% while it went down to 10.4% in the year 2015-16. And it gradually decreased in the consecutive years.

The major drop of 80% in the results of FMGE has given a great blow to the Indian MBBS graduates from foreign medical college.

This is major because of the increase in the difficulty level of the MCI screening test in India. Many have the opinion that the test has been made difficult to discourage the students having aspiration in the medical field from going abroad from India.

This is purposefully done according to many to retain the students in Indian universities and private colleges where the fee is 4 times the fee of foreign universities.

But the claim of NBS is that the students cannot clear the test in the first attempt due to the language difference of many countries MBBS module. Secondly, there is no negative marking and almost 80% of the paper is necessary for the students to have knowledge in but the minimum criteria for clearing the test is 50%.

NBE says that in order to secure the health and social welfare of the country, clearing FMGE is mandatory.

MCI screening test 2018

Details Application, Dates, Important facts

  • The application process starts in the month of October for the test held in the month of December. By the end of October, you can get the application form to fill and apply for the examination and the deadline is normally at the end of November.

  • The online mode is only available for filling and submitting your application for the MCI screening test 2018. You need to apply for the site as there is no other options are available as well.

  • The first step is to register yourself on the FMGE site with your primary details or the basic details and then once you get the login credentials, you can fill the form and upload the supporting documents and then click on the submit button.

  • The candidates need to fill all the correct information and if any information is found to be incorrect and if the contender is found to be falsifying the board, then he or she will be ban to appear for the examination for the rest of life.

  • The FMGE candidates must upload the scan copy of the required documents and email them at along with the photocopy of the email received the acknowledgment of the online submission. The documents must be attested by the candidate to avoid any further ambiguity.

Documents which are required to be submitted and upload online are as follows

  • The mark sheet and the certificate of passing the MBBS course from foreign medical universities. The medium of education during MBBS must be either English or Hindi.

  • The Indian Embassy must certify the passing certificate of the candidate.

  • Anyone of the documents as address proof

    PAN card, Passport , License , AADHAR Card , Voter ID
  • Photographs of the candidate which must be passport sized and in color.

  • The birth certificate or any other document like 10th standard admit card to verify the age/DOB. The certificate of 10+2 Board's examination as well as the mark sheet.

  • If the candidate has done an internship in abroad, then he or she needs to submit the internship certificate as well.

  • The MCI issues an Eligibility certificate to the candidates who are going abroad for MBBS or BDS on qualifying certain criteria, that EC needs to be submitted while filling the application for FMGE.

  • If the candidate has done 10+2 in a foreign country as well, they need to submit the Equivalence Certificate which is issued by the Association of Indian Universities.

  • The applicant must declare according to the rules of the prospectus.

Things you need to bring for your MCI screening test 2018

The admit card has to be printed and you must bring it along with your to the test center otherwise no one will allow you to write the test.

The admit card should be in printed format along with a picture of yours on it pasted properly.

Any Identity proof document like PAN or AADHAR card, License, etc. has to be brought to the center for verification of the candidate.

FMGE coaching

For practicing in Indian hospitals and colleges, a foreign medical graduate needs to clear the mci screening test 2018 and since the success rate is only 10% last year, you can understand the level of difficulty.

Thus taking tuition or coaching classes are advised to understand the actual requirement of the examination and get through it easily.

Some essential things you need to keep in mind while preparing for the FMGE test is that

  • There is a time factor, so try to solve as many sets of the questions as you can within the given time limit as Mock tests.

  • Try to prepare everything in English.

  • Since there is no negative marking, try to mark as many answers as you can even if you don't know one, you should try and guess, it might be right.

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