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Everything you need to know about Medical Council of India (MCI)
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Everything you need to know about Medical Council of India (MCI)

The Medical Council of India was created in 1934 under the Indian Medical Council Act, 1933, which has since been repealed, with the primary goal of setting universal standards for further education in medicine and ensuring that medical degrees are recognised both in India and overseas. Until September 25, 2020, the Medical Council of India (MCI) was a statutory organisation responsible for ensuring uniform and high standards of medical education in India. It was replaced by the National Medical Commission on September 25, 2020. The Council certifies medical qualifications, accredits medical schools, registers medical practitioners, and oversees medical practise in India. 


The National Medical Commission aims to keep medical education, including undergraduate and postgraduate, at a consistent level. It recommends for the recognition or de-recognition of medical qualifications obtained from Indian or foreign medical institutes. Apart from these factors, National Medical Commission also checks whether doctors with recognised medical qualifications should be registered permanently or provisionally. And lastly the reciprocity with other countries in terms of medical qualification mutual recognition is also certified via this organisation.   


The commission consists of four autonomous boards, which are as follows: 


- Under-Graduate Medical Education Board (UGMEB): Its goal is to set undergraduate medical education standards and monitor all elements. In conformity with the regulations, develop a competency-based dynamic curriculum at the undergraduate level. Develop a competency-based dynamic curriculum to address the demands of primary health care, community medicine, and family medicine in order to ensure that healthcare is provided in these regions in line with the requirements. Establish recommendations for the establishment of medical institutions that will offer undergraduate courses, taking into account the country's needs as well as international standards. 


- Post-Graduate Medical Education Board (PGMEB): The key responsibilities include determining medical education standards at the postgraduate and super-specialty levels. Develop a competency-based dynamic curriculum at the postgraduate and super-specialty levels with the goal of developing adequate skills, knowledge, attitude, values, and ethics among postgraduates and super-specialists in order to deliver healthcare, impart medical education, and conduct medical research. Establish recommendations for the development of medical institutions to provide postgraduate and super-specialty courses, taking into account the country's needs as well as international standards. 


- Medical Assessment and Rating Board: The principal responsibilities include determining the system for evaluating and ranking medical institutions based on their adherence to the standards set by the Undergraduate Medical Education Board or the Postgraduate Medical Education Board. Permit the establishment of a new medical institution, the beginning of any postgraduate course, or the expansion of the number of seats. Conduct inspections of medical establishments in order to analyse and rate them. 


- Ethics and Medical Registration Board: Maintaining National Registers of all registered medical practitioners is one of the essential responsibilities Professional conduct should be regulated, and medical ethics should be promoted. The Ethics and Medical Registration Board, through the State Medical Council, will ensure that the code of professional and ethical conduct is followed. Develop systems for ongoing communication with state medical boards in order to effectively promote and regulate medical practitioners' and professionals' conduct.


On or after 15.03.2002, an Indian citizen who has been granted Overseas Citizenship of India with a primary medical qualification awarded by any medical institution outside India who wishes to get provisional or permanent registration with the National Medical Commission or any State Medical Council must pass a screening test administered by the prescribed author.



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Eligibility criteria for a student to appear for the screening test is as follows:


1. He or she is an Indian citizen or has been given Indian Overseas Citizenship, and possesses any main medical qualification that is recognised for enrolment as a medical practitioner in the nation where the institution conferring the qualification is located.


2. On or after May 2018, Indian citizens/overseas citizens wanting to receive a primary medical qualification from any medical institution outside India must pass the ‘National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET) for Admission to MBBS course. Furthermore, the NEET result will be valid for three years from the date of announcement, allowing a candidate to pursue MBBS or an equivalent medical degree, including any pre-medical or language courses, if any, followed by MBBS or an equal medical course.


3. Furthermore, if a person seeking provisional or permanent registration holds an Undergraduate medical qualification from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, or the United States of America, and has also been awarded a Postgraduate medical qualification from the mentioned countries, he or she will not be required to pass the Screening Test.


