Tips for MRCOG Part 1 & 2 Exam

Last Minute Preparation Tips for MRC

Last Minute Preparation Tips for MRCOG Part 1 & 2 Exam

June 20, 2023

MRCOG is an internationally recognized RCOG membership exam. It is considered a gold standard qualification for those who want to obtain a higher level of competency in the OBGYN medical specialty. This qualification aims to evaluate the skills, knowledge, and clinical judgement of medical professionals who specialize in obstetrics and gynecology.

Last-minute Reliable Tips to Ace MRCOG Part 1 and MRCOG Part 2 Exams

  • Plan and strictly follow the revision exam strategy. Keep in mind the MRCOG Part 1 and Part 2 exam pattern.
    • MRCOG Part 1 Exam Pattern:
MRCOG Part 1 Exam Pattern (Paper 1 & Paper 2)
Particulars Description
Duration 2.5 hours (150 minutes) for each paper
Type of Questions Asked SBAs (Single Best Answers)
Number of Questions 100 SBAs for each paper
Lunch break (approximately one hour) between both the papers


    • MRCOG Part 2 Exam Pattern:
MRCOG Part 2 Exam Pattern (Paper 1 & Paper 2)
Particulars Description
Duration 3 hours (180 minutes) for each paper
Type of Questions Asked SBAs (Single Best Answers) and EMQs (Extended Matching Questions) for each paper
Number of Questions 50 SBAs and 50 EMQs for each paper
Lunch break (approximately one hour) between both the papers


  • Don’t go through the complete syllabus at the last time, just revise your notes, summaries, and important topics.
  • Take advantage of the fact that there is no negative marking, so try to attempt all the questions by choosing the best possible answer.
  • Time Management Tip:
    • For both the papers of the MRCOG Part 1 Exam, you have 150 minutes to solve 100 SBAs (Single best answers) which is similar to the Multiple-choice questions. So, try not to give more than 1.5 minutes for answering any question.
    • For MRCOG Part 2 Exam, you have 180 minutes for solving 50 SBAs (Single Best Answers) and 50 EMQs (Extended Matching Questions) in each MRCOG Part 2 exam (Paper 1 & 2). It is highly advised to devote 60-70 minutes for SBAs (roughly 1.5 minutes for each question) and 110-120 minutes for EMQs (roughly 2.5 minutes for each question).
    • Prioritize solving the questions according to your expertise in the topic and the difficulty level of the question.
  • Solve as many as mock papers possible.
    • Solving mock papers is highly beneficial in preparation and evaluation. Mock papers are practice papers prepared according to the latest exam pattern and syllabus. It immensely helps in time management.
    • The “Cracking MRCOG Part 1-Mock Exam” and “Cracking MRCOG Part 2- Mock Exam” series is intended to reduce the excruciating “exam” anxiety as it replicates the real MRCOG exam and aids in your preparation for the big day. To familiarise yourself with every form of a question that could appear on the examination paper, we provide 7 sets of Mock tests totaling 1,400 questions for each part. After the submission of mock exams, you will be provided with evidence-supported explanation for each answer. The appropriate flowcharts, tables, and boxes are used to vividly display the explanation of the answers. This helps students to build a complete understanding of each topic and will also meet the requirements of the exams.
  • Don’t miss out on topics under Green top guidelines and NICE guidelines mentioned on the RCOG website.
    • The topics in Green top guidelines include Operative Vaginal Delivery, Vulval Skin Disorders and Management, Preterm Labor, Reduced Fetal Movements, Breast Cancer in Pregnancy, Uses of Anti D-immunoglobulin, Antepartum Haemorrhage, Shoulder Dystocia, Bacterial Sepsis in Pregnancy, Initial Management of Chronic Pelvic Pain, Blood Transfusion in Obstetrics, Management of Third- and Fourth-degree Perineal Tears, Female Genital Mutilation and its Management, Diagnosis, and Management of Ectopic Pregnancy, Management of Monochorionic twin pregnancy, Management of Premenstrual syndrome, Management of Bladder pain syndrome, Post-Hysterectomy Vaginal Vault Prolapse and many more.
    • The topic in the NICE guidelines includes Diabetes Mellitus, Hypertension, Infertility, Urinary Incontinence, Mental Health, C Section, Intrapartum, Menopause, Postnatal care, Surgical site infection, LARC, IOL, PTL, and more.
  • Go through the previous year’s questions and practice papers. Assess your knowledge and track your progress.
  • Revision is highly important to retain the information for your long-term memory bank. It can be daunting and boring at times, but it is the best way to memorize.
  • Emphasize on facts, figures, percentages, and real case scenarios.


Important Exam Day Tips for MRCOG Part 1 & 2 Exam

  • Keep ID proof and all other required documents handy in a folder to take on exam day.
  • Reach the Exam centre prior to the reporting time.
  • Read all the instructions and guidelines carefully which are shared on your system screen before attempting the exam.
  • Read the questions twice, understand the question, and then answer.
  • In case, you don’t know the answer don’t panic and try to rule out the options to get the most appropriate answer.
  • Avoid any discussion of Paper 1 during the break instead keep yourself calm and ready for Paper 2.

MRCOG revision is a long-haul endeavour. It is a marathon, not a sprint. Your dietary habits and physical well-being will directly impact your cognitive functions. Take no chance. A healthy diet and regular exercise are essential, as are several fundamental stretches (especially for the neck and shoulders). You should practice a regular stress-reduction technique, such as yoga or music listening.

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