What was your study Plan?
Attended classes sincerely. Took down notes and read notes thoroughly. Did a few remaining topics from the guides and whenever in doubt referred Standard books. Online Forums also helped and used to take a few practice tests mostly with all subjects. Took only a few subject wise tests. Revised during the last month or so and tried to read only limited new stuff in that period. Made sure to be involved in healthy group discussions.
How many hours did u study ?
Honestly during class days did not study anything post classhours. On free days studied about 6 hours during the first few months and it was only during the last month or so I increased time to about 10 hours. Always “it’s the quality of time and not the quantity of time”
Your tips for success ?
a) Concentrate while reading and always be self-confident
b) Avoid reading voluminous books
c) When in doubt always refer the Standard books
d) Revise as much as possible
e) Form a good team for group discussion
f) Avoid time on unnecessary controversies
During your preparation, did you ever doubt your ability to succeed in it?
Just for very brief moments but on the whole made sure to never be let down. Self confidence is the most important tool.
How much time do you think one requires for serious preparation for this examination ?
About 4-6 months if preparation during UG is adequate. A few months more if not.
When did you seriously start preparing for this exam?
It was a continuous process throughout UG but the maximum yield was after Internship from about the month of May 2016.
Did you face the problem of volatile memory? If so, how did you deal with it?
This is a problem which everyone faces and I am no different. Only way to overcome is revision and for a few things can use mnemonics. Key is to make sure to grasp as many points directly from the classes.
What was your daily timetable during the preparation? Were you able to stick to the timetable strictly?
I never really had a time table but just tried to allocate about a week for major subjects and 2 to 3 days for the minor ones during the first reading. And then tried to revise as much as possible while correlating between the various subjects. But I found it very difficult to stick to this.
What is your advice to the future aspirants?
Make sure to read at least the concepts well throughout UG and this doesn’t mean reading everyday. Just make the most of whatever you read. Use Subject wise guides only as an additional book. NOTHING can replace Standard books. Take as many tests as possible after preparation and go through the answer key. Identify weak points and work towards improving them first. And MOST IMPORTANTLY, PLEASE DO NOT USE INTERNSHIP AS A PERIOD TO READ. READ ONLY DURING FREE TIME. TRY TO MAKE THE MOST OF THE PRACTICAL KNOWLEDGE. This is not just for the exams but let me tell you it will prepare you for the hardships that lie ahead mentally and physically.
Which books did you read for the theory part?
I am listing here only what I read post Internship and not the books I read during Ug
Anatomy – HAMS by Dr. Rajesh Kaushal
Physiology – Dr. Krishnakumar notes
Biochemistry – Dr. Rebecca James textbook
Pathology – Dr. Devesh and Dr. Ranjith notes and a few topics from Dr. Devesh book “Concepts in Pathology”
Microbiology – Dr. Apurba Sastry’s Review
Pharm – Dr. Thirunavukkarasu Notes
FM – Notes by Dr. Magendran
ENT – Dr. Shibu notes
Ophthal – Adrplexus Tablet and Dr. Rajasekar notes
SPM – Dr. Rajasi notes
Medicine – Dr. Harikrishna Notes and Updates of Harrison from Adrplexus tablet
Surgery – Dr. Rajamahendran notes and textbook
OG – Dr. Vidhya notes
Pediatrics – Dr. Sarath Balaji notes
Ortho – Dr. Abbas Ali Notes
Psychiatry – Dr. Mohan Sunil Kumar notes
Radio and Derm – Dr. Khaleel notes
Anesthesia – Dr. Prem and Dr. Seran Reddy notes
PROAFS for Ortho and Anesthesia
AdrPlexus Material for some topics in Medicine, Physiology
What was your strategy for the exam day?
Slept well previous night. Did not read anything on the morning of the exam. Read all the questions carefully. Atttempted as many as possible and tried to eliminate options for questions which I did not know anything.
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.
From question 1. Finish the paper once marking whatever I surely know and then coming back to read the left over questions.
Did u underwent the phase of depression. How did u overcome it?
Fortunately I did not.
Tips for your Juniors
What was your strategy for NOV 2016?
Already detailed above.
HOW many choices did u attempt ? ROUGH NUMBER. Please detail your strategies
249/250 in Jipmer. 195/200 in Aiims. About 420 in PGI and 300/300 in NEET. First marked whatever I knew for sure. Then Answered whichever question for which I could easily eliminate options and lastly attempted the remaining questions. Just avoid underattempting.
What are the do’s and don’ts in exam
1. Answer as many as possible
2. Go with Intuition for questions where doubt arises
3. Read questions fully and also read all the options
4. Rule out options whenever you can
5. Finish the paper well in time. If you know the answer mark it and move. If you don’t, either guess or leave it instantly. If doubtful, mark some option and come back during review. In that way you will not waste time in between the paper.
1. NEVER EVER underattempt
2. Avoid overcomplicating a question. Keep it simple and straightforward
3. Do not get tensed if you do not know the answers for a few questions in a row
4. Do not get overconfident if a few easy questions arise (Keep your composure throughout the 3 hours)
YOUR recommended books for PG PREPARATION
I have already listed the books I have read above and honestly that was more than enough. I Have no clue about any of the other books available in the market. And I avoid recommending a book unless I have read it.
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