Dentistry | FCPS One Preparation

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Perfect Time for Preparation:

  • It depends on the individual’s capabilities, dedication, previous concepts, and current situations.
  • You can prepare at any stage. But last rotations of house job are perfect for the preparation.
  • There are a lot of doctors who prepared while doing tough jobs or managing household works.

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.

Appearing in the exam:

  • CPSP announces its annual schedule in which dates are mentioned.
  • 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.

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.

General Points:

General Preparation:

  • Take a paper and start plotting your preparation timeline.
  • Enlist your daily routine and job timings.
  • Mention the timings in which you will study with full concentration (Best time to do the theory part).
  • You can easily do past question MCQs at your job place, traveling, etc..
  • Now mention the timings in which you can study with partial or minimal concentration.
  • If you are doing a busy or moderately busy job or you are busy in your households, make a schedule of at least 5 to 6 hours. If you are not doing a job or a light job, make a schedule of at least 8-10 hours.
  • 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 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.

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:

  • USMLE First Aid
  • Tanveer Notes
  • Fast Aid notes by Dr. Rafi or FCPS notes by Dr. Naseem Sherzad (You need to choose one of these)

Dentistry:

  • Coffedent MCQs (Online) | Pearls by Dr. Jahangir (Book) (Both are by the same author)
  • Vijay Pratap MCQs
  • Oral biology, oral pathology from Dentogist MCQs

Past Questions

  • Coffedent MCQs (Online) | Pearls by Dr. Jahangir (Book) (Both are by the same author)
  • Radiant Notes MCQs by Dr. Rafi
  • Rabia Ali MCQs
  • Asim and Shoaib MCQs (Dentistry)

 

If you have short time then preparing the following books will help you a lot.

  • Fast Aid by Dr. Rafi
  • Radiant Notes MCQs by Dr. Rafi
  • Coffedent MCQs (Online) | Pearls by Dr. Jahangir (Book) (Both are by the same author)
  • Vijay Pratap MCQs
  • Asim and Shoaib MCQs
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