Must be applauded for launching this pgi model exams During the exam I realized that I had missed a no of ‘except’ in questions and gave me an introduction to this exam.They even took doubts about the answer key and it was adequately modified.

Dr. Ajay Padmanaban

PGI Nov'10 Rank - 52

Preparation Strategy

How many questions did you attempt in this NOV AIIMS 2010 ?

To be honest… I m not sure. But I left around 10 questions completely unanswered. Aim was to play safe and to finish on time.

What was your study Plan?

Plan was to mainly study past mcqs and to revise them as many times as possible.. With regards to PGI.. I tried to solve some of the recent papers.. mainly trying to finish on time and to work out my strategies on solving the paper.. to find out strengths and weaknesses

How many hours did u study ?

Started at 16 hrs a day.. found it difficult to motivate myself thereafter. With time reading hours decreased. I personally feel a dedicated 12hrs a day should be sufficient.

Your tips for success

To enjoy the reading experience… most of the time it wasn’t a burden

During your preparation, did you ever doubt your ability to succeed in it?

Most of the time.. I did doubt myself.. coming from a pvt college I had more to prove I had great friends who kept motivating me and that’s what kept us going

How much time do you think one requires for serious preparation for this examination?

Around 8 months… must keep some gas in the tank for a final rush though..


When did you seriously start preparing for this exam?

March.. after finishing my internship


Did you face the problem of volatile memory? If so, how did you deal with it?

Yes.. everyone does.. can be solved by discussing them in a group. Combine studies is a must. Stays in your mind longer when one discusses it.

What was your daily timetable during the preparation? Were you able to stick to the timetable strictly?

Only advise is the time table should not be overambitious. Me and my friends grafted some time tables 2 months before the exams and were able to follow it. We mainly concentrated on past papers interspaced with some theory.

What is your advice to the future aspirants?

The period of preparing for these exams are not easy.. everyone starts well but it is crucial to sustain the effort. Must keep distractions away though. Luck often plays a deciding factor. Should not be depressed when we don’t get the desired results (easier said than done) but we have to be patient. Results will definitely come!

Which books did you read for the theory part?

I didn’t read too much theory. I read ganong(because I like physiology) .my personal opinion is that it is not possible to read Harrison. It’s a good book to read but retaining it is tough. I feel that its not a great idea to read theory books. Use the standard books for reference. That should do.

What was your strategy for the exam day?

I was quite relaxed. Didn’t burden myself with too much expectations. Please do not guess wildly in pgi. Have to play safer. I made it a point to finish 50 questions per half hour.

What was ur style of answering question. Whether you started from question no 1 and ended with 250 or started from middle of the question paper.

Always went in all exams from 1 to 250. I usually also don’t leave too many questions unanswered. Because it may not be possible to come back to them again due to lack of time

Did u underwent the phase of depression . How did u overcome it ?

Yes.. most of go through depression during this period. Must have the will power to bounce back when we don’t get the desired result. I was able counter depression by talking to my friends and parents.

Tips for your Juniors

HOW many choices did u attempt in NOV PGI 2010 ?

I m not sure actually.. I feel u have to handle question by question. By solving some old pgi papers it is possible to strategize. Each person should take risks in strength subjects and play safe in weaker areas.

What are the do’s and don’ts in PGI exam

Take the exam seriously as it is very unpredictable.. never undermine your chances


YOUR recommended books for PG PREPARATION

Like everyone mudit khanna and ashish gupta. Manoj chaudri for pgi Sparsh gupta for pharmacology. ‘ACROSS’ by saumya shukla.

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