Hyderabad: The Foreign Medical Graduates Test (FMGT) which Indian doctors who studied medicine abroad had to undergo in June has been cancelled. It is being replaced by a combined exam for students of Indian medical colleges and foreign medical graduates in the first week of July.
According to the Medical Council of India, exit exams will be held every year in July. This exam will be of 300 marks; 127 is the pass mark and students must obtain a minimum of 150 marks, according to a notification.
Students of foreign medical colleges who get between 127 and 150 marks will have to undergo six months of internship in rural areas Students who score above 245 can apply for Neet PG without appearing for the test, the MCI said.
IMA president Dr Sanjiv Singh Yadav said, “A uniform national exit exam will allow graduates from abroad to practice in India. They are our students who have gone abroad to study. Hence they must be given a fair chance.”
Experts state that FMGT was a barrier created by private medical colleges to discourage students from going abroad and take admission in paid seats. Many students opted for universities abroad where the cost is less.
Only about 12.5 per cent of doctors pass out of the FMGT. Those who fail are found to get into quackery.