Pathology(MBBS) Examination Syllabus- WBUHS

Revised Scheme for Second Professional MBBS University Examination in Pathology
(to be implemented from 2010 Regular Examinations)

West Bengal University of Health Sciences-Medical Council of India Syllabus

A. Written Paper:

Paper I – General Pathology & Hematology
Paper II – Systemic Pathology & Clinical Pathology

Scheme of Theoretical Examination in Pathology.

Paper : 1. [General Pathology / Haematology]

Q1. Problem questions (without alternative) 10 Marks.

Q2. Comment on ; any two out of three ; 2 X 5 = 10

There shall be conceptual questions on general Pathology/ Haematology. e.g.

  1. Difference between difference by primary and secondary intention in wound healing.
  2. Retic count is important in diagnosis of anaemia.
    Q3. Pathogenesis / Differentiation / Blood or Bone marrow picture etc.
    (any two out of three: ) 2 X 5 = 10

Q4. Short notes (any two out of four) 2 X 5 = 10

Paper : II [ Systemic Pathology [ Investigative Pathology]

Q1. Same as above
Q2. Same as above
Q3. Pathogenesis / investigations/ interpretations etc.
Q4. Short notes as above.

B. Oral/Viva:

There will be two tables with 7 ½ marks in each table Marks will be 15 (7 ½ x 2)

Table I – General and Systemic Pathology
Table II – Hematology and Clinical Pathology

C. Practical:

Scheme of Practical Examination in Pathology.

Q1. Exercise on Peripheral Blood Smear 4 Marks

Q2. Exercise on Urine (2 Tests at least) 4 Marks

Q3. Exercise on Blood group / ESR / TLC / Hb estimation 4 Marks

Q4. Exercise on Histopathology slide (identification of description of the
Changes therein)
4 Marks

Q5. Exercise on Problem based card (interpretation Questions therein) 4 Marks

Q6. Exercise on Spotting 6 items (1/2 marks each) 3 Marks
(2 specimens + 2 slides + 2 instruments)

Q7. Practical Exercise book 2 Marks

(Should be properly signed by appropriate teachers)

Distribution of Internal Assessment marks:
Total marks – 30
Theory – 15 Practical – 15

Class-tests(Continuous I.A.) = 7.5 Item cards (Continuous I.A.) = 7.5
1st Periodical I.A. – 40 1st Periodical I.A. – 25
2nd Periodical I.A. – 40 2nd Periodical I.A. – 25
3rd Periodical I.A. – 40 3rd Periodical I.A. – 25
Total – 120 Total – 75
120/16 = 7.5 10% of 75 = 7.5

Question pattern for Periodical Internal Assessment examination:

A. Theory : One paper of 40 marks Time – 2 hrs.
1. One clinical problem-oriented question 10 marks
2. Two short-answer questions (2-3 segments) 10 x 2 = 20 marks
3. Five short notes 2x 5 = 10 marks

B. Practical (including Oral):

1st Periodical I.A. exam. 25 marks
 Instruments (two) 5 x 2 = 10
 Peripheral blood smear staining 5
 Any two of the following three tests 5×2 = 10
( ESR, TC, Hb estimation)

2nd Periodical I.A. exam. 25 marks
 Urine examination (two) 5 x 2 = 10
 Problem card 5
 Blood grouping 5
 Instrument 5
3rd Periodical I.A. exam. 25 marks
 Urine examination 5
 Peripheral blood smear 5
 Blood grouping / ESR /TC 5
 Problem card & its interpretation 5
 Identification 5
(4 HP & 1 Hematology slide)

SYLLABUS for Second Professional M.B.B.S. course in PATHOLOGY

The Syllabus for the 2nd Professional MBBS Course in Pathology is based on the Curriculum prescribed by the Medical Council of India

The broad goal of the teaching of undergraduate student in Pathology is to provide the students with a comprehensive knowledge of the mechanisms and causes of disease, in order to enable him/her to achieve complete understanding of the natural history and clinical manifestations of disease.


