Interview of TOPPERS

Interview of TOPPERS from ADrPlexus


Dr.M.Navinath (MADURAI MC ) PGI RANK 3 NOV 21 , 2010m-navinath

1. How many questions did you attempt in this NOV AIIMS 2010 ?


I attempted 190 to 195 questions. My style is to attempt maximum number of questions if not all for aiims and all india

2. What was your study Plan?

My plan was to cover all the repeat questions, go through the subject wise guides in my areas of weakness and read some important topics from standard text books

3. How many hours did u study ?
Guess on an average it will be between 10 to 12 hours a day. But it varies, and taking rest now and then is essential.

4. Your tips for success
Hard work, sincerity, dedication and time management are the most important

5. During your preparation, did you ever doubt your ability to succeed in it?
Of course I did, like most of us would, but I always had great parents, and wonderful friends who gave me confidence and support at times of need

6. How much time do you think one requires for serious preparation for this examination?
It varies from person to person, and I think on average atleast 6 to 12 months of preparation is needed for any pgmee

7. When did you seriously start preparing for this exam?
I started preparing seriously full time by the end of may 2010 after the may aims and pgi exams.

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

I did have the problem of remembering the facts and used to write down all the difficult points in a small hand book and go through them now and then. Revision is very essential, but not easy, as revision would almost take the same time as reading the first time for me.

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

I had ambitious plans to read Harrison text when I started preparing, but soon understood the importance of time management and started concenterating on important subjects. My way of studying was to put a timetable for every week on Monday and a daily timetable for every day. Every week, I used to cover atleast 1 all india or 2 aiims papers and 1 pgi paper with some subject wise reading based on the classes taken the previous week in thrissur cme where I did my preparation.

10. What is your advice to the future aspirants?

Be confident and hard work will always result in victory!

11. Which books did you read for the theory part?

I mostly read the guides like ashish gupta, mudit khanna, across and sparsh gupta for pharmacology. I used to refer to Harrison, robbins, ganong and harper when needed. The stuff taught in coaching classes, notes given in reliable guides, knowledge of subjects read during UG days and writing mock exams like those conducted by adr plexus were most useful.

12. What was your strategy for the exam day?

My style is to finish all the reading a day or 2 before the exams, have a good night’s sleep the previous day, have breakfast and reach the exam centre 1 hour in advance. I usually don’t read anything on the day of exams.

13. 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 always start from que no.1 and go to the last. If I find a question difficult, I leave it and return for it in the second round. I usually answer the question paper in 3 rounds.

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

I used to get depressed now and then, during those times I would take a break and chat with my parents and friends or watch a movie or go for an outing. In short I would make sure that I am not alone and keep myself busy with other things.

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15. What was your strategy for NOV  PGI 2010 ?

My strategy was to be bit aggressive and take a few risks and at the same time to limit the number of negative options. My plan was to get a good rank and not to be too cautious as a rank of 100 is not much different from a rank of 1000.

16. HOW many choices did u attempt ?

Think I must have shaded 500 to 550 options. This pgi paper seemed to have fewer correct options than usual.

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

I think all should go through the do’s and don’ts list given by adr plexus, they were very useful for exams.
I would just add a word of caution

A. Nowadays the number of repeat questions in pgi exams have gone down, but the topics or areas from which the questions are asked are almost the same.
B. Read the questions carefully as many of them have statements like false, incorrect, all except, true except to confuse us. Making a careless mistake in such questions would be heart breaking.

18. YOUR recommended books for PG PREPARATION
Ashish gupta for aiims,medicine and surgery. mudit khanna for all india, manoj chaudhary for pgi, across for the smaller subjects, sparsh gupta for pharmacology, arvind arora for spm and pathology. I couldn’t read all these books fully but it’s a must to go through the previous papers of aiims, all india and pgi atleast once or twice.

19. ABOUT ADRPLEXUS
The ADrPlexus mock tests are a boon to all pg aspirants. It helped me to assess myself and to know where I stand in an ALL INDIA stage. The various tips and instructions given in pgi mock tests were especially very useful. The pains ADrPlexus people take to set new questions from research material is really commendable. I would suggest that all pg aspirants must write ADrPlexus  mock tests. Finally I thank adr plexus for helping me get obc rank 2 (gen rank 3) in PGI.



