FMGE Exam Pattern 2020

The Foreign Medical Graduates Examination abbreviated as FMGE is a screening test for foreign medical degree holders so as to pursue a career in medicine in India. The governing body for this screening test is the National Board of Examinations. Indian citizens who acquire a medical degree from any university outside India have to take this test for carrying out their medical practice in India. Aspiring candidates may download and refer to the FMGE Exam Pattern in the official information brochure of this test for the details of FMGE 2020.


The above-mentioned information brochure and FMGE syllabus will be available in April third week. It is mandatory that the college or university from which the Indian citizens have received their medical degrees must be enlisted in the International Directory of Medical Schools by the World Health Organization. The examination is supposed to be conducted in the last week of June 2020. This test of FMGE, also referred to as the Medical Council of India Screening Test, is conducted twice a year- once in the month of June and once in the month of December.  


FMGE Exam Pattern 2020

The Foreign Medical Graduates Examination was first set up in the year of 2002 and is now being administered by the NBE. The FMGE exam pattern 2020 will be published by the examination governing body National Board of Examinations on the official website in the second last week of June 2020. Aspiring candidates may refer to the FMGE exam pattern 2020 so as to get an idea of the question paper pattern and the marking scheme. 

This Medical Council of India Screening Test is going to be conducted online and there will be a total of 300 objective type or multiple-choice questions from the FMGE test syllabus in the question paper. Candidates appearing for the examination will be allotted a time duration of 300 minutes to answer all the questions. According to the FMGE exam pattern 2020, the test will be conducted in two shifts on the same day. There will be two papers one in the morning and the other in the evening shift. The time duration allotted for each paper will be 150 minutes and candidates will be allowed with a recess in between. 

Aspiring candidates are suggested to take cues from the FMGE practice test 2020 available online. Some of the important details of FMGE June 2020 are as follows.

Important Highlights

Exam Pattern Details 

Mode of FMGE 

Online 

Questions type for FMGE

Objective or Multiple Choice type 

Medium of FMGE 

English

Total time duration 

300 minutes or 5 hours

Total number of papers

2: Part A and Part B  

The time duration for Part A

150 minutes or 2.5 hours

The time duration for Part B

150 minutes or 2.5 hours

Total number of questions in FMGE question paper

300

Total number of questions from Clinical subjects

200

Total number of questions from Pre and Para Clinical subjects

100

Marks allotted for each correct answer

1

Marks allotted for each incorrect answer

0

Passing marks

150 


FMGE Test Syllabus

The FMGE test syllabus is decided upon by the members of the Medical Council of India and is approved by the Indian Government. The aspiring candidates must refer to the updated syllabus for the June 2020 session from the official website and prepare for the test accordingly. The syllabus is so designed that it consists of topics and concepts from the Clinical, Pre-Clinical and Para-Clinical subjects as approved by the Graduate Medical Regulation.

 

Topic-wise Weightage 

The syllabus of the Foreign Medical Graduates Examination covers topics from three subjects, namely Pre-Clinical, Para Clinical and Clinical. It is highly suggested that the aspiring candidates should have a good understanding of all the concepts and should be thoroughly familiar with the question pattern of FMGE 2020. 

While preparing for the FMGE exam, aspiring candidates also need to have some strategies that will make their preparation effective. The first and foremost thing that they need to understand is the weightage allotted for various topics in the syllabus. Knowing this, they may plan their study routine accordingly, devoting more time to those topics that have greater weightage. The weightage allotted for the various topics from all three subjects is discussed below.    


Pre-Clinical and Para Clinical 

The total number of questions from the subjects of Pre-Clinical and Para-Clinical is 100, in the FMGE question paper. The questions from the subjects covered under Pre-Clinical and Para-Clinical are set in one part of the question paper. The other part consists of questions from the Clinical subjects. The weightage of Pre-Clinical and Para Clinical topics in FMGE examination are as follows and aspiring candidates are suggested to plan their preparation accordingly.  

  • Forensic Medicine has a weightage of 10% in FMGE.

  • Microbiology has a weightage of 13% in FMGE.

  • Pathology has a weightage of 13% in FMGE.

  • Pharmacology has a weightage of 13% in FMGE.

  • Physiology has a weightage of 17% in FMGE.

  • Biochemistry has a weightage of 17% in FMGE.

  • Anatomy has a weightage of 17% in FMGE.


Clinical Topic-wise Weightage 

Some of the most important concepts of the syllabus of FMGE are covered in the Clinical subjects. Also, aspiring candidates need to focus more on these subjects as a total of 200 questions are set from these subjects in the FMGE question paper. The weightage allotted for various Clinical subjects are discussed below.

  • Radio-diagnosis has a weightage of 2.5% in FMGE.

  • Radiotherapy has a weightage of 2.5% in FMGE.

  • Psychiatry has a weightage of 2.5% in FMGE.

  • Anesthesiology has a weightage of 2.5% in FMGE.

  • Dermatology and Sexually Transmitted Diseases have a weightage of 2.5% in FMGE.

  • Orthopedics has a weightage of 2.5% in FMGE.

  • Ophthalmology has a weightage of 7.5% in FMGE.

  • Otorhinolaryngology has a weightage of 7.5% in FMGE.

  • Pediatrics has a weightage of 7.5% in FMGE.

  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology has a weightage of 15% in FMGE.

  • Community Medicine has a weightage of 15% in FMGE.

  • General Surgery has a weightage of 16% in FMGE.

  • Medicine has a weightage of 16.5% in FMGE.

According to the previous years question papers of FMGE, it can be concluded that Medicines and allied subjects have an allotment of 48 marks. General Medicine and allied subjects carry a total mark of 47. Usually, questions from the subjects of Anesthesiology, Radiodiagnosis, and Orthopedics carry a total of 15 marks approximately. It is most likely that questions from the subjects of Community Medicine and Obstetrics and Gynaecology have considerably greater marks allotment. Questions from each of these subjects are expected to carry a total of 30 marks. Out of the total 200 marks, the questions from Pediatrics, Ophthalmology, and Otorhinolaryngology carry a total of 45 marks. 


The questions from Pre-Clinical and Para Clinical subjects carry a total of 100 marks. According to the subject-wise weightage, Biochemistry, Physiology, and Anatomy have equal marks allotment of 17 marks. One of the most thriving subjects- Forensic Medicine has a marks allotment of 10 in the FMGE question paper. Microbiology, Pathology, and Pharmacology are likely to have an allotment of 13 marks each.      


Aspiring candidates for FMGE are suggested to refer to the FMGE practice tests available on various online study portals to get a better understanding of the question pattern and marks distribution. Even though candidates focus on the topics with greater marks weightage, a rigorous practice of all the topics included in the syllabus is always recommended.