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.(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 third Monday and Tuesday of the month.
There’s been an 80% drop in Indian medical graduates from foreign universities passing the mandatory screening test conducted by the National Board of Examinations from 2005 10 2015.
According to the Indian Medical Council Act, 2001 citizens with undergraduate degrees from outside India should clear the screening test conducted twice every year, before they do a one-year internship in one of the medical colleges recognised by the Medical Council of India. The test is conducted online twice a year – June and December – in English. The test will have 300 multiple-choice questions and to clear it, the student should have a minimum of 150/300 (50%).