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FMGE MCQ Pattern & distribution 2021: FMGE/MCI Exam/MCI screening test is a standard exam implemented to validate the degrees of FMGs from various countries to tally the Indian standard since September 2002.

Computerized MCQ exam conducted in various centers all over India with 300 different types of MCQs where FMGs have to score 150 in order to pass.


FMGE/MCI Exam/MCI screening test Format:

ParticularsDetails
Mode of exam
  • Computer-based exam (online)
Number of sessions
  • Part A and Part B (both conducted on one day)
Time allotted
  • 300 minutes
    • Part A: 150 minutes @ 9.00
    • Lunch break: 11.30-14.00
    • Part B: 150 minutes @ 14.00
Type of questions
  • Objective type
Number of questions
  • 300
Language
  • English
Negative marking
  • No
Syllabus
  • Questions will be based on MBBS curriculum
Attempts
  • Unlimited
Criteria to pass the exam 
  • 150 marks out of 300

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FMGE pattern:

Pattern of MCQS What is the FMGE MCQ Pattern & distribution?

  • NB: We have no information regarding the FMGE-pilot questions that are usually included in various FMGEs like AMC to evaluate the new pattern of questions to be included in the coming years (they are marked as the pilot questions  & they are not included your final scores).

Change of pattern:

Type

Change of the pattern

Before 2012

2013-17

2018-19

Simple Recall/Fact-based
  • 90%
  • 75%
  • 60%
Problem Solving/Conceptual
  • 10%
  • 20%
  • 30% (> 35% in 2019 Dec)
IBQ
  • 0%
  • 5%
  • 10% (< 5 % in 2019 Dec)

Analysis of the Pattern Change in FMGE December 2019:

 

Paper A

Part B

Subjects
  • Pre & Para-clinical subjects + Psychiatry,  Dermatology & few from PSM
  • Clinical  subjects (Many Cases from OBGYN) & PSM
Pattern of MCQs
  • Fact-based MCQs >>>  Conceptual MCQs
  • Fact-based > Conceptual (Case-based MCQs relatively increased)
IBQ
  • About 2
  • About 3
Difficulty level
  • Comparatively easier for most of the FMGs
  • Comparatively  difficult for most of the FMGs
Time management
  • Relatively easier to manage
  • Relatively difficult to manage due to increased # of Case-based MCQs

What is the conclusion we can draw from this analysis & what is the background?

  • It’s quite obvious that NBE wants to convert all the memory/simple recall-based exams to the “critical thinking & clinical application” based exams.
  • Background:
    • It’s wise to emphasize that the screening exams around the world USMLE, PLAB, AMC, ERPM & MCCQE do not test tests the ability of students to recall but the test your ability to apply your knowledge to comprehend + analyze & evaluate the common clinical scenarios that have to be professionally tackled by the future doctors in the appropriate counties (Check the statement in the introduction to PLAB exam1).
    • The pattern of NBE exams including FMGE has been changing since 2012. In 2012 the Health ministry instructed the MCI that India has to modify the exam to ensure that our graduates tally the international standard, therefore, MCI/NBE should make sure that Indian doctors are updated with the current trends & proficient enough to apply the knowledge to comprehend + ananlyze & evaluate the clinical scenarios.
    • Implementation of NEXT: the scheme/pattern of the NEXT exam is based on the aims & outlines mentioned above.
      • NEXT pattern (540 MCQs): 60% will be problem-solving + 30% comprehension & analysis & only 10% recall!

 

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What can be anticipated in FMGE 2020 from the analysis of the pattern change?

  • You can expect that 2020-2022 is the transient period from FMGE/NEET-PG to NEXT, therefore, the NBE will start to increase the number of problem-solving + comprehension & analysis MCQs in these years to probe & evaluate the NEXT pattern to be implemented through the feedback in real-time.
  • You can expect a drastic rise in the conceptual, case based & image-based questions from the 2020s.

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FMGE subject wise marks distribution (Blueprint vs Reality):

A-Pre & para-clinical subjects: 100 marks
SubjectBlueprintCalculated from past papers
1. Anatomy17 MCQs23.25 MCQs (7.75 %)
2. Physiology17 MCQs20.88 MCQs (6.96%)
3. Biochemistry 17 MCQs16.47 MCQs (5.49%)
4. Pathology 13 MCQs17.7 MCQs (5.90%)
5. Microbiology 13 MCQs16.47 MCQs (5.49%)
6. Pharmacology 13 MCQs20.73 MCQs (6.91%)
7. Forensic medicine 10 MCQs10.17 MCQs (3.39%)

 

B – Clinical subjects: 200 marks
1. Medicine & allied subjects
SubjectBlueprintCalculated from past papers
1. Medicine 33 MCQs27.78 MCQs (9.26%)
2. Psychiatry 5 MCQs5.25 MCQs (1.75%)
3. Dermatology & STD 5 MCQs5.4 MCQs (1.80%)
4. Radiotherapy 5 MCQs1.68 MCQs (0.56%)
2. General Surgery & allied subjects
SubjectBlueprintCalculated from past papers
1. General surgery 32 MCQs30.57 MCQs (10.19%)
2. Anesthesiology 5 MCQs3.33 MCQs (1.11%)
3. Orthopedics 5 MCQs7.29 MCQs (2.43%)
4. Radiodiagnosis 5 MCQs3.51 MCQs (1.17%)
3. Other subjects
SubjectBlueprintCalculated from past papers
3. Pediatrics15 MCQs8.64 MCQs (2.88%)
4. Ophthalmology 15 MCQs17.19 MCQs (5.73%)
5. Otorhinolaryngology 15 MCQs9.93 MCQs (3.31%)
6. Obstetrics & gynaecology 30 MCQs25.44 MCQs (8.48%)
7. Community medicine30 MCQs27.78 MCQs (9.26%)
  • NB: Blueprint gives the idea of the overall distribution, therefore, it’s not rigid & subjected to altered (there are variations in the distribution in every attempt

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Also Read:

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