FMGE (Foreign Medical Graduates Examination)

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Foreign Medical Graduates Examination - FMGE

Have you completed your MBBS from abroad? Are you planning to establish your medical practice or enroll for a job in a private or public hospital in India? Graduates from foreign universities who wish to come back to India for job opportunities in the medical field have to appear for the MCI (Medical Council of India) screening test or the FMGE (Foreign Medical Graduates Examination).  If you are still confused then look no further because here is all the information you need to know about FMGE Exam(Foreign Medical Graduates Examination).

Exam Name FMGE: Foreign Medical Graduates Examination
Competent Authority  National Board of Examinations
FMGE June 2021 June 18, 2021
Level  Licensing examinations 
Frequence of exam  Twice a year 
Mode of Application  Online
Type of questions asked  MCQs
Language English 
Application Fee Rs. 5,500
Duration 5 Hours
Part A: 150 minutes
Part B: 150 minutes
Total number of questions asked  300
Negative marking  No 
Total marks  300
Qualifying Marks  At least 50%
Number of Attempts for FMGE 3

FMGE June Session Dates 2021

FMGE June session exam will be held on 18 June 2021 and here are the dates for June 2021 schedule:

Release of information brochure April 16, 2021
Online registration April 16, 2021
Last date to fill the form May 6, 2021
Edit window May 9 to 11, 2021
Final edit window for photograph,
signature and left-hand impression
May 21 to 23, 2021
Admit card to be available from June 11, 2021
Examination date June 18, 2021
Declaration of result By June 30, 2021

What is Foreign Medical Graduates Examination (FMGE)?

The FMGE (Foreign Medical Graduates Examination) is conducted with the intention of maintaining a certain standard among medical students. The purpose of the test is to enable an Overseas Indian Student or an Indian Citizen to pursue a medical career in India. If you possess a primary medical qualification from a recognised medical college abroad and are looking for provisional or permanent registration with the State or the Medical Council of India, then you will have to appear for this test. The FMGE (Foreign Medical Graduates Examination) is conducted bi-annually: once in June and then in December.

Furthermore, It is important to clear the exam in order to take up a clinical internship in India. Without clearing the FMGE, you would not be eligible to take up the internship. And, without a year of internship, you cannot get the license to practice.

Eligibility

Before appearing for any examination, you must be clear about whether you are eligible for it. If you are appearing for the Foreign Medical Graduate Examination, there are certain eligibility criteria that you need to fulfill. These are as follows:

  • You must either be an Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) or a bonafide citizen of India.
  • You must also possess a primary medical degree that is confirmed by the concerned Indian Embassy. It is mandatory that your qualifications are recognized by the country where the institute is situated so that you can enrol as a medical practitioner.
  • You will also have to submit documents as proof to support your educational claims; failure to do so will make you ineligible for appearing in the examination.
  • If you have completed your primary medical qualifications from the UK, USA, Australia, New Zealand or Canada you will not have to appear for the FMGE (Foreign Medical Graduates Examination) as universities of these countries are recognized by the MCI.

Note: Failure to meet any of the eligibility criteria would mean a cancellation of your application. So, it is important that you tread carefully through the process.

Exam Pattern

Knowing the test pattern for an entrance examination is important for your success in that examination. Moreover, you must secure at least 150 out of 300 in the MCQs, i.e., secure at least 50% in your examination. The pass percentage of FMGE (Foreign Medical Graduates Examination) is extremely low, with only 9.44% of candidates passing the examination in 2016-17. Tabulated below is the exam pattern of FMGE.

Exam Medium English
FMGE Exam Mode Online
Question Type Multiple Choice
Papers 2 [Part-A & Part-B]
Total Number of Questions 300
Duration of Exam 5 hours [2.5 hours for each paper]
Marks per Question 1 mark
Negative Marking NA
Parts of Paper Part A and B
Total Marks 300
Marking Scheme Correct Answer- +1 Mark
Unanswered Question- 0 Marks

How many Attempts do you Get for FMGE?

All the candidates are provided with 3 attempts to qualify FMGE and if they are not able to clear the test in the three attempts, they will not be eligible to sign up with the Medical Council of India/State Medical Council.

