Foreign Medical Graduates Examination (FMGE Exam 2023)

Foreign Medical Graduates Examination (FMGE Exam 2023)

The Foreign Medical Graduates Examination, popularly known as the FMGE Exam is conducted by the National Board of Examination (NBE) twice a year. Introduced on 15th March 2002, this exam is meant for an Indian citizen who has completed his/her MBBS abroad and wants to practice in India. An individual needs to clear the FMGE Exam as it’s only after this that the candidate will be registered by the Medical Council of India (Now the National Medical Commission) or any state medical council. 

Candidates who completed their MBBS outside the country before 15 March 2002 are exempted from appearing in this exam to practice in India. It is NOT an entrance test to get admission to a master's course offered by any medical university in India. It is just a medical licensing exam. 

FMGE Exam Frequency

As far as the frequency of the exam is concerned, candidates can either appear in the December session or the December session. There is NO LIMIT on the number of attempts for a candidate as well as no age limit for the FMGE Exam as well. This means that even candidates who have failed in their earlier attempts can reappear as many times as they want. The FMGE registration process will be the same.

FMGE Exam Latest Update 2023

The National Board of Examination has released the FMGE exam date 2023 of the December session. 

Highlights 2023

Full name of Exam

Foreign Medical Graduate Exam

Conducted by

National Board of examination

Exam Level 


Number of Questions


FMGE 2023 December session


Question of Type

Multiple Choice Question

Application fee

7080 INR

FMGE Exam Eligibility Criteria 2023

Medical aspirants should go through the eligibility from the official notification of FMGE 2023 (December session) before applying.

Students should go to the registration window and check all the details for Foreign Medical Graduate Exam for the December session,2023 conducted by the National Board of Medical Examination commission. The eligibility criteria to apply for FMGE 2023 exam are as follows:

  •  The candidate should be a citizen of India or an overseas citizen of the country.
  •  Candidates have to pass an MBBS degree from an MCI-approved medical college in India or abroad.
  •  Candidates need to submit proof of their MBBS degree's final examination result as passed/qualified.
  •  Candidates need to provide required documents such as Eligibility Certificate (if applicable) and the Provisional Pass Certificate/ Degree Certificate of their Primary Medical Qualification duly apostilled/ attested by Indian Embassy concerned.

Exemption for Certain Candidates 

Not Everyone needs to appear for the FMGE Exam 2023 as there are some who are exempted from it. The candidates who have completed their MBBS abroad and post-graduation from any university situated in the below-mentioned developed countries will get an exemption from the December session of the Foreign Medical Graduate Exam (FMGE Exam) conducted by the National Board of Examination. 

  •  Australia
  •  Canada
  •  New Zealand
  •  United Kingdom
  •  United States of America

Candidates will get a permanent or provisional certificate from the Medical Council of India (now the National Medical Commission/NMC) or State medical council without appearing for the FMGE 2023 December session. After getting the requisite certification, candidates can practice in India.

NOTE- Candidates will ONLY get three attempts to pass the FMGE exam. In any case, if a candidate does not pass the exam then he/she can not appear again for the exam again.  

FMGE Registration (December session 2023)

FMGE registration process (December session 2023) is an online method. Students who want to appear for this exam have to complete the registration process online by visiting the official website of the National Board of Examination. It is advised that candidates avoid filling out the application form using mobile phone devices. 

Step-by-Step Registration Process

  •  Visit the official website of the National Board of Examination and select the FMGE option
  •  Now click on new registration and read the instructions carefully 
  •  Once this is done, students need to submit their personal details like name, number, e-mail id, etc.
  •  This shall generate the Login credentials, which will then be shared on the candidate’s phone via SMS or email
  •  Now, candidates need to log in again with the credentials (login id and password) that you received.
  •  Once this process is done, candidates need to upload their academic details as well as a passport-size photograph, scanned sign, and thumb impression.
  •  Select the exam center and at last pay the fee 
  •  As far as the fee for the December session of FMGE 2023 is concerned, the application fee is only INR 7,080, which the candidates can pay online through the payment gateway.

Required Documents

  •  Recent Passport size photograph. (With the guidelines released by the NBE). The photograph should be with name and date. Also, with a white background.
  •  Scanned sign (With blue or black pen and without overwriting). Sign in the capital letter will be rejected
  •  Clear thumb impression with white background 
  •  Identity card issued by the government of India
  •  Medical degree copy or scanned copy
  •  Scanned copy of the MBBS pass certified by the Indian Embassy situated in that particular country
  •  Copy of 12th mark sheet
  •  Date of birth certificate 
  •  Internship certificate 

Correction Window

Students will get a chance to make the correction in the application form as the National Board of examination will open the correction window. Students can make corrections in a few important details like

  •  Name of candidate
  •  Date of birth
  •  Gender
  •  Registered mobile number and Email ID
  •  Exam center

FMGE Admit Card 2023

The National Board of Examination will release the FMGE admit card 2023 for the December session after completing the application process. Secondly, to get entry into the exam center, students need to mandatorily carry the Admit Card for the FMGE Exam. 

Candidates can download the admit card by visiting the official website of the NBE by using their login and password. It is mandatory that students carry a hard copy of the admit card at the exam center.

FMGE Exam Cities for December session

Ahmedabad/ Gandhinagar




























Chandigarh/ Mohali


















FMGE Exam Pattern 2023

Candidates who are familiar with the FMGE Exam pattern can prepare well for the exam. Said exam will be conducted in online mode. The exam will be divided into 2 papers, each one having a total of 150 questions, and will be 2.5 hours long. This makes the total duration of the FMGE Exam 5 hours/300 minutes. Candidates will have to answer a total of 300 questions in the meantime. 