a) Knowledge
At the end of the course, the student should be able to :-
(1) describe the structure and ultrastructure of a sick cell, mechanisms of cell degeneration, cell death and repair and be able to correlate structural and functional alterations.
(2) explain the pathophysiological processes which govern the maintenance of homeostasis, mechanisms of their disturbance and the morphological and clinical manifestations associated with it.
(3) . describe the mechanisms and patterns to tissue response to injury such that she/he can appreciate the pathophysiology of disease processes and their clinical manifestations.
(4). correlate normal and altered morphology (gross and microscopic) of different organ systems in  common diseases to the extent needed for understanding of disease processes and their clinical  significance.

b) Skills At the end of the course, the student should be able to:-
(1) . describe the rationale and principles of technical procedures of the diagnostic laboratory tests and interpretation of the results;
(2) perform the simple bed-side tests on blood, urine and other biological fluid samples;
(3) draw a rational scheme of investigations aimed at diagnosing and managing the cases of common  disorders;
(4) understand biochemical/physiological disturbances that occur as a result of disease in collaboration with pre clinical departments.

c) Integration
At the end of training he/she should be able to integrate the causes of disease and relationship of different etiological factors (social, economic and environmental) that contribute to the natural history of diseases most prevalent in India.
Lecture classes: 100 hours
Each Lecture class will be of one hour duration. The important aspects of each topic are given below

General Pathology:

A] Cell injury and adaptations- (7 classes)

§ Causes & Mechanism of cell injury
§ Macroscopic and microscopic features of reversible & irreversible cell injury
§ Definition and types of necrosis – characteristics of each type of necrosis with example
§ Apoptosis – definition, examples, its mechanism, morphological changes and its difference from necrosis
§ Definition of gangrene – different types with morphology and examples

B] Acute Inflammation- (6 classes)

§ Definition of acute inflammation and its causes
§ Vascular phenomenon of inflammation
§ Cellular phenomenon – chemotaxis, phagocytosis and formation of exudate
§ Chemical mediators of inflammation – list, histamine, complement, arachidonic acid metabolites, brief mention of coagulation cascade
§ Morphological types of acute inflammation with examples
§ Clinical & hematological manifestations and outcome of acute inflammation

C] Chronic Inflammation and granuloma – ( 4 classes)

§ Chronic inflammation – definition, examples, morphology, cells of chronic inflammation with emphasis on epithelioid cells & giant cells
§ Granuloma- definition pathogenesis & description of a granuloma with special emphasis on tuberculous granuloma
§ Other types of granuloma – Syphilis, Sarcoidosis, Leprosy
§ Giant cells – different types, morphology & examples

D] Tissue repair, regeneration and fibrosis – ( 6 classes)

§ Cell cycle and different types of cells
§ Normal cell growth
§ Regeneration – role of growth factors and extracellular matrix
§ Repair – role of collagen, granulation tissue, angiogenesis and fibrosis
§ Wound healing – first and second intention
§ Factors affecting wound healing
§ Complications of wound healing
§ Healing in bone and specialized tissue

E] Hemodynamic disorders, thrombosis and shock – ( 10 classes)

§ Hyperemia and congestion – definition and morphology
§ Normal hemostasis – mechanism and pathways
§ Thrombosis – definition, pathogenesis, causes, morphology and fate
§ Differences between Thrombophlebitis and Phlebothrombosis
§ Differences between Thrombus and Clot
§ Embolism & Infarction
§ Oedema – definition, types, pathogenesis with examples
§ Differences between Transudate and Exudate
§ Shock – definition, types, pathogenesis, clinical manifestations and examples

F] Storage disorders and Amyloidosis – ( 3 classes)

§ Classification of storage diseases
§ Familial hypercholesterolemia, Lysosomal storage disease, Glycogen storage disease – an overview
§ Amyloidosis – definition, classification, pathogenesis, staining, clinical manifestations

G] Disorders of Growth – ( 2 classes)

