MBBS 1st Year Syllabus and Subjects- Complete Books List

The First year of MBBS consists of one year of teaching basic science which includes the Subjects – Anatomy, Physiology, and Biochemistry with some learning of Community Medicine. We will guide you with every aspect of the MBBS 1st Year Syllabus with a detailed list of the best & recommended MBBS Books for each subject. This post will clear your doubts on how to study MBBS First Year. Additionally, you can check our Download Section to download the eBooks in PDF format.

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There are three MBBS 1st Year Subjects including- Anatomy, Physiology, and Biochemistry. Anatomy is the most contributing subject for MBBS 1st Year Syllabus, Physiology is pure understanding while Biochemistry is mostly mugging up.

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MBBS First Year Subjects and Books List

SubjectBook NameDescription


BD ChaurasiaHuman Anatomy: 3 Volumes

Handbook of Anatomy

Vishram SinghTextbook of Anatomy: 3 Volumes
CunninghamManual of Practical Anatomy
Bailey and LoveClinical Anatomy
Vishram SinghTextbook of Neuroanatomy


Inderbir SinghEssentials of Osteology
 A.K DuttaTextbook of Osteology


Langman’sMedical Embryology
Inderbir SinghTextbook of Embryology
 KadasneMedical Embryology


SembuligamEssential of Physiology
 GuytonTextbook of Physiology
 Ganong’sReview of Medical Physiology
 A.K JainTextbook of Physiology: 2 Volumes
 Indu KhuranaTextbook of Physiology


SatyanarayanaTextbook of Biochemistry
 HarpersIllustrated Biochemistry
 LippincottIllustrated Reviews of Biochemistry


Anatomy may be one of the most challenging subjects to handle in the first year of MBBS. The subject deals with the structure of the human body.

It is suggested to stick to the B.D Chaurasia anatomy book, as it is still considered the bible of anatomy. Out of all the MBBS 1st Year Subjects, Anatomy remains the toughest one to pass because of the broad anatomy syllabus for first year MBBS.

This subject will also help you after MBBS, especially in NEET PG. The following MBBS books and curriculum will help you further through 1st year:

MBBS Syllabus

MBBS 1st Year Syllabus for Anatomy has been listed below:

1. General Anatomy

2. Regional Anatomy
a. – Upper limb
b. – Lower limb
c. – Abdomen
d. – Thorax
e. – Head Face Neck
f. – Spinal Cord & Brain

3. Micro-Anatomy
I – General Histology
II – Systemic Histology

4. Developmental Anatomy
I – General Embryology
II – Systemic Embryology

5. Genetics

6. Radiological Anatomy, USG, CT, MRI

7. Surface Anatomy, Living & Marking

Anatomy Books for MBBS

Now that we know the MBBS First year Syllabus for Anatomy, we will move to the next section. The following Anatomy books for MBBS are recommended in the First year:

  1. B.D Chaurasia Human Anatomy 3 volumes
  2. Cunningham Manual of Practical Anatomy
  3. Bailey and Love Clinical Anatomy
  4. Vishram Singh Anatomy
  5. Gray’s Anatomy
  6. Sahana’s Human Anatomy
  7. Regional Anatomy by R. J. Last
  8. Human Histology by Inderbir Singh
  9. Atlas of Human Histology- DIFORE
  10. Surgical Anatomy- McGregor
  11. Histology- by ham
  12. Human Embryology – Inderbir Singh
  13. Human Embryology- Kadasne
  14. Medical Embryology – Langman
  15. Surface Anatomy & Radiology – Halim Das
  16. General Anatomy by – Chowrisia
  17. Textbook of Neuroanatomy – Inderbir Singh
  18. Central Nervous System – Poddar Bhagat
  19. Clinical anatomy for medical students – Richard Snell

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Physiology is quite easy to understand as it is relatively easy and less to mug up. However, don’t lose focus or you are going to lose a whole year of MBBS. Comprehensive knowledge of the normal functions of the organ systems of the body to facilitate an understanding of the physiological basis of health and diseases.

For Physiology MBBS 1st Year Books, you can go in-depth on topics and even google things to further strengthen your basics. Most importantly, this subject is going to help you throughout all semesters.

