What was your study Plan?
To get at least three revisions done by exams.
How many hours did u study ?
An average of 7 hours and a maximum of 10 hours.
Your tips for success ?
Firstly, never compromise health. Second, be consistent. No use being extremely studious in bursts. The key is to get an average amount done everyday and sticking to it.
During your preparation, did you ever doubt your ability to succeed in it?
Never. I strongly believe confidence in oneself is key to success
How much time do you think one requires for serious preparation for this examination ?
Atleast six months, including revision.
When did you seriously start preparing for this exam?
From the month of April
Did you face the problem of volatile memory? If so, how did you deal with it?
Yes, I did. When we do the first revision, we will get a fair idea of what we tend to forget. I made notes of those things during revision, so that for the final revision before exam I revised only those since what we do remember, we end up remembering all the way.
What was your daily timetable during the preparation? Were you able to stick to the timetable strictly?
My study hours varied wildly because I’m a huge believer in adequate relaxation. The only constant thing I did was to capitalize on the morning and evening sessions so as to get a solid 2 to 3 hours in each session. I never studied late into the night and the afternoons are always rife with the danger of falling asleep so morning and evening should be maximally utilized.
What is your advice to the future aspirants?
Everybody has their own way of studying. So don’t lose sleep over what other people may or may not do. And I urge aspirants to remember that your pg preparation is only as good as your health and to never compromise on health. Eat healthy, sleep and rise early and throw in a little exercise everyday. The rest automatically follows.
Which books did you read for the theory part?
I only read the adr plexus class notes. They were more than sufficient.
What was your strategy for the exam day?
At Atleast 8 hours of sleep the day before. And to have everything right down to what you’re wearing planned down the day before. We only have so many good choices we can make in one day and we want to save that all for 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.
I started from question 1 and did one rapid go through of the question paper leaving out all questions that required thinking for more than a few seconds. These questions I answered through the second run through. Therefore at the fag end of the exam when time is running out, we have only the questions for which we have to grossly guess the answer left. These I then try to answer.
Did u underwent the phase of depression. How did u overcome it?
No. I think if we take adequate time for rest and relaxation, depression is unlikely.
Tips for your Juniors
What was your strategy for DEC 2019?
To finish reading each subject at least once by the time classes got over – around end of September. Then to have at least three revisions done by exam time. Of these only the first is revision in the usual sense of going through the notes. The remaining two revisions are more of solving questions subject wise and looking up doubts as they arise. Of these, during the final revision, I set aside time for the revision videos that our teachers released in their respective online forums.
HOW many choices did u attempt ? ROUGH NUMBER. Please detail your strategies
280 plus in neet
220 plus in JIPMER
180 plus in Aiims
230 plus in pgi
I.e, whatever the exam, at the most I leave only 20 to 30 questions. AT THE MOST. Because, I reckon the gains from attempting more number of questions more than evens out the possible losses from negative markings. Even in the grand tests conducted both by adr and in marrow I observed the same trend. Those in the top tended to have maximum number of questions attended.
What are the do’s and don’ts in exam
Never skip a question thinking it is too tough. Always read through every question with all of its options at least once. Even and especially if we know nothing about it. Chances are we will find something in the grammar or logic that will lead us to the answer.
Never let yourself get stuck in a question. Chances are if you don’t remember it, you won’t remember it no matter how hard you squeeze your eyes. So leave it for the last and move on.
YOUR recommended books for PG PREPARATION
Manoj Chaudhary for PGI
Arun Babu for JIPMER
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