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USMLE Step 1 Course Details and Benefits of USMLE Exam


USMLE Step 1 Exam

United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) is a three-step exam for medical licensure in the United States and is sponsored by the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) and the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME).
USMLE measures a physician's ability to apply knowledge, concepts and principles. USMLE helps the medical students in demonstrating the fundamental patient-centered skills, which are important in health and diseases. It constitutes the basis of safe and effective patient care.

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USMLE Step 1

The Step 1 is the first in the series of the USMLE. The Step 1 directly assesses the basic science knowledge of medical students or graduates and its applications in clinical situations.
The content areas tested for Step 1 are Anatomy, Physiology, Biochemistry, Microbiology and Immunology, Pathology, Pharamacology, Behavioural Sciences and a few interdisciplinary topics such as nutrition, molecular & cell biology are also tested.
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If you are an MBBS student and wish to settle in the USA in future, USMLE is the only option for you to get certified and start medical practice.

  • You can earn way more than what you would do in India. During residency the doctors are paid an average salary of USD 50,000 per year. On completion of residency the average salary of a doctor in USA is USD 1,80,000 per year.
  • USMLE not only gives you exposure of less stressed work system in the USA but also broad knowledge of working in a different standard.
  • The application process in the USA is very transparent and organized.
  • After clearing USMLE Step 1, Step 2CK , Step 2CS , candidates are eligible for applying for matching process to qualify for Residency programs in the USA
  • After completing your residency and clearing your Step 3 exam, you can practice or work as doctor in USA. Also you can apply for licensure in the UAE, Qatar, New Zealand as well.
  • On completion of USMLE and Residency, successful candidates can apply for fellowships in the USA


You need to be under one of these three categories to be eligible for the Step 1 examination

  • The minimum elgibility requirement to sit for the step 1 exam is completion of basic sciences (i.e. must have passed 1st and 2nd yr of medical school).
  • The candidate’s medical school must be listed on the World Directory of Medical Schools (WDMOS) and recognized by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG).
  • A medical student officially enrolled in, or a graduate of, a US or Canadian medical school program leading to the MD degree that is accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME)
  • A medical student officially enrolled in, or a graduate of, a medical school outside the United States and Canada and eligible for examination by the ECFMG – Indian MBBS students after completion their 2nd year
  • A medical student officially enrolled in, or a graduate of, a US medical school leading to the DO degree that is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA)

Exam Pattern for USMLE Step 1

The Step 1 exam contains approximately 280 multiple choice questions (MCQs). The exam is divided into 7 blocks of 60 minutes each and administered over a time span of 8 hours. Single best answers are the only format of questions that appear on the USMLE Step 1 exam.

No of question Question type Subject Min Passing Score Time
280*(Divided into 7 blocks of 44 items in each) MCQ MBBS 1st year and 2nd year 192* 60 min for each block (8 hours exam with 45 min break)

  • The USMLE scores are only reported on the three-digit scale. The minimum passing score on the Step 1 is 192
  • The exams are conducted by appointments all year round at Prometric Testing Centers in the US and outside US
  • During the defined time candidates have to complete the whole items of each block
  • You may answer the items in any order
  • You can review your responses, and change answers also
  • If you take Step 1 and receive a passing score, you cannot retake the examination to improve your score. However if you fail in the exam USMLE program limits to six the total number of times an examinee can take the same Step or Step Component.
  • You cannot take the same examination more than three times within a 12-month period. Your fourth and subsequent attempts must be at least 12 months after your first attempt at that exam and at least six months after your most recent attempt at that exam.
  • Indian MBBS doctors have to apply for ECFMG Certification, so they have to pass all the USMLE Steps and Step Components within a 7 year period. If you do not pass all Steps and Step Components required for ECFMG Certification within a maximum of seven years, your earliest USMLE passing performance will no longer be valid for ECFMG Certification

Note: * These numbers vary every year. This is just an approximation based on historical data.


The purpose of the Step 1 exam is to assess whether you understand and can apply the basic sciences to the practice of medicine, with a focus on principles and mechanisms of health, disease, and therapeutic interventions in medicine.It includes all Science subjects of MBBS 1st and 2nd year. The subjects are as follows:

  • Anatomy
  • Neurology
  • Behavioral Science
  • Biochemistry
  • Genetics
  • Physiology
  • Microbiology
  • Immunology
  • Pharmacology
  • Pathology

Most of the questions examine your knowledge of basic facts and definitions. Major part of the questions deal with your ability to solve problems using basic scientific principles.


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Access to 6 months of Becker's QMD

Becker's Step 1 Question Bank for USMLE Features:
  • Integrated high-yield questions covering all USMLE tested subjects
  • Top quality content written and reviewed by MDs and PhDs with decades of experience in USMLE prep
  • Frequent updates and new question additions that match the format of the current USMLE,so you can approach the exam with confidence
  • Thorough explanation so you fully understand the whys behind the answers - and the reasons why other responses are incorrect
  • Build-in guidance and results tracking, so you can monitor your progress and focus your study time where you need it the most
  • Integration with Becker's existing curriculum, so you can easily refer to other study materials for additional reviews

USMLE Registration

Indian MBBS doctors who are interested in USMLE course have to register with ECFMG. To apply for USMLE examinations, you must submit an application through the appropriate registration entity to the following link:

ECFMG Online Services
ECFMG Fees Details

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  • Online LVC: 245Hrs of Live lectures by Becker's Expert Faculty in Delhi, Bangalore, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad and Mangalore
  • Integrated Classes: 30Hrs of Integrated cases with Dr Lionel Raymon
  • Becker's GuideMD: 6 Months access Interactive series of 200 hrs videos for self-directed learning and preparation
  • Becker’s hard copy of updated textbooks featuring comprehensive curriculum.
  • Becker's QMD: 2000 questions providing content rich practice questions for exam readiness


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