Frequently asked questions about FMGE

Frequently asked questions about FMGE

We are already in to the second month of the year 2020 with only about 5 more months to go for the Foreign Medical Graduates Examination – June 2020. Whether you are giving the exam for the first time or are making a fresh attempt at clearing the licentiate examination to practice medicine in India, this is where you will get the comprehensive list of all you need to know about FMGE June 2020.

Frequently asked questions about FMGE

  1. What is FMGE or Foreign Medical Graduates Examination?
  2. FMGE or Foreign Medical Graduates Examination (also referred to as the MCI Screening Test or MCI Exam) is a biannual examination conducted every year by the National Board of Examinations for students who return to India after completing the medical graduation from a foreign university. This examination grants a license to the foreign medical graduates to practice medicine in India.

  3. Is FMGE a mandatory examination?
  4. Yes, qualifying the FMGE is mandatory to secure a medical practitioner’s license in India.

  5. When is FMGE conducted?

  6. The FMGE is a biannual examination conducted every year in the months of June and December, usually towards the end of the month.

  7. What is the expected timeline for FMGE?
  8. The FMGE follows the following tentative timelines –

    June Session –

    • Application form availability – 2nd week of April – 1st week of May
    • Admit cards – 3rd week of June
    • Examination – Last week of June
    • Result declaration – Last week of July

    December Session –

    • Application form availability – 2nd week of October – Last week of October/1st week of November
    • Admit cards – 2nd week of December
    • Examination – 3rd/Last week of December
    • Result – 3rd/Last week of January


  9. Who is eligible to appear for FMGE?
  10. The eligibility criteria for FMGE is as follows –

    • The candidate must be a citizen of India or an Overseas Citizen of India (OCI)
    • The candidate must have an Eligibility Certificate under the ‘Eligibility Requirement for taking admission in an undergraduate medical course in a Foreign Medical Institution Regulations, 2002.’
    • The candidate must have completed primary medical qualification from a medical university recognized by the Medical Council of India.

  11. Is FMGE the same as National Exit Test (NEXT)?
  12. Presently the foreign medical graduates are required to sit for the FMGE to get a medical practitioner’s license in India. The National Exit Test was introduced in the National Medical Commission Act of 2019 as a single licentiate examination for all medical graduates – Indian as well as foreign graduates. However, the same has not been implemented as yet. 

  13. What is the format of the FMGE?
  14. The Foreign Medical Graduates Examination is conducted in online mode in the format of multiple choice questions (MCQs) with four options for each question.

  15. What is the marking system for FMGE like?
  16. Every correct question in FMGE awards the candidate one positive mark. There is no negative marking in the examination; therefore, all incorrect and unanswered questions do not get scored.

  17. How much does one need to score to pass FMGE?
  18. The passing percentage for FMGE is 50%.

  19. Is it possible to get registration in India without appearing for the Foreign Medical Graduates Examination?
  20. It is possible to get a provisional/permanent registration, provided that the candidate holds a medical degree and valid medical practitioner license from –

    • Australia
    • New Zealand
    • United Kingdom
    • United States of America

  21. What subjects are tested upon in FMGE?
  22. The FMGE syllabus includes 19 subjects that the candidate needs to prepare for. The subjects are –

    • Anatomy
    • Physiology
    • Biochemistry
    • Pathology
    • Microbiology
    • Pharmacology
    • Forensic med
    • PSM
    • ENT
    • Ophthalmology
    • Medicine
    • Surgery
    • Obstetrics & Gynecology
    • Pediatrics
    • Ortho
    • Skin
    • Psychiatry
    • Radiology
    • Anesthesia

  23. What was the PASS vs. FAIL ratio for the last FMGE session?
  24. The last FMGE was conducted on December 20th, 2019 where 15,663 candidates had appeared for the examination. Out of those, the passing candidates were 4,032 while the result was withheld for 1,606 candidates. 

  25. In case of a FAIL result, is there a provision for re-evaluation of the scores?
  26. No, there is no provision to apply for a re-evaluation. The scores once declared shall be considered final.

  27. Can a third person collect the Passing Certificate of a candidate?
  28. No, the rules state that the passing certificate must be collected by the candidate who appeared for the examination.

  29. What does a WITHHELD result mean?

In case of insufficient documents for a particular candidate, his/her result can be withheld by the NBE. The result is later declared when all document requirements are met.


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