Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Book List:- Medical Science

1.Dear Friends I attempted three mains with Medical Science as one of my optional. And i consistently scored 300 plus in every attempt. I would say every MBBS graduate think about this subject as one of the optional. But considering the technicalities of the subject i wont suggest it as a good optional for BAMS, BDS or any other field graduate.
2.Preparation for Medical Science requires around 45 days for an average medico. This period varies with ones study during graduation.
3. Medical Science also required sound understanding about applied aspect of medicine and holistic orientation. Sometime questions are asked which are very remotely related with the syllabus provided.
4.Writing an answer is same as we write during our graduation. But one should put in extra effort for diagram, flowcharts etc. This will help to score good marks in papers. Secondly don't write too many extra things it is very much advisable to write what is asked only with all possible diagrams and flowcharts. Thus SPECIFICITY is very important for writing exam.

5. As books available are good it is not advised to make any notes. One can use underlining for important
6.whatever sources i used i have provided in following booklist. one can use any good book as per ones comfort level.
Thank you


Paper 1


1. Human Anatomy:
Applied anatomy including blood and nerve supply of upper and lower limbs and joints of shoulder, hip and knee - B.D.Chaurasia
Gross anatomy, blood supply and lymphatic drainage of tongue, thyroid, mammary gland, stomach, liver, prostate, gonads and uterus - B.D.Chaurasia
Applied anatomy of diaphragm, perineum and inguinal region.- B.D.Chaurasia, Snells Anatomy
Clinical anatomy of kidney, urinary bladder, uterine tubes, vas deferens.- B.D.Chaurasia, Snells Anatomy
Embryology: Placenta and placental barrier. Development of heart, gut, kidney, uterus, ovary, testis and their common congenital abnormalities.- Inderbir Singh embryology
Central and peripheral autonomic nervous system: Gross and clinical anatomy of ventricles of brain, circulation of cerebrospinal fluid; Neural pathways and lesions of cutaneous sensations, hearing and vision; Cranial nerves, distribution and clinical significance; Components of autonomic nervous system.- Inderbir Singh  neuroanatomy
2. Human Physiology:
Conduction and transmission of impulse, mechanism of contraction, neuromuscular transmission, reflexes, control of equilibrium, posture and muscle tone, descending pathways, functions of cerebellum, basal ganglia, Physiology of sleep and consciousness.-Ganong
Endocrine system: Mechanism of action of hormones, formation, secretion, transport, metabolism, function and regulation of secretion of pancreas and pituitary gland.- Ganong
Physiology of reproductive system: menstrual cycle, lactation, pregnancy.- Ganong
Blood: Development, regulation and fate of blood cells.- Ganong
Cardio-vascular, cardiac output, blood pressure, regulation of cardiovascular functions;-Ganong
3. Biochemistry:
Organ function tests-liver, kidney, thyroid-  Satyanarayan
Protein synthesis.-Satyanarayan
Vitamins and minerals.- Satyanarayan
Restriction fragment length polymorphism (RFLP).- Satyanarayan
Polymerase chain reaction (PCR).- Satyanarayan
Radio - immunoassays (RIA).- Satyanarayan
4. Pathology:
Inflammation and repair, disturbances of growth and cancer, Pathogenesis and histopathology of rheumatic and ischemic heart disease and diabetes mellitus. Differentiation between benign, malignant, primary and metastatic malignancies, Pathogenesis and histopathology of bronchogenic carcinoma, carcinoma breast, oral cancer, cancer cervix, leukemia, Etiology, pathogenesis and histopathology of - cirrhosis liver, glomerulonephritis, tuberculosis, acute osteomyelitis.- Harshmohan Only
5. Microbiology:
Humoral and cell mediated immunity- Ananthnarayan
Diseases caused by and laboratory diagnosis of-
· Meningococcus, Salmonella- Ananthnarayan, Nagoba
· Shigella, Herpes, Dengue, Polio- Ananthnarayan, Nagoba
· HIV/AIDS, Malaria, E. Histolytica, Giardia-Ananthnarayan, Nagoba
· Candida, Cryptococcus, Aspergillus- Ananthnarayan, Nagoba
6. Pharmacology:- For pharmacology only k.d.tripathy
Mechanism of action and side effects of the following drugs
· Antipyretics and analgesics, Antibiotics, Antimalaria; Antikala-azar,Antidiabetics
· Antihypertensive, Antidiuretics, General and cardiac vasodilators, Antiviral, Antiparasitic, Antifungal, Immunosuppressants
· Anticancer
7. Forensic Medicine and Toxicology: Forensic examination of injuries and wounds; Examination of blood and seminal stains; poisoning, sedative overdose, hanging, drowning, burns, DNA and finger print study- Only Parikh