The screening test will be administered according to the Prescribed Authority's examination schedule. The technique for conducting the test shall be in conformity with the National Medical Commission's announcement in this respect. The Prescribed Authority will inform the candidates, as well as the National Medical Commission and the State Medical Councils, of the results of the Screening Test. Candidates who pass the Screening Test may apply for provisional or permanent registration with the National Medical Commission or any State Medical Council.


According to the Indian Medical Council Act, any Indian National/Overseas Citizen of India who wishes to enrol in MBBS or an equivalent course at any MCI-approved Medical University abroad must first obtain an Eligibility Certificate from the Medical Council of India, New Delhi, before departing the country to study MBBS.


After graduating from a foreign medical university, candidates must obtain a No Objection Certificate from the MCI and have all necessary documents and mark sheets endorsed by the Department of the Ministry of External Affairs to be officially eligible to take the MCI Screening Test or Foreign Medical Graduate Examination (FMGE).


The National Board of Education or NBE conducts FMGE or MCI screening test twice a year, in the months of June and December. It is conducted in two sessions i.e. one morning session and an evening session. Both the sessions last for 2 hour 30 minutes each and consists of 150 questions. The passing percentage is 50% i.e. there students should at least 150 correct answers out of 300 to qualify FMGE. There is no negative marking. The exam fee for FMGE is Rs 5500.


As per MCI Screening Exam Data between 2014 - 2019, the passing percentage of some of the countries are as below:


Armenia

34.50%

Philippines

30.02%

Russia

24.20%

Nepal

34%

Bangladesh

36.15%

Kazakhstan

25.19%

Kyrgyzstan

20%

China

22%

Georgia

29.34%

Ukraine

30.97%


Documents required for the MCI Eligibility certificate are as follows:


·  Original passport and 3 self-attested copies

·  Identity proof (original along with self-attested copies)

·  Passport sized photographs

·  10th and 12th standard marksheet (original along with self-attested copies)

·  Transfer/ Migration certificate from 10th and 12th standard (original along with self-attested copies)

·  School leaving certificate from 10th and 12th standard (original along with self-attested copies)

·  Original Application form

·  If applicable, the, OBC/SC/ST Certificate (original along with self-attested copies)

·  Admission letter issued by the foreign medical university (original along with self-attested copies)

·  A Bank draft for Rs. 2000/- in favour of "The Secretary, Medical Council of India, New Delhi"

·  Additional DD for the verification of 10+2 mark sheet/certificates as per list attached along with the application form.


Online Application Process for acquiring for MCI Eligibility certificate is as follows:


1.  Candidate must refer to the NMC website and register under the head of “Student Login”.

2. After completing the registration process, log in with the provided User ID and password to finish the application.

3. The application form will display on the screen, and you'll have to fill it out. Complete all of the required fields accurately.

4. After filling the form, upload the scanned copies of all the required documents.

5. To finish the application, choose whether to pay online or offline. The fee is paid online using the Payment gateway website. If using offline mode, a scan of the demand draught must be uploaded, and the DD's details must be submitted and delivered to the council alongside other papers.


Offline Application Process for acquiring for MCI Eligibility certificate is as follows:


1. Apply for Eligibility Certificate to the Medical Council of India, New Delhi on the prescribed application Form

2. Send the application form, as well as the original certificate/mark sheet from the qualifying examination (along with a photostat copy). The original certificate will be returned to the candidate after document verification, while the Council will keep the photostat copy.

3. The Application form should be accompanied by a Demand Draft issued in the name of the Secretary, Medical Council of India, New Delhi, for the amount stated by the council.

4. Within six months of submitting an online application, you can submit a copy of your documents to MCI in person or via speed post.


After following these simple steps, you can acquire your MCI eligibility certificate. Please note that the Medical Council of India does not allow candidates of a primary medical qualification to take the FMGE/Screening Test unless they have secured an Eligibility Certificate from the council.



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