§ Definitions of Hyperplasia, Hypertrophy, Atrophy, Metaplasia, Dysplasia, Hypoplasia with examples.
§ Differences between – Hypertrophy and Hyperplasia, Atrophy and Hypoplasia

H] Neoplasia – ( 10 classes)

§ Definition (Willis’) and classification
§ Characteristics of a malignant neoplasm
§ Differences between – Benign and Malignant neoplasm, Carcinoma and Sarcoma
§ Spread of a malignant tumor – Routes with example, Mechanism of spread
§ Carcinogenesis – what is a carcinogen? Why carcinogenesis is a genetic event?
§ Different types of carcinogens and their mechanism of action
§ Molecular biology and genetics of carcinogenesis
§ Systemic changes due to neoplasia – paraneoplastic syndrome
§ Diagnosis of neoplasia

I] Metabolic disordersm- ( 6 classes)

§ Jaundice – definition, bilirubin metabolism, classification, lab. Diagnosis,
§ Diabetes Mellitus – Definition, Classification, Physiology of insulin metabolism, Pathophysiology, Complications, Diagnosis
§ Gout – definition, classification, pathophysiology, diagnosis

J] Others – (10 classes)

§ Genetics and chromosomal disorders – DNA structure, mutations, Mendelian disorders, chromosomal structural alterations, karyotype, cytogenetic disorders, diagnosis of genetic diseases
§ Immune diseases – Hypersensitivity reactions, graft rejection,
§ Autoimmune disorders – mechanism, SLE, Rheumatoid arthritis
§ Immunodeficiency conditions – overview
§ AIDS – pathophysiology, clinical manifestations, diagnosis
§ Environmental pathology – tobacco, alcohol, air pollution
§ Radiation pathology –


A] Red Cell disorders – ( 12 classes)

§ Definition, Classification of anemia- morphological & etiological
§ Iron deficiency anemia – causes, pathogenesis, clinical manifestations and lab diagnosis
§ Megaloblastic anemia – causes, pathogenesis, clinical manifestations and lab diagnosis
§ Aplastic anemia – causes, pathogenesis, clinical manifestations and lab diagnosis
§ Hemolytic anemia – causes, pathogenesis, clinical manifestations and lab diagnosis
§ Thalassemia- types, pathogenesis, genetics, clinical features, lab diagnosis
§ Structural hemoglobinopathies – Sickle cell disease, G6PD deficiency
§ Other red cell disorders – polycythemia

B] Leucocyte disorders – ( 8 classes)

§ Definition, Classification of Leukemia(FAB & WHO)
§ Acute leukemia – causes, morphology, diagnosis
§ Chronic leukemia – causes, morphology, diagnosis
§ Leukemoid reaction – types, morphology, differentiation from leukemia
§ Myelodysplastic syndrome – definition, classification and morphology
§ Benign disorders – leucocytosis, leucopenia etc.

C] Bleeding disorders – ( 6 classes)

§ Thrombocytopenia – causes, common types, approach for lab diagnosis
§ ITP – causes, types, lab diagnosis
§ Coagulation disorders – causes, approach for lab diagnosis
§ Hemophilia – cause, types, lab diagnosis
§ DIC – causes, pathogenesis, features

D] Other hematological diseases – ( 4 classes)

§ Plasma cell disorders
§ Hematological manifestations of some important diseases

E] Blood groups and Blood Transfusion – ( 6 classes)

§ Different blood groups and their Clinical significance
§ Determination of blood groups
§ Significance of reverse grouping and cross-matching
§ Blood donation – collection, preservation, tests performed
§ Indications of Blood Transfusion
§ Transfusion reactions – diagnosis
§ Rational use of blood – including component therapy

Practical classes – 80 hours

Each practical class will be of 2 hours duration. The procedures to be demonstrated and practiced are:-