1. General Medicine: 
Etiology, clinical features, diagnosis and principles of management (including prevention) of: - Tetanus, Rabies, AIDS, Dengue, Kala-azar, Japanese Encephalitis.
Etiology, clinical features, diagnosis and principles of management of:
Ischaemic heart disease, pulmonary embolism.
Bronchial asthma.
Pleural effusion, tuberculosis, Malabsorption syndromes, acid peptic diseases, Viral hepatitis and cirrhosis of liver.
Glomerulonerphritis and pyelonephritis, renal failure, nephrotic syndrome, renovascular hypertension, complications of diabetes mellitus, coagulation disorders, leukemia, Hypo and hyper thyrodism, meningitis and encephalitis.
Imaging in medical problems, ultrasound, echocardiogram, CT scan, MRI.
Anxiety and Depressive Psychosis and schizophrenia and ECT.
Three sources are available Harrison, Davidson, API..But I used only George Mathews..I would suggest to go for George Mathews only because book is very easy to understand and retain unlike other. But medicine is most important so do refer to other books if needed
2. Pediatrics:
Immunization, Baby friendly hospital, congenital cyanotic heart disease, respiratory distress syndrome, broncho - pneumonias, kernicterus. IMNCI classification and management, PEM grading and management. ARI and Diarrhea of under five and their management.- O.P.Ghai Only
3. Dermatology:
Psoriasis, Allergic dermatitis, scabies, eczema, vitiligo, Stevan Johnson's syndrome, Lichen Planus.- 
Skin is asked for about 60 marks and i found Uday khopkars skin book is very useful but not sufficient. so in my third attempt i refered to one of the post graduate book written by dermatologist association. I would suggest to get xerox of syllabus topic from any of the postgraduate skin book
4. General Surgery:
Clinical features, causes, diagnosis and principles of management of cleft palate, harelip.
Laryngeal tumor, oral and esophageal tumors.
Peripheral arterial diseases, varicose veins, coarctation of aorta
Tumors of Thyroid, Adrenal Glands
Abscess, cancer, fibroadenoma and adenosis of breast.
Bleeding peptic ulcer, tuberculosis of bowel, ulcerative colitis, cancer stomach.
Renal mass,cancer Prostate..
Haemothorax, stones of Gall bladder, Kidney, Ureter and Urinary Bladder.
Management of surgical conditions of Rectum, Anus and Anal canal, Gall bladder and Bile ducts
Splenomegaly, cholecystitis, portal hypertension, liver abscess, peritonitis, carcinoma head of pancreas.
Fractures of spine, Colles' fracture and bone tumors.
Laprascopic Surgery.
Only Manipals surgery book is needed. and i feel there is no need to read any other book
5. Obstetrics and Gynaecology including Family Planning:
Diagnosis of pregnancy.
Labour management, complications of 3rd stage, Antepartum and postpartum hemorrhage, resuscitation of the newborn, Management of abnormal lie and difficult labour, Management of small for date or premature newborn.
Diagnosis and management of anemia. Preeclampsia and Toxaemias of pregnancy, Management of Post menopausal Syndrome.
Intra-uterine devices, pills, tubectomy and vasectomy. Medical termination of pregnancy including legal aspects.
Cancer cervix.
Leucorrhoea, pelvic pain, infertility, dysfunctional uterine bleeding (DUB), amenorrhoea, Fibroid and prolapse of uterus.
For obstetrics only Dattas obstetrics and for gynecology only shaws gynecology 
6. Community Medicine (Preventive and Social Medicine):
Principles, methods, approach and measurements of Epidemiology
Nutrition, nutritional diseases / disorders & Nutrition Programmes.
Health information Collection, Analysis and Presentation.
Objectives, components and critical analysis of National programmes for control/eradication of:
Malaria, Kala-azar, Filaria and Tuberculosis,
HIV/AIDS, STDs and Dengue
Critical appraisal of Health care delivery system.
Health management and administration: Techniques, Tools, Programme Implementation and Evaluation.
Objective, Component, Goals and Status of Reproductive and Child Health, National Rural Health Mission and Millennium Development Goals
Management of hospital and industrial waste.
I would say for PSM best book is Park..no match for it


  1. Its very helpful guidence sir!it vl help a lot..Thanku.Pawan Duragkar.

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  3. Thanks a ton sir, I scored only 215 this year and could not sail through , I was just 7 marks behind the list...I blame to not to revise properly all subjects especially the paraclinicals and PSM...Will try to hold on tight on your gurumantra this time...

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  12. Thank you sir for this valuable information

  13. Sir i'm b.pharma student passing out in 2018 and also preparing for upsc 2018.
    Medical science is good as optional for me or Not??????
    Acc. to syllabus paper1 i now studied it in pharma
    But paper2 syallabus is not in my syllabus
    Please help me!!!!!!

    1. Medical science is meant for MBBS professionals, the reason is simple, the wide number of subjects covered come only under MBBS, so no, medical science is not a good idea for you

  14. sir how shall we manage the syllabus in just 45 days? could you please elaborate and guide..any special strategy?these 45 days are to be exclusively devoted for optional or is it in sync with the general daily coaching classes of 3 hrs?
    please guide.

  15. Thank you so much sir for this blogg. It has cleared almost every doubt which were worrying me.
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  19. Hi sir ,
    Im done with B.Pharmacy ,and now preparing for upsc , thought of choosing medical science as optional subject. Can you please suggest me to take this , whether this is scoring subject? Sources are available for this , please help me.
    Thanks in advance sir

  20. I did BHMS and I studied from the same sources mentioned here. So why not others medical graduates take this as a optional..

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