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Discover your path to becoming a doctor with MBBS – the coveted Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery degree program! This five-year and six-month undergraduate medical course is the perfect blend of surgical procedures and medication recommendations for disease diagnosis. Are you ready to embark on this life-changing journey?

Take the first step by acing the NEET entrance exam, which serves as the gateway to the MBBS Admission 2023 program. This exam is conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA) and is the sole determinant of your admission to this prestigious course.

Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity! NEET is the only national-level entrance exam accepted by medical colleges in India for MBBS admissions. And with the NEET 2023 exam date announced for May 07, 2023, and registrations open since March 06, 2023, it’s time to put your best foot forward.

About the PLAB Exam: Assessing Practical Patient Care Skills

The PLAB Exam evaluates your ability to apply your medical knowledge in providing effective patient care. Rather than focusing on rote memorization, this exam emphasizes your capacity to utilize your knowledge in practical scenarios. The questions primarily revolve around current best practices and commonly available equipment in UK hospitals. Your answers should be based on published evidence rather than local customs or practices.

What is covered in the Exam?

The PLAB Exam encompasses the management of both chronic conditions commonly encountered in primary care settings and the common, significant, or urgent conditions typically seen in emergency departments. It is specifically designed for trainees entering the second year of the Foundation Programme (F2). However, it does not encompass the more intricate responsibilities associated with general practice (GP).

Requirements for the PLAB Exam

Listed below are the criteria that medical graduates must meet in order to be eligible for the test:

  1. Primary Qualifications: Candidates must have completed their primary qualifications from an institution listed in the World Health Organization Directory of Medical Schools. These qualifications must be accepted for limited registration.
  2. English Language Proficiency: Candidates should have taken the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) exam and achieved a minimum overall score of 7. Additionally, they must obtain a minimum score of 7.0 in each of the four language modules.
  3. Postgraduate Clinical Experience: Candidates are required to have a minimum of 12 months of postgraduate clinical experience at a teaching hospital.

Please note that meeting these requirements is necessary to be eligible for the PLAB Exam.

Important Dates and Deadlines

Learn about the important dates of the PLAB 1 Test to know about the deadlines.

Exam date Overseas closing date UK closing date
25 May 2023 13 April 2023 11 May 2023
10 August 2023 29 June 2023 27 July 2023
2 November 2023 21 September 2023 19 October 2023
15 February 2024 4 January 2024 1 February 2024

PLAB Exam Centres and Countries

The 1st Part of PLAB is conducted across various states in India namely:

  • Bangalore
  • Chennai
  • Hyderabad
  • Kolkata
  • Mumbai
  • New Delhi


Part 1 of the PLAB test can be conducted in:

  • India
  • Egypt
  • Bulgaria
  • Dubai
  • Nigeria
  • Pakistan

Note: Part 2 of the test has to be conducted only in UK, Manchester.

PLAB Examination Structure

Part 1: The PLAB examination consists of two parts. The first part, PLAB 1, is a multiple-choice question (MCQ) exam with 180 questions. Candidates are given 3 hours to complete this section.

Part 2: The second part, PLAB 2, involves an objective structured clinical examination (OSCE). It consists of 18 clinical stations, each lasting 18 minutes, with an additional 2 minutes for reading the instructions. This exam assesses the candidate’s competence at the level of a doctor in the Foundation Year 2 (F2) of the Foundation Programme.

Application Process for the PLAB Examination

To apply for the PLAB examination, candidates need to visit the General Medical Council (GMC) website. After submitting their application, they will receive a confirmation email from the GMC, which will include details such as their registration information, test location, venue, and starting time.

PLAB 1 is conducted twice a year in various cities in India, specifically on March 15th and November 15th. The registration deadline is usually 8 weeks before the exam date.

Candidates have the option to take PLAB 1 multiple times, with no restrictions. However, they can only attempt PLAB 2 up to four times. If a candidate fails their fourth attempt at PLAB 2, they will be required to retake PLAB 1 before attempting PLAB 2 again.

PLAB Examination Syllabus

The syllabus for both PLAB 1 and PLAB 2 primarily draws from the standard medical textbooks commonly used in British medical schools. As an additional resource, candidates can consult the GMC booklet titled ‘Advice to Candidates,’ which provides guidance specifically tailored for each part of the exam.

PLAB Exam Cost

Given below is the fee structure of the PLAB exam: 

Test  Fees in GBP Fees in INR
PLAB 1 239 24k
PLAB 2 875 89k

PLAB Exam Result

  • Result Declaration for PLAB 1: The outcome of PLAB 1 is typically announced four weeks after the test.
  • Result Declaration for PLAB 2: The outcome of PLAB 2 is typically announced two weeks after the test.

Availability of Results: The exact result dates are announced simultaneously with the test dates. Candidates can access their results on the official GMC website one day after they are dispatched by mail.

Result Validity: The PLAB exam result remains valid for a period of three years. Candidates must pass PLAB 2 within three years of passing PLAB 1.

Number of Attempts

Attempts Allowed: As the PLAB exam is highly competitive, candidates have a limited number of attempts for each part.

  • Part 1 Attempts: Candidates are permitted up to four attempts for PLAB 1.
  • Part 2 Attempts: Candidates can make up to four attempts for the part 2 OSCE, given that they pass the part 1 examination within the valid timeframe.

Note: Part 2 must be passed within two years of passing Part 1, with a maximum of four attempts. Failure to pass Part 2 within this timeframe or on the fourth attempt requires re-sitting both Part 1 and Part 2.

PLAB Exam after MBBS

Pursuing PG in the UK: Indian MBBS graduates can pursue postgraduate studies in the UK by taking the PLAB exam. This exam is a prerequisite for obtaining GMC registration, which is mandatory in the UK medical system. It evaluates eligibility for GMC registration but does not confer a degree. It only registers applicants with the GMC.

What's Next?

Application for Complete Registration: Upon successfully passing both PLAB tests, you can apply for complete registration with a practice license. Your application must be approved within two years of completing Part 2.

Practice Medicine in the UK: Once the GMC grants approval to your application, you are authorized to practice medicine in the UK.


The fee for PLAB 1 is INR 24,416 & for PLAB 2 is INR 89,426.

To be eligible for the PLAB 1 exam, you must have completed your final exams for the degree that awards you the qualification. You do not need to possess the physical diploma, but your exam results confirming the completion of your PMQ degree are required.

Many individuals find it challenging to complete all 180 questions within the 3-hour time limit. In 2019, approximately 64% of PLAB Part 1 takers passed the exam, while the pass rate for Part 2 was slightly higher at 66%. Effective time management is crucial to enhance your chances of passing the exam.

While comparing pass rates may suggest that USMLE exams are easier due to their higher pass rates compared to the PLAB exam, it is important to note that the Step 1 and 2 CK exams provide a numerical score that significantly impacts your competitiveness as a future applicant.

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