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PLAB- The Professional and Linguistic Assessments Board Test

The Professional and Linguistic Assessments Board Test, known as the PLAB test is for the  doctors who have qualified from countries other than the UK to test if they have the right knowledge and skills to practise medicine in the UK.There are two parts to the test: PLAB 1 and PLAB 2.You’ll need to pass both parts before you can apply for registration with a licence to practise medicine in the UK.

Course Overview


PLAB 1 is a written multiple choice exam, with 180 single best answer questions.


PLAB 2 is a practical objective structured clinical exam, similar to OSCE.

Eligibility Criteria

Must be a Registered Doctor of Nepal.


Academic Qualification

Any of these: 

  • MBBS
  • MD
  • MS


Common Questions PLAB


What are the processes involved in this PLAB route?

This route consists of one medical English test, known as OET and two academic based exams PLAB 1 and PLAB 2. PLAB 1 is the theoretical exam whereas PLAB 2 is the practical exam, similar to the OSCE

What are the requirements for the PLAB program?

The basic requirement for this program is, the applicant should have at least an MBBS degree and be licensed to work as a clinical practitioner in Nepal. We suggest doctors to continue to work during this process. Exceptions can be made to appear PLAB exams due to the location of the exam centres. The other requirement is that the applicant should be having at least an experience as a clinical practitioner of 18 months in order to be registered in GMC (General Medical Council, UK).

Are all of the exams conducted here in Nepal?

No, not all of the 3 exams are held in Nepal. The OET can be given in Kathmandu, Nepal but the other PLAB exams should be given out of Nepal due to unavailability of the exam centres, i.e PLAB 1 in any countries such as India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Australia etc and PLAB 2 in the UK. 

Who will be tutoring for OET and PLAB’s?

We have GMC registered doctors who will be teaching and guiding you in order to pass your tests. As the PLAB 2 preparation is the tough part in this program, this is a huge opportunity for the doctors from Nepal to prepare for the exam in advance in their home country before reaching the academy in the UK.

How long does it take to become a UK registered doctor through the PLAB pathway?

The time frame depends on various factors such as availability of the exam dates and location/country. The other main factor is the time occupied by the applicant for the preparation to appear these exams. Generally an applicant can complete all of these exams and become a UK registered doctor in around a year or little less or more than that. 

What are the costs involved in the PLAB program?

The expenses can be divided into 3 categories, the exam fees, travel and accommodation costs and the service charge costs (if applicable). The exam fees include the OET with fee of AUD 587, the PLAB 1 with fee of GBP 239 and the PLAB 2 with fee of GBP 860. The travel and accomodation cost depends on where you will be appearing for your exams. Similarly, the service charge depends if you are taking preparation classes or processing through any agencies. 

What services can NCLEX Nepal provide for the PLAB Pathway route to become a Doctor in the UK?

NCLEX Nepal Pvt. Ltd. is a medical professionals based service providing agency which will guide throughout the entire process. Working with us, you can get a very best experience out of us. For the doctors interested in this program, we provide them with the OET preparation, PLAB 1 and PLAB 2 preparations and provide them extra additional services such as visa processing assistance, date booking support, travel/accommodation arrangement facility, GMC application support and Job assistance in the UK. This means someone enrolling for this program should not hassle with each and every other step which he or she is unknown about. 

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