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MCI Screening Test

Medical Council of India Screening Test, also known as Foreign Medical Graduates Examination (FMGE), is a licensure examination conducted by the National Board of Examinations (NBE) in India. The test is one of the mandatory requirements for an Indian citizen who has a medical degree from a college outside India to practice medicine in the country. The other requirement is a compulsory one-year internship at an Indian hospital attached to a medical college (teaching hospital). The screening test was introduced in 2002 as a qualifying examination for Indian students obtaining their medical degrees from countries other than India, such as countries belonging to the former Soviet Union, Eastern European countries, China, Nepal, Philippines, and Caribbean countries. Indian doctors holding basic medical degrees from any country have to take the MCI screening test. The Medical School should have been listed in the WHO international directory of Medical Schools.

The legality of the test was challenged in the Indian courts and was upheld by the Supreme Court of India in 2009. This test has generated controversy with accusations that it is unfair and lacks transparency—for example, not allowing examinees to retain their question paper after examination, or not showing the exact marks or answer sheet upon appeal for failure. An appeal petition filed under RTI India to reveal the marks of an appealing student was not granted. 

This examination is held twice in year in JUNE and DECEMBER on the 3rd Monday & Tuesday of the month.

Introduction

  • The FMGE-Screening Test has been introduced by the Screening Test Regulations 2002. As per the regulations, “An Indian citizen possessing a primary medical qualification awarded by any medical institution outside India who is desirous of getting provisional or permanent registration with the Medical Council of India or any State Medical Council on or after 15.03.2002 shall have to qualify a screening test conducted by the prescribed authority for that purpose as per the provisions of section 13 of the Act.”
  • The Examination is held twice a year at New Delhi .
  • The test is conducted in English language.
  • The exam consists of one paper.
  • There will be 300 multiple-choice questions (MCQ) of single response type in the paper (Divided in two sittings of 150 questions each).
  • There is NO negative marking.
  • An applicant shall be declared as having passed only if he/she obtains a minimum of 50% of marks in the examination.
  • Results (Pass/Fail) for eligible candidates will be displayed at the website and office of NBE. There is no provision for declaration of marks obtained or revaluation / re-totalling.
  • The applicants who qualify the Screening Test may apply to the Medical Council of India, New Delhi or to any State Medical Council for provisional registration / permanent registration.
  • There are no restrictions on number of attempts that can be availed by an applicant.

Eligibility Criteria:

The Applicant must meet/fulfil the following criteria :

  • He / She is a citizen of India.
  • Possesses primary medical qualifications that are recognized by the Government of the country issuing that qualification and the holder of that qualification is entitled for practice in that country. The said medical school must be listed in WHO directory of medical schools.
  • He / She had obtained “Eligibility Certificate' from the Medical Council of India (applicable only in respect to students who took admission abroad on or after 15.03.2002). This requirement shall not be necessary in respect of Indian citizens who have obtained admission in foreign medical institute before 15th March 2002.
  • All students who have taken admission abroad prior to 15.03.2002 and are required to qualify the Screening Test for their registration, shall be allowed to appear in the Screening Test even if they do not meet the minimum admission norms of MCI for joining undergraduate medical course, subjected to the compliance of the Judgment(s) of the Hon'ble Supreme Court/Competent Courts in this regard including but not limited to judgment dated 8th March 2002 in Civil Appeal No. 2779 of 2000 & other judgments /orders as well as instructions issued by MCI from time to time.
  • From 15.03.2002 and onwards all students are required to obtain an Eligibility Certificate from MCI before proceeding abroad for studies in Medicine.
  • Applicants/Candidates may also refer to Screening Test Regulations and Regulations on Graduate Medical Education, Eligibility Certificate Regulations issued by Medical Council of India . The same may be referred to at www.mciindia.org or obtained from Secretary, Medical Council of India , Sector 8 Pocket 14, Dwarka, New Delhi . Telephone: 25367033, 25367035  Fax: 25367024. 

Verification of Documents/Credentials:

Applicants are required to submit attested (self attested and by Gazetted Officer) copies of

  • Proof of Date of Birth
  • Copy of Passport of the applicant/Nationality Proof (e.g. voters ID Card)
  • 10+2 passing certificate issued by the respective Board of Examination
  • 10+2 mark sheet issued by the respective Board of Examination
  • Certificate of Passing Primary Medical Qualification i.e. MBBS or equivalent or equivalent degree certificate with mark sheet. Candidates are required to submit copies of degrees, duly attested by a Gazetted Officer and self-certified. The degrees should be attested either by the Embassy of India or should be Apo stilled by the appropriate authority. For details regarding Apo stilled documents, candidates may refer to the website of Ministry of External Affairs www.meaindia.nic.in
  • Internship Certificate (if done abroad)
  • Eligibility Certificate issued by MCI (if available) for candidates joined on or after 15.03.2009
  • Translated copies (in English / Hindi) to be furnished if the certificates are in language other than English / Hindi.
  • Equivalence Certificate : From Association of Indian Universities (for e done 10+2 abroad)

Syllabus:

Syllabus for FMGE Screening Test by Nat board. 

