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USMLE Pass Rate by Country 

India and the Philippines are known to have a significant number of students applying for the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) every year. It is important to understand that among these applicants, many are students studying or who have studied in foreign medical colleges across various countries. 

When considering the ease of cracking the USMLE, one must take into account several factors, including the individual’s interest and how it impacts their performance.

The USMLE is the most popular entrance examination for postgraduate medical studies worldwide, and aspiring medical graduates from all over the world aim to qualify and gain admission to prestigious institutions in the United States for their postgraduate or residency training. The USMLE is co-sponsored by the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) and the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB).

While it has been reported that India has the highest passing percentage for the Medical Council of India’s Foreign Medical Graduate Examination (MCI/FMGE), it is important to note that this information may be outdated. 

It is always recommended to verify such data with the latest available information. Moreover, it should be acknowledged that the passing percentage for the MCI/FMGE can vary across different countries.

How many Students Pass the USMLE Exam from India?

Around 50-60% of people manage to crack the USMLE (United States Medical Licensing Examination), with some reports indicating a success rate of up to 60-70%. This percentage has been steadily increasing each year. 

However, it is crucial to note that passing the USMLE alone does not guarantee a residency position. To secure a residency, one must complete all USMLE exams, excel in the interview process, and secure a position. 

In the future, there may be a higher number of US graduates compared to the available residency positions, making it more challenging for Foreign Medical Graduates (FMGs) or individuals from India.


What are the USMLE Passing Benefits for Indian students?

Candidates who can clear the USMLE Examination can get the following advantages. 

  • Register for American citizenship.
  • The H1B visa application procedure is simple.
  • ECFMG certificate has a lifetime validity.
  • NZREX Clinical accepts all USMLE steps 1 and 2.
  • J1 waiver jobs.
  • One of the world’s top schools of education is USMLE.
  • Fellowships and Specialists jobs opportunities.
  • Academics and research facilities availability.
  • Green card processing.

What percentage of doctors in the USA are Indian?

The reports till 2019 state that 938,980 active US physicians are of Indian origin. That is 29.5% of the physicians are Indians out of all physicians from the USA. This makes a significant in the number of international medical graduates from India.

Is USMLE tough to clear for Indian students?

The USMLE examination is not very hard when compared to the NEET PG exam in India. MBBS aspirants can easily clear the USMLE exam with proper planning and preparation. The exam will be conducted for an overall 19 subjects taught in MBBS in India. 

In which countries is USMLE accepted?

Medical licensing authorities accept the USMLE program 

  • The United States
  • New Zealand
  • Qatar
  • Israel
  • UAE 

These countries consider the USMLE score of the students and they exempt candidates from other preferred eligibility criteria. 

How many Indians apply for USMLE every year?

The USMLE exam is authorized to study Medicine in the USA. This exam is conducted in 3 steps. USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 are conducted in 1-day and Step 3 is conducted in 2days. Every year, more than 12000 students appear for the exam while 8000 plus Indian students compete to clear the test. 

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