The Foreign Medical Graduate Examination (FMGE) is a nationally recognized entrance examination conducted by the National Board of Examination (NBE) in India. This licensing exam was introduced with the intention of maintaining uniform standards among medical professionals. FMGE assesses the knowledge and skills of foreign medical graduates who are either Indian citizens or hold Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI) status, allowing them to practice medicine in India.
If you are a medical professional possessing a primary medical qualification from abroad and looking to practice in India; then qualifying FMGE is mandatory. Qualifying FMGE gives the license to get provisional or permanent registration with the State or the Medical Council of India.
Overview of FMGE
The FMGE (Foreign Medical Graduates Examination) is conducted twice a year, usually in June and December. This licensing exam was introduced on 15th march 2002 . This examination primarily evaluates the knowledge and practical skills of the foreign medical graduates who wish to practice in India.
Before applying for the FMGE examination, candidates must ensure they meet the following eligibility criteria determined by the National Board of Examinations.
- The foreign medical graduate should be an Indian citizen or an OCI[overseas citizen of india] card holder .
- Candidate should have successfully completed his/her MBBS degree from an MCI approved medical college in India or abroad.
- The candidate must need to submit all the educational documents.
- Also additional documents like eligibility certificate (if applicable) , provisional pass certificate, apostilled degree certificate of their primary medical qualification attested by Indian embassy if required.
Graduates from countries such as Australia, Canad, New Zealand, United Kingdom, United States of America are exempted from attempting FMGE. Instead they can obtain a provisional/permanent certificate from the national medical commission or state medical council. Once they receive this certificate they can practice medicine in India.
Candidates are allowed a maximum of three attempts to clear the FMGE. Failing to pass within these attempts disqualifies them from further participation.
Remember,Failure to meet any of the eligibility criteria will lead to the cancellation of your FMGE application. Therefore, it is crucial to double-check all details before submission. Focus on preparing for the examination and achieve your goal.
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