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5 basic approaches to clear MCI screening test

FMGE (Foreign Medical Graduate Screening Exam) or MCI screening Test is a national level licensure examination for the Indian citizens graduated medicine from foreign universities. This is a compulsory examination for all the foreign medical graduates willing to practice medicine in India. It’s made compulsory from the year 2002 for the medical graduates that finished their medical course outside India from MCI recognized universities and the same has become a nightmare to medical students from day one of its announcement.

There is no such need to panic to appear and clear the MCI screening test if the student prepared for the same with a positive approach and proper plan. With prior planning and proper coaching FMCE clearance not a hindrance and here are few basic approaches to clear the screening test.

Exempted medical graduates to write FMGE

The medical graduates from recognized universities from USA, UK, AUSTRALIA, NEW ZEALAND and CANADA are exempted to write this screening test. The graduates from these five countries can practice directly without clearing any local screening test worldwide. Those graduates can directly join to any hospitals or can practice but need to appear for NEET – PG if they want to continue their study.


Get Full clarity about the Screening test

Wisdom and significant training progress one through the hurdles of qualifying the exit exam. The total plan requires you to get full clarity relating to the test, schedule, syllabus and other required information to proceed through. The FMGE comprises of:

Name of the Examination FMGE / MCI SCREENING TEST
Schedule Conducted twice a year
Mode of the Examination Online Examination
Exam pattern Objective type questions
Total no. of questions 300
Total papers 2 (each paper carries 150 questions)
First paper Morning session
Second paper Afternoon session
Duration of each paper 2 hours and 30 minutes for both the papers
Negative marking No negative marking
Syllabus Total syllabus of 5 years MBBS course
Language English
No. of attempts (Exam) No limitation on the number of attempts
Marks for each question Each question marks decided on the weightage of the question
Eligibility Indian citizen or abroad citizen of India
Qualification to appear MCI recognized Undergraduate Medical graduation degree completion
Exam fee Rs. 5,500/- (nonrefundable)

Any student that got a clear understanding and profound planning during the years of their medical course can qualify the screening test beyond all doubts. One and only route to success is through planning and regular practice for the test from first year of their course.

Study as you prefer

Self-study or taking coaching is not much useful if the student is not providing himself with the needed focus. There are plenty of coaching centers available that can help one to prepare for the test or else one can prepare by their own. It completely depends on the dedication and the preference of the medical graduate appearing. The availability of plenty of online and offline books, materials and videos could help one to coach properly.

Complete focus

Syllabus coverage and the important areas that will be more significant can be analyzed from the previous years exam papers analysis. But the through approach and a compete focus on the syllabus individually as per the theme and the importance of the subject will help to yield more positive answers. Focusing more on the areas that are difficult or one is weak along with the total syllabus definitely provide one better results.

Strengthen your foundation

Medical education is not like other courses that are not much used in day to day working; instead it is very crucial one to get a strong foundation on their curriculum and total syllabus. Overlooking few concepts or concentrating on the interesting topics might not help you either in examination or during your practice. It is very essential to strengthen your foundation on the conceptual aspects of your medical knowledge and regular revision of the most important topics is very much essential to get significant points to clear.

Practice MCQ’S:

Most of the foreign countries that are following US based education system like Philippines are regularly conducting their examinations in MCQ’s only. This will greatly help the medical graduates to get ready themselves for the screening test clearance. That’s an important reason that medical graduates passing percentage from Philippines is very high comparing with other competitive countries.

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