Q.1 What is the eligibility criterion to apply for the examination?
The details of the all three categories of the eligibility criteria are given below.
- Certification of completion of a structured two years training course inclusive of experience in Family Medicine/General Practice and accredited by the South Asia Region MRCGP [INT] Board.
- Certification of completion of an accredited one year programme in Family Medicine with an additional two years clinical experience. This should consist of either two years in FM or a minimum of one year in FM with a further year in a speciality/-ies allied to Family Medicine/General Practice that are certified by the local accrediting organisation and approved by the regional MRCGP [INT] Board.
- Minimum of five years clinical experience of which a minimum of three years should be in Family Medicine/General Practice and the other years in speciality/-ies allied to Family Medicine/General Practice certified by the local accrediting organisation and approved by the regional MRCGP [INT] Board.
Q.2 What are the other sub-specialties accepted by the South Asia Board?
The acceptable sub-specialties for the remaining required clinical experience in eligibility criteria 2 & 3 include Internal medicine, Obs & Gynae, Paeds, Psychiatry, and Emergency Medicine. Up to six months of Surgery experience is also accepted.
Q.3 I have four years of clinical experience and one year house job / internship experience; Am I eligible to apply?
The internship experience is not counted in the required clinical experience duration so one another 1 year of clinical experience is required to apply under criteria 3.
Q.4 Tell me the dates of the Part I & OSCE examination in the current year, the fee structure and the registration dates.
Details of all examinations scheduled in the current year are available in examination calendar on the website. The registration opening dates and fee details are also available in the same document.
Q.5 How can I get the application form and where should I submit it?
Application form is published on the website on the registration opening date and can be downloaded. Form along with the required documents can be sent directly to the South Asia admin office in Karachi or to any of the regional offices (details of all the offices are available on the website).
Q.6 Does the South Asia Board offers exemption from any part of the exam on the basis of any qualification?
The MRCGP [INT] South Asia Board does not offer any exemption on any basis.
Q.7 I have cleared Part I exam from MRCGP [INT] UAE / (any other approved site), Can I apply for the South Asian Part II OSCE exam?
All parts of the examination are to be cleared from one accredited site.
Q.8 Please confirm the documents to be submitted along with the Part I application form.
An application guide is published on the website on the examination registration opening date and contains the details of all the documents to be attached with the application form.
Q.9 I have previously appeared / cleared Part I exam. Do I need to send all experience certificates again with the next part I or OSCE application.
Candidates already registered only need to send a filled and signed updated version of the application form, copy of any valid medical license, photograph and the bank draft. OSCE candidates must attach part I passing email.
Q.10 All queries regarding the International Membership of Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP).
All membership queries are dealt by the membership department at RCGP and queries should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
Q.11 I belong to a south Asian country but permanently based in the UK and would like to take the South Asia exam.
Candidates permanently based in the UK are not eligible to apply.
Q.12 I am interested to work as a GP in the UK in future; can I apply for the South Asian examination?
The qualification does not guarantee a working opportunity in the UK. Please visit the RCGP website www.rcgp.org for the required version of the MRCGP exam for working in UK.
Q.13 I am not satisfied with my result and would like my examination paper to be scrutinized again?
As per the rules and regulations of the South Asia Board, the result announced is final and the Board does not accept any request / appeal for rechecking of paper or the change of marks.
Q.14 Can I pay the fee online?
The fee can only be paid through a bank draft in favor of “MRCGP [INT] South Asia”.
Q.15 Can I apply online for the examination?
Currently online application facility is not available and the candidates are required to send duly filled and signed hard copy of the application form along with the required documents.
Q.16 Please suggest the reading material for the examination preparation.
See the preparation for exam guidelines on the website. Sample MCQs and model videos have been published on the website.
Q.17 Can I know my result on phone?
As per the policy, result is ONLY communicated through email on the candidates registered email ID.
Q.18 Is it mandatory to attend a preparatory course?
Attending preparatory is recommended by the South Asia Board but it is not mandatory.
Q. 19 I am interested in attending the OSCE orientation course run by the MRCGP [INT] South Asia Board. Please provide the details.
The MRCGP [INT] South Asia Board organize two OSCE orientation courses every year in July and December. Exact dates are published on the website. Usually the course venue is Abu Dhabi, UAE.