The following Physiology books of MBBS are recommended (Ak Jain physiology being on top of the list) along with the syllabus of physiology:

MBBS Syllabus

The MBBS 1st year Syllabus for Physiology has been listed below:

  1. General Physiology
  2. Hematology
  3. Nerve
  4. Muscle
  5. Respiratory Physiology
  6. Cardiovascular Physiology
  7. Renal Physiology
  8. Body Temperature Regulation
  9. Alimentary System
  10. Nutrition
  11. Endocrine System
  12. Reproductive Physiology
  13. Special Senses: Eye, Ear, Taste, Smell
  14. Central Nervous System

Best Books

Following MBBS 1st Year Books are recommended for Physiology:

Textbooks of Physiology

  1. A.K Jain – Textbook of Physiology
  2. K Sembulingam- Textbook of Physiology
  3. Guyton – Textbook of Physiology
  4. Ganong – Review of Medical Physiology
  5. S. Wright – Applied Physiology

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Reference Books

  1. Best and Taylor – Physiological basis of medical practice
  2. Berne & Levy. – Principles of Physiology


As long as I remember giving my biochemistry exam, it was all about mugging up things and it remains the finest trick. This subject has very few worthy topics for an mbbs student unless you plan to go for post-graduation or a diploma in biochemistry. It contributes relatively less as compared to others in MBBS Syllabus.

Biochemistry is all about the scientific basis of life processes at the molecular level. Following mbbs books are recommended for biochemistry, U Satyanarayana being the preferred choice along with the MBBS syllabus for biochemistry as follows:-

MBBS Syllabus

The MBBS First Year Syllabus for Biochemistry has been listed below:

  1. Molecular and functional organization of a cell and its sub-cellular components
  2. Chemistry of enzymes and their clinical applications
  3. Chemistry and metabolism of proteins and related disorders
  4. Chemistry and metabolism of purines and pyrimidines and related disorders
  5. Chemistry and functions of DNA and RNA, Genetic code; Protein biosynthesis & regulation (Lac-operon)
  6. The principles of genetic engineering and their applications in medicine
  7. Chemistry and Metabolism of hemoglobin
  8. Biological oxidation
  9. Molecular concept of body defense and their applications in medicine
  10. Vitamins and Nutrition
  11. Chemistry and metabolism of carbohydrates and related disorders
  12. Chemistry and metabolism of lipids and related disorders
  13. Mineral metabolism: Water and electrolyte balance & imbalance
  14. Acid-base balance and imbalance
  15. Integration of various aspects of metabolism and their regulatory pathways with Starvation metabolism
  16. Mechanism of hormone action
  17. Environmental biochemistry
  18. Liver function tests, Kidney function tests, Thyroid function tests
  19. Detoxification mechanisms
  20. Biochemical basis of cancer and carcinogenesis
  21. Radioisotopes
  22. Investigation techniques : (LCD-Topics ) Colorimeter, Electrophoresis, Chromatography & Flame photometer

Best Books

Following MBBS 1st Year Books are recommended for Biochemistry:

Textbooks of Biochemistry

  • U Satyanarayana
  • Lippincott Illustrated Reviews of Biochemistry
  • Biochemistry for Medical students by D.M.Vasudevan & Shree Kumari
  • Medical Biochemistry by M.N. Chatterjea and Rana Shinde
  • Text Book of Medical Biochemistry by Ramakrishnan, Prasannan & Rajan
  • Medical Biochemistry by Debajyoti Das
  • Biochemistry by A.C.Deb

Reference Books

The following Biochemistry books for MBBS are used as references:

  1. Harper’s Illustrated Biochemistry
  2. Medical Biochemistry by N.V.Bhagwan
  3. Biochemistry by L.Stryer
  4. Biochemistry by Orten & Neuhans

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    • B.D Chaurasia is considered the bible of Anatomy in India. The book has received many updates since it was first introduced. If you still wish to go for other books, you can go for Gray’s anatomy mixed up with Acland’s Video Tutorials. Do perform cadaver dissections if you wish to learn anatomy deeply.

  1. hello sir, i am pharm.d student. (Doctor of pharmacy). Sir it is also related to the same subjects as the mbbs of first year. i want to know that U satanyarana is enough for biochemistry or there is any other better book ? sir what are job opportunities in the hospital for a pharm.d graduate?


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