From Jan 2012 there have been new Rules and Regulations regarding the scoring system of NBDE Part 1 and there will be no score given which means there will be no score on NBDE Part 1 Exam. Your Report will just be a PASS or FAIL. If you score 75 or above, you will be labeled PASS and if you score below 75, you will be labeled FAIL – NBDE part 1 with the New rules and Regulations.

The Subjects which we should be prepared for NBDE part 1 are:

  1. Anatomy
  2. Bio Chemistry and Physiology
  3. Microbiology and Pathology
  4. Dental Anatomy and Occlusion

Visit this link for detailed list of Question Distribution Subject/Topic wise: NBDE Syllabus-Question Distribution

Textbooks for NBDE part 1 preparation

Here is a list of Books for NBDE Part 1 Preparation:

Books for Question Banks and Question Paper’s for NBDE Part 1 preparation:

  1. Dental Decks (2011-12 edition)
  2. Kaplan Medical NBDE part I Lecture notes
  3. First aid for the NBDE I
  4. Mosby’s Review for NBDE Part I
  5. Previous Questions of NBDE collection
  6. Model Papers by any institute – (The more you practice the better you will get)

Subject wise Textbooks for NBDE Part 1 preparation:


  1. Gray’s Textbook of Anatomy
  2. Netter’s Textbook of Anatomy
  3. Refer to Local author books too to make it easy


  1. Smith, Marks and Lieberman – Medical Biochemistry A Clinical Approach
  2. Textbook of Biochemistry for Medical Students – Vasudevan


  1. Guyton’s Textbook of Physiology
  2. Berne and Levy’s Textbook of Physiology

Dental Anatomy:

  1. Wheeler’s Textbook of Dental Anatomy
  2. Gabriela Weiss Textbook of Dental Anatomy