General Medicine Part II Written

About MRCPI General Medicine Part II Written

The MRCPI General Medicine Part II Written exam consists of two papers, each containing 75 Single Best Answer questions about the diagnosis and management of patients.

The vignettes (clinical scenarios) in Part II questions are generally longer and more descriptive than in the Part I examination. Interpretation of investigation and quick data analysis are required. There are no basic science questions.

The exam lasts five hours in total; each paper is 2.5 hours long.  Currently there is a 90-minute break between papers (applicable for remote invigilation). 

There is no negative marking and each question is equally weighted so we advise you to attempt all questions.

You can find more information in the GM Regulations available below.

Recent Updates

GM Part II Written is now held online, via remote invigilation. Candidates may sit the exam anywhere in the world, provided they have a reliable internet connection.  Click here for more details https://www.rcpi.ie/examinations/remote-invigilation/.

Please note that the examination fees are currently under review. 

Entry requirements for Part II Written

You must have passed MRCPI General Medicine Part I or MRCPI Paediatrics Part I within the last six years. If this six-year period has expired, you must re-sit MCRPI Part I.

If you have one of the qualifications listed below, you are exempt from MRCPI General Medicine Part I, which means you can apply to the Part II Written exam now.

As part of the application process you will be asked to upload ATTESTED copies of your primary medical degree and your exemption qualification(s), ie. see below:

  • MRCP UK (full membership)
  • MRCPath
  • MRCPCH
  • FRACP
  • FRCP(C)
  • FCP(SA)
  • Arab Boards in General/Internal Medicine and Paediatrics
  • Saudi Boards in General/Internal Medicine and Paediatrics
  • Omani Specialty Boards in General Medicine and Paediatrics
  • Kuwait Boards of Medicine and Paediatrics
  • MRCPsych
  • FCPS in Medicine and Paediatrics (Pakistan)
  • The American Boards in General (Internal) Medicine and Paediatrics
  • MMed (Malaysia)

From January 2019 the maximum number of times a candidate can sit any Part of an MRCPI examination will be limited to six attempts.

This will mean that you have six attempts at each component of the MRCPI exams (i.e. 18 attempts in total across the three Parts).

Application fee

The fee to sit Part II Written is €710. The method of payment is credit or debit card, taken at the end of the online application process. 

* Fee changes : The fee for MRCPI examination has increased in line with the rising costs associated with delivering the exams, effective for all exams taken after 1 August 2022.  Modest fee increases are spread across the three exam components. From the 1 August the fee to sit the Part II Written will be €710 in Ireland and Overseas.

Don't forget, if you're in Ireland you can claim a refund under the HSE Clinical Course and Examination Refund Scheme. Click here for more information

Are you exempt from Part II Written?

If you hold FRACP you can apply for exemption from MRCPI General Medicine Part II Written.

How to prepare

It's important to prepare for MRCPI exams and not to underestimate how long it takes to get ready. Having an understanding of how each exam is formatted and how questions are constructed will help you prepare and develop good answering strategies. 

When you're preparing your study plan, make sure to refer to the curriculum for Basic Specialist Training in General Internal Medicine, as the MRCPI in General Medicine is based on this curriculum. It serves as a 'blueprint' for the exam.

You should also read the regulations document for this exam, also available below.

MRCPI GM Examinations Calendar 2021-2022

Updated 7 June 2022

This calendar includes opening/closing dates for all 2021/2022 examinations. TBC dates will be updated later in the year. The fee for MRCPI examination has increased in line with the rising costs associated with delivering the exams, effective for all exams taken after 1 August 2022. Modest fee increases are spread across the three exam components.

Curriculum for Basic Specialist Training in General Internal Medicine

MRCPI General Medicine examination regulations

This document contains more detailed information about the exam, the questions to expect, recheck procedure and appeals policy.

Examinations Calendar 2023

Please click the button below to visit the RCPI Examinations Calendar for 2023. This includes examination dates, application opening and closing dates and examination fees.

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The applications for MRCPI GM Part II Written examination on 20 October are now closed:

  • The results are circulated to the candidates within three weeks after the exam date.

The next GM Part II Written examination will take place on 30th March 2023. The opening date for applications is 14 December 2022 and the closing date for applications is 22 February 2023. The application link will appear on this website. For further information please see our Examinations Calendar above. Please note:

  • Verifications are usually completed up to two weeks after the closing date for applications and you will also receive further instructions in approximately 15 days before the exam date.
  • Although our exam provider has increased the capacity, we might need to prioritize if the number of applications exceeds the number of places.
  • GM Part II Written is held online, via remote invigilation. Candidates may sit the exam anywhere in the world, provided they have a reliable internet connection. Click here for more details: https://www.rcpi.ie/examinations/remote-invigilation/.

RCPI Policies

Please click HERE to get more information about the RCPI Exams Appeals, Recheck, Cancellation, and Reasonable Adjustments Policies. You can also refer to the GM Regulations document that is available above.

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