How to prepare for ADC preliminary exam?


How to prepare for ADC preliminary exam?
By Dr. Imran Qadir khan


1)            Past papers (V.v.v Imp)
2)            1000 mcqs
3)            Boucher mcqs
4)            Cawson mcqs (Perio,surgery and ortho are must do)
5)            Therapeutic guidelines



Self priority (if u want to):

1) Odell clinical problem solving (recommended)
2) Master dentistry (if you have not read other recommended books for each subject individually, preferred for perio and sedation topics)
3)  Oxford handbook (I never did a word from this)

4)  ENDO :-
( some chaps are must do if u don’t read all of it. chap 2,4,7,10)
(B) Grossman  (I did all of it)
(C) Paul Abbot is good book too.

5)  PEDO:-
Cameron pedodontics
(some chaps are must do if u don’t read all of it. (Chap2,3,4,5,6,7,9,10,11)

6)  Operative: –
(A) sturdevant art and science ( general introduction to tooth , dentinal pins , class1 and 2 amalgam and composite)
(B) Summit and Schwartz (FOD) (Post and core, aesthetic dentistry, class 1 and 2 composite        restoration, bleaching)
(C) Mount & Hume (caries, restorative materials)

7)  Dental materials :-
Philips or McCabe
( gold and base metal alloys, only basics , properties of   materials stress , strain etc.. base and liners.. impression materials)

8) Prosthodontics :-
(A) RPD, Dalhousie
university manual for rpd
(B) McCracken, (components of RPD, surveying)
(C) FPD (BDJ 13 articles)
(D) CD (important topics from any good standard textbook, I did from zarb, Boucher

9)  TG covers paper 3 mostly. Do it at least 3 times before exam.

10) Surgery from Dr Sammy’s notes

11) Pathology from Soames (must cover cysts, odontogenic tumors, and viral, bacterial and fungal diseases)

12) Ortho and radio (properties of x-rays, errors in radiographs are imp topics for radio) just do basics from any good book or your under graduation notes

13)  Perio (Melinda notes or imp chaps from Carranza)

14)  I don’t remember we got any mcqs on implants in our paper.

15)  Do read ADA guidelines for alcohol, smoking, Antibiotics prophylaxis, radiation protection

Follow Decks for Ortho, perio, radio and prostho.

Participate in Fb discussions, try to find reference before u answer. This will help a lot.

No compromise on past papers

& most important Help your fellows appearing with you.

P.S: this is minimum required, prepare well and as much as u can, but be specific and focused in approach. Don,t read what is not expected in exam.


  1. Hi Dr. Imran Qadir khan,

    Thanks for your notes. It is very helpful.
    I am going to sit in ADC Preliminary Exam in 2017 and I have no idea where to find the v.v.v important past papers. Do you have any sample materials? Or where can I download or buy them? Thank you!


    • Hi Dr.Imran,

      Please connect with me on my email If you are in Sydney, you can attend a course in Jan at the Australian Dental Care Institute..

      We have great support provide online through facebook groups as well.

      Pls. call on 02 86778740 to discuss and organise your program which I will also be supporting.


      Team ADI

  2. Hi Dr Imran,

    I am planning to give the exam in 2017. Can u please let me know where will i get the links for these books? Thanks for such a helpful post


  3. Hi.this is rakshitha here can I have the list of book for preliminary and previous year qquestion papers.and need to know if preliminary Is full of Mcqs or do we even have theory need to know these details. Pls help

  4. Hai this I rakshitha planning to give my ADC in 2018. Can u pls help me out with d study materails and question papers.and have to know if adc preliminary is full of Mcq or even it has theory questions


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