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PLAB Exam: Application, Dates, Syllabus and Results

About PLAB Exam

PLAB Exam tests your capacity to use your knowledge to provide patient care will be evaluated in the exam. It doesn’t assess your capacity to recall and recite information. Questions concern current UK best practices and equipment that is frequently on hand in UK hospitals. You must respond to the questions based on published evidence, not on the customs in your area.

What does the exam cover?

The exam includes the management of long-term conditions observed in primary care as well as the common, important, or acute conditions (those common in emergency departments) faced by trainees entering the second year of the Foundation Programme (F2). It does not include a general practitioner’s more complex responsibilities (GP).

PLAB Exam Requirements

Given below are the eligibility criteria for the medical graduates appearing for the test: 

  • The candidates’ primary qualifications must be accepted for limited registration by an institution listed in the World Health Organisation Directory of Medical Schools.

  • The candidates should have appeared for IELTS and secured a minimum score of 7 overall and a minimum of 7.0 for all of the four language modules.

  • Additionally, the candidates should complete a minimum of 12 months of postgraduate clinical experience at a teaching hospital.

Important Dates and Deadlines

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

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

PLAB Exam Pattern

The PLAB test consists of 2 parts :

  1. PLAB 1 – This exam is conducted in MCQ format consisting of 180 questions that have to be solved in 3 hours. 

  2. PLAB 2 – this part comprises an objective structured clinical examination (OSCE) which consists of 18 clinical stations. Each station is 18 minutes long with 2 minutes of reading time. The exam is set at the level of competence of a doctor at the start of Foundation Year 2 (F2) in the Foundation Programme.

PLAB Exam Application Process

The PLAB test can also be applied to the GMA website. After the candidate applies for the test, you will receive a confirmation mail from the GMC website confirming their registration. The email will also include his/her registration, place, venue and the starting time of the test. PLAB 1 is held in numerous cities in India, twice a year (on 15th March and 15th November). The deadline for the exam is usually 8 weeks before the registration. 

Candidates are allowed to appear for PLAB 1 as many times as they like but can only appear for PLAB 2 four times. On failing the 4th attempt of PLAB 2, the candidate will have to appear for PLAB 1 again.

PLAB Exam Syllabus

The syllabus for PLAB 1 and PLAB 2 is usually based on the standard medical textbooks used in UK medical schools. Students can also refer to the GMC booklet ‘Advice to Candidates’. There are separate booklets for Part 1 and Part 2.

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PLAB Exam Cost

PLAB Exam Result 

  • Part 1 i.e. PLAB 1 is usually declared 4 weeks after appearing for the test.

  • Part 2 i.e. PLAB 2 is usually declared 2 weeks after appearing for the test.

The exact dates of the result will be announced at the same time as the dates for the test are released. Candidates can find the result on the official GMC website the day after it is sent out by post. The result is valid only for a period of 3 years and the candidate should have Part 2 within three years of passing Part 1.

Number of Attempts

  • Being a competitive exam among students, there are a specified number of attempts that students can take for each part of the PLAB exam. 

  • Students are allowed to take four attempts at part 1.

  • A candidate may have four attempts at the part 2 OSCE, provided their pass in the part 1 examination is within the validity period.


Please note: You must pass part 2 within 2 years of the date you passed part 1, and you are allowed a maximum of four attempts. If you do not pass Part 2 within two years of passing Part 1 or fail on your fourth attempt, you will have to re-sit Part 1 and Part 2.

PLAB Exam After MBBS

  • Applicants can pursue PG in the UK after MBBS in India with the PLAB exam. It is a prerequisite for obtaining GMC registration which is mandatory in the UK Medical system. It is a certification exam to test your eligibility for GMC (General Medical Council) registration. It does not grant a degree. It only register’s applicants with GMC.

What Next?

  • You can apply for a complete registration with a practice license after passing both of your PLAB tests. After completing part 2 of the test, your application must be granted within two years. After the GMC has granted approval to your application, you may practice medicine in the UK.

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