Syllabus of FCPS Part 1 Dentistry by College of Physicians and Surgeons of Pakistan



Syllabus of FCPS Part 1 Dentistry is provided by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Pakistan. All students who want to appear in the exam of FCPS Part 1 Dentistry should follow this syllabus, because it can give you an idea which topics should be covered and which topics should not be. So this syllabus is important for Dentistry Students.

I will mention one more thing here that although it is the syllabus but MCQs can come out of this syllabus. So you should not rely merely on this syllabus for your preparation of FCPS Part 1 Examination. One precise method is that you should cover all past papers of FCPS Part 1 Dentistry, because when you will cover those Past Papers you can get an idea about the important Points and topics to be covered. When you will cover Past Papers you people can also get the idea about this syllabus. So try to cover Past Papers as well as this syllabus in order to perform well in the Exam of FCPS Part 1 Dentistry.

Syllabus of FCPS Part 1 Dentistry by College of Physicians and Surgeons of Pakistan.
Below is the Syllabus of FCPS Part 1 for Dentistry Students.

Source: College of Physicians and Surgeons of Pakistan.

FCPS Part-1 Examination in Dentistry


1-General Features of
-Blood vessels

2-General Embryology
-General aspects

General Features of :-
-Blood vessels
-Connective tissue
-Lymphoid tissue

4-Brain & Spinal cord
General Features of :-
-Spinal nerves
-Cranial nerves
-Vertebral column

5-Head & Neck
General Features of :-
-Major blood vessels

General Features of :-

7-Endocrine glands
-Gross structure and important relations of pituitary gland ,thyroid gland ,parathyroid gland, adrenal glands

Applied Head & Neck Anatomy


Osteology of Skull :

Gross anatomical features of :
-Norma Frontalis
-Norma Lateralis
-Norma Occipitalis
-Norma Verticalis
-Norma Basalis
-Cranial Fossae(Anterior + Middle + Posterior)

Applied anatomy :
Fractures (especially Lefort’s classification),Age changes,Skull deformities

2-Parotid Region

Gross anatomical features of :
-Parotid gland and structures within it
-Surgical anatomical relations of parotid gland
-Innervation of parotid gland

Applied anatomy:
Facial nerve injury during surgery ,Parotiditis ,Parotid abscess ,Blockage of parotid duct

3-Temporal Region :

-Bony boundaries and contents of temporal and infratempoal fossa
-Gross anatomical features of muscles of mastication ,innervation and blood supply
-Mandibular nerve course ,branches and areas supplied
-Maxillary artery course ,branches and areas supplied
-Gross anatomical features of TMJ with knowledge of mechanism of movements

Applied anatomy :
Mypfacial pain dysfunction syndrome ,TMJ dislocation ,Arthritis of TMJ

4-Oral Region

Gross anatomical features + nerve and blood supply of the oral cavity, lips and cheeks

Applied anatomy:
Cleft lip, carcinoma of lip, cyanosis of lip, large labial frenum, Gingivae

Applied anatomy:
Gingivitis , gingival recession, Teeth

Applied anatomy :- Dental caries, pulpitis, abscess, extractions, periodontal disease, Palate

Applied anatomy:
Cleft palate, Tongue

Applied anatomy:
Gag reflex, paralysis of genioglossus, injury to the hypoglossal nerve,sublingual absorption of drugs, lingual carcinoma, short/large lingual frenum, salivary glands

5-Submandibular Region

-Gross anatomical features of submandibular gland and duct
-Surgical anatomical relations of submandibular gland
-Innervation and blood supply of submandibular gland

Applied anatomy:
Excision of submandibular gland due to tumor or stone, blockage of submandibular duct


-Contents of orbit
-Gross anatomical features of lacrimal apparatus and orbital muscles with their action ,nerve supply and blood supply


-Contents of pterygopalatine fossa
-Gross anatomical features of external nose,nasal cavity,paranasal sinuses


-Gross anatomical features of external ear ,middle ear ,inner ear



-Gross anatomical features of cervical vertebrae + joints and hyoid bone


Gross anatomical features of:
Superfacial + Lateral (Platysma/Sternocleidomastoid/Trapezius) Muscles of neck

Applied anatomy :
Paralysis of platysma, congenital torticollis, spasmodic torticollis

3-Triangles of Neck

-Boundaries and contents of anterior triangle and their significance
-Boundaries and contents of posterior triangle and their significance

4-Cranial Nerves 

Applied anatomy of V, VII, IX, X, XI, XII


General Physiology :-

1-Components of cell with their major functions, transport across the cell membrane
2-Action potential, muscle contraction
3-Classification and properties of nerve fibers
4-Receptor types and their functions
5-Somatic sensations, transmission of pain
6-Function of motor and sensory areas
7-Cerebrospinal fluid formation, functions and drainage
8-Autonomic nervous system parts and their functions
9-General properties and composition of blood including normal cell counts and functions of RBCs, WBCs and platelets
10-Mechanism of hemostatic coagulation factors and their functions
11-Blood groups
12-Conducting tissues of heart, generation and propagation of cardiac impulse
13-Cardiac cycle (pressure, volume, valvular changes)
14-Blood pressure and its regulation
15-Respiration, ventilation, transport of gases and regulation of respiration
16-Body fluids compartments and regulation of osmotic equilibrium
17-Regulation of ECF, blood volume and flow
18-Peripheral circulation
19-General functions of kidneys
20-Regulation of body temperature


1-Requisites of a balanced diet
2-General principles of electrolyte balance
3-Role and functions of endocrine hormones ,feed back mechanisms
4-Metabolism of carbohydrates, proteins, fats and vitamins


