Best Books for FCPS Part 1 [Experience Based]


For an aspiring medical student, every “the end” is actually a beginning of something harder and even more dreadful. 😀 Remember the good old days back in college? When seniors, parents, and relatives used to say, “Ek bar medical college main seat le lo, phir life set hai!”… which loosely translates into “Life will be a lot easier once you get into a medical school.” Yes, they were all lies! 😀 It never gets better but harder and more challenging for sure.

If you are reading this and you have just graduated from medical school or currently doing house job/internship at a hospital. Your next big target definitely has to be cracking the FCPS Part 1 exam and enrolling into a residency program of choice. This is one of the most decisive moments in the professional career of a medical graduate. After graduation, life becomes a lot harder. You have to do your house job, look after your family (and if you have tied the knot, multiply everything by two 😀 ) and preparing for the FCPS Part 1 exam. And this is where most of the fresh graduates struggle. One such struggle is the process of book selection. In this article, we are going to share with you details on best books for FCPS Part 1 exam preparation.

We will try our best to clarify everything related to the selection of FCPS Part 1 books and we hope you find this article useful. 🙂

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Before jumping to the main topic, we would like to share with you a few articles related to FCPS Part 1 and we highly recommend reading them. Here goes:

FCPS Part 1 Past Papers PDF Download [16,000 MCQs QBank]

High-Yield Pearls for FCPS Part 1

High-Yield Anatomy Notes for FCPS Part 1

Best Books for FCPS Part 1

In this part of the article, we will share with you the best books for FCPS Part 1 exam subject-wise and other high-yield FCPS Part 1 books as well (pearls, past papers etc).

1. Anatomy

Your knowledge in the subject of Anatomy has to be very good. Below are the anatomy books for FCPS Part 1 exam preparation:

i. General Anatomy: Snell’s Anatomy Review Book and Kaplan Anatomy (you must do all MCQs present in Snell’s Review book because they can appear in the FCPS Part 1 exam)

Kaplan Anatomy: Only for specific regions i.e Upper Limb, Lower Limb, Abdomen, Thorax, and Pelvis.

ii. Neuroanatomy:  First Aid for USMLE Step 1 would do enough.

iii. Embryology: First Aid for USMLE Step 1 (covers everything from exam point of view), this subject is very important and must be revised a day before the exam

2. Physiology: You must study Physiology from BRS and Kaplan both and do their MCQs as well.

3. General Pathology: BRS and First Aid for USMLE Step 1

4. Special Pathology: First Aid for USMLE Step 1

5. Pharmacology: First Aid for USMLE Step 1 is enough (hardly ten questions appear in the exam)

6. Microbiology: First Aid for USMLE Step 1

7. Immunology: First Aid for USMLE Step 1 and BRS Review

8. Biochemistry, Biostatistics, Behavioral Sciences: No need to consult any other additional book, just study from the First Aid for USMLE Step 1.


Other MCQ, High-Yield Pearls and Past Paper Books for FCPS Part 1

Following are the books that you MUST also consult during your FCPS Part 1 exam preparation:


  1. Asim & Shoaib (MCQs Book for FCPS Part 1)
  2. Chandkians MCQs
  3. S.K Pearls (Contains High-Yield Pearls for FCPS Part 1 and past papers as well. It is the only book available in the market which is regularly updated with new material and recall questions)
  4. Rabia Ali (High-Yield points and BCQs for FCPS Part 1)


That’s it. 🙂

We hope you found this blog useful in your book selection for the FCPS Part 1 exam.


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