Foreign Medical Graduates Examination (FMGE) 2013 by National Board of Examinations (NBE)

The National Board of Examinations (NBE) has invited applications from all foreign degree holding Indian doctors who want to practise in India, for appearing in the Screening Test 2013 conducted by the Medical Council of India. The Foreign Medical Graduate Examination (FMGE) will be held in late September and would be conducted by the National Board of Examinations (NBE).


According to the regulations set by the Screening Test 2002, all Indian students possessing degrees from universities and institutions outside India must clear the Screening Test to attain permanent registration from the Medical Council of India (MCI). The permanent registration is mandatory to be able to practise medicine in India.

Important dates

  • Availability of forms online: 27 May, 2013 onwards
  • Availability of forms from selected Indian Bank branches: 3 June, 2013 onwards
  • Last date to submit application forms: 30 June, 2013
  • Last date to submit application forms with late fee: 12 July, 2013
  • FMGE 2013 admit cards to be dispatched from: Last week of August, 2013
  • Date of examination: 29 September, 2013, 10.30 a.m.

Eligibility criteria

An applicant for the FMGE should meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • The applicant must be a citizen of India or an overseas citizen of India
  • The basic medical qualification of the applicant must have been confirmed by the MCI. This qualification should also be recognised for medical practice in the country where the institute awarding the qualification is situated.
  • The applicant should have completed the entire medical course from the same institute abroad.
  • Applicants who took admission in a medical programme abroad after 15 March, 2002, should have obtained an "eligibility certificate" from the MCI. (This is not applicable for candidates who went abroad to study medicine before 15March, 2002.)
  • Applicants who went abroad before 15 Mar 2002 need not meet the minimum admission norms of the MCI to appear for FMGE 2013.
  • Applicants should be obtain their Primary Medical Qualification before the FMGE exam i.e. before 29 September, 2013.
  • Candidates who got their undergraduate medical degree from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom or the United States of America and has also been awarded a post graduate medical degree from any of these six countries and is eligible to practice medicine in these countries, need not qualify the FMGE to obtain a permanent registration in India.

FMGE exam pattern

  • The test is to be answered in English
  • Students must answer a paper with 300 MCQs that will have a single answer
  • Pre and Para clinical subjects will carry 100 marks whereas the clinical subjects will carry 200 marks.
  • No negative marking is given for wrong answers
  • Minimum qualifying marks are 50 percent i.e. the candidate should score at least 150 marks out of the total 300 marks to pass the examination
  • Results can be obtained at the official website or at the office of NBE
  • After clearing the screening test the applicants will have to apply to the MCI or state medical council for registration
  • Those unable to qualify can attempt clearing the test as many times as they please
  • Those carrying unfair means or mobiles, pages or any other communication devises will be penalised

FMGE syllabus

The questions will pertain to the following topics:

Pre clinical and para clinical subjects - 100 marks

  • Anatomy: general anatomy, elements of anatomy, regional anatomy, human genetics, surface anatomy, applied anatomy.
  • Physiology: general physiology, body fluids, nerves, muscle, gastrointestinal tract, skin and bones, kidney etcetera
  • Biochemistry: Cells, carbohydrate, metabolism, protein, liver functions, minerals, tissue biochemistry etcetera
  • Pathology: cell injury, inflammation, cardiovascular pathology, pathology of kidney and Urinary tract etcetera
  • Microbiology: immunology, bacteriology, virology, mycology, parasitology
  • Pharmacology: diuretics, drugs affecting blood and its formation, autacoids
  • Forensic medicine: DNA, Pregnancy related, Seminal stains, Toxicology, infanticide

Clinical Subjects - 200 marks

  • General surgery: arterial and venous diseases, lymphatic nodes, injections, tumour, cysts, ulcers, fistulae and so on
  • Anaesthesia: Anatomy of upper airway, muscle relaxants, monitoring, ICU, IPPV and so on.
  • Orthopaedics: traumatology, regional conditions, bone and joints, physical medicine
  • Radio-diagnosis: respiratory, cardiovascular, skeletal, CVS, Excretory systems
  • Radio therapy: basic principles, isotopes, chemotherapy and so on
  • Paediatrics: Growth, nutrition, neonatology
  • Medicine: common diseases and symptoms
  • Tuberculosis and respiratory diseases: diagnosis and management
  • Psychiatry: analysis, tests, mental condition determination, schizophrenia
  • Dermatology and sexually transmitted diseases
  • Ophthalmology: diseases pertaining to the eye and basic concepts of anatomy
  • Otorhinolaryngology: anatomy and diseases of the ear, trachea, oesophagus
  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology: anatomy of female reproductive system, diagnosis of anomalies and care of new born
  • Community medicine

Those appearing for the test must also check with FMGE information brochure for further details for each topic.

Application procedure

  • Applications can be downloaded from the official website after 27 May, 2013 upon paying the specified amount via credit or debit card
  • The application forms can also be collected from selective branches of Indian Bank by a payment of Rs. 750 cash from 3 June, 2013 onwards
  • Duly filled in application forms must be submitted to the NBE by 30 June, 2013 to avoid late fees
  • The last date for submission of late applications with late fees is 7 July, 2013

Exam centre

The exam is conducted twice a year in New Delhi - on the last Sunday of March and September


"National Board of Examinations FMGE Information Bulletin," May 2013,

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