Pre & Para Clinical Subject: 100 mark

Clinical Subject: 200mark

TOTAL: 300 mark

ANATOMY

  1. General Anatomy:—-Basic tissues in Body, Terminology & Nomenclature
  2. Elements of Anatomy—Osteology, Anthology, Mycology, Angelology, Neurology
  3. Regional Anatomy:— Upper limb, Lower limb, Thorax-including diaphragm, Abdomen and Pelvis, Head, Neck, Brain and Spinal cord.
  4. Embryology:–Development of individual organs and systems, Postnatal growth &development
  5. Histology—General Histology &Microanatomy of individual organs & systems
  6. Human Genetics— Principles of Human genetics and Molecular biology
  7. Radiological Anatomy —-Ski grams, Special X-rays, Principles of imaging techniques.
  8. Surface Anatomy—-In cadavers, in the living
  9. Sectional Anatomy—-Thorax, Abdomen, Head, Neck and Brain
  10. Applied Anatomy

PHYSIOLOGY

  • 1. General Physiology
  • 2. Body fluids – Blood
  • 3. Nerve and Muscle
  • 4. Gastrointestinal Tract
  • 5. Kidney
  • 6. Skin and Body temperature
  • 7. Endocrine Glands
  • 8. Reproduction
  • 9. Cardiovascular System
  • 10. Respiratory System
  • 11. Central Nervous Systems
  • 12. Special Senses

BIOCHEMISTRY

  • 1. Cell and Sub-cellular structures
  • 2. Hydrogen Ion concentration Acid, Bases, Buffers, Handerson-Haselbach equation
  • 3. Isotopes and their Application
  • 4. Carbohydrates
  • 5. Amino Acids, Peptides and Proteins
  • 6. Lipids
  • 7. Nuclear Acids
  • 8. Enzymes
  • 9. Vitamins
  • 10. Biological Oxidation
  • 11. Digestion and Absorption from GI Tract
  • 12. Intermediary Metabolism
  • 13. Carbohydrate Metabolism
  • 14. Lipid Metabolism
  • 15. Protein and Amino Acid Metabolism
  • 16. Purine and Pyrimidine Metabolism
  • 17. Minerals
  • 18. Biochemical Genetics and Protein Biosynthesis
  • 19. Tissue Biochemistry
  • 20. Liver Functions
  • 21. Nutrition and Energy Metabolism

PATHOLOGY

  • 1. Cell injury
  • 2. Inflammation and Repair
  • 3. Immunopathology
  • 4. Infectious diseases
  • 5. Circulatory disturbances
  • 6. Growth disturbances and Neoplasia
  • 7. Nutritional and other disorders
  • 8. Genetic disorder
  • 9. Hematology
  • 10. Cardiovascular Pathology
  • 11. Respiratory Pathology
  • 12. Pathology of Kidney and urinary Tract
  • 13. Hepato-Biliary Pathology
  • 14. Lymphoreticular System / Spleen
  • 15. Reproductive System (male & female)
  • 16. Diseases of the Breast
  • 17. Musculoskeletal System
  • 18. Endocrine pathology
  • 19. Neuropathology
  • 20. Dermato-Pathology
  • 21. Ocular Pathology

MICROBIOLOGY

  • 1. General Microbiology
  • 2. Immunology
  • 3. Bacteriology
  • 4. General Virology
  • 5. Systemic Virology
  • 6. Mycology
  • 7. Parasitology
  • 8. Clinical / Applied Microbiology

PHARMACOLOGY

  • 1. General Pharmacology
  • 2. Autonomic Nervous System
  • 3. Cardio-vascular System
  • 4. Diuretics
  • 5. Drugs affecting blood and blood formation
  • 6. Autocoids and related drugs
  • 7. Respiratory System
  • 8. Gastro-intestinal System
  • 9. Endocrine pharmacology
  • 10. Central Nervous System
  • 11. Psychopharmacology
  • 12. Drugs in Anaesthetic practice
  • 13. Chemotherapy
  • 14. Toxicology
  • 15. Clinical Pharmacology and Rational drug use

