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How to study for PLAB Part 1: RxPG Guidelines

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PLAB Part 1


All our conclusions given here are based on our research and feedback received in Maulana Azad Medical College and RxPG.com.

RxPG suggests you to opt for its unique strategy based on 5’P’s. These are:

1. Plan

2. Pool

3. Prepare

4. Practise

5. Patience.

Now, these points in some detail are as follows.


A good plan is very important for your way to success. When you will start preparing for your PLAB exam, you will be more like an amateur in the world of PLAB professionals. By the time you will gain enough experience to play at a level field with them, time will deceive you. So here is where the advices of your seniors come in handy. Approach your seniors in the college, not only who came out with flying colours in the PLAB exam but also those who could not make it. Discuss in detail with the second or third attemptees. This is important as a successful student is usually not aware of the possible blunders anyone could make in their preparation. So do ask everybody about what not to do. Listen to everybody and make your own personalised plan. Do not follow anybody else plan blindly however successful it might have been for that person. This is because only you are the best judge of your shortcomings and plus points.


The next thing very important for your plan is to find a right kind of student or a pool of students as study partners. Remember if you study alone you are using only 10-20% of your brain faculties. But in a group study the process of gathering the information involves not only your eyes but ears, tongue and perhaps even hands sometimes! So you end up mobilising more of your brain in the same time span and this is very important as you have so little time on your hand. If you can’t find a study partner (like if you stay at home in your home­town), then visit http://www.rxpg.com. This page features message boards for PLAB exam.


This needs a lot of consistency and regularity on your part. Believe us, it is not easy. So always have this thing playing in the back of your mind that you have to be regular. Study religiously every day for 5-8 hours. Set some punishments (like studying for more hours next day or mugging that impossible table from OHCM) for yourself if you cannot realise your targets. Set daily goals and allow a little flexibility in your goals and plan. Nothing can go strictly as per schedule, so even if you cannot make it for a few days, does not mean that you should drop the whole plan. Stick to it and see the result yourself. For PLAB, the optimum duration to revise whole syllabi once is 1 month.


Research showed that attempting mock tests is the best tool to practise for PLAB. Attempting mock tests fine tune your abilities to manage time, work out mistakes, minimising blunders, blunting the anxiety and stress and “gives you a feel” of the real exam. One cannot understand the difference until and unless one gives a mock test. Try these yourself online at


The next most important thing is practise phase is to iron out your mistakes. Attempt tests, analyse your performances, spot the weaknesses, iron them out and then attempt more tests. Remember no one is perfect, but near perfection can be reached only by practise.

Note: You will need to revise selectively and not the whole course again. PLAB EMQs are from a very narrow pool of questions. So instead of wasting time on revising the whole syllabi, do PLAB questions in a retrograde way (like in this book).


This is the biggest virtue. Remember you will get everything only if you are through will all other ‘Ps’ and that need loads of patience. Don't be impatient to earn money (so do not do house jobs/residency because even if you get selected while doing them, you would have got a better seat had you opted for not doing it) or to start enjoying the role of a doctor. You are still a student and you are giving these exams as you want to remain as a student for next two/three years. Remember these lines by “Frost” to just keep yourself going:

“The woods are lovely, dark and deep,

But I have promises to keep

and miles to go, before I sleep.”

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