What was your study Plan?
Pg preparation is really very vast, where we gotta cover 19 subs in a very short period….so studying every page of subject wise guides is not feasible, one gotta be concise about what to study, I did only volumes of amit ashish nd mudit khanna once properly, subjectwise guides only for first yr subjects and short subjects and made notes out of it….wherever needed standard book reference….
How many hours did u study ?
I think one got to study long for about 10-12 hrs effectively when preparing for the first time, subsequently it may get reduced, but hardwork is the key to success
Your tips for success ?
Only 5 things matter here, your knowledge, hard work, punctuality, practicing mock tests and effective revision before exams….if one is done with these then, its not hard for anyone to crack any exam….!!
During your preparation, did you ever doubt your ability to succeed in it?
Yeah I did, it happens to almost everyone… but one got to get the confidence back, there shouldn’t be frustration at any point of time, this is possible only when we start enjoying studies and start to gain knowledge day by day…. …. Almost everyone’s knowledge is more or less equal, but most of the toppers are passionate about studies, the methodology and little bit of hard work differentiates toppers from the rest
How much time do you think one requires for serious preparation for this examination ?
Undergraduate studies do matter, if one has done good in it, then 8-10 hrs of effective study would be enough to get a good rank…. Otherwise one has to work for 14 hrs everyday
When did you seriously start preparing for this exam?
I started only after my internship, we didn’t have good orientation of PG entrance during undergraduation….hence it took almost one and half years after all trials and errors with entrance books….
Did you face the problem of volatile memory? If so, how did you deal with it?
Yeah!! I did ….since my memory is poorer than a average person, I had a great difficulty in remembering factual things…. Wherever possible I studied conceptually and mnemonics for some, picturising and discussing with friends will solve these problems
What was your daily timetable during the preparation? Were you able to stick to the timetable strictly?
8-10 hrs everyday, 3 days for short subjects, 1 week for each first year and 2nd year subjects, I didn’t study subject wise books and volumes separately, rather I would solve the subjectwise questions in the volumes and know what is important , selective topics in subjectwise books or standard books and emedicine website…. 1 month before exams I studied for 15 hrs….many times the subjects would pile up when I couldn’t follow the time table….hence one gotta plan with few extra days for left out portions
What is your advice to the future aspirants?
First know what to study, plan properly, proceed accordingly, do effective revision before exams….be thorough with the volumes, make your basic subjects stronger, join ADR plexus for mock tests, it’s always good to join ADR PLEXUS target PGI and AIIMS course if one has completed the syllabus once
Which books did you read for the theory part?
As I said earlier I studied mainly from AA and MK, subjectwise detailed study only for basic subjects and short subjects…. Whenever needed Harrison and robbins for reference and emedicine too.
What was your strategy for the exam day?
The day before exams it is advisable to go through volatile topics of all subjects which should be short listed before…..one should not stress too much on the day before exams since its collective result of everyday’s small efforts…..even the toppers doubt their preparation the day before exams… since the syllabus is like ocean one shouldn’t feel underconfident or hopeless the day before exams, its the same boat everyone sailing through…..
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.
I believe in attempting good no of questions around 650, I started from question no 1 but my paper initially had tough questions so after completing 100 questions I started moving from back…. But its better have a look at the last 50 questions since they are usually easier than the earlier ones….
Did u underwent the phase of depression. How did u overcome it?
Yeah specially after AIIMS since my performance had gone bad, rather I started doubting my abilities few days before PGI but I continued studying, since I had got rank 45 in may PGI, It kept my hopes alive
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What was your strategy for NOV PGI 2014?
I revised everyday whatever was taught in ADR PLEXUS classes, my strategy to cover all the subjects in volumes and the notes I had made 1 month before exams, but PSM I couldn’t touch at all because of lack of interest which shouldn’t b done….
HOW many choices did u attempt ? ROUGH NUMBER. Please detail your strategies
According to me its better to attempt good no of question around 550, better not to go for wild guess but advisable to go for answers which are out of analysis based on previous knowledge……joining ADR PLEXUS for PGI mock tests for learning time management, avoiding all errors that can happen and for knowing where we stand, topic wise study as told by ADR plexus….
What are the do’s and don’ts in PGI exam
Good time management, instant answering, paying attention to the questions with “except”, “true”, “false” and avoiding “frame shifts” are most important things…I advice all my juniors to consider these seriously since I lost 7-8 marks because of the same….its advisable to finish the paper 20 mins before to have a look at doubtful questions
YOUR recommended books for PG PREPARATION
Different people suggest different books, hence its better to study the books one is comfortable but one has to make their good concepts of important topics clear either subject wise guides r volumes.. standard textbooks lik harrison and robbins for clearing doubts and making the concepts and its important to revise what has been taught in coaching classes
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