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Content Writer: Shubham S Nimje


Published on: Sat Feb 03 2024Updated on: Mon Feb 05 2024

The Foreign Medical Graduate Examination (FMGE), also known as the MCI Screening Test, acts as the pivotal gateway for international medical graduates (IMGs) to practice medicine within India. This comprehensive guide empowers you, as an aspiring IMG, with the knowledge and strategies to successfully navigate this crucial exam.

Understanding the Landscape:

  • What is it? The FMGE is a licensure examination conducted biannually by the National Board of Examinations (NBE) for IMGs seeking registration with the National Medical Commission (NMC) to practice in India.
  • Who conducts it? The National Board of Examinations (NBE), an autonomous body under the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, administers the FMGE.
  • When is it held? The exam takes place twice a year, typically in December and June.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Nationality: Indian citizen or Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) holding a medical degree from a foreign university recognized by the NMC.
  • Educational Qualification: Must have passed the final MBBS examination (written and practical) from a recognized foreign university.
  • Registration: Register with the NBE and fulfill all document requirements before the deadline.

Exam Structure:

The FMGE is a single-day, offline examination:

  • Format: 300 multiple-choice questions (MCQs) with single best answers, across 200 minutes.
  • Syllabus: Covers all aspects of pre-clinical, para-clinical, and clinical subjects from the undergraduate medical curriculum.
  • Marking: Each correct answer carries one mark, with no negative marking.

Preparation Tips:

  • Start early: Dedicate ample time to thoroughly cover the vast syllabus.
  • Follow the NBE syllabus: Adhere strictly to the official NBE syllabus to avoid irrelevant topics.
  • Utilize standard textbooks: Refer to globally recognized medical textbooks like Harrison’s Principles of Internal Medicine and Bailey & Love’s Short Practice of Surgery.
  • Solve past papers and mock tests: Practice with past FMGE papers and mock tests to understand the question pattern, difficulty level, and time management.
  • Consider coaching classes (optional): Explore reputable coaching institutes for structured guidance, expert insights, and additional practice material.
  • Join online communities: Connect with fellow IMG aspirants online for support, knowledge sharing, and motivation.
  • Stay updated: Keep abreast of recent medical advancements and healthcare policies relevant to India.
  • Refine your test-taking skills: Enhance your ability to analyze questions, eliminate incorrect options, and efficiently manage time during the exam.

Additional Resources:

  • Official NBE website: https://exam.natboard.edu.in/fmge.php
  • NBE Syllabus: <invalid URL removed>
  • Medical textbooks and journals
  • Coaching institutes (optional)
  • Online communities for IMGs


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