What Are The Best Books For MBBS First Year?

By Shatavisha Chakravorty

It is an undeniable fact that medicine is one profession where one needs to study a lot. This studying begins right from the first year itself and goes on throughout one's lifetime. Now for first-year students, this concept of studying all the time is something new.

Till their class 12th, they had a very well-defined structure of textbooks and guide books. By studying those thoroughly they were able to score well in the board exams as well as the competitive exams.


But entering into the world of medical science, they have realised that there is no spoon-feeding that is going to happen here. Thus, it is understandable that they find it alien and choosing which book to read from is a Herculean task.

Best Books For MBBS First Year

To help such students, here is a list of the best books to study in the first year of MBBS. Being well versed with the topics in these books will set one on the journey of medical excellence and pave the way for a lot of further studies in this field.

It is understandable that the course and syllabus for different colleges and universities is bound to vary. The books listed below cover the syllabus for MBBS in most of the universities.


B. D Chaurasia's Human Anatomy For Upper Limb, Lower Limb, Thorax And Abdomen

This book has a lot of details for the examination. The best feature of this book is the fact that all the details are given in a step-by-step bulletin manner with the most important points being highlighted. This ensures that you can score maximum marks by putting in the minimum effort. Studying from this book alone is enough to fetch you 50-60 per cent marks in your first MBBS exam.

Head and Neck By Vishram Singh

For students who are used to studying guide books and other books by Indian authors, this is a blessing. This book has just the right amount of information that will not confuse you but will provide enough information to ensure that you score well.

Once you are well versed with the contents of this book you can go for other books that are written by foreign authors, but it is always a good practise to start with this book.

Clinical Anatomy By Snell

Irrespective of which discipline of medicine you want to pursue a career in, clinical anatomy is something that you will need. While there are a number of books on this subject, it is always a good practise to begin with the best.

This book will not just help you to score well in the first medical exam of your life, but it will also be useful when you prepare for PG entrance tests and will be a constant companion for you throughout your career.

Gray's Anatomy For Students By Henry Gray

The advantage of studying anatomy from foreign books like this is the fact that the diagrams given here are of much better quality than that of its Indian counterparts. The entire learning here takes a more pictorial approach.

Thus, students tend to retain the concepts better and thereby, produce better results in their examinations. This book is particularly useful for students who want to pursue a post-graduation degree.


Textbook of Physiology By A. K. Jain

Ask any Indian doctor and you will find that they attribute their learning in physiology to this book. In fact, it would not be very far-fetched to say that this book is like the Bible of physiology in India.

Irrespective of whether you are reading to pass the exam or you have dreams of topping the same, this is one book that you must possess. A thorough understanding of the concepts in this book is an absolute must for anyone who wants to pursue a career in this field.

Medical Physiology By Guyton And Hall

For students who want to go beyond mere scoring of marks, this is one book that they should possess. Here the entire approach to physiology is taken in a very story-like manner, which in turn ensures that the students are able to not just grasp and retain the concepts but also apply the same to the world beyond the classroom.

By reading the important medical concepts in the form of a story, you ensure that you retain the same for a much longer period of time.


Carbs, Proteins and Fat Metabolism By Satyanarayan

The metabolic parts that are described in this book are better than any other that is available in the market. The diagrams given here make it easy for the student to understand what is written and reproduce the same in the exam hall.

Another plus point of this book is the fact that it is written in a very lucid manner and this is especially useful for students who hail from vernacular mediums. Studying this book alone is enough to fetch you passing marks in your exams.

Molecular Biology By Vasudevan

This book contains things in details without making them seem boring. Thus, for students who feel that biochemistry is overtly theoretical, this should be their go-to book.

A detailed study of this book will ensure that you end up covering all the important concepts in the molecular biology section of your question paper. The important points that are described at the end of the text are an added bonus.

Purine and Pyrimidine Metabolism By Satyanarayan

While some people argue that this book is more detailed than necessary, the fact is that this book is targeted by the above-average student.

Thus, it is advisable that you go for this book if and only if you are confident about your knowledge of biochemistry. However, on the plus side, for a student who is well prepared with the concepts of this book, there is no looking back and high scores in the upcoming MBBS exams is an assured promise.

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