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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.

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, since September 2018 Extended Matching Questions (EMQs) have been removed from the exam, and as such we have removed these from the Pastest resource. Find out more in our MRCS Part A Blog.

MRCS Part A Revision

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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.