FMGE Preparation 2024: Tips, Strategy & Guide

Foreign Medical Graduate Examination 2024 ( FMGE )

Exam On: 6 Jul '24

Nidhi Gupta

Nidhi GuptaDeputy Manager

Updated on Apr 5, 2024 11:38 IST

The exam conducting authorities released a notice mentioning the changed dates of the FMGE 2024 exam on April 4, 2024. As per the new dates, the exam is scheduled to be conducted on July 6, 2024. Applicants who want to appear in the exam and qualify must take note of it and start preparing for the FMGE exam.  

FMGE exam preparation for the June 2024 session is a crucial step to appearing for the exam. NBEMS will release complete details from the FMGE schedule, FMGE pattern, to the FMGE 2024 syllabus in the official notification. Candidates planning to appear for the post-graduate level screening exam should speed up their preparation pace. National Board of Examinations in Medical Sciences (NBEMS), the official exam conducting body for the FMGE exam releases all the important notifications on the official website, natboard.edu.in. In this article, candidates will be able to read all the handy tips to prepare for the FMGE exam. Find out all about the important books, tips to appear for the exam, relevance of mock tests, previous year papers and much more here:

Also Read: FMGE December Exam Analysis for Part A and Part B

Q:   Are 30 days enough time to prepare for the FMGE exam?

A:

Preparing for FMGE exam in 30 days is definitely going to be a challenge provided the range of subjects it covers to test the aptitude of candidates. However, as they say, nothing is impossible, an aspirant need to carefully manage the time and speed to match the pace of syllabus coverage. For more information read: How to Prepare for FMGE December 2023 in 30 Days

 

Q:   Which are the best books to prepare for the FMGE medicine subject?

A:

The best books to prepare for FMGE medicine subject are: Mudit Khanna MCQ Internal medicine; and Complete review of medicine for NBE  by Deepak Marwa among other books.

 

Q:   Is it mandatory to practice FMGE mock tests?

A:

No. However, FMGE mock test will help the candidate simulate the exam day experience before the D-day. It is important to appear for the mock test so that you can understand the challenges that might take place on the exam day. It will also help you measure your time, speed and accuracy to appear for the exam.

 

Q:   What important topics are expected from FMGE Physiology subject?

A:

There are several important topics in this subject which candidates can expect in the FMGE exam. However, looking at the past trend, here is the list of some important topics which a candidate must prepare to fetch good percentile in the physiology subject, such as: General Physiology, Body fluids – Blood, Nerve and Muscle, Gastrointestinal Tract, Kidney, Skin and Body temperature, Endocrine Glands, Reproduction, Cardiovascular System, Respiratory System, Central Nervous Systems, Special Senses

 

FMGE December 2024 Exam Pattern

Before starting the FMGE exam preparation for any entrance exam, the aspirants need to build familiarity with the exam pattern and syllabus. Here are the highlights of the FMGE 2024 exam pattern. Read on to find out what is expected in the exam:

FMGE Exam Pattern

Details

Mode of the examination

Online

Medium

English only

Total number of questions

300

Type of questions

MCQ (objective-type only)

Marking Scheme

+1 for correct option

No Negative Marking

No. of Sections

Two (Part A and B)

Exam Duration

5 hours

(2 hour and 30 minutes for each section)

Exam Timing

Morning Shift – 9:00 PM to 11:30 AM

Forenoon Shift – 2:00 PM to 4:30 PM

Q:   How much time does it take to prepare for FMGE exam?

A:

Candidates pursuing medical degree outside India, if wish to practice medicine profession in India can start preparing for the FMGE exam much before applying for it. There is no defined timeframe which a candidate need to prepare for the exam. The syllabus more or less remains the same and the topics are also covered in the syllabus which is taught at the MD level. FMGE screening test is sought after to seek the medical licensing to practice Doctoral profession in India. This mandates an aspirant to score minimum 50% marks to be able to pass the exam.

 

Q:   From where can I download FMGE Previous Year Papers?