A] Hematology

  1. How to draw blood – demonstration
  2. Anticoagulants and their use
  3. Drawing of blood film – practice
  4. Staining (Leishman) – practice
  5. Focussing the slide under microscope and identification of cells – practice
  6. ESR by Westergreen pipette – practice
  7. Total count of WBC by Neubauer chamber – practice
  8. Packed cell volume by Wintrobe’s tube – demonstration
  9. Hemoglobin estimation by acid hematin method – practice
  10. Hemoglobin estimation by Drabkin’s method – demonstration
  11. Bleeding time and Clotting time – demonstration
  12. Prothrombin time – demonstration
  13. Bone marrow – demonstration of stained slides – normal, ITP , Megaloblastic anemia
  14. Blood grouping – ABO & Rh – practice

B] Clinical Pathology

  1. Urine – noting the physical characters, how to measure specific gravity – practice
  2. Urine – chemical tests for Protein, Reducing substances and Ketone bodies- practice
  3. Use of different stix and their interpretation – demonstration
  4. Microscopic examination of urine – practice
  5. CSF – demonstration of cell type in a normal CSF sample and a case of pyogenic meningitis

C] Histopathology & Cytopathology

  1. Techniques of histopathology & Cytopathology (including FNAC) – demonstration
  2. H & E staining and other special staining – demonstration
  3. Demonstration of HP & Cytology slides – along with tutorial classes in systemic pathology

D] Problem cards – along with tutorial classes in systemic pathology

Tutorial classes – 120 hours

Entire systemic pathology will be learned in tutorial classes along with demonstration of HP slides and problem-based learning with the help of problem cards
System Topics Specimens HP slides

Cardio-Vascular Heart failure
Rheumatic heart disease
Valvular heart disease
Myocardial infarction
Hypertensive heart dis.
Infective endocarditis
Pericarditis Mitral stenosis
Atheroma aorta
Lt. ventricular hypertro.
Fibrinous pericarditis
Respiratory Pneumonia
Pulm. Tuberculosis
COPD – Bronchial asthma, Bronchiectasis, Emphysema, Chr. Bronchitis
Bronchogenic carcinoma Lobar pneumonia
Pulm. Tuberculosis – fibrocaseous & miliary
Bronchogenic carcinoma Tuberculosis of lung

Gastro-Intestinal Salivary tumors- PSA

Esophageal carcinoma
Peptic ulcer
Gastric carcinoma
Intestinal ulcers
Chron’s disease & Ulcerative colitis
Colorectal cancer Peptic ulcer
Gastric carcinoma
Typhoid ulcer of S.I.
Tubercular ulcer of S.I.
Colorectal cancer Pleomorphic sal. adenoma
TB intestine
Acute appendicitis
Renal Glomerulonephritis – an overview with nephritic & nephrotic syndrome,
Renal arteriosclerosis
Renal cell carcinoma Granular contracted kid.
Large white kidney
Real cell carcinoma
Adult polycystic kidney Clear cell carcinoma
Bone Pyogenic Osteomyelitis
Tubercul. Osteomyelitis
Classification of bone tumors
Osteogenic Sarcoma, Euing’s Sarcoma
Giant cell tumor
Osteoporosis & Rickets Osteomyelitis-sequestrum
TB spine
Osteogenic sarcoma
Giant cell tumor Osteogenic sarcoma
Giant cell tumor
Female Genital Endometrium in health and disease – TB, Menorrhagia, Hormone
Uterine leiomyoma
Cervical carcinoma
Ovarian tumors -overview Fibroid uterus
Carcinoma cervix
Dermoid tumor of ovary Proliferative endo.
Secretory endo.
Mucinous cystadenoma
Hepato-Biliary Viral hepatitis

Fatty liver
Portal cirrhosis
Hepatic failure
Hepatocellular carcinoma
Metastatic deposit in liver
Gall stones Micro-nodular cirrhosis
Fatty liver
Metastatic liver
Gall stones Portal cirrhosis
Fatty liver
Chr. Cholecystitis

Female Breast Non-neoplastic diseases – an overview
Carcinoma breast Carcinoma breast Fibroadenoma
Duct carcinoma

Male Genital
Carcinoma penis
Testicular tumors – classification, Seminoma
Prostatic carcinoma – an overview Carcinoma Penis
Seminoma of testis
Benign hyperplasia of Prostate Seminoma
Benign hyperplasia of Prostate

