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About the MRCS Part A exam

What is the MRCS Part A?

The Member of the Royal College of Surgeons (MRCS) Part A is the first of two intercollegiate MRCS exams run by Colleges of Surgeons in Great Britain and Ireland. Earning a Diploma of Membership of the Royal College of Surgeons proves a candidates enhanced capabilities and clinical competence.

The Multi-Specialty Recruitment Assessment (MSRA) has recently been introduced to shortlist CST applicants.

For ST3, MRCS (Part A & B) must be completed by the time of offers.

Learn more about the MSRA exam here

MRCS Part A Exam Format

The MRCS Part A exam is 5 hours long and consists of two papers, both taken on the same day. Paper 1 (applied basic sciences) consists of 180 Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) and lasts for 3 hours. Paper 2 (principles of surgery in general) consists of 120 MCQs and lasts for 2 hours.

The full MRCS syllabus for both MRCS exams can be found on the Royal College of Surgeons website.

Please note, in September 2018 Extended Matching Questions (EMQs) were removed from the exam, and as such we removed these from the Pastest resource. Find out more about the exam format in our MRCS Part A Blog.

MRCS Part A Revision

In order to effectively undertake MRCS Part A revision we recommend practicing high quality MRCS Part A questions. Our resource contains over 4300 exam-style questions covering all the specialties found in the MRCS Part A syllabus.

To further enhance your MRCS Part A exam preparation, our resource also contains past papers, mock exams, videos and TeachMeAnatomy images. In addition, our MRCS question bank is also available offline using our cutting-edge MRCS Part A app.

MRCS Part A Exam Sittings

In the UK and Ireland, there are three exam sittings or 'diets'. Exam dates vary between the UK and Ireland exams, and International exams. For a full list of MRCS Part A dates visit the Royal College of Surgeons website.