A:

FMGE Previous Year Papers are important source to seek firsthand information regarding the difficulty level of the exam. FMGE Previous Year Papers can be accessed from various books in which previous year questions have been collated by the authors. The FMGE Previous Year Papers are also available on several website in PDF format for the aspirants to download.

The exam conducting body does not allow candidates to retrieve the question paper as the exam is conducted in online mode. Therefore, the available previous year question papers are mostly memory-based and not the actual ones which are asked in the exam.

 

Q:   What important topics are expected from FMGE Paediatrics subject?

A:

Candidates must prepare topics such as Vital statistics, Neonatology, Growth & Development, Nutrition, Infections, Genetics, Pediatric Emergencies, Central Nervous System, Gastrenterology, Nephrology, Endocrinology, and Respiratory System from the FMGE Paediatrics subject before appearing for the medical screening test.

 

Q:   What is the FMGE exam?

A:
FMGE (Foreign Medical Graduate Examination) is a licensing examination conducted by the NBE (National Board of Examinations). An Indian citizen or Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) who has completed their primary medical qualification from an institution outside India, but wishes to practice in India needs to clear this examination to register with the NMC (National Medical Commission)/SMC (State Medical Council). However, as Foreign Medical Graduate Examination was introduced in the year 2002, students who had completed their primary degree course on or before March 15, 2002, are not required to appear for this examination. One must also note that Foreign Medical Graduate Examination is not an entrance test and cannot be used to take admission to any institute. FMGE is a licensing examination for foreign medical graduates. The exam is held twice a year, in June and December. If someone is not able to clear the Foreign Medical Graduate Examination exam in December, they can attempt it in the June session.
 

FMGE June 2024 Preparation Tips

Here are some practical preparation tips to prepare for the FMGE exam which is scheduled to take place in June:

Set Deadlines: With 19 subjects in hand, it is a little tough to manage a schedule that allows for continuous study time. Therefore, set deadlines to avoid any distractions and fatigue in the process. Focus on the task at hand.             

Develop Time Management Skills: Dedicate and divide time slots with content to be covered. Take regular and time-based breaks. Work on maintaining speed and accuracy during the exam.

Follow Topper’s Advice/Strategy: It is advisable to read a few FMGE toppers’ interviews to unlock the secret to success in the exam. The experience and learnings of the toppers will help aspirants succeed in the exam.

Monitor your progress: Maintain a daily logbook. Write what you accomplished and what you couldn’t and set goals for the next day to cover up the lacuna.

Revision is mandatory: Commit the last 15-20 days for revision of the entire syllabus. This is the phase where candidates should focus on brushing up on the skills that they have acquired during the preparatory stage.

Also Read: How to Prepare for FMGE December 2023 in 30 Days

Q:   How can I easily crack the FMGE exam?

A:
Try to solve as many as questions from previous year FMGE tests. There are lots of sites online, where you can solve MCI Screening Test papers. One of such site is FMGEOnline. It has more than 8000 questions and answers and is also similar pattern exam as the actual FMGE. Try out, All the Best! http://www.fmgeonline.com/
 

Q:   Has the FMGE exam pattern changed?

A:

No official announcement has been made yet regarding the changes/modifications in the FMGE exam pattern for the upcoming exam cycle. In case any changes will be there, it will be updated for the aspirants. 

 

Q:   How do I prepare for the FMGE?

