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MRCPsych Paper A

MRCPsych Paper A

MRCPsych Paper A is a written paper on the scientific and theoretical basis of psychiatry. Paper A is a three-hour exam worth 150 marks with 150 questions.


Two-thirds multiple-choice questions (MCQ) and

One-third extended matching item questions (EMI).


  1. Behavioural Science and Sociocultural Psychiatry
  2. Human Development
  3. Basic Neurosciences
  4. Clinical Psychopharmacology
  5. Classification and Assessment in Psychiatry

Distribution of Areas

On Paper A, the percentage split/marks on a 150-mark exam is/would be:


Distributed Questions

Behavioural Science and Sociocultural Psychiatry

16.67% / 25

Human Development

16.67% / 25

Basic Neurosciences

25.00% / 37 or 38

Clinical Psychopharmacology

25.00% / 37 or 38

Classification and Assessment in Psychiatry

16.67% / 25

Paper A Part-I:

  1. Behavioural Science and Sociocultural Psychiatry
  2. Human Development
  3. Classification and Assessment in Psychiatry

Paper A Part-II:

  1. Basic Neurosciences
  2. Clinical Psychopharmacology

Multiple-Choice Questions

There is no negative marking in multiple-choice questions. 

MRCPsych Paper A Pass-Rate

316 candidates were successful at the MRCPsych Paper-A Examination held in June 2018. 663 candidates sat in the Examination. The overall Pass Rate is 47.7%. The Trainee Pass Rate is 56.6%

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