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How to study in first year MBBS?

Even though all MBBS years are important, the first year is especially important because it sorts out problems with early thinking, introduces new ideas, tests the basics, and helps students learn the basics well. As a result, the brand-new topics and ideas introduced in the first year might bore you or even make you nervous. Your seniors have also gone through this time of year, so you can plan your study schedules with a better understanding of the first year.

Here’s a quick guide to help you move around the boat more quickly, easily, and simply:

MBBS Subjects: A first-year MBBS student should aim to study for six hours a day to prepare for the tests. There are, in fact, five topics, but how much time you spend on each depends on your skills and knowledge. So, don’t waste your time planning. Even though you need six hours, make sure to divide them up well so you can focus on your studies well.

Books Recommended by NMC

Although I highly recommend the aforementioned works, others are also available. I will now list all of the books recommended by the National Medical Commission (NMC)



  • Gray’s Anatomy for Students, South Asia Edition
  • BD Chaurasia’s Textbook of Anatomy, all volumes
  • Vishram Singh’s Textbook of Anatomy, all volumes
  • Dutta’s Textbook of Anatomy, all volumes


  • diFiore’s Atlas of Human Histology with Functional Correlation, Victor P Eroschenko
  • Wheater’s Functional Histology: A Text and Colour Atlas
  • Textbook of Human Histology with colour Atlas, Inderbir Singh
  • Textbook of Histology and Practical Guide, Gunasegaran
  • Histology: Text and Atlas, Brijesh Kumar


  • Langman’s’s textbook of Medical Embryology, TW Sadler
  • Textbook of Human Embryology, Inderbir Singh


  • Grant’s atlas
  • McMinn’s atlas
  • Netter’s atlas


  • Human Genetics, SD Gangane
  • Medical Genetics, GP Pal
  • Emery’s Elements of Human Genetics, Peter Turnpenny and Sian Ellard


  • Cunningham’s Manual of Practical Anatomy Volumes I, II and III

Cunningham’s is frequently used as a dissection instruction manual. In most Indian medical schools and universities, it must be read before and during dissection.


  • Clinically Oriented Anatomy, K L Moore
  • Clinical Anatomy by Regions, Richard Snell
  • Clinical Neuroanatomy, Richard Snell
  • Textbook of Neuroanatomy, IB Singh
  • Textbook of Clinical Neuroanatomy, Vishram Singh
  • Clinical Anatomy (A Problem Solving Approach) (2 volumes), Neeta Kulkarni


  • Surface and radiological anatomy, A Halim
  • Surface and radiological anatomy, Ashwini Appaji and Roopa Kulkarni


  • Handbook of General Anatomy, BD Chaurasia
  • General Anatomy, Vishram Singh


  • Ganong’s Review of Medical Physiology
  • Guyton and Hall. Text of Medical Physiology (South Asian edition), Mario Vaz, Anura Kurpad, Tony Raj
  • Human Physiology, Lauralee Sherwood
  • Berne and Levy Physiology. BM Koeppen, BA Stanton
  • Vander’s Human Physiology
  • Principles of Medical Physiology, Sabyasachi Sircar
  • Text book of Medical Physiology, Indu Khurana
  • Text book of Medical Physiology, D Venkatesh, H H Sudhakar
  • Text book of medical physiology, G K Pal
  • Essentials of Medical Physiology, ABS Mahapatra


  • McLeod’s Clinical Examination
  • Hutchison’s Clinical Methods
  • Text book of practical physiology, GK Pal and Pravati Pal
  • A textbook of Practical Physiology, CL Ghai


  • Harpers’ Illustrated Biochemistry
  • Lippincotts’ Illustrated reviews – Biochemistry
  • Textbook of Biochemistry for Medical students, DM Vasudevan
  • S.K.Gupta, Biochemistry for MBBS
  • Pankaja Naik, Biochemistry
  • Textbook of Medical Biochemistry, Dinesh Puri
  • Case oriented approach towards Biochemistry, Namrata Chhabra
  • An easy guide to Practical Biochemistry, Divya shanti D’sza, Sowbhagyalakhsmi

How to score well in first year classes:


• Attend any daily subscription courses and regular lectures. To ensure that you comprehend the material, refer to the instructor’s lectures and notes.
• For the exams, practice drawing as many diagrams as possible.
• Utilize the online videos to begin learning about the subject. Also, occasionally look at the anatomy atlas.
• Answer all of the questions from the previous ten years.


• Attend any daily subscription courses and regular lectures.
• For your theory tests, make your own flowcharts and as many as you can.
• You must put in a lot of effort and be completely committed to the subject.
• Answer all of the questions from the previous ten years.


• Attend any daily subscription courses and regular lectures. Learn about each metabolism cycle and the enzymes involved by referring to the professors’ lectures and notes.
• Draw as many cycles as you can because, in practice, they all have equal weight. It takes a lot of effort and total dedication to the subject.
• Answer all of the questions from the previous ten years.

Management of Time:

Setting aside enough time for each subject is the best way to study. It’s a good idea to think about it for six hours a day. However, the timing shouldn’t bother you too much. When things get tough, it’s okay to cut things short at times, but whatever time you put in, your concentration should be at its best. In addition, it’s a good idea to set lofty objectives so that you can constantly push yourself to do more. You should, however, try to be practical.

For instance, if it takes you two hours to read just one section of a subject, don’t limit your goal setting to thirty minutes. You could begin the course in one hour and thirty minutes and cover the majority of the material in two hours. Work on timings one step at a time rather than setting too lofty objectives and failing to achieve them.
A successful MBBS student comprehends the prospectus’s concepts sufficiently to be able to treat patients upon graduation. As a result, try your best. Keep growing!

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