FMGE: Syllabus and Marking Scheme

The paper pattern is issued by the Medical Council of India with the approval of the Government of India. The following table elucidates the syllabus, topics, and marks weightage of the FMGE exam:

Pre and Para Clinical Subjects Marks Number of Questions 
Biochemistry 17 17
Forensic Medicine 10 10
Pathology 13 13
Physiology 17 17
Anatomy 17 17
Microbiology 13 13
Pharmacology 13 13
Total  100 100
Medicine and Allied Subjects Marks Number of Questions 
Psychiatry 5 5
Radiotherapy 5 5
Medicine 33 33
Dermatology and STD 5 5
Total  48 48
General Surgery and Allied Subjects Marks Number of Questions
Anaesthesiology 5 5
Radiodiagnosis 5 5
General surgery 32 32
Orthopaedics 5 5
Total  47 47
Other Clinical Subjects Marks Number of Questions
Community Medicine 30 30
Ophthalmology 15 15
Paediatrics 15 15
Otorhinolaryngology 15 15
Obstetrics and Gynaecology 30 30
Total  105 105

FMGE Cutoff 2021

National Board of Examinations has specified that the test-taker must attain 150 marks out of 300 in their FMGE exam to be able to qualify for it so the cutoff for FMGE 2021 is 150 marks, otherwise the student has to undertake it again.

FMGE Important Dates

It is essential for MBBS aspirants, planning to give FMGE to know the important dates for the same. The exam is conducted twice in a year. For the upcoming FMGE exam 2021, we are providing you with the tentative schedule to give you a glimpse of the same:

For December Sessions:

Events  Dates (Tentative)
Commencement of application form  Second week of October 2021
Last date to submit the application  Last week of October 2021
Issue of Admit Card  Second week of December 2021
FMGE Exam date  Third week of December 2021
Results of FMGE  Third week of January 2022 

Application Process for Foreign Medical Graduates Examination

The application process for Round 1 and Round 2 of the Foreign Medical Graduates Examination is the same. However, the application form is released separately for both the Rounds. If you are looking for the upcoming FMGE exam, then start checking the website just after the completion of April. Given below is the application process for the same: 

How to fill FMGE Application Form?

The FMGE Application form is very easy to fill. You can follow these instructions:

  • Click on FMGE Application Form 2021 on the official website
  • Register with your phone number and email address
  • You will receive login credentials at your email address
  • Log in using your User ID and password
  • Submit your personal information, qualification and communication details
  • Fill the city of your choice
  • Upload scanned images of photo, signature and left thumb impression
  • Agree to the declaration and make payment
  • The confirmation page will appear where you must recheck all your details

Document Checklist for FMGE 2021

The following documents are mandatory and are required if planning to give FMGE 2021:

  • Class X certificate and mark sheet
  • Class XII certificate and mark sheet 
  • Address proof
  • Internship certificate 
  • ID Proof like Aadhar Card/ Voter ID/ PAN Card/ Driving License
  • MBBS Pass Certificate 
  • Copy of the passport 
  • Eligible certificate issued by the Medical Council of India (MCI)
  • Passport size photographs 
  • Digital signatures 

Document Specifications of FMGE Application Form

Document Size Format Dimension
Passport size photograph Less than 80 Kb .JPG/.JPEG 35 mm X 45 mm
Signature 20-100 Kb .JPG/.JPEG 3.5 cm X 1.5 cm
Left-hand thumb impression Less than 80 Kb .JPG/.JPEG 1.5 cm X 3.5 cm

FMGE Admit Card

The Admit Card for the upcoming FMGE Exam will be available a week or two before the exam. Students can access FMGE Admit Card and will be accessible by logging on to the website. Make sure to check all the details on the exam. Once you check your admit card details, download the admit card and print it out.

How to download the FMGE admit card 2021?

You can follow this process to download your FMGE Admit Card:

  • Open the website of NBE FMGE
  • Click on the Application Login section
  • Fill your User ID and password
  • Your admit card will be mentioned on your screen
  • Verify the details on your admit card
  • Download and print the FMGE Hall ticket

Documents to Carry to FMGE 2021 Exam Centre

Here are the documents you need to take to your FMGE exam centre:

  • PAN card
  • Voter ID
  • Passport
  • Driving License
  • Aadhaar Card

Mock Test

The mock tests for the upcoming FMGE Exam are available on the National Board of Examination. Only registered students can access the mock tests for the FMGE Exam. Taking exams regularly will help you improve your chances of getting good marks.

