Hello, I am Lokhesh, student of Coimbatore Medical College. I have secured rank 24 in PGI, rank 27 in AIIMS and rank 58 in JIPMER. When I joined ADRPLEXUS test series, in Jan 2018,I was bereft on confidence after having attended the institute exams in November. I hadn’t practiced tests before those exams and I was particularly motivated to joining a test series and I heard ADRPLEXUS test series was always a very challenging one. My aim was to get into PGI and I joined both PGI test series and AIIMS subject wise test series. ADRPLEXUS provides one of the toughest PGI mock tests I have ever attended and I felt the main paper was easier than their mock tests.



Preparation Strategy

What was your study Plan?

I had already read the subjects for a period of six months prior to joining ADRPLEXUS. The first time I read I did not attend many tests which proved to be my shortcoming. After joining ADRPLEXUS, I read a subject and wrote the corresponding AIIMS and PGI tests.


How many hours did u study ?

I read on an average of 8 to 10 hours per day the very first time I started reading the subjects and upped the hours to a maximum of 14 hours to complete the subject within the week, so as to avoid having to take the subject into the next week. I tried to finish off the subject within the week it was taken. While revising, I spent three days for a major subject and a day for minor subject.

Your tips for success ?

Revision for an adequate number of times, writing a test after completing a subject satisfactorily and correcting the mistakes you make in the mock tests.

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

No, I knew my shortcomings. It was mainly last minute jitteriness and I handled my plans in such a way that I could complete all main subjects before the jitteriness set in. Writing mock tests from ADRPLEXUS gave a huge boost to my confidence.

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

Six months, if you can handle both reading subjects and writing tests simultaneously, and balance both well.

When did you seriously start preparing for this exam?

April 2017,right after my internship got over, I have always wanted PGI and I prepared only for PGI. During internship, workload was too hectic to think of anything else.

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

I faced problems of volatile memory right from the minute I joined MBBS. MBBS and the problem of volatile memory go hand in hand. I devised methods of remembering stuff of my own right from my UG days and I carried them over to my PG Preps. These methods are more self acquired as the comfort of using them varies from individual to individual. My methods included using mnemonics, TV show anecdotes, movie characters etc. It’s about making the process of learning more fun.

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

One thing about timetables is, you can plan meticulously all you want. Executing is totally another thing. I planned a lot but could never stick to the timetable. Timetables however kept me in touch with reality of how much time I am losing and the fear of sticking to the timetable kept me going fast. But in the end, I always ended up consuming two or three days more than planned.

What is your advice to the future aspirants?

Try finishing off a subject within the stipulated week, revise as much as you can and write mock tests after preparing for it, that’s the best way you can make use of a test.

Which books did you read for the theory part?

Mostly class notes.

In addition I used the following books:

Physiology – Aravind Arora

Biochemistry – Rebecca James

Pathology – Devesh Mishra

Pharmacology – Sparsh Gupta

Microbiology – Apurv Shankara Sastry

Only notes for the remaining subjects.

What was your strategy for the exam day?

I stopped preparing 12 hours before the day of the exam. I went out to get some fresh air and I don’t recollect thinking of the exam until the morning of the exam. Adequate sleep of 9 hours and a good breakfast works wonders.


What was ur style of answering question. Whether you started from question no 1 and ended with 200/ 250 or started from middle of the question paper.

While writing mock tests in ADRPLEXUS, I devised a plan for PGI and how I should execute it the mains. I started from question 1 and ran through quickly doing all the easy to medium tough questions, leaving out the hard, time consuming ones. I marked on an average 2 to 3 options (only those I was very certain of). In the end with around 15 mins to go, I was left with 15 to 16 hard questions. I chose to attend 6 and left out 10 questions.

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

Question of depression arises from self doubt and comparing with peers. Firstly, I did not have self doubt, I knew I can make it into PGI with meticulous planning and hardwork, secondly, I wrote the tests separately at my own convenience, spaced out in time and the need for comparing my results with peers was nullified.


Tips for your Juniors

What was your strategy for MAY PGI 2018?

Reading a subject and writing the corresponding AIIMS and PGI subject tests, with a couple of full tests in between.

HOW many choices did u attempt ? ROUGH NUMBER. Please detail your strategies

November PGI:

I was unsure back then as I hadn’t written a single test. I attempted around 320 to 340 options and left as many as 20 to 22 questions unattempeted. I was very cautious, I ended up securing a rank of 300.


May PGI:

Overall, I think I might have marked 460 to 480 options, 90% of them I thought I knew were right and the rest were just hit or miss options I took a risk with. I left 10 questions unattempted.

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

Do’s –

1. Mark only those options you know are correct

2. Get a headstart, time is your enemy, not your fellow peers, finishing the test

     Is an achievement in itself.

3. Be very careful about the ‘except’ ‘not’ negative option questions, because

    Once you mark the options and realise you marked them wrong, it will be

    Too late. That’s where mock tests come into play and train your mind.


Don’ts –

1. Do not be rash in marking options and taking risks in questions you feel    

     Are recent updates or single best answer types.


2. Do not spend too much time on questions at the early part of the exam.


YOUR recommended books for PG PREPARATION

Physiology – Aravind Arora

Biochemistry – Rebecca James

Pathology – Devesh Mishra

Pharmacology – Sparsh Gupta

Microbiology – Apurv Shankara Sastry

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