This article will cast light on the rules and regulations for the screening test.
An Indian Citizen possessing a primary medical qualification from any medical institution outside India and wants to obtain permanent/provisional registration with the Medical Council of India or any State Medical Council will have to qualify the screening test conducted by the prescribed authority.
1. The screening test is conducted with the purpose to determine the eligibility of the candidate for his/her registration with the various Councils and qualifying the test will not confer any other right to the candidate.
2. The updates on the Scheme and Syllabus of the Screening Test shall be announced by the Medical Council of India from time to time.
3. The Screening Test will be conducted twice in a year as per the Schedule of examination announced by the conducting authority.
4. The Screening test would comprise of 2 MCQs based papers in Pre-Clinical, Para-Clinical and Clinical Medicine and its allied subjects. The medium of test would be English and the duration of test will be 150 minutes for each part.
5. A candidate will be considered as passed only if he/she obtains a minimum of 50% marks in each paper separately. Candidates belonging to all categories will have to obtain the minimum qualifying cut off.
6. There is no restriction on the number of times candidates can appear for the test.
7. The result of the screening test would be announced by the Prescribed Authority to the candidates and the State Medical Councils.
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The qualifying candidates shall have to apply to concerned Council for provisional/permanent registration along with the requisite registration fee.
- The candidate must possess a primary medical qualification awarded by an institution listed in the list published buy the WHO or which is considered by the Indian Embassy to be a recognised qualification for enrolment as medical practitioner in the country in which the Institution awarding the qualification is located
- The candidate must possess an ‘Eligibility Certificate’ from the Medical Council of India in accordance with the eligibility requirements for taking admission in UG medical courses in foreign medical institution regulations 2002.
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As per the regulations:
- ‘Act’ implies the Indian Medical Council Act, 1956
- ‘Council’ implies the Medical Council of India framed under Section 3 of the act
- ‘Permanent Registration’ implies registration for enrolment on any State Medical Register or Indian Medical Register after obtaining the essential qualification and practical training as prescribed either in India or abroad as per the provisions of the Act
- ‘Prescribed’ implies dictated by regulations made under this Act
- ‘Prescribed Authority’ implies a Medical Institution which has been authorised by the Central Government to conduct screening test
- ‘Primary Medical Qualification’ implies a medical qualification which is awarded by a medical institution outside India and considered as a recognized qualification for enrolment as a medical practitioner and is equivalent to MBBS in India
- ‘Provisional Registration’ implies a provisional registration awarded by State Medical Council or Indian Medical Council for the purpose of obtaining practical training in India by an Indian Citizen possessing a primary medical qualification but has not obtained practical training after obtaining that qualification.
- ‘Qualifying Examination’ implies the examination which must be qualified in order to become eligible for admission to MBBS Course in India.
- ‘Registration’ implies either ‘provisional’ or ‘permanent’ registration
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The Council shall issue the provisional registration to such candidates who are yet to undergo one-year internship.
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