A:
Foreign Medical Graduate Examination (FGME) Preparation Tips: 1- Make a study schedule. 2- Know the exam pattern. Mode of exam: CBT Medium of exam: English Number of papers: Two (Part A and Part B) Type of questions: Objective type Total Questions: 300 multiple-choice questions Time allotted: 2 hours 30 minutes for each part Syllabus: Based on the MBBS curriculum Qualifying marks: 150 marks out of 300 Marking scheme: For Correct answers: One mark will be awarded for every correct answer and For Incorrect answers: No negative marking. 3- Knowing the syllabus is a must: For syllabus: (https://www.shiksha.com/medicine-health-sciences/fmge-exam-syllabus) 4- Attempt mock tests. 5- Best Books: A- Books for Pre-Clinical Subjects 1- Microbiology & Forensics: Jain/Chaurasia or Arora Book by Dr. Vikas 2- Physiology & Pathology: Review of Pathology by Dr. Govind Garg & Dr. Sparsh Gupta 3- Pharmacology: Review of Pharmacology by Dr. Govind Garg & Dr. Sparsh Gupta 4- Biochemistry: Satyanarayan 5- Anatomy: ACROSS Book. B- Books for clinical Subjects: 1- Medical: Mudit Khanna MCQ Internal medicine. 2- Surgery: Admit Tripathi and Ashish Gupta Rachna Chaurasia / Arora. 3- PSM: Review for PSM by Vivek Jain. 4- Ophthalmology: Dr. Ruchi Rai for Ophthalmology. 5- Obstetrics & Gynaecology: Review Book by Dr. Sakshi Arora Review Book by Harmeet Goal. For more information, you may visit the Shiksha FMGE exam page. (https://www.shiksha.com/medicine-health-sciences/fmge-exam) I hope this will help you.
 

Q:   What is the syllabus for the FMGE?

A:
The syllabus of the Foreign Medical Graduate Examination can broadly be divided into the following subjects: Anatomy, Biochemistry, Physiology, Pathology, Medicine, Microbiology, Pharmacology, Forensic Medicine, General Surgery, Anaesthesia, Orthopaedics, Radio-Diagnosis, Radiotherapy, Paediatrics, Tuberculosis and Respiratory Diseases, Psychiatry, Dermatology and Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Ophthalmology, Otorhinolaryngology, Community Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology. For more information, you may visit the Shiksha FMGE exam page; (https://www.shiksha.com/medicine-health-sciences/fmge-exam-syllabus#:~:text=The syllabus of FMGE 2022, Tuberculosis and Respiratory Diseases, Psychiatry, ). I hope this will help you.
 

Subject-wise Preparation Strategy for FMGE

In the FMGE 2024 exam, candidates need to prepare for 19 subjects. Here is a list of all the 19 subjects that will be given in the exam:

Anatomy, Physiology, Biochemistry, Pathology, Microbiology, Pharmacology, Forensic Medicine, General Surgery, Anaesthesia, Orthopaedics, Radio-Diagnosis, Radiotherapy, Paediatrics, Medicine, Tuberculosis and Respiratory Diseases, Psychiatry, Dermatology and Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Ophthalmology, Otorhinolaryngology, Obstetrics and Gynecology and Community Medicine.

Q:   Is FMGE exam difficult to crack?

A:

FMGE exam is of moderate difficulty level as per the student reaction and expert exam analysis derived from top coaching institutes and the evaluators. A candidate need to focus on FMGE exam preparation around solving the multiple-choice questions. As there is no negative marking in the exam, this makes it easy for candidates to attempt the entire question paper. However, a minimum of 50% marks needs to be scored in order to receive the Pass Certificate from NBEMS

 

Q:   Do I need to prepare all the subjects given in the syllabus for FMGE exam?

A:

Yes. As Foreign Medical Graduate Examination (FMGE) is one of the toughest medical licensing exams, candidates need to prepare all the subjects thoroughly to qualify for the exam. As the exam is conducted by the National Board of Examinations (NBE) and aimed at Indian citizens or Overseas Citizens of India (OCI) who have obtained their medical qualifications from a medical school outside India and want to practice medicine in the country. It's essential for candidates to have a strong foundation in the medical sciences and to prepare thoroughly to increase their chances of passing the FMGE.

 

FMGE 2024 Best Books to Refer

Find out the important books to refer to for the FMGE exam. In addition to these books, there are other books as well which aspirants can refer to prepare for the exam:

S.no.

