Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland Coláiste Ríoga na Máinleá in Éirinn

Applicant statistics and timetable

This section is updated following each Aptitude Test or when a new one opens

(Updated 18/03/19)  

A) Tests taken 

Over the 40 months between December 2015 and 02 March 2019, there has been 64 Aptitude Test with 2,621 applicants, 2,035 female and 586 male.

  • Summary 2015: One Aptitude Test with 22 applicants, giving an average per calendar month of 22 applicants
  • Summary 2016: 17 Aptitude Tests with 604 applicants, giving an average per calendar month of 50 applicants
  • Summary 2017: 20 Aptitude Tests with 888 applicants, giving an average per calendar month of 74 applicants.
  • Summary 2018: 20 Aptitude Tests with 864 applicants, giving an average per calendar month of 72 applicants
  • Summary 2019 to date: January to 02 March: 6 Aptitude Tests with 243 applicants

B) Future Tests

0 applicants invited to a future OSCE test: 1st attempt

48 applicants invited to a future OSCE test: 2nd/final attempt 

358 applicants invited to one of six future theory tests (24 March to 15 June): 1st attempt

1 applicant invited to a future theory test: 2nd/final attempt.

C) Timetable

When one Aptitude Test closes, the next one opens. An Aptitude Test typically opens approximately 3.5 months in advance to afford time to obtain all of the necessary documentation (AWS Letter of Approval; NMBI CRC; Entry Visa). The Aptitude Test currently open is for Saturday 15 June 2019, which will close on 08/04/19 or when the maximum number is reached, whichever is the sooner. It is expected that there will be one OSCE day the following weekend for those who pass the theory test.

Number Theory Practical Repeat Practical Test status at 06/03/19
72         
71  15/06/19  22/06/19 

To be confirmed 

Application open 
70 08/06/19 15/06/19

16/06/19

To be confirmed  Application closed
69  19/05/19 25/05/19
26/05/19
08/06/19

Application closed

68 12/05/19 18/05/19
19/05/19
08/06/19 Application closed
67 06/04/19  13/04/19
14/04/19
12/05/19 Application closed
66 30/03/19  06/04/19
07/04/19
17/04/19 Application closed
65 24/03/19 30/03/19
31/03/19
17/04/19 Application closed 
64 02/03/19  09/03/19
10/03/19
24/03/19 Test in progress
63 23/02/19 02/03/19
03/03/19
24/03/19  Test in progress
62  23/02/19 24/02/19 

10/03/19

Test in progress

Special requests

RCSI has, to date, not experienced any capacity or timing issues regarding the Aptitude Test and is delighted to note that all requests from employers, agents and applicants, for a specific test, have been met. Applicants are afforded the opportunity to postpone or prepone the test date if needed.

If you need to change your Aptitude Test date, click here.

D) Countries of Training

Applications have been received from the following 30 countries of training:

  • Australia
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Botswana
  • Brazil
  • Bulgaria
  • Canada
  • Croatia
  • Czech Rep
  • Gambia
  • Ghana
  • Hungary
  • India
  • Kenya
  • Malaysia
  • Mauritius
  • Myanmar
  • Nepal
  • New Zealand
  • Nigeria
  • Pakistan
  • Philippines
  • Poland
  • Romania
  • Saint Vincent and Grenadines
  • Slovenia
  • South Africa
  • Taiwan
  • UAE
  • USA
  • Zimbabwe

E) Results sent to the NMBI

Between December 2015 and 11 March 2019, 2,582 applicants completed the Aptitude Test and their results (pass or fail on 1st or 2nd attempt) were forwarded to the NMBI. The average number submitted per calendar month, was 64. An applicant is allowed two attempts at both parts of the Aptitude Test and the average outcome for the OSCEs is as follows:

  • First attempt: Pass 75%; Fail 25%
  • Second attempt: Pass 86%; Fail 14%