How to take the FMGE mock test 2021?

You can follow this process to get access to FMGE offered mock tests:

  • Open the website of NBE FMGE
  • Click on the Application Login section
  • Fill your User ID and password
  • You will find a mock test available for you
  • Read the instruction for practice tests
  • Click on ‘I am ready to Begin’ to start the mock test
  • Each question has four options with only one right answer
  • Click the correct answer and click save and next

FMGE Result 2021

FMGE exam results will be declared soon after the exam. It will be declared on nbe.edu.in. The result will be declared in PDF form. The FMGE result will be declared with candidate details like roll number, marks scored and qualified students will be able to download their scorecards.

How to check FMGE result?

You can follow this process to check your result:

  • Open the website of NBE FMGE
  • Click on the Application Login section
  • Fill your User ID and password
  • Your Result will be mentioned on your screen
  • Verify the details on your Result
  • Download and print the FMGE Result for further reference

FMGE Qualifying Marks 2021

Only those who have minimum required marks in the FMGE exam qualify for the exam. As per NBE, candidates must have at least 50% marks to pass the exam. That makes it 150 out of 300 is the minimum requirement for the exam. 

FMGE 2021 Issuance of Pass Certificate

To practice medicine in India, candidates must get a registration certificate by the National Medical Council or State Medical Council. Only FMGE qualified candidates are issued a provisional permanent registration certificate. Once you clear the medical screening test, you will be issued the FMGE pass certificate.

Exam Centres

The exam centres available for FMGE Exam are:

Visakhapatnam Mumbai City
Guwahati Nagpur
Patna Pune
New Delhi Shillong
Ahmedabad Bhubaneswar
Faridabad Mohali
Jammu Jaipur
Srinagar Chennai
Ranchi Hyderabad
Bengaluru Lucknow
Kozhikode Noida
Thiruvananthapuram Dehradun
Bhopal Kolkata

What After FMGE?

Many qualifying students for this exam ask the question of “What comes after clearing FMGE?” Once you have cleared this exam, you can choose from the following options:

  • Opt for Provisional Registration and look for internships
  • Pursue MD/MS or Diploma courses in Medicine
  • Appear for Combined Medical Services (CMS) exam or Civil Services exams
  • Masters in Health Administration (MHA)
  • Make a career in Clinical Research

Contact Details

National Board of Examinations,

PSP area, Sector-9, Dwarka office,

New Delhi – 110075

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FAQs about FMGE 

What is the purpose of FMGE?

The FMGE (Foreign Medical Graduates Examination) is conducted by the National Board of Examination in India to test the abilities of an overseas Indian student or an Indian citizen who has pursued medical education abroad and wants to work as a medical practitioner in the country. If you possess a medical qualification from an institution abroad and are looking for provisional and permanent registration with the State Medical Council or the Medical Council of India, then you need to qualify for the FMGE test.

How many attempts are there for FMGE?

A candidate has a minimum of 3 attempts to pass the examination. Applicants are required to qualify the exam with a minimum 50% score. Being a comparatively tough exam, the pass percentage of FMGE is really low, which is why the exam is designed in such a way that candidates can clear it in several attempts.

Is there a new Testing Format for FMGE?

Earlier, the FMGE used to be a pen and paper-based test. Now, the format has been changed by making it a computer-based examination. This change in the examination process was introduced in June 2014. Instead of reading from a paper booklet and filling out one’s answers in the OMR sheets, the candidates have to read the questions on the computer and click on the correct answer in the given time. 

What is the 15-minute tutorial in FMGE?

When the FMGE test became computer-based, a 15-minute tutorial to guide the candidates in taking the exam was introduced. This tutorial takes the candidate through the various elements of the exam through the navigation system which includes questions, reviews, select, de-select, change, and mark responses. Before starting the actual test, candidates are advised to go through the tutorial. In the end, a non-disclosure agreement has to be acknowledged by the candidate prior to the exam. 

Being a medical practitioner in India is no easy task, especially if you have graduated from a foreign university. Getting the MCI clearance can seem like a huge cloud looming over your head, but you don’t need to take that stress. With the help of mentors and counsellors at Leverage Edu, the process of admission can be made convenient and you will be provided with the right guidance for the entrance examination.

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