What was your study Plan?
I started studying since April. Made sure I completed one subject a week and kept one day of the week to revise what I read in the week. I finished once by September 3rd week and started revision.
How many hours did u study ?
Started off slow with 9-10hrs a day. Slowly I increased to 12-14 hrs a day. I made sure I revised 15-16 hrs a day and kept few hrs in the night to do previous papers.
Your tips for success ?
There was no shortcut. It was hard work the entire way. I took all the advice my seniors gave me very seriously. I studied with my friend Swathi and am sure this helped me lot as sharing the workload did make it a little easier for me. My senior Bharath who is in PGI doing internal medicine helped me a lot in planning. I made sure I read similar things at the same time to save time.(eg: systemic patho and medicine).
During your preparation, did you ever doubt your ability to succeed in it?
Yes at some times the pressure really got to me and I doubted myself if I could remember the huge volume of info needed. But I kept pushing myself knowing that if my seniors could achieve this I could too.
How much time do you think one requires for serious preparation for this examination ?
Atleast 6-8 months of serious preparation is sufficient.
When did you seriously start preparing for this exam?
I started seriously in the month of April.
Did you face the problem of volatile memory? If so, how did you deal with it?
Yes. Volatile memory is the problem of everybody who is preparing. The only way to deal with it is to revise as much as possible. Reading concepts with interest and relating it to similar points helps a lot in remembering.
What was your daily timetable during the preparation? Were you able to stick to the timetable strictly?
I got up at 8.30 am. Started at 9am. Studied till 2.30pm. Started again at 3pm. Studied till 9.30pm. then again from 10.15 pm till 2.30 am. Yes I made sure I followed the time table seriously.
What is your advice to the future aspirants?
Have a definite planned schedule. Revise as much as possible. Read with interest and not as something you are forced to do. Take as many mock tests as possible and make sure u try your best to improve your scores with each test.
Which books did you read for the theory part?
I think subject wise approach is the best and previous question papers for the sake of covering the repeats.
What was your strategy for the exam day?
I tried to stay as calm as possible on the exam day. This is important as tension can prevent your mind from functioning properly. Reached the exam center much before the time of start.
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 started from question one and made my way till 250.
Did u underwent the phase of depression. How did u overcome it?
There were a few times when I did fell low. Then I understood that there are many people going through this phase with me. I made sure I believed in myself. Thought positively and tried to take any tests where I didn do that good positively so I improve myself in the next test.
Tips for your Juniors
What was your strategy for NOV PGI 2014 ?
I made sure I revised the most recent 3-4 papers two days before the exam. Had a few important points which I had made while revision. Just went through that one day before the exam.
HOW many choices did u attempt ? ROUGH NUMBER. Please detail your strategies
I attempted around 560 options. It varies from paper to paper so I do not suggest to go by marking a set number of options. Some options a certain amount of calculated risk has to be taken in order to achieve the best possible ranks.
What are the do’s and don’ts in PGI exam
Do’s– this is a concept based exam so your concepts must be clear. Make sure you read molecular biology well as many questions are asked on that.
Don’ts– do not go to the exam without giving a few mock tests as it is very difficult to manage time if u have not scene this pattern properly.
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