The Medical Council of India (MCI) was first started in the year 2002, it is also known as the Foreign Medical Graduates Exam (FMGE) or National Exit Test (NEXT) which is conducted by National Board of Examination (NBE) in India. It is a compulsory examination for those Indian students who have studied MBBS in Russia, Ukraine, Germany, China, or from any other country, where the medical schools should be listed under the WHO International Directory of Medical Schools.

Key points to remember for MCI Screening Test

  • MCI test is conducted twice a year.
  • The medium of instruction is English.
  • There is no negative marking in the MCI screening test.
  • A candidate who has scored 50% in MBBS is eligible to take this exam.
  • There are no bars on the number of attempts for the MCI test.
  • There are around 300 multiple choice questions in this test, divided into two sections of 150 marks.

Five important factors of the MCI Screening Test

  • Students who complete their MBBS from other countries and want to further practice in India, it is mandatory for them to take MCI examination.
  • Once they clear this exam, they will be equivalent to those who have done their MBBS in India. Only then are they allowed to choose a career in the field of medicine in India.
  • The main objective of MCI screening is to check whether the student has a good understanding of the basic concept and can apply the concept in his work. Time management and the use of common sense is checked. The intent is not to replicate the MBBS exams but to check the familiarity of the student on the Core subjects.
  • After clearing the MCI Screening Test, the students need to carry out one year of internship to fulfill the eligibility criteria to gain employment in India.
  • The MCI exam can be taken up as many times as a candidate desires, there is no limit on that. The minimum eligibility criteria to pass the MCI Screening Test for a candidate are 50% marks. After qualifying the MCI Screening Test, the candidate can get his/her permanent or provisional registration from the Medical Council of India, New Delhi, or State Medical Council.

MCI screening is a very challenging exam, it needs a lot of dedication, hard work, and practice. The syllabus covers the 19 core medical subjects that a student undergoes in their medical education abroad. Statistically compared from 2005 – 2015 only 19% have cleared this exam and there has been a huge decline (around 80%) of the Indian Medical Students from international universities passing this exam.  

The key to the successful clearing of this exam is by preparing for the MCI exam simultaneously during the regular courses being taken up in the Foreign universities.

However, with Medical tourism increasing in India, we will witness a lot many doctors returning to India for their medical practice. There is a shortage of good professional Doctors in India, thus, the enrolment for MCI will definitely bounce back.

To know more about the MCI screening test, you can always get in touch with ITCS, the leading study abroad consultants in Bangalore.

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