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 10/06/19)  

A) Tests taken 

Overall: December 2015 to 08 June 2019; 43 months; 70 Aptitude Tests; 2,290 female applicants; 649 male applicants; 2939 total applicants; 68 applicants on average took the Aptitude Test per calendar month, giving a yearly average of 816 applicants.

  • 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: January to 08 June: 12 Aptitude Tests with 561 applicants, giving an average per calendar month of 93 applicants.

B) Future Tests

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

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

385 applicants invited to one of eight future theory tests (15 June to 21 September): 1st attempt

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

C) Timetable

All future test dates are provisional.

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 21 September 2019, which will close on 05/07/19 or when the maximum number is reached, whichever is the sooner. At 10/06/19, there were 21 applicants for this test.

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Number Theory Practical Repeat Practical Test status at 11/06/19
82  11/01/20 

18/01/20

19/01/20 

To be confirmed Will open when previous test closes 
81  30/11/19 

07/12/19

08/12/19 

21/12/19 Will open when previous test closes 
80  02/11/19 

09/11/19

10/11/19 

30/11/19  Will open when previous test closes 
79  12/10/19 

19/10/19

20/10/19 

02/11/19 Will open when previous test closes 
78  21/09/19 

28/09/19

29/09/19 

12/10/19 Application open   
77  14/09/19 

21/09/19

22/09/19 

12/10/19 Application closed
76  24/08/19

31/08/19

01/09/19 

14/09/19  Application closed
75 17/08/19  24/08/19
25/08/19 
14/09/19 Application closed
74  10/08/19 

17/08/19

18/08/19 

29/08/19   Application closed 
73  20/07/19       

27/07/19

28/07/19 

10/08/19  Application closed
72  06/07/19     13/07/19
14/07/19 
10/08/19 Application closed
71  15/06/19  22/06/19
23/06/19 
06/07/19 Application closed
70 08/06/19 15/06/19
16/06/19
06/07/19  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 31 countries of training:

  • Australia
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Botswana
  • Brazil
  • Bulgaria
  • Canada
  • Cameroon
  • 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

Over the 42 months between December 2015 and May 2019, 2,885 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 69. 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%