Lymph Node Reactive hyperplasia- an overview
TB lymph node
Metastatic lymph node
Hodgkin’s disease
NHL – an overview Meatstatic deposit
TB lymph node
Endocrine Thyroid – Goitre
Hashimoto’s thyroiditis
Addision’s disease Colloid goiter
Skin Melanoma
Basal cell carcinoma Papilloma
Basal cell carcinoma

Soft Tissue Soft tissue tumors – an overview Lipoma
Capillary hemangioma
Cavernous hemangioma
Central Nervous System Meningitis – pyogenic & Tuberculous
CNS tumors–an overview

Syllabus for 1st Periodical I.A. examination:

Theory – General Pathology upto Disorders of growth (Item A to G)
Practical – Hematology upto hemoglobin estimation (Item 1 to 10)
Syllabus for 2nd Periodical I.A. examination:
Theory – Rest of General Pathology (Item H. I. J), Hematology (Item A, B, C)
Practical – Rest of Hematology (Item 11-13), Clinical Pathology (Item 1-5)
Problem cards on Hematology and Clinical Pathology
Syllabus for 3rd Periodical I.A. examination:
Theory – Systemic Pathology
Practical – Histological & Cytological techniques (including stains), HP slides (spotting)
Problem card on systemic pathology
Practical Note Book will have to be submitted during Item and Part clearance

Model Question for 2nd Prof. MBBS Exam. In Pathology
Time : 2 hours Paper – I Total marks – 40

There are four groups of questions. Answer each group in separate answer papers provided.
Group – A
1. A male child of 2 years age presents with recurrent swelling of knees which occur even after trivial trauma. The family history shows that his maternal uncle also suffered from same conditions.
a) What may be the possible diagnosis ?
b) How will you proceed to investigate this patient to come to a diagnosis ? 1+9=10
Group – B
2. Define shock. Enumerate the major types of shock that we encounter in our day to day practice
Describe the pathogenesis of shock in burns. 2+2+6=10
Define necrosis. Enumerate different morphological types of necrosis with two examples each.
How necrosis differs from apoptosis ? 2+5+3=10
Group – C
3. Define neoplasia. Enumerate different types of carcinogens with two examples each. Explain
with example that carcinogenesis is a multi-step phenomena. 2+4+4=10
Mention the criteria for diagnosis of Diabetes Mellitus. Describe the pathogenesis of Type 2
Diabetes. What is glycosylated Hemoglobin ? 4+4+2=10
Group – D
4. Write short notes (any five of the following) 5×2 = 10
a) Significance of Reticulocyte count
b) Poikilocytosis
c) Peripheral blood smear findings in Chronic Myeloid Leukemia
d) Phlebothrombosis
e) Neutrophilic Alakaline Phosphatase
f) Definition and two examples of Metaplasia

Paper – II

Time : 2 hours Total marks – 40

There are four groups of questions. Answer each group in separate answer papers provided.

Group – A

  1. A 45-year-old man was rushed to the hospital following an episode of crushing substernal chest pain with breathing difficulty. An urgent ECG was done which showed elevation of ST segment with deep Q wave.
    a) What may be the possible diagnosis ?
    c) What other investigations will you suggest for evaluation of this case ?
    d) Enumerate the common complications that may arise in this case 1+7+2 = 10
    Group – B
  2. Classify Glomerulonephritis. Describe the morphological changes in the kidney in a child of 10 years of age suffering from Nephrotic syndrome 4+6 =10
    Enumerate the viruses that can cause hepatitis. Discuss the significance of serological study in a case of hepatitis B. Enumerate the common complications of hepatitis B infection 2+6+2=10

Group – C

  1. Classify lung tumors. Describe the morphological changes in any one of them. Enumerate the steps of investigations to arrive at a diagnosis. 3+4+3=10
    Enumerate the morphological types of gastric carcinoma. Describe the Microscopical features of
    any one of them. What are the common sites of spread of a gastric carcinoma ? Enumerate the
    steps of diagnosis in a suspected case of gastric cancer. 2+3+2+3 =10