Subjects

Books to Refer

1

Medicine

Self-Assessment & Review Medicine  by Mudit Khanna

2

Dermatology & STD

Read Review of Dermatology by Saurabh Jindal

3

Orthopedics

Orthopedics Quick Review (OPQR) by Apurv Mehra & Thameem Saif

4

PSM

Review for PSM by ‘Vivek Jain’

5

Pathology

Complete Review of Pathology by Praveen Kumar Gupta, Vandana Puri

6

ENT

Self-Assessment & Review ENT (PGMEE) by Sakshi Arora

7

Ophthalmology

Dr. Ruchi Rai’ for Ophthalmology

8

Radiology

Read Review of Radiology (PGMEE) by Rajat Jain &Virendra Jain

9

Biochemistry

Satyanarayan

10

Anaesthesiology

Anesthesia Essence by Pritesh Singh & Usica Chandan

11

Pediatrics

Jitendra Talekar Notes by ‘Dr. Marwah

12

Obstetrics & Gynaecology

Review Book by ‘Dr. Sakshi Arora” or Review Book by Harmeet Goyal

13

Pharmacology

 

Conceptual Review of Pharmacology for NBE by Ranjan Kumar Patel

14

Physiology & Pathology

Review of Pathology by ‘Dr. Govind Garg & Dr. Sparsh Gupta’

15

Surgery

Amit Tripathi and Ashish Gupta or Rachna Chaurasia / Arora

16

Microbiology & Forensics

Jain/Chaurasia or Arora Book by Dr. Vikas

17

Psychiatry

Quick review series: Psychiatry for FMGE/NEXT by Rajesh Kannan &  P. Harinath

FMGE Previous Year Papers

FMGE's previous year's papers will help the aspirants prepare for the exam well in advance. These question papers provide an overview of the type and difficulty level of the questions expected in the exam. FMGE's previous year's papers are one of the best sources to revise for the FMGE exam, they are easily available online. Candidates can also purchase books in which the FMGE previous year's paper(s) are published by eminent publishers.

A thorough practice of FMGE's previous year's papers will boost my confidence. It will provide mental clarity to the candidates regarding the speed and accuracy to be maintained in the medical licensing exam.

FMGE 2024 Mock Tests

FMGE mock tests are designed and collated by several top coaching institutes to help the aspirants practice before D-day. Candidates can opt to enroll in the FMGE mock test series to test their learning. FMGE mock test help candidates assess their weak and strong areas. Accordingly, it will assist them in finding out the areas wherein the preparation needs to be strengthened. A candidate should attempt at least 2 FMGE mock tests weekly to score a high percentile in the FMGE 2024 exam.

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Candidates pursuing medical degree outside India, if wish to practice medicine profession in India can start preparing for the FMGE exam much before applying for it. There is no defined timeframe which a candidate need to prepare for the exam. The syllabus more or less remains the same and the topic

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Preparing for FMGE exam in 30 days is definitely going to be a challenge provided the range of subjects it covers to test the aptitude of candidates. However, as they say, nothing is impossible, an aspirant need to carefully manage the time and speed to match the pace of syllabus coverage. For more

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As per the NBE report on Institute wise performance in FMGE-2022, the FMGE passsing rate of MBBS students from Northern State Medical University is 24.06%. Of the 399 students who pursued MBBS from Northern State Medical University only 96 cleared FMGE test in 2022. The FMGE passing rate is expected

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Candidates must prepare topics such as Vital statistics, Neonatology, Growth & Development, Nutrition, Infections, Genetics, Pediatric Emergencies, Central Nervous System, Gastrenterology, Nephrology, Endocrinology, and Respiratory System from the FMGE Paediatrics subject before appearing for the me

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FMGE Previous Year Papers are important source to seek firsthand information regarding the difficulty level of the exam. FMGE Previous Year Papers can be accessed from various books in which previous year questions have been collated by the authors. The FMGE Previous Year Papers are also available o

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Nidhi Gupta

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There are several important topics in this subject which candidates can expect in the FMGE exam. However, looking at the past trend, here is the list of some important topics which a candidate must prepare to fetch good percentile in the physiology subject, such as: General Physiology, Body fluids –

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No. However, FMGE mock test will help the candidate simulate the exam day experience before the D-day. It is important to appear for the mock test so that you can understand the challenges that might take place on the exam day. It will also help you measure your time, speed and accuracy to appear fo

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The best books to prepare for FMGE medicine subject are: Mudit Khanna MCQ Internal medicine; and Complete review of medicine for NBE  by Deepak Marwa among other books.

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