Dr Ranjith Kumar PGI NOV 2010 GENERAL RANK 6 ( OBC RANK 5 )scan0027-1

1. How many questions did you attempt in this NOV PGI 2010 ?

I attended about 245 questions

2. What was your study Plan?

I studied PGI past papers exclusively in October month

3. How many hours did u study ?

About 12 hours a day

4. Your tips for success

One should read pgi past papers with explanations at least twice

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

Not at all

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

For pg entrance altogether 1 year and then for PGI 1 month

7. When did you seriously start preparing for this exam?

June 2010

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

Everyone faces it. Revision is the only solution.

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

Before breakfast 1 hour, then 4 hours, 1 hour after lunch, 3 hours each before and after dinner.

10. What is your advice to the future aspirants?

Choose an entrance exam that suits for your abilities and your aptitude and prepare exclusively for that atleast one month before .

11. Which books did you read for the theory part?

I use only them only for reference.

12. What was your strategy for the exam day?

7 hour sleep and a good breakfast

13. 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.

Definitely from number 1

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

No.

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15. What was your strategy for nov 2010 ?

I studied PGI past papers exclusively in October month

16. HOW many choices did u attempt ?

About 500

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

Don’t mark anything based on wild guess.Double check for any except or not or false in the questions.Finish 85 questions in each hour.

18. YOUR recommended books for PG PREPARATION

Chaudary , shukla ,  and also keep your own notes to revise before exams.>

19. ABOUT ADRPLEXUS @ THRISSUR

We were expecting if ever any institute would conduct PGI mock exams .ADrPlexus came in for rescue . every one should write ADrPlexus mock before PGI to conquer the exam.


Dr R Karthik PGI NOV 2010 GENERAL RANK 29

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1. How many questions did you attempt in this NOV PGI 2010 ?

240

2. What was your study Plan?

I studied subjectwise, following the mcq books and did previous AI and AIIMS papers inbtwn. Started pgi papers after the aiims exam.

3. How many hours did u study ?

Around 10-12 hrs a day.

4. Your tips for success

Try to follow whatever method you used to study so far, as if it has worked so far it will workout for your entrance preps too.

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

Something I had in the back of my mind, and it was something that helped me to keep studying.

6. How much time do you think one requires for serious preparation for this examination?
12 months of serious studying is needed in my opinion.


7. When did you seriously start preparing for this exam?

After completing my internship, from april 2010.

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

Revision is the only solution.

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

My timetable was on completing the topics planned for the day rather than the time, and I was able to follow it 90% of the time.

10. What is your advice to the future aspirants?

Try to enjoy your studies than considering it a burden, will help you retain better and also keep you in a good frame of mind whe you get to the exams.

11. Which books did you read for the theory part?

Used them only for reference.

12. What was your strategy for the exam day?

Good sleep the previous night.

13. 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 with the first question and went in order.

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

I did have my off days, but wouldn’t call it depression. I would take my mind off studies for some time and that always helped me refocus.

PGI TIPS FOR YOUR JUNIORS

15. What was your strategy for NOVEMBER PGI 2010 ?

Studied mcq books subjectwise and quickly rushed through the pgi papers after the aims exam.

16. HOW many choices did u attempt ?

Must be somewhere around 510-530

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

Plan your timing well and don’t make silly mistakes like missing the except in the questions.

18. YOUR recommended books for PG PREPARATION

Ashish Gupta, Mudit Khanna, Saumya Shukla for the short subjects.

19. ABOUT ADRPLEXUS
I wrote a couple of ADrPlexus PGI mock exams, and they went a long way in helping me finish the paper on time, which I could not do in the may pgi exam. It also highlighted some of the important topics which we generally tend to miss.


Dr Ajay Padmanaban PGI NOV 2010 GENERAL RANK 52

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1. How many questions did you attempt in this NOV AIIMS 2010 ?
To be honest… I m not sure. But I left around 10 questions completely unanswered.
Aim was to play safe and to finish on time

2. What was your study Plan?
Plan was to mainly study past mcqs and to revise them as many times as possible..
With regards to PGI.. I tried to solve some of the recent papers.. mainly trying to finish on time and to work out my strategies on solving the paper.. to find out strengths and weaknesses

3. How many hours did u study ?
Started at 16 hrs a day.. found it difficult to motivate myself thereafter. With time reading hours decreased. I personally feel a dedicated 12hrs a day should be sufficient

4. Your tips for success
To enjoy the reading experience… most of the time it wasn’t a burden

5. During your preparation, did you ever doubt your ability to succeed in it?
Most of the time.. I did doubt myself.. coming from a pvt college I had more to prove
I had great friends who kept motivating me and that’s what kept us going

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

Around 8 months… must keep some gas in the tank for a final rush though..

