FCPS One Preparation

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General Guidelines
Passing Criteria
  • You have to pass both papers individually i.e. 75% in each paper.
  • There is no negative marking at any stage. There is a myth that for repeaters there is negative marking, it is not true.
  • There are no specific marks for each question. It depends on the difficulty level. Some questions might be of 0.5 marks and some might be of 2 marks etc.
Appearing in the exam
  • CPSP announces its annual schedule in which dates are mentioned.
  • The Schedule of each attempt is notified separately.
  • These are four attempts throughout a year usually February-March, April, September-October, and November.
  • You can appear maximum in three attempts.
General Points
Time Duration
  • 3-4 months: If you are doing the job or household work and you can manage to study 5 to 6 hours daily.
  • 2 months: If you are not doing any job and you can manage to study 8-10 hours daily.
General Preparation
  • Take a paper and start plotting your preparation timeline.
  • Choose a list of books which you are going to read. This selection should be according to your schedule, consistency level, mode of study and revision schemes. Doing theory and past questions is a must. Choose books for theory and past questions after consultation with your seniors. I will also mention books for each subject.
  • Usually, there are two strategies. Some students prepare the theory first and do past questions in the end. Some students prepare theory and past questions side by side. You can adopt it as per your choice.
  • Paper – I is the same for all specialties and paper – II is specialty-specific.
  • Books for preparation of paper – I should be selected according to the paper – II. I will explain it in each specialty.
  • Read the syllabus first. Some topics can be done from different books.

Speciality Wise Books

Anesthesia

You will need the following books

Anatomy:

  • Anatomy: Mini Snell (Complete) | A superficial Read
  • Kaplan Neuroanatomy Portion | Most Important

Physiology:

  • BRS Physiology / Kaplan Physiology (which one you like)

Pathology:

  • General Pathology chapters from BRS or Pathoma

Anesthesia:

  • Smiths (Chap: 1 to 7 and 14)
  • Morgans (Clinical Pharmacology Chapters)
  • Rali Notes (Past Papers)
  • Kaplan Pharmacology or Pharma given the end of each chapter of First Aid | Most Important
  • Ajay Yadav MCQs

Notes:

Past Questions:

Community Medicine

You will need the following books

Anatomy:

  • Anatomy: Mini Snell (Complete)
  • Kaplan Neuroanatomy Portion

Physiology:

  • BRS Physiology / Kaplan Physiology (which one you like)

Pathology:

  • General Pathology chapters from BRS or Pathoma

Community Medicine

  • Excel Community Medicine with MCQs given in the end.
  • High-Yield Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Public Health

Notes:

Past Questions

Dentistry

You will need the following books

Anatomy:

  • Anatomy: Mini Snell (Superficial study) | Main focus on Head and Neck from Big snell
  • Kaplan Neuroanatomy Portion | Superficial study

Physiology:

  • BRS Physiology / Kaplan Physiology (which one you like)

Pathology:

  • General Pathology chapters from BRS or Pathoma

Notes:

Dentistry:

Past Questions

ENT

You will need the following books

Anatomy:

  • Anatomy: Mini Snell except for Head and Neck Portion (Do it from Big snell)
  • Kaplan Neuroanatomy Portion

Physiology:

  • BRS Physiology / Kaplan Physiology (which one you like)

Pathology:

  • General Pathology chapters from BRS or Pathoma

ENT:

Notes:

Past Questions

Gynecology and Obstetrics:

You will need the following books

Anatomy:

  • Anatomy: Mini Snell except for abdomen and pelvis, do these chapters from Big Snell.
  • Kaplan Neuroanatomy Portion

Physiology:

  • BRS Physiology / Kaplan Physiology (which one you like)

Pathology:

  • General Pathology chapters from BRS or Pathoma

Gynae and Obs.

  • Cover the topics mentioned in CPSP official syllabus. Cover it from Ten Teachers or Arshad Chohan. (Don’t do extra topics).
  • Do Reproduction chapter and related endocrinology with concentration.
  • Most of the topics will be covered in Asim and Shoaib MCQs (Gynecology)

Notes:

  • USMLE First Aid
  • Embryo High Yield
  • Tanveer Notes
  • FCPS Pearls by Dr. Rafi
  • SK Pink might help. But if you are doing important topics from Ten teachers or Arshad Chohan, you don’t need to read an extra book.

Past Questions:

Medicine and Allied:

You will need the following books

Anatomy:

  • Anatomy: Mini Snell (Complete)
  • Kaplan Neuroanatomy Portion

Physiology:

  • BRS Physiology / Kaplan Physiology (which one you like)

Pathology:

  • General Pathology chapters from BRS or Pathoma

Notes:

Past Questions

Ophthalmology

You will need the following books

Anatomy:

  • Anatomy: Mini Snell except for Head and Neck Portion (Do it from Big snell)
  • Kaplan Neuroanatomy Portion

Physiology:

  • BRS Physiology / Kaplan Physiology (which one you like)

Pathology:

  • General Pathology chapters from BRS or Pathoma

Eye:

  • Osama Notes | Notes of John Ferris book
  • Clinical Anatomy of the Eye (Snell)
  • Ophthalmology by John Ferris or Frank Newel (For Physio and Pharma)
  • Important: Do important topics mentioned in CPSP syllabus from clinical anatomy of eye (snell) and Basic Sciences in Ophthalmology by John Ferris.

Notes:

Past Questions

Important Links:

Pathology

You will need the following books

Anatomy:

  • Anatomy: Mini Snell (Complete)
  • Kaplan Neuroanatomy Portion

Physiology:

  • BRS Physiology / Kaplan Physiology (which one you like)

Pathology:

  • General Pathology chapters from BRS or Pathoma
  • Special Pathology from BRS or Pathoma and First Aid
  • Hematology Portion from Goljan
  • Immunology from First Aid
  • Histology from First Aid and Fast Aid is enough.
  • Microbiology from First Aid and Fast Aid is enough.

Notes:

Past Questions

Psychiatry

You will need the following books

Anatomy:

  • Anatomy: Mini Snell (Complete) | Head and Neck Portion from Big Snell
  • Kaplan Neuroanatomy Portion | Important

Physiology:

  • BRS Physiology / Kaplan Physiology (which one you like) | Main emphasis on Neurophysiology

Pathology:

  • General Pathology chapters from BRS or Pathoma

Psychiatry:

  • Psychiatry chapter of First Aid
  • Neuroanatomy | Kaplan Anatomy
  • Neurophysiology | BRS Physio
  • Neuropharmacology | First Aid or Kaplan Pharmacology
  • Past Papers: Link of Past Papers

Notes:

Past Questions

Radiology:

You will need the following books

Anatomy:

  • Anatomy: Mini Snell (Complete). You may need big snell for some topics which are not covered in mini snell
  • Kaplan Neuroanatomy Portion

Physiology:

  • BRS Physiology / Kaplan Physiology (which one you like)

Pathology:

  • General Pathology chapters from BRS or Pathoma

Notes:

Past Questions:

Surgery and Allied:

You will need the following books

Anatomy:

  • Anatomy: Mini Snell (Complete). You may need big snell for some topics which are not covered in mini snell
  • Kaplan Neuroanatomy Portion

Physiology:

  • BRS Physiology / Kaplan Physiology (which one you like)

Pathology:

  • General Pathology chapters from BRS or Pathoma

Notes:

Past Questions:

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