The General Medical Council (GMC) registration process is comprised of many parts. This can make it seem daunting to overseas doctors in India who want to work as doctors in the UK. At doc2uk, we specialize in guiding Indian doctors in achieving this through the PLAB and Royal College Examination routes, so that they’re ready to work in the NHS as quickly as possible. Before starting the GMC registration process, overseas doctors who wish to work in the UK must achieve the necessary International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores.



GMC registration: Membership and PLAB routes 

Depending on the nature of your professional medical qualifications, you may be able to apply for full GMC registration with a license to practice straight away or you may need to sit exams that show you have the necessary skills and knowledge needed to work as a doctor in the UK.


1. British Royal College membership (or recognized equivalents)

This is the faster and cheaper route to obtaining GMC registration but only applies to those who have undertaken an acceptable postgraduate qualification either in the UK or overseas.

Indian doctors wishing to work in the NHS must gain full registration with a license to practice within three years of passing their postgraduate qualification or it will not be accepted by the GMC.


2. Professional and Linguistic Assessments Board (PLAB) test

Indian medical professionals wishing to work as a UK doctor who cannot satisfy the requirements of the membership route must undertake the two-part Professional and Linguistic Assessments Board (PLAB) test.

This enables international medical graduates (IMGs) to show that they have the skills and knowledge required to practice medicine in the UK. This route might be longer and is expensive but a pass in the second part of the test is valid for three years, allowing Indian IMGs plenty of time to find work in the NHS.


About PLAB Parts 1 and 2

·      Part 1 consists of an exam comprised of 200 questions and can be taken at any of these Indian cities: Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai or New Delhi.

·      Part 2 is an Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE). Candidates move around various clinical scenarios or ‘stations’ demonstrating their ability to examine a patient, take a history and give a diagnosis, communicate effectively to a patient or to carry out a practical procedure. This assessment must be taken at the GMC’s Clinical Assessment Centre in Manchester, UK.


GMC registration: other requirements

The GMC will also ask for a number of documents as part of the registration process, including evidence of an acceptable primary medical qualification (PMQ), your registration and licensing history, certificates of good standing and so on.

Please visit the GMC website for a full list of the documents you’ll need to gather before you apply for registration.


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GMC registration: how much does it cost?


GMC registration is not cheap but is a worthwhile investment for a lucrative career as a doctor in the UK.

·      For the GMC registration process itself, you should budget around INR 36,640 (425GBP).

·      If you need to take the PLAB test, you should budget around INR 92,274 (1,070GBP)  for both parts. Remember, you will also need to travel to Manchester, UK to sit the second part of the PLAB exam.


At doc2uk, we understand the GMC registration process better. We can guide you through the process in a quick and efficient manner. Perhaps, we can even help you to book affordable accommodation in Manchester when you arrive in the UK for your PLAB test.