-Clinical pharmacokinetics
-Adverse reactions of common drugs
-General principles of rational drug therapy
-Drug interactions :- Classification, mechanism, factors influencing the drug interactions in clinical dentistry
-Toxicity :- Dose-response relationship, acute and chronic toxicity, local and systemic toxicity

Autonomic Drugs:

-Chemistry and mechanism of action
-Pharmacological effects
-Absorption, fate and excretion of drugs
-General therapeutic uses
-Therapeutic uses in dentistry
-Adverse effects

Analgesics, Sedatives, Hypnotics :

-Site and mode of action
-Pharmacological effects
-Absorption, fate and excretion
-Adverse effects
-Indications and contraindications
-Therapeutic uses

Antimicrobials ( Antibacterials, Antifungal, Antiviral) :

-Chemistry and classification
-Mechanism of action and antimicrobial spectrum
-Timing of dose + duration of therapy + routes of administration
-Mechanism of development of bacterial resistance
-Absorption, fate, and excretion of drugs
-Therapeutics + Prophylactic uses in dentistry
-Adverse effects and allergic reactions

Anaesthetics (LA & GA)

-Classification and mode of action
-Physical, chemical and anaesthetic properties
-Pharmacological effects
– Absorption, fate, and excretion of drugs
-General therapeutics uses
-Uses in dentistry
-Preparation and dosage + duration + routes of administration
-Adverse effects

ORAL BIOLOGY (Oral anatomy, Oral physiology, Oral histology, Tooth morphology, Embryology)

1-General Embryology

-Knowledge of developmental processes involved in the formation of head and neck, including the neural folds, neural crest cell,
pharyngeal arches and pouches.
-Knowledge of developmental sequences of face, palate, tongue, skull, mandible and maxilla.

2-Tooth Development 

-Initiation of tooth development, stages of tooth development, hard tissue formation and destruction, crown shape determination, root formation,
tooth eruption and shedding


-Structure, formation and clinical considerations

4-Dentine-Pulp complex

-Structure, formation and clinical considerations


-Alveolar bone and fibroblasts, cementum, periodontal ligament, gingivae ….Structure, formation and clinical considerations

6-Oral Mucosa 

-Oral epithelium, mucogingival junction, structural variations …..Definition, functions and organization

7-Salivary Glands 

-Chemical composition, formation and functions of saliva
-Histology, functions and clinical considerations of salivary glands

8-Temporomandibular Joint

-Type, development, structure and functions

9-Tooth Morphology

-Terminology, classification and notations, timing of eruption, individual characteristics of permanent and deciduous teeth,
comparison of primary and permanent teeth, developmental characteristics and clinical considerations of occlusion

10-Age changes of dental tissues


1-Effects of injury on cell by physical, chemical and biological agents
-Chronic including granulomatous
3-Regeneration and repair
4-Metabolic response to trauma
5-Disturbance of homeostatic mechanism
-Hemorrhage and shock (mechanism & types)
-Disturbances of fluid and electrolytes
6-Thrombosis and embolism, infarction and gangrene
7-Disorders of growth (atrophy, hypertrophy, hyperplasia)
8-Carcinogens and premalignant lesions
9-Neoplasia (types and spread of tumor)
10-General characteristics of bacteria,viruses,paracites and fungi
11-Immune system (general principles)
12-Medical genetics (basic concepts)
13-Interpretations of routine biochemical tests ,e.g liver function tests, glucose, urea, cretinine
14-Nutrition diseases, disorders due to deficiency of vitamins and minerals


1-Wound healing in oral mucosa
-Repair of enamel, dentin, pulp and periodontium
2-Disorders of development of teeth and related tissues (abnormalities in no. of teeth, disorders of eruption, defects of structure of teeth, developmental defects of oral soft tissues)
3-Dental caries (aetiology, microscopy, role of saliva, types, histopathology of enamel and dentine, root caries ,zones of caries,theories of caries)
4-Diseases of pulp and periodontal tissues (aetiology, pathology, clinical and histological features, radiological findinds, prognosis and role of dentist in prevention of diseases)
5-Major infections of mouth, jaw and perioral tissues (aetiology, pathology ,prevention)
6-Cysts of jaws (defination, classification, pathogenesis of cyst formation, clinical features, histologic features and radiological findings)
7-Pathology of odontogenic and non odontogenic tumors of jaw (aetiology, classification, clinical features, histologic features and radiological findings)
8-Pathophysiology of genetics, metabolic and non neoplastic bone diseases
9-Disorders of TMJ and periarticular tissues (classification, aetiology and pathology)
10-Neoplastic and non neoplastic diseases of salivary glands (aetiology, classification, clinical features, histologic features,special investigations)
11-Infective and non infective diseases of oral mucosa (aetiology, clinical features and pathology)
12-Tongue disorders (aetiology, clinical features, pathology, diagnosis and treatment)
13-Benign mucosal swelling and chronic mucosal white lesions (aetiology, clinical features,differential diagnosis and pathology)
14-Oral premalignancy (predisposing factors, incidence, clinical and histological features)
15-Oral screening (aetiology, clinical features, spread, screening and TNM classification)


1-Properties of materials 
-Mechanical, Rheological, Thermal ,Chemical, Biological properties and Adhesion

2-Structure and properties of metals and alloys

3-Impression materials 
-Classification, requirement, composition, setting reaction
-Elastic and non elastic



-An introduction to epidemiology and its role in understanding distribution and determinants of disease
-Measures of disease occurence
-Study designs, their advantages/disadvantages
-Measures of association
-Chances, bias and confounding


-An introduction to biostatistics
-Data and its kinds
-Summarization of data
-Measures of central tendency and dispersion
-Normal distribution
-Point and interval estimation and probability
-Hypothesis testing, significance level and power
-Sampling and its techniques


-Medical ethics
-Communication and skill including doctor patient relationship and conselling
-Psychosocial aspect of general health care


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