FMGE- The Test after MBBS in Ukraine
It has become a recent trend for students to study MBBS abroad because of the tough competition for medical seats in India. The quality and affordability of education in foreign medical colleges attract a large number of students from India. As per a government report of 2017, it is estimated that 5.53 lakh Indian students are studying MBBS abroad in 86 different countries.
Can these students directly start practicing in India after they finish their studies? No.
After completing MBBS abroad, most students plan on starting a medical career back in India. To do so, they must appear and qualify in the Medical Council of India Screening Test, also known as Foreign Medical Graduates Examination (FMGE), conducted by the National Board of Examinations (NBE).
FMGE- RULES AND REGULATIONS:
Each year, more than 10,000 students normally appear for the FMGE examination from different foreign universities. In last year’s session around 12,000 students appeared for the exam, out of which only 26% qualified.
FMGE- AFTER MBBS IN UKRAINE:
Ukraine scores a place in the top three most popular countries to pursue a medical degree.
Aspiring medical students flock to Ukraine because of the cheap and quality education available there. According to Ukrainian government data, more than 10,000 Indian students are studying in different medical colleges in Ukraine.
Students, who attained a medical degree from universities in Ukraine, have to qualify in the FMGE if they want to continue medicine in India.
According to a 2012-2014 report, which was the last official update from the NBE showing a country wise percentage of the results, 19.1% of the 3520 students who appeared in the FMGE from Ukraine, passed the examination, with the V.N Karazin Kharkiv National University ranking first based on the performance of the candidates.
During the period of 2012-2013 to 2016-2017, 6,638 FMGE takers were from Ukraine and 15.3% of the candidates were said to be qualified.
The FMGE screening test for the first session of 2019 is scheduled to be held on the28th of June, with registrations opening in the 2nd week of April. It is presumed that the pass percentage will increase since the NEET examination has been made compulsory, even for students who plan on studying MBBS abroad.
The knowledge and experience gained while studying MBBS abroad should be helpful to succeed in this examination. So, prepare diligently to fulfil your medical dreams in India.