About PLAB 1

PLAB 1 only tests your clinical knowledge and not your basic science.


To Qualify for PLAB 1:

You only need two things to qualify for PLAB 1:

  1. You need to be a medical graduate.
  2. And you need IELTS Academic or IELTS UKVI Academic with 7.0 in each of the four areas and an overall score of 7.5


House Job:

House Job is not a prerequisite at any stage of your journey to the UK. But it’s best to not skip your house job for the following two reasons.

  1. It will give you an employment or employment history, which is very important for your PLAB 2 visa.
  2. If you have not done your House Job, then you can only enter through the Foundation Year 1 route. And it’s not impossible, but very difficult to enter through this route.


PLAB 1 Fee:



Format of PLAB 1:

PLAB 1 consists of 200 questions that have to be answered in 3 hours.


Passing Score:

Passing score is generally around 120-130 out of 200.


Scores Don’t Matter:

As long as you’ve passed the exam, scores don’t matter. So someone with 199 out of 200 and someone with 131 out of 200 are completely equal when they go for PLAB 2 or for jobs.


PLAB 1 Schedule:

March UK &   Overseas
June UK
September UK
November UK &   Overseas


PLAB 1 UK Venue:

In the UK, the exam is only held in London.


PLAB 1 Overseas Venue:

It is held in the following overseas locations:

Bangladesh Dhaka
Egypt Cairo
India Bengalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai, New Delhi
Nigeria Lagos
Pakistan Islamabad, Karachi
Saudi Arabia Riyadh
South Africa Johannesburg
Sri Lanka Colomba
Sudan Khartoum
UAE Dubai


When to Book the Exam:

Places are usually open to book about 10 months before the date of the examination. The UK examinations close a week before the examination date and the overseas examinations, four weeks before the examination date.


How Much You Need to Study for PLAB 1:

You can pass this exam by only going through 3,000 questions twice before the exam. Having gone through the notes is helpful, but not vital.


Time Required for Preparation:

6-12 weeks is the ideal time for PLAB 1 preparation. However, even if you have 4 weeks, you’ll pass this exam, with dedication and hard work.


Joining an Academy:

A lot of people prefer joining an academy for PLAB 1. They provide you with notes, questions banks and mocks. However, there’s no need to join an academy as you can find all of this study material online on PLAB’s Facebook page.


Some Encouragement:

I know people who have passed PLAB 1 just by doing 1700 questions and questions on Facebook. I also know people who passed just by doing the 7 mocks (1400 questions). I know people who passed just by studying for a month. And these people were not distinction holders or class toppers. They were average students who worked hard. And if they can do it, then so can you.

39 thoughts on “About PLAB 1”

  1. Hello Nasser bhai, I want give plab 1 in manchester in June 27th dates. My ielts result will cum only on 28th April. Will that be enuf time to get spot in plab for manchester? also wht visa to go on for plab 1? I am from iraq.


  2. Thanks for the information! But I would like to learn about Foundation Year 1 route. How can I enter through it? Do I need to pass any exam before starting FY1? And whether PLAB1 or 2 is needed before that? I couldn’t find info about it. Thanks in advance!


    1. I am sorry. I do not know much about this route. 😦 I do know that doing your internship/house job back home makes the journey easier, as you can skip F1 then.

      And yes, you have to pass some exam(s) before starting F1. But there’s not much information out there regarding this.


  3. thanks for informative post. plz tell me about if there is any opportunities after having MPH from Bangladesh in UK. if any, plz inform about the process.
    thanks in advance..


  4. Can I give Plab1 before I graduate? I am currently doing my internship in India. I will get my graduation certificate next yr, ie after my internship. Can I give plab1 now?


      1. Ok thank you 🙂

        One more question..
        I will get my passing certificate now. (Not graduation )
        Won’t that work too?


  5. Hi Naseer, what if the venue of the exam is not in my country, should I take it in the UK ? and which kind of visa should I go for this Plab 1 exam?


  6. sir, I am Bangladeshi and completed my mbbs and internship from China.My university is enlisted in WHO directory…and I have a provisional registration certificate and degree from my chinese medical school..and the curriculum was in English.
    1/do I need to give Bangladesh license exam or Chinese license exam to become eligible for plab?
    2/is it true,to get full registration in gmc I need license exam certificate from the medical council I studied?
    3/what documents I need to apply for plab exam and gmc registration?
    4/do I need to submit my academic transcript with clock hours?


      1. sir,as I mentioned before I am bangladeshi,completed mbbs and internship from china,but I didn’t get registered in china,so I wont get the CGS from china medical council.i already read the CGS link.
        1/is this going to be a problem to get full registration with gmc?
        2/if I do the internship again in my home country and receive the CGS from BMDC,are they going to ask for CGS from china also?
        3/i have to choose fy1 route without CGS,is this a good idea?
        4/in your CGS link,you mentioned “CGS is required from the medical authority in any countries where you have held registration during the last 5 years”,is last 5 years refer to full mbbs course,internship or work experience after internship?
        THANK YOU.


      2. 1. No. You only need CGS from councils where you have been registered in the last 5 years. And you will need to complete your internship from Bangladesh or China (you will then also need CGS from that country).

        2. No.

        3. No, because FY1 is difficult to enter into.

        4. It includes the last five years. You should keep in mind that duing MBBS we are not registered to practice medicine with the local council, so you will not need CGS for being a medical student.


  7. What is the minimum time gap between IELTS and PLAB 1 ? I meant if i want to register for PLAB 1 then do i need to complete IELTS minimum two months prior to PLAB 1 ?


    1. There is no minimum gap. However, PLAB 1 seats are booked in advance. So you need to keep this in mind. Please check official websites to confirm the dates.

      I took IELTS in July 2014 and PLAB 1 in November 2014.

      All the best! 🙂


  8. I’m currently in final year mbbs. Will I be able to take the test (plab 1) conducted on march? My exams will end till mid of February.


  9. I have been unable to make GMC online account because I don’t have the GMC reference number. Kindly guide me from where do I get my gmc reference number to set up a gmc online account which would enable me to book a test.


  10. Hey
    Iwant to know are there limited no of seats of seats like ielts in plab 1
    I mean can we apply on last date and still hope that we ll get the booking
    Or time matters we have to apply early in order to secure e seat..


  11. Sir
    At present i am doing my housejob in islamabad and it will end by the end of march. Now i want to book plab but while making gmc account they asked u
    1.u have not finished your intrnship
    2. You have completed intership ouside the uk
    If i chose 1 option they further say you only be able to get into FY1 . My question is what should i chose and i intend to apply for plab 2 after my housejob.. i am bit confused


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