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Online application for Medical Council of India registration with foreign medical qualification

Do you have a medical qualification from a foreign university and wish to register with the Medical Council of India? This article explains the process to do so, namely by appearing for the Foreign Medical Graduate Examination (FMGE) screening test which is conducted by the National Board of Exams (NBE). Details of eligibility criteria to register for FMGE, the fee for it, the subjects of the exam and the registration process is provided in this article.

For those citizens of India or overseas citizens of India who have a primary medical qualification awarded by a medical institution outside India, there is the provision to register with the Medical Council of India or a State Medical Council. It can be provisional or permanent registration. For this, they must qualify through the Foreign Medical Graduate Examination (FMGE) screening test. The FMGE is conducted each year in the months of June and December by the National Board of Exams (NBE) at various test centres across India.

About FMGE

General features

The Foreign Medical Graduate Examination (FMGE) is a computer based screening test for which you can appear as many times as you wish, as there is no restriction on the number of attempts.

There are 300 questions, all in the format of multiple choice questions, with only one single correct response. There are two parts – A and B – with each part of 150 minutes, with a break between them. Part A is from 10a.m. to 12.45noon and Part B is from 3.15p.m. to 5.45p.m. You must report one hour before the start of each Part.

A minimum of 150 marks should be scored to be declared as passed. There is no negative marking.
There is a 15-minute tutorial which you are advised to go through from beginning to end before starting the actual test. This aim of this tutorial is to familiarize yourself with the format of the test, such as how to move from one question to the next, how to change your response, etc. Note that at the very end of the tutorial, you need to accept the non-disclosure agreement (NDA).

Exam scheme

The number of questions assigned subject-wise for pre-clinical and para-clinical fields (this is 100 marks) are as follows:
  1. Anatomy: 17 questions

  2. Physiology: 17 questions

  3. Biochemistry: 17 questions

  4. Pathology: 13 questions

  5. Microbiology: 13 questions

  6. Pharmacology: 13 questions

  7. Forensic medicine: 10 questions

The number of questions assigned subject-wise for clinical fields (this is 200 marks) are as follows:
  1. Medicine and Allied subjects:
    • Medicine: 33 questions

    • Psychiatry: 5 questions

    • Dermatology and STD: 5 questions

    • Radiotherapy: 5 questions

  2. General surgery and Allied subjects:
    • General surgery: 32 questions

    • Anesthesiology: 5 questions

    • Orthopedics: 5 questions

    • Radiodiagnosis - 05 questions

  3. Pediatrics: 15 questions

  4. Ophthalmology:15 questions

  5. Otorhinolaryngology: 15 questions

  6. Obstetrics & gynaecology: 30 questions

  7. Community Medicine: 30 questions

You can try out a Practice Test

Important notes:
You must take along with you to the test centre the following documents:
  1. A printed copy of your Admit card with your photo pasted on the space provided for it

  2. Any one of the following photo IDs, these being in original and should not have expired:

Exam fees

The exam fee is Rs.5,500/-. This covers the exam fee as well as the cost of the information bulletin, the latter not being available separately and can be viewed at the official website for reference. The fee has to be paid online with a credit card or a debit card issued by a Bank in India or it can be paid via Net Banking.

Note that if you do not appear for the exam, you will not get a refund of the exam fee. The fee will also not be refunded if your application is rejected or you are later found to be ineligible. Hence it is imperative that you carefully go through the eligibility requirements as well as the terms & conditions for the exam before paying the fee.

Eligibility requirements

  1. Citizenship: You must be a citizen of India or an Overseas Citizen of India.

  2. Medical qualification: You must have a valid primary medical qualification, this being verified by the Indian Embassy as being a recognized qualification for enrolment as a medical practitioner in the country in which the institute which awarded the qualification to you is located.

    Note: You must check the cut-off date for obtaining the Primary Medical Qualification, as this changes each year as per the validity for appearing for the exam of that year. You must provide valid proof/documentary evidence to support the fact that you have passed the final exam for the primary medical qualification/posses the primary medical qualification on or before the cut-off date.

  3. Exceptions: You do not have to qualify through the Screening Test if you hold an under graduate medical qualification from UK/USA/Australia/Canada/New Zealand and you also have been awarded a Post Graduate medical qualification in any of these countries & have been recognized for enrolment as medical practitioner in that specific country.

Registration process

You must register in online mode only: The online registration & scheduling form for FMGE

It is advisable to read the online guide provided for the process of registration as this will eliminate errors during the registration and also because you cannot reschedule once you have completed the scheduling process.

At the end of registration process, you will get a computer generated acknowledgement.

You must submit to NBE self-attested copies of requisite documents along with the copy of acknowledgement e-mail received after you have successfully completed the online registration procedure. This list of documents, which includes your MBBS pass qualification, a copy of MBBS Pass certified by the Embassy /Authenticated, a copy of proof of address, a copy of proof of date of birth, two photos, etc can be checked out at the official website via the 'Information Bulletin' link provided there.

Also, ensure that you check the date by which you need to submit the above documents.

Important contact Information

  1. National Board of Examinations
    Medical Enclave,
    Ansari Nagar,
    Mahatma Gandhi Marg,
    New Delhi - 110 029
    Ph: 011-45593000 / Toll free number: 1800-11-1800
    Email: mail@natboard.edu.in
    Website: http://www.natboard.edu.in/

  2. Official Website of FMGE: http://www.fmge.nbe.gov.in/
    Helpline Number for registration process: 0124-6771700 OR 1800 11 1700 (Toll Free)

  3. Official Website of Medical Council of India: www.mciindia.org

Schedule for June 2017 Exam

  • Online registration process: 13th April 2017 to 13th May 2017

  • Exam dates: 12th and 13th June 2017

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