FORENSIC MEDICINE

  • 1. Definitions
  • 2. Courts of India
  • 3. Court procedures
  • 4. Medical Certifications & medico-legal reports including dying declaration
  • 5. Death
  • 6. Changes after death
  • 7. Inquest by police, magistrate and coroner
  • 8. Identification
  • 9. Examination of mutilated human remains
  • 10. Medico-legal autopsies
  • 11. Mechanical injuries and wounds
  • 12. Examination of an injury case
  • 13. Injuries due to physical agents & their medico legal importance
  • 14. Asphyxial death
  • 15. Death due to malnutrition, neglect battered babies
  • 16. Dowry death
  • 17. Virginity, sexual offences, sexual perversions
  • 18. Legitimacy
  • 19. Pregnancy and delivery
  • 20. Infanticide
  • 21. Biological fluids
  • 22. Seminal stains
  • 23. Forensic Psychiatry
  • 24. Medical Jurisprudence
  • 25. Toxicology

OPHTHALMOLOGY

  • 1. Basic sciences – Anatomy, Physiology, Pharmacology, Pathology, Elementary Optics,
  • 2. Diseases of the Eye
  • 3. Conjunctiva
  • 4. Cornea
  • 5. Sclera
  • 6. Uveal Tract
  • 7. Lens
  • 8. Vitreous
  • 9. Glaucoma
  • 10. Retina
  • 11. Optic Nerve
  • 12. Intra-Occular Tumors
  • 13. Squint
  • 14. Orbit
  • 15. Lacrimal System
  • 16. Lids
  • 17. Refractive Errors
  • 18. Injuries
  • 19. Ophthalmic Surgery
  • 20. Community Ophthalmology
  • 21. Miscellaneous

OTORHINOLARYNGOLOGY

  • 1. Diseases of the Ear
  • 2. Diseases of Nose and Para Nasal sinuses
  • 3. Diseases of Nasopharynx
  • 4. Diseases of Trachea
  • 5. Oesophagus

COMMUNITY MEDICINE

  • 1. Evaluation of Public Health and Concepts of Health
  • 2. Environment and Health
  • 3. Health Education
  • 4. Nutrition and Dietetics
  • 5. Occupational Health
  • 6. Medical Sociology and Community Mental Health
  • 7. Fundamentals of Biostatics
  • 8. Basic Epidemiology
  • 9. Epidemiology of Specific Diseases
  • 10. Communicable and Non-Communicable Diseases
  • 11. Demography
  • 12. Reproductive and Child Health
  • 13. School Health
  • 14. Urban Health
  • 15. Health System in India
  • 16. Health Planning and Management including Disaster Management
  • 17. International Health

GENERAL SURGERY

  • 1. Hemorrhage and shock
  • 2. Fluid, electrolyte and Acid balance, nutrition
  • 3. Skin tumors, burns, skin grafting
  • 4. Arterial diseases
  • 5. Venous diseases
  • 6. Lymphatic and Lymph nodes
  • 7. Wounds
  • 8. Specific and non-specific injections
  • 9. Tumors, Cysts, Ulcers and Sinuses and Fistulae
  • 10. Infections of Hand and Foot
  • 11. Diseases of muscle, tendons, bursae and fascia
  • 12. Hernia
  • 13. Umbilical granuloma, fistula, adenoma
  • 14. Abdominal Wall
  • 15. Face, Teeth, Gums, Mouth, Tongue, Salivary glands, Neck
  • 16. Thyroid Glands, Thyroglossal Tract and Endocrines
  • 17. Breast
  • 18. Sympathetic System
  • 19. Cranio-Cerebral injuries
  • 20. Brain, Nerves
  • 21. Genito-Urinary System
  • 22. Kidneys and Ureters
  • 23. Urinary Bladder
  • 24. Prostrate
  • 25. Urethra
  • 26. Penis, Testis and Scrotum
  • 27. Vasectomy and Recanalisation
  • 28. Cardiothoracic System
  • 29. Oesophagus, Stomach and Duodenum
  • 30. Spleen, Liver, Gall Bladder and bile ducts
  • 31. Pancreas
  • 32. Peritoneum
  • 33. Intestines, intestinal obstruction
  • 34. Appendix
  • 35. Rectum and Anal Canal

ORTHOPEDICS

  • 1. Traumatology
  • 2. Injuries of bones and joints
  • 3. Injuries of Lower Extremity
  • 4. Injuries of the Spine
  • 5. Vascular Injuries
  • 6. Cold Orthopedics
  • 7. Regional Conditions
  • 8. Neuro-Muscular Disorder
  • 9. Bone and Joint Tuberculosis
  • 10. Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

ANESTHESIA

  • 1. Anatomy of upper airway
  • 2. Physiology of Respiration O2/CO2 transport. Methods of oxygen therapy.
  • 3. Pre-operative evaluation/pre-medication
  • 4. Anaesthesic agents, stages of Anaesthesia
  • 5. Principles and mechanism of administration of general anesthetics, balanced anaesthesia
  • 6. IPPV, Endotracheal Intubations
  • 7. Muscle Relaxants
  • 8. Spinal/Epidural Anesthesia
  • 9. Local Anesthesia
  • 10. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation basic, use of simple ventilators
  • 11. Monitoring
  • 12. ICU, role of anesthesiologist in ICU
  • 13. Shock
  • 14. Blood Transfusion and Fluid Electoral Balance
  • 15. Sites of respiratory obstruction and management of airway in an unconscious patient
  • 16. Poisoning
  • 17. Role of anesthesiologist in acute and chronic relief.