Q.20 For examination registration, Is it mandatory to get membership from any of the family medicine organization?
Membership of any family medicine organization is not mandatory for application.
Q. 21 I have a medical problem, Can special arrangements be made for me during the examination?
Based on the nature of the problem, some arrangements can be made (like giving some extra time to dyslexic patient) during the part I examination. Due to the nature of the OSCE examination such arrangements cannot be made.
Q. 22 What are the maximum number of attempts for the part I and part II exams?
There is no limit for the part I exam. On clearing part I exam, a maximum of three attempts are allowed for the part II OSCE exam and failing to which a candidate will have to re-sit part I exam.
Q. 23 I cleared part I exam three years back. Can I apply for the upcoming OSCE?
Both parts of the exam have to be cleared within 6 years of the receipt of the successful part I application.
Q. 24 I cleared the last AKT exam. Can I appear in the upcoming OSCE exam?
Success in part I exam makes a candidate eligible to apply for the next subsequent part II OSCE exam.
Q. 25 I cleared the last AKT exam but could not appear in the upcoming OSCE exam. Will it be counted as an attempt?
Only those attempts will be counted in which the candidate appeared and was unsuccessful.
Q. 26 I need a certificate mentioning that I have cleared part I written exam.
Part I result is only communicated through email and no certificate is issued in this regard.
Q. 27 I want my MRCGP [INT] degree to be verified. How can I do that?
RCGP has some understanding with British Council (BC) for verification of their degrees. Please contact the local BC office or RCGP directly.
Q. 28 Can you provide old AKT examination papers / OSCE cases for preparing for the exam?
Previous examination papers and sample OSCE stations are not provided. Please visit the website for sample MCQs and model video consultations.
Q. 29 Please confirm about the do’s and don’ts for the AKT / OSCE exam? What do I need to take with me?
Both part I & OSCE candidates must bring with them a printout of the email sent by the South Asia administration office and any photo identification document on the exam day. They will be briefed before the start of each exam. Stationery is provided to the part I candidates at the exam venue. OSCE candidates are required to bring a stethoscope with them.
Q. 30 Can the South Asia administration office help us in making the hotel reservation for the OSCE exam?
No assistance is offered by the administration office in accommodation reservation.
Q. 31 I sent my application for the upcoming exam through courier. Please confirm receipt.
Application receiving acknowledgement emails are sent after at least two weeks from the application submission deadline. However, candidates may confirm from the courier company through which they the application, the date of delivery and the name of receiving person.
Q. 32 I am based in KSA but can I take part I exam in Chennai?
A part I exam candidate can appear at any of the seven centres and need to mark preferred centre in the application form. OSCE exam is only held every year currently in March in Karachi, Pakistan and every October in Colombo, Sri Lanka.
Q. 33 I am a registered candidate for the upcoming exam but unable to attend it. What about my paid fee?
Application withdrawal deadlines are mentioned in the examination calendar. In case of withdrawal without any deduction, the candidate may either choose to credit the full fee towards the next subsequent exam and will be required to pay the difference of the fee in case it is revised. In case the candidate want the application and bank draft to be returned, he / she will have to send a prepaid courier envelope for it as the charges have to be borne by the candidate. Ineligible candidates are also required to send prepaid courier envelopes for returning the application and bank draft.
Q. 34 I am interested in working abroad. How the examination can help me?
The qualification provides working opportunities in UAE, KSA and other Middle East countries. The qualification is also recognized by the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP).
Q. 35 How can I apply for FRCGP?
Candidates with MRCGP [INT] qualification and also having good standing with RCGP for a period of at least five years become eligible to apply for FRCGP [INT] subject to fulfilling the conditions. Further information is available on the RCGP website.
Q.36 Is the exam qualification recognized by The Pakistan Medical & Dental Council?
The qualification is currently not recognized by PMDC.
Q. 37 Please send me the details of the Continuing Medical Education (CME) sessions / programmes.
The MRCGP [INT] South Asia Board from time to time organizes various CME programmes for the Family Physicians and in future the details will also be published on the website. Various Family Medicine organizations working in the member countries also organize CME programmes throughout the year and may be contacted directly for details.