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What After FMGE 2022?

Preeti GuptaUpdated On: June 06, 2022 06:22 pm IST

There are many career options accessible to students after successfully passing the FMGE exam. Along with a career in the field of medicine, candidates can choose to opt for other fulfilling careers. Read this article to find out more about it. 

What After FMGE?

After completing graduation in medicine from a foreign medical college or university, a student needs to clear the FMGE (Foreign Medical Graduates Examination) to practise medicine in India. The FMGE or MCI screening test is mandatory to get a medical licence in India. 

The FMGE is conducted biannually, in June and December, by the National Board of Examinations. Once the exam is cleared, aspirants often find themselves asking what after FMGE? In today’s article, various options that can be availed after FMGE will be discussed.

What to Do after FMGE?

Once candidates have passed the FMGE, they are required to apply for an internship in any Indian Medical College for a duration of one year. Here are the steps involved in detail:

Step 1

After clearing the FMGE, candidates will be given a qualifying certificate from the conducting body, i.e. the National Board of Examinations. This certificate needs to be used to apply for temporary registration with the Medical Council of India. The registration can be done by visiting the official website of MCI and after the completion of the process, candidates will receive an acknowledgement number through which the application status can be tracked. 

Step 2

The next step in the process involves registering with the respective State Medical Council. In order to register with the State Medical Council, candidates are required to submit these documents as listed below:

  • Photocopy of the FMGE mark sheet that is attested by a Gazetted officer.
  • Provisional MBBS pass certificate as well as mark sheet issued by the respective university or college.
  • Photocopy of the tracking number provided by the MCI.
  • A demand draft that is in favour of the State Medical Council.
  • An affidavit on a non-judicial stamp paper that states you have qualified for the FMGE and have received the tracking number.

Step 3

Before beginning the internship, candidates need to submit a NOC (No Objection Certificate) issued by the Directorate of Medical Education (DME) once the above-stated documents and sealed acknowledgement from the State Medical Council are provided. One can apply for the NOC by putting together all the documents along with a letter addressed to the DME which specifies all the details of courses completed. Educational institution and the choice of an institute for the internship. 

Step 4

On the basis of the NOC given by the DME, candidates then need to apply for a NOC from the Superintendent of the respective hospital, the Principal of the respective institution, and the Registrar of the university where one would be pursuing the internship. 

Step 5

The final order before beginning the internship at the respective hospital would be to submit all the letters and a Demand Draft that is in favour of the university.

Step 6

The last step involves 3 fresh Demand Drafts and all the required and relevant documents that candidates would be finally applying for at an MCI recognised hospital. 

Career Options after Clearing FMGE 2022

While pursuing clinical practice and teaching in India after completing an MBBS degree abroad and clearing the FMGE is one career path that candidates can choose from, there are several other options available that are equally lucrative and have the prospect of a good career. 

MD/ MS/ Diploma

People who wish to continue their career in the field of medicine can opt for an MD/ MS/ Diploma after completing their MBBS and clearing FMGE. There are various postgraduate programs that train students in various fields such as general medicine, general surgery, internal medicine, paediatrics, gynaecology, etc. 

DNB (Diplomate of National Board)

The second option for MBBS graduates is to opt for a Diplomate of National Board or DNB if they wish to continue their journey as specialist doctors. This PG diploma course is offered by the National Board of Examinations and is also recognised by the MCI. 

Combined Medical Services (CMS)

UPSC conducts CMS exams every year in the month of July/ August for candidates who are willing to work in various government sectors such as railways and municipal corporations. The CMS exam can be cleared after clearing the final year of the MBBS program. It is a good option for those candidates who have government jobs and permanency as top criteria. 


The demand for doctors with an MBA degree is increasing with each passing year in the various pharmaceutical companies and private hospitals. Due to this high demand, various MBA offering institutions are absorbing doctors in their MBA programs such as FMS Delhi, MDI Gurgaon, XLRI Jamshedpur, and IBS Hyderabad. However, clearing entrance exams such as CAT are mandatory for studying an MBA course.

Clinical Research 

Although clinical research is far less rated and opted for in India, it is truly a need of the hour for more MBBS graduates to step into the field of research. There are many institutions that offer research options such as the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB), and St. John’s Research Institute. 

Masters in Health Administration (MHA)

MHA is a postgraduate course in Health Administration that prepares students to acquire skills needed to manage clinics, hospitals, etc. 

There are immense opportunities for MBBS graduates after clearing their FMGE in India from which they can choose as per their interests. One can build a promising and satisfying career from these versatile options.

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How many steps are involved in clearing the FMGE exam?

The process of clearing the exam is to begin its preparation which takes at least 6 months. Students also need to keep an eye on the official website of FMGE for the release of official dates of the exam and to fill out application form. Students need to appear for the exam and clear it for further admission process.

What are the career options for people after FMGE who don’t want to practice medicine?

If you are someone who has cleared the FMGE but does not wish to continue studying and practising medicine, then there are plenty of options available to you. One can pursue MBA, or opt for clinical research. A Master’s in Health Administration and a Master’s in Public Health administration are also good career options.

Why do I need to appear for the FMGE exam?

If any foreign medical graduate wants to acquire a medical license in India, then he or she needs to appear for the Foreign Medical Graduates Examination or FMGE. The FMGE exam is compulsory to get a medical licence in India. Without clearing the FMGE one cannot get a medical license.

What do I need to do after FMGE?

When a candidate qualifies in the FMGE exam, he or she needs to apply for an internship in any of the MCI registered medical colleges in India. The duration of this internship is one year. They will also receive a certificate from the MCI after clearing the MCI screening test or FMGE.

What careers can I pursue after passing FMGE?

There are ample career options that candidates can choose from after clearing the FMGE exam. If they wish to practice medicine, after their internship, they can prepare for post-graduation programs and pursue a Diploma/MS/MD. One can also choose to appear for the CMS (Combined Medical Services) exam if they are interested in government jobs.

Is FMGE more difficult than NEET PG?

Previously, the questions of FMGE used to be comparatively easy in comparison to NEET PG. But at present, the pass percentage has fallen to 9-18% which makes it a very tough exam to crack.

Can I study DNB after clearing the FMGE exam?

Yes, a Diplomate of National Board is a great career choice after successfully completing the FMGE exam. MMBS graduates can study this PG diploma course which is offered by the National Board of Examinations. The DNB course is also recognised by the MCI.

I want to get into clinical research after clearing FMGE. Can I do that?

Yes, although clinical research is not often chosen by MBBS graduates, this field is extremely rewarding and any foreign medical graduate can opt for clinical research after clearing the FMGE. Premier institutions offer great research facilities such as the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMER), the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB), etc.

Is MHA an option after an FMG clears the MCI screening test?

Yes, MHA or Master of Health Administration is a good career choice for foreign MBBS graduates as this course prepares students for acquiring skills that are required to manage hospitals and clinics. Many MBA institutions are absorbing MBBS graduates in MBA courses. 

Can foreign medical graduates study for an MBA after clearing the FMGE?

Yes, a foreign medical graduate can study for an MBA degree after they clear the FMGE exam. In fact, the demand for doctors with an MBA degree is increasing in various pharmaceutical companies along with private hospitals.

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