Foreign Medical Graduates (FMGE)/MCI

MCI Screening Test

Medical Council of India (MCI) screening test is also acknowledged as Foreign Medical Graduates Examination (FMGE) is a quest organized in India by National Board of Examinations (NBE) for Indian Citizens who wants to practice medicine in India and hold a medical degree from another country. MCI screening test is popularized in the year 2002 as a licensure examination for Indian citizens who hold a medical degree from the country other than India.

About Medical Council of India (MCI) screening test:

Who can give MCI or FMGE Exam?

Indian citizens who go for medical studies abroad have to go through Medical Council of India screening test. The test is necessary for Indian citizens who have a medical degree or diploma of another country and want to practice medicine in India. Without clearing this exam no Indian can become a doctor in India. The medical school should be listed in World Health Organization’s catalogue of medical colleges.

When to give MCI or FMGE screening test?

Medical Council of India screening test is held twice in a year in the month of June and December. The exam contains 300 multiple choice questions. The students normally come back in the month of June after completion of their course, they can undergo this exam in the month of December after preparing for few months for this exam. This screening test is controlled by National Board of Examination (NBE).

Syllabus of MCI and its preparation:

Medical Council of India or Foreign Medical Graduate Examination consists of 300 marks multiple-choice questions. It includes:

Pre and Para Clinical Subjects: Para-clinical subjects are studied by students in the third, fourth and fifth semester. The subjects are:

  • Pathology: This is the science to know the purpose and effects of the diseases. It specifically deals with the medicine branch that deals with the examination of body tissue samples in the lab for forensic or diagnosis purpose.
  • Pharmacology: It is the study of drug action. It is concerned with how the body handles a drug and how a drug affects the human body.
  • Forensic medicine and toxicology: Forensic Medicine and toxicology is the study of pharmacology, clinical chemistry and analytical chemistry to aid or legally investigate the reason of death, poisoning and drug use.
  • Microbiology: It is the study of micro living things that cannot be seen without a microscope. Such small living things are called microorganisms or microbes. Bacteria, archaea are examples of microbes.

Clinical Subjects: Clinical subjects introduced from the third year. This includes:

  • ENT: ENT is a field of medicine also known as otolaryngology. It specifically deals with the medical and surgical treatment of eyes, ears and nose and related architecture of head and neck.
  • Ophthalmology: It is the category of medicine that deals with the diseases of the eye and visual system. The eye can be affected by many diseases, an ophthalmologist specialises in its diagnosis and cure.
  • Preventive and Social medicine: It is nearly a new branch of medicine. It deals with the promotion of health by preventing disease. It is also treated as Community medicine or public health.

Foreign Medical Graduate Examination Pattern:

  • Type of Examination: It is not a competitive exam. It is a screening test that is necessary for students (only Indian Citizens) who wants to practice medicine in India and having a medical diploma or degree from another country.
  • Difficulty Level: The Medical Council of India screening test is really tough. There are very fewer students who clear this test in the first attempt. This is because many students study medical in the different language. They find it difficult in the very first attempt. Some may need two to three attempts to clear the exam.
  • Passing Criteria: Students need to obtain at least fifty percent marks i.e. at least 150 marks out of 300 to clear the exam.
  • The number of attempts: Students can attempt foreign medical graduate examination as many times they are comfortable in giving. There is no limit to sit in the examination.
  • Exam Marking: Exam marking is quite easy. There is no negative marking which a positive point is for students as they can attempt as many questions as they want without considering the doubt of the wrong answer.
  • Ranking System: There is no ranking system in this screening exam. Results are mentioned as per the marks obtained by the student in total.

How to prepare for FMGE?

In last few years, the difficulty level of FMGE has gone up. Candidates confide that FMGE’s toughness is of Post Graduate level nowadays. It is every doctor’s dream to pass the Medical Council of India screening test in the first attempt. The students who are ready for their first attempt is mature enough and already a degree holder. There is no place for inaccuracy at this step. Here are few tips for the students to clear this screening test in the first attempt along with high concentration.
  • Cover the entire syllabus: It is important to cover the entire syllabus. Do not leave any section of the syllabus as it increases the risk of suffering while examination. Take enough time and prepare for all the sections of the syllabus.
  • Cover weak areas: Everyone has their own weak areas while preparing for the exam. Give time and work on these areas first. This will help to boost up your confidence and reduce your stress level while preparation.
  • Take Notes: Maintain the habit of taking notes. Notes will help you in memorizing faster than regular time. They are certainly helpful in taking a quick look when there is no time to go through the entire topic.
  • Revision is important: Revision is very important at routine intervals. It is helpful in preserving the information at the exam time. Due to the large quantity of the syllabus, it is difficult to go through the entire syllabus. Revise only main topics once or twice.
  • Try to attempt maximum MCQ’s: As there is no negative marking in this exam, try to attempt maximum multiple choice questions as it will increase your chances of getting correct.
  • Mock Tests: Attempting mock tests prior to the exam will give you ideas where you need to work hard. Evaluating your performance after mock test gives you feedback on your preparation condition.
  • Don’t refer too many study resources: Going through a lot of study material can put you in a confused state. Use good quality study material and do not change your books by referring to someone’s feedback.
The elementary appearance of passing MCI screening test is not so tough in India. Acquiring 50% is not really difficult. It’s only about right type and procedure of preparation. A well centralized and committed preparation is required to achieve desired results. Be confident and optimistic and success is all yours.