What was your study Plan?
I was planning to finish of subjects I already had a good idea about and then go for the short subjects in the last 3 months.
How many hours did u study ?
Around 15 hours a day..
Your tips for success ?
I feel success is a very broad term and ultimately what gives us happiness and satisfaction is all that matters. So enjoying what we learn will make it less monotonous and I think that’s very important for us to be good in our field irrespective of where we take our post graduation.
During your preparation, did you ever doubt your ability to succeed in it?
Almost everyday.. but I always kept telling myself not to worry about the results and to give my 100 percent while preparing and on the day of exam is all that which is under my control and I wanted to do justice to that..
How much time do you think one requires for serious preparation for this examination ?
That probably depends on how motivated one is and I think what we learn in under graduation or some little points we learn during ward rounds will really help us get along with the preparation sooner..
When did you seriously start preparing for this exam?
Soon after my internship.. from april
Did you face the problem of volatile memory? If so, how did you deal with it?
It was really hard and frustrating in the first one month ,then I started making notes for important topics and subjects like pharm and micro. Marking the most important points also helped .. reading and re reading is probably the only way to recollect points and maybe trying to recollect points randomly when you are free or while taking a break will help.. it feels really good when you have read something crazy and you manage to remember it:D
What was your daily timetable during the preparation? Were you able to stick to the timetable strictly?
I was so obsessed with making time tables in the beginning of my preparation then I realized that it made me feel more stressed out only,so I used to decide only the subjects which I had to cover that day ,say two hours each for some 4 subjects and read whatever I felt like from those subjects in the allotted time..
What is your advice to the future aspirants?
I think whatever we do ,it should make us happy. so preparing happily and looking forward to each day with happiness that we are gonna learn more and we are getting closer to our target and that it is gonna help us someday,somewhere to be better doctors..every day may not bring us success,but if we consistently work with hope and sincerity definitely one day we will be able to make it..
Which books did you read for the theory part?
I read vasudevan for biochemistry ,which was really useful and random tables from Harrisons, from which I dint find any questions in the exams I attended, Ganong for physiology, which I felt was really useful for the dnb pattern of questions and rest of the subjects from the usual mcq books, referring to text books only for certain topics..
What was your strategy for the exam day?
To get a good night’s sleep and be relaxed .. I feel its very important we don’t read anything new in the last two days because after preparing for months together if we see so many new points in the last minute its gonna make us feel as though we have learnt nothing all these days and in the end nothing from that may be asked even.. just believe only what we know is gonna be asked,even if that’s not the truth, it will give us the courage to face the exam..
What was ur style of answering question. Whether you started from question no 1 and ended with last question or started from middle of the question paper.
Always from 1..and in an order..
Did u underwent the phase of depression. How did u overcome it?
Thankfully never.. I had my parents and sister around me all the time who were really supportive.. I made sure I avoided people who always cribbed cause that will probably drain all our energy too:D peaceful sleep and a silent prayer everyday will surely help us stay calm..
Tips for your Juniors
What was your strategy for NOV PGI 2013 ?
I tried to keep my negatives to the minimum and avoid random guessing and finish the paper atleast 20 minutes before time.
HOW many choices did u attempt ? ROUGH NUMBER. Please detail your strategies
Around 510 ,I think its best to form your own strategy ..the same thing never works for every one.. than keeping a fixed number like I should attend 500 or 600 options I think its wise to just answer questions peacefully because concentrating on the number of options should not overpower our knowledge, marking extra 20 options to just reach 500 or 550 options will probably go the negative side only if we are randomly guessing..
What are the do’s and don’ts in exam
Guessing in topics we have no clue about is a big no and the most important task under do’s is to complete the paper atleast 5 minutes before time..
YOUR recommended books for PG PREPARATION
I feel vasudevan and ganong will definitely help , apart from that the usual MCQ subjectwise books will do..
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