Group – D

  1. Write short notes (any five of the following) 5×2 = 10
    a) Involucrum
    b) Ghon’s focus
    c) CSF in pyogenic meningitis
    d) Morphology of Dermoid cyst of ovary
    e) PSA
    f) Reed-Sternberg cell

Model Problem Cards:

Name: Mrs. S. Tarafdar
Age: 22 years Sex: Female
Address: 32/1 AJC Bose Road, Kolkata – 14
Report on examination of urine
Physical: Appearance: Hazy
Sp. Gravity: Q. I.
Odour: Fishy
Sediment: Present
Chemical: Reducing subst. Nil
Protein: Present
Ketone bodies: Nil
Microscopical: Epithelial cells: 3-4 cells / HPF
Pus cells: 10-15 cells / HPF
RBC: 2-3 cells / HPF
Casts: Nil
Crystals: Nil


Q1. What is the patient likely to be suffering from? 1
Q2. What would be the specific gravity of urine in this case and why ? 1
Q3. How will you confirm the cause leading to this condition ? 1
Q4. What is the appearance of the kidney if the patient suffers for a prolonged time ? 1
II. Name: P. Mudi
Age: 12 years Sex: Female
Report of examination of Blood
Hemoglobin: 9 g/dL
ESR: 12 mm at 1 hr.
TLC: 8600/Cu. mm
DLC: Neutrophil 53 %
Lymphocyte 39 %
Monocyte 03 %
Eosinophil 05 %
RBC: Microcytic hypochromic
Anisocytosis +
Poikilocytosis +
Platelets: Adequate

Q1. What is the clinical condition of this patient ? 1
Q2. Mention two common causes that may lead to such blood picture. 1
Q3. Enumerate further tests you would like to do to come to a definite diagnosis 1
Q4. If you examine the stool of this patient what pertinent findings may be present ? 1
Name: Hafiz Mondal
Age: 15 years
Sex Male
Patient is referred from the ENT OPD of NRS Medical College for
FNAC of neck glands
Report on examination of FNAC of cervical lymph node
Smears show necrotic material and epithelioid cells in aggregate


Q1. What is the provisional diagnosis ? 1
Q2. How will you confirm the diagnosis ? 1
Q3. Draw a labeled diagram of microscopic features of such lymph node 2
Name: T. Ali
Age: 24 years
Sex: Male
Report on examination of CSF
Physical: Appearance: Hazy
Pressure: Coming out in jet flow
Chemical: Glucose: 20 mg/dL
Protein: 75 mg/dL
Microscopical: Total cell count: 350 cells/cu mm

Q1. What is the condition this patient is suffering from ? 1
Q2. What type of cells do you expect in microscopical examination of CSF ? 1
Q3. What are the clinical features of this condition ? 1
Q4. What further examination you would do to find out the cause ? 1
Item Card
Name: Roll No. Year:
Topic Total Marks Marks obtained Signature of teacher

Part I: Hematology

  1. Blood collection, anticoagulants, staining 10
  2. TC, DC & ESR 10
  3. Hb estimation, 10
  4. PCV, Red cell indices, Morphological
    classification of anemia 10
  5. BT, CT, P Time 10
  6. CML, CLL, Eosinophilia, Marrow puncture
    needle 10
  7. Blood grouping & Rh typing 10

Part II: Clinical Pathology

  1. Urine: Physical & Chemical tests 10
  2. Urine: Microscopical examination 10
  3. L. P. needle and CSF study 10

Part III: Histopathology & Cytopathology

  1. Histological techniques including staining 10
  2. Histopathology – Non-tumors 10
  3. Histopathology – Tumors 10
  4. Cytology: Exfoliative & FNAC 10

Part IV: Immunopathology

  1. Pregnancy test in urine & other
    immunological testsd 10

Marks to be computed for continuous Internal Assessment in Practical = Marks obtained / 20 =
Counter Signature Signature of HOD


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