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List of USMLE Exam Centers in India

Updated on 12 July, 2024

Urvi AgrawalGautam Kumar

Urvi, Gautam

Planning to take the USMLE exams in India? If yes, then this guide has got you covered. USMLE is a popular exam for Indian students seeking medical education abroad. 

But, before proceeding with the exam, you must ensure that you fulfill the eligibility criteria, such as graduating from a globally recognized medical school. After this, apply online through the ECFMG (Education Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates). 

Once registered, you’ll receive a scheduling permit to select your preferred USMLE exam center. You have the option to select a convenient venue from prominent cities such as Delhi, Mumbai, and Chennai. Let’s explore all the available USMLE exam centers in India.

What is USMLE?

The United States Medical Licensing Examination, or USMLE, is an examination that people must pass to practice medicine in the United States. MBBS students in India can also take USMLE. They are eligible to appear for USMLE step 1 after successfully completing their second year.

The examination consists of three steps, each complementing the other. The exams aim to thoroughly assess the medical practitioner’s skills, the basic science of medicine, understanding and ability to apply medical knowledge and skills.

Thousands of international medical graduates take this exam every year. 

The exam is sponsored by the regulatory bodies of the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) and the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME). The examination committee of USMLE includes professors in the field of medicine, clinicians, and several public members. They volunteer to create, review, and update the examination question papers and related materials.

Also Read:- How to Study Medicine in USA

How to Register for USMLE Exam

Candidates applying for the USMLE exam must meet all eligibility requirements before registration. One of the most important criteria for Indian students is that they must be a graduate or a student of a medical school that is listed in the World Directory of Medical Schools.

In the first and second steps, students registering for the exam can apply through NBME or ECFMG (Education Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates). All candidates who pass through steps one and two can then register through the FSMB (Federation of State Medical Boards).

List of USMLE Exam Centers in India (For STEP 1 & STEP 2)

Once the registration is complete, the candidate will receive a scheduling permit through which they can schedule their test date. Make sure to update the location to get a preferred exam center. USMLE test centers are located in different parts of the world.

While steps one and two are conducted at Prometric test centers worldwide, step three is conducted only in the United States.

Visit the Prometric website to reschedule an exam, take practice tests, or find a location nearest to you. Applicants from India can also check the website to find USMLE exam centers in India.

It should be mentioned here that the test center is subject to change without prior notice under certain circumstances.

Let’s get into the details of USMLE Prometric test centers in India.

Exam Centre Region
Prometric Testing Pvt. Ltd., No. 15/7, 2nd Floor, Jagannathan Road, Nungambakkam, Chennai 600 034 Chennai
Prometric Testing Pvt. Ltd., Avenue 1, Street 20, Plot 1672, Road 12, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad 500 034 Hyderabad
Prometric Testing Pvt. Ltd., 301-302 Abhijeet II, Mitha Khali Six Roads, Ellis Bridge, Ahmedabad 380 006 Ahmedabad
Prometric Testing Pvt. Ltd., Maini Sadan, First floor, No. 38, Lavelle Road, 7th Cross Rd, Bangalore 560 001 Bangalore
Prometric Testing Pvt. Ltd., Flat 1/C Sukh Sagar Building, 2/5 Sarat Bose Rd, Kolkata 7000 020 Kolkata
Institute of Psychological and Educational Measurement, 119, 25-A, Mahatma Gandhi Marg, Civil Lines, Allahabad 211 001 Allahabad

Marwa House, Saki Vihar Road, Sakinaka, Andheri (E), Mumbai 400 072

United States Education Foundation in India, 4-New Marine Lines, Mumbai 400 020

Prometric Testing Pvt. Ltd., 2nd Floor, DLF Infinity Tower A, Gurgaon 122 002 New Delhi
Other USMLE Reads:-
USMLE Syllabus USMLE Preparation USMLE Step 1


Now, you’ve taken a crucial step towards practicing medicine in the US by familiarizing yourself with USMLE exam centers in India. With this knowledge, you can confidently schedule your exam at a location that best suits you.

Remember to explore additional resources like practice tests to optimize your USMLE preparation. With dedication and the right tools, you will be on your way to achieving US medical licensure and fulfilling your dream of practicing medicine in the US.


Can I change my USMLE center in India?

Applicants can schedule and reschedule their exam on the Prometric website for free 46 days before the exam date. If you change your exam date at a short notice, you will be charged a fee.

ECFMG and FSMB have different processes regarding the change of the exam center. Check the website for updated information before requesting a change.

How to prepare for USMLE?

Practice materials and self-assessments are available online to help applicants prepare for USMLE. Furthermore, the USMLE website has a section called ‘Prepare for Your Exam,’ which offers resources related to the exam without any charge. Check the USMLE website for sample multiple-choice test questions step.

Free learning resources are also available on the NBME website.

What is the surcharge for USMLE test centers for international students?

In addition to the examination fee, USMLE applicants choosing testing regions outside the United States and Canada have to pay a surcharge of $195 for the first step and $220 for the second step. This applies to students applying through the ECFMG channel.

What are the general requirements for applying to USMLE?

Applicants not enrolled in a US or Canada medical school need to be a medical student officially enrolled in or a graduate of a medical school listed in the World Directory of Medical Schools. They must also meet the ECFMG eligibility requirements for steps one and two.

For step three, applicants need to secure the passing scores on step one and step two CK.

What is the cost of the USMLE exam in India?

The total cost varies depending on the exchange rate but consists of the following: ECFMG certification fee: $160 (₹13,338), Step 1 fee $1,000 (₹83,364), Step 2 Clinical Knowledge fee $1,000 (₹83,364) and Step 3 fee of $925 (₹77,112).

There may be additional costs for score reports or other services (optional). For the most accurate estimate, use the ECFMG fee calculator.

When can I apply for USMLE step 1 in India?

Applications for USMLE Step 1 are accepted year-round. However, ensure testing spots are available at your preferred center and plan ahead considering processing times. Most students appear for USMLE Step 1 at the end of their second year of medical training. 

How many Indians apply for USMLE every year?

Unfortunately, there is no publicly available data on the exact number of Indian applicants for the USMLE each year from official government websites. The Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) publishes annual reports but doesn’t break down applicant data by nationality.

What is the success rate of USMLE for Indian students?

Specific pass rates for Indian students are not available. However, the FSMB provides comprehensive data on USMLE pass rates categorized by Step and first-time vs. all attempts. In USMLE Step 1, first-time test takers who are International medical graduates (IMGs) have a pass rate of 66%  and 69% in Step 2.

Urvi Agrawal

Urvi has 3 years of experience as a content writer and marketer. Over years, she has established herself as a study-abroad expert and is adept at crafting compelling and engaging content for students. Self-driven and passionate professional, she likes writing poetry and has authored a poetry book ‘Thoughts of a Wallflower’.

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