Last updated – 13/02/2021

All information comes from GMC website

The PLAB 1 exams have been greatly affected in several test centres across the globe due to the COVID 19 pandemic, which has directly or indirectly affected candidates. This caused a reduction in number of spaces for test takers in 2020.


  • February 18
  • May 20
  • August 12
  • November 4

From 5 January 2021, we’ll open places for PLAB 1 tests for August and November 2021.

We’ll open bookings gradually over five days and you’ll need book your place on a specific date depending on where you want to sit PLAB 1. We’ll release tests by location from 10 am (GMT): 

  • 5 January 2021 – Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh, London and Manchester
  • 6 January 2021 – Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata, New Delhi and Mumbai
  • 7 January 2021 – Colombo, Dhaka, Islamabad and Karachi
  • 11 January 2021 – Abuja, Accra, Alexandria, Enugu, Khartoum and Lagos
  • 12 January 2021 – Dubai, Johannesburg, Madrid, Riyadh, Sydney and Toronto

Places will now be opened at a given time for each venue. Schedule for Tuesday 12 January 2021 PLAB 1 release (all times GMT):

* 10.00 am: Dubai (August 2021)
* 10.30 am: Riyadh (August and November 2021)
* 11.00 am: Johannesburg (August and November 2021)
* 11.30 am: Madrid (August and November 2021)
* 11.45 am: Sydney (August and November 2021)
* 12.00 pm: Toronto (August and November 2021)
* 14:30 pm: Dubai (November 2021)

We’d originally planned to release these places in December, but after listening to your feedback about our booking systems we’re upgrading GMC Online over the coming weeks. This will give you a smoother booking experience and help us manage high volumes of traffic on our systems when we release places in January 2021.

We’re been working with the British Council and our suppliers to offer as many seats as possible in locations around the world. Some venues have reduced capacity in order to comply with public health guidance in the host countries.

In the meantime, there may still be limited places remaining in February and May 2021. And occasionally, a very small number of seats might become available because of cancellations, or if venues are able to add additional seats. 

Plab 1 validity

If you passed your PLAB 1 assessment from 15 March 2018 onward, we’ve extended the validity of your test pass from two to three years to give you more time to book onto PLAB 2.

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9 thoughts on “2021 PLAB 1 EXAMS

  1. Simbarashe Giles Nyaumwe 10th Oct 2020 — 6:50 am

    thank you


  2. Debashis Baroi 5th Jan 2021 — 7:01 pm

    Dear sir/ Madam,
    Please keep me updating of exam dates and availability of seats for Plab 1 2021 in India.
    Thanks and regards


    1. Plab 1 booking for India will be commencing tomorrow 6th January GMT time by 10am. For a reminder, follow us on twitter @Afroplab and turn on our post notification


  3. EZEALA MACDONALD 13th Jan 2021 — 5:18 am

    Dear sir/madam please keep me updated in plab 1 exam information and time table


  4. Dr. Deb
    Please can you help me getting a date for pleb1 in May exam. Or please guide me how can get an early date.
    Many Thanks


    1. Unfortunately, we have no way to help with dates. You can only access bookings via your GMC online page. Plab 1 dates for the year have been released. You can try booking in a different country if you can afford it.


  5. Dr. Deb, Greetings.
    I would like to seek your assistance to get the PLAB 1 Test Centre in UK for November 2021. Please guide. My daughter is studying in Kent University doing her Masters.


    1. Hello, we are yet to get that info from gmc. Kindly let her know to follow our twitter page for post notifications @Afroplab


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