MEDICINE

  • 1. Clinical Methods in the practice of Medicine
  • 2. Common symptoms of disease
  • 3. Nutrition/Exposure to Physical & Chemical Agents
  • 4. Infections
  • 5. Hematology
  • 6. Respiratory System
  • 7. Cardio-Vascular System
  • 8. Gastro-Intestinal Tract
  • 9. Emergency Medicine
  • 10. Neurological System
  • 11. Nephrology & Urinary system connected to Tissue Disorders
  • 12. Endocrine System
  • 13. Geriatrics

PAEDIATRICS

  • 1. Vital statistics
  • 2. Neonatology
  • 3. Growth & Development
  • 4. Nutrition
  • 5. Infections
  • 6. Genetics
  • 7. Pediatric Emergencies
  • 8. Central Nervous System
  • 9. Gastroenterology
  • 10. Nephrology
  • 11. Endocrinology
  • 12. Respiratory System

TUBERCULOSIS AND RESPIRATORY DISEASES

  • Diagnosis and management of common ailments affecting the chest with special emphasis on management and prevention of Tuberculosis and National Tuberculosis Control Program.

PSYCHIATRY

  • 1. History aspects and diagnosis & treatment of mental illness
  • 2. Conduction of Mental Status Examination
  • 3. Behavioral Sciences
  • 4. Different psychoses: Clinical features, diagnosis and management of :
  • 5. Schizophrenia
  • 6. Mania and depression
  • 7. Anxiety disorders and hysteria
  • 8. Dementia
  • 9. Alcoholism
  • 10. Drug Abuse
  • 11. Psychiatric emergencies
  • 12. Clinical features, diagnosis and management of psychiatric disorders of childhood and adolescence
  • 13. Personality disorder

OBSTETRICS AND GYNECOLOGY

  • 1. Anatomy of the Female reproductive Tract
  • 2. Physiology of conception
  • 3. Development of foetus and placenta
  • 4. Diagnosis of pregnancy
  • 5. Maternal changes in pregnancy
  • 6. Antenatal care
  • 7. Abnormal obstetrics
  • 8. Normal labour
  • 9. Normal puerparium
  • 10. Breast Feeding
  • 11. Care of new born
  • 12. Medical termination of pregnancy
  • 13. Family planning
  • 14. Operative obstetrics
  • 15. Post caesarian pregnancy
  • 16. Pharmaco therapeutics in obstetrics
  • 17. Safe motherhood
  • 18. Maternal morbidity, and morality
  • 19. Medico legal aspects
  • 20. RCH
  • 21. Current topics
  • 22. Vaginal discharge
  • 23. Menstrual disorder
  • 24. Fertility, infertility
  • 25. Endometriosis and allied states
  • 26. Genital injuries and fistulae
  • 27. Genital infections
  • 28. Genital prolapse
  • 29. Tumours
  • 30. Carcinoma
  • 31. Radiotherapy in gynecology
  • 32. Chaemotherapy in gynecology
  • 33. Endoscopy
  • 34. Diseases of breast
  • 35. Operative gynecology

DERMATOLOGY AND SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED DISEASES

  • 1. Dermatological therapy
  • 2. Lichen Planus
  • 3. Diseases caused by Nutritional and Environmental Factors
  • 4. Infective Disorders
  • 5. Melanocyte, pigment metabolism and other disorders of Pigmentation
  • 6. Allergic Disorders
  • 7. Dermatitis and Eczema
  • 8. Vesiculobullous Diseases
  • 9. Alopecia and Hirsutism
  • 10. Structure and functions of Sebaceous and Disease
  • 11. Leprosy
  • 12. Psoriasis
  • 13. STD

RADIO- DIAGNOSIS

  • 1. Respiratory System
  • 2. Cardiovascular System
  • 3. Gastrointestinal System
  • 4. Obstetrics & Gynecology
  • 5. Skeletal System
  • 6. Central Nervous System
  • 7. Excretory System

RADIOTHERAPY

  • 1. Principals of Radiotherapy
  • 2. Principals of Chemotherapy
  • 3. Prevention and Early diagnosis of Cancer
  • 4. Principals of Nuclear medicine
  • 5. Common radiation reactions and management
  • 6. Radiotherapy and chemotherapy in commonly seen cancers
  • 7. Radio-isotopes in diagnosis and therapy.