Just like last year, this year’s FMGE Exam also won’t have any negative marking scheme, which comes as a major respite for students seeking to appear for the December session of this exam.

For every right answer, students will be rewarded a +1 mark and there will be no deduction for incorrect answers. Each question will carry equal marks.

FMGE Exam Pattern 2023

Exam mode


Number of questions

300 multiple-choice questions

Exam duration

  •  5 hrs
  •  150 minutes for paper 1
  •  150 mins for paper 2 

FMGE Marking system

+1 for correct answers

No deduction for incorrect answers

Question medium


FMGE Syllabus

MBBS syllabus

FMGE Syllabus 2023

It is expected that the National Medical Commission will not make any changes in the FMGE syllabus 2021 of the December session this year. A detailed syllabus will be released by the National Board of Examination two or three months before the actual FMGE Exam Date of the December session. 

Pre and Para Clinical subjects

Important topics

No of questions







Forensic Medicine










Clinical Subjects

Important topics

No of questions

Medicine and allied subjects

1. Medicine

2. Psychiatry

3. Dermatology and STD

4. Radiotherapy






General Surgery and allied subjects

1. General Surgery

2. Anaesthesiology

3. Orthopaedics

4. Radiodiagnosis












Obstetrics and Gynaecology


Community Medicine




FMGE Results 2023

June 18 is the scheduled date for the FMGE exam. After a few weeks, the FMGE results will be available on the official website of the National Board of Examination. After the results, candidates who will be shortlisted, get provisional registration from the National Medical Commission or state medical council. 

Steps to download the Results of FMGE 2023

  •  The results link will be active on the NBE’s official website, once the results are released by the exam-conducting body
  •  It will be in PDF format, students can download it. 
  •  Take a printout of the scorecard on your device and in printout mode.

FMGE Cut-off 2023

According to the FMGE cutoff, the candidate who will get 50% marks, is considered qualified or passed. He/she has to solve at least 150 questions out of 300 questions. To solve 300 multiple choice questions students will get 5 hrs. There will be two papers in the question paper, which contain questions from important topics.

Preparation Tips

  •  Physiology is one of the most important subjects. It covers questions from various major areas of medical science.
  •  MBBS books- Try to cover more chapters of your curriculum books of the MBBS course. Most of the FMGE questions will be from syllabus books.
  •  Clinical cases- Covering clinical cases will increase the chances of getting good marks in the Foreign Medical Graduate Medical Exam.
  •  Complete information of FMGE syllabus- There is no shortcut method to achieve success. Candidates have to cover the entire FMGE syllabus before appearing in Foreign Medical Graduate Exam scheduled on 18 June 2021. Figure out the important topics and work more on those subjects. Cover more questions from that area.
  •  Take notes and Short notes- create your own notes. It will help you to have a quick revision whenever you want. Study well and understand the chapter to clear your concept about any topic. 
  •  Analyze your weak sections- Test your weak part and work on it. Most of the aspirants concentrate on their strong sections instead of their weak sections.
  •  Regular revision- Whatever you have studied to cover FMGE Syllabyus yesterday, don’t forget to do revisions every day. Many students do not do this and they do not qualify for the Foreign Medical Graduate Exam conducted by the National Board of Examination. 
  •  Attend mock tests- FMGE Mock tests will analyze your speed, accuracy, and other important aspects to solve questions quickly. There are various websites on the internet that organize mock tests. 
  •  The limited and authentic study material- Selecting too many study materials will lead you to confusion. Try to select a few books and notes from authentic sources and practice with them. 
  •  Attempt as many questions as you can- There is no negative marking in the exam, so you are free to attempt as many questions as you want. Attempting more multiple-choice questions will increase the chances of getting a good score. 

FMGE Important Dates

Before appearing for the Foreign Medical Graduate Exam of the December session, candidates must have clear information about the FMGE Important dates, so that they can plan their preparation accordingly. 



Online Application Starts

9th Sept 2023 (03:00 PM onwards)

Application Last Date

29th Sept 202 (till 11:255 PM)

Edit Window Starts

1st Nov 2023

Last Date of Edit Window

6th Nov 2023

Final Edit Window to rectify Deficient/Incorrect Images

1. Photo

2. Signature

3. Thumb Impression

18th Nov 2023


20th Nov 2023

Admit card

13th Jan 2023

Examination date

20th Jan 2023

Results announcements

on 4th Feb 2023

Frequently Asked question

Que- How many times FMGE is conducted in a year?

Answer- The Foreign Medical graduate exam is conducted twice a year. One is in June or July and the other one is conducted in December month of every year. Aspirants can register for it.

Que- How many times a candidate can appear in the FMGE Exam?

Answer- Indian medical students have no limit for appearing FMGE Exam, He/She can appear for unlimited attempts.

Que- What is the eligibility to appear in the FMGE Exam?

Answer- Applicant should be an Indian citizen or an overseas Indian citizen. He/she should have a valid MBBS degree from a valid medical university. Keep in mind that candidates who studied in the USA, UK, Canada, Australia, and studied in New Zealand are exempted to appear in the FMGE Exam. They are pre-approved to practice in India.

Que- Is FMGE hard to crack in comparison to NEET PG Exam?

Answer- Both exams are different and have different values. FMGE (Foreign Medical Graduate Exam) is conducted for allowing eligible doctors to practice in India, whereas the NEET PG exam is for inviting MD MS admission in Medical Colleges in India.

Que. –Why is the FMGE Exam conducted?

Answer –The FMGE Exam is conducted for Indian students who are studying MBBS Abroad but have the desire to practice in India so students need to qualify for the exam.

Que. –What is the format of the FMGE Exam?

Answer –The exam is conducted online and it has 2 sections each section has 150 questions and it is for 150 marks. For each correct answer, +4 is given and there is no negative marking.