7. When did you seriously start preparing for this exam?

March.. after finishing my internship

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

Yes.. everyone does.. can be solved by discussing them in a group. Combine studies is a must. Stays in your mind longer when one discusses it.

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

Only advise is the time table should not be overambitious. Me and my friends grafted some time tables 2 months before the exams and were able to follow it. We mainly concentrated on past papers interspaced with some theory

10. What is your advice to the future aspirants?

The period of preparing for these exams are not easy.. everyone starts well but it is crucial to sustain the effort. Must keep distractions away though. Luck often plays a deciding factor. Should not be depressed when we don’t get the desired results (easier said than done) but we have to be patient. Results will definitely come!

11. Which books did you read for the theory part?

I didn’t read too much theory. I read ganong(because I like physiology) .my personal opinion is that it is not possible to read Harrison. It’s a good book to read but retaining it is tough. I feel that its not a great idea to read theory books. Use the standard books for reference. That should do.

12. What was your strategy for the exam day?

I was quite relaxed. Didn’t burden myself with too much expectations. Please do not guess wildly in pgi. Have to play safer. I made it a point to finish 50 questions per half hour

13. 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.

Always went in all exams from 1 to 250. I usually also don’t leave too many questions unanswered. Because it may not be possible to come back to them again due to lack of time

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

Yes.. most of go through depression during this period. Must have the will power to bounce back when we don’t get the desired result. I was able counter depression by talking to my friends and parents.

PGI TIPS FOR YOUR JUNIORS

15. HOW many choices did u attempt in NOV PGI 2010 ?

I m not sure actually.. I feel u have to handle question by question. By solving some old pgi papers it is possible to strategize. Each person should take risks in strength subjects and play safe in weaker areas.

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

Take the exam seriously as it is very unpredictable.. never undermine your chances

17. YOUR recommended books for PG PREPARATION

Like everyone mudit khanna and ashish gupta. Manoj chaudri for pgi
Sparsh gupta for pharmacology. ‘ACROSS’ by saumya shukla

18. ABOUT ADRPLEXUS

Must be applauded for launching this pgi model exams
During the exam I realized that I had missed a no of ‘except’ in questions and gave me an introduction to this exam.They even took doubts about the answer key and it was adequately modified.


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Dr S ARUN KUMAR NIMHANS JULY 2010 RANK 4 , Joined MCH NEUROSURGERY @ NIMHANS JULY 2010 ( UG COLLEGE : PIMS )

 

 

 

 

 

 

1. How many questions did you attempt in this JULY NIMHANS 2010 ?

I attended 95 out of 100 questions.

2. What was your study Plan?

My study plan was simple, I already had one year of all india preps, I just made sure my basics are strong.

3. How many hours did u study ?

With our life at stake most of us will study for almost all the time we are awake. But i made sure i did it in the way i enjoy it.

4. Your tips for success

Perseverance conquers everything.

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

Of course without doubts and dips ur preps are incomplete. But use them as a tool of assesment and not as a weight around ur neck that slows u down.

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

I feel , that is very subjective , Once Psychiatrist Dr Sunil sir @ ADrPlexus told every one has to pay a price to get to a position but some has to pay more some less. That price can be either hardwork and get soon, or relax and get it late. So i think that all depends how badly u want it.

7. When did you seriously start preparing for this exam?

Soon after internship i started, but thats really late. One should start from the start of Internship.

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

Ya i had the most volatile memory, for that i tried to understand the concepts of everything so that i can analyze and get the answers wanted. Also i discussed a lot with my friends and revised a lot.
 

9. What was your daily timetable during the preparation?

 

 

 

I had no strict timetables ,I just made sure I finished 1st and 2nd year subjects thoroughly so that i have complete grip on the basics. Rest is all by ADrPlexus discussions and classes and  ADrPlexus Real Test series that i attended.

 

 

 

 

 

 

10.What is your advice to the future aspirants?



Few things i wanted to tell to the aspirants is:

 

 

 

 

 

1. First start enjoying r life and work, that makes everything simpler and easier.


2. Remember one thing – PASSION HAS A FUNNY WAY OF TRUMPING LOGIC.

 

11.  And About ADrPlexus



 
About ADR plexus, I got this place as on one of the crucial moments of life & as a guide to steer my haphazard preps into an organized one. Almost all Faculties of ADrPlexus are from Kottayam who are the best Professors for PG Medical Entrance Coaching in INDIA.Each and Every Class is on par with already well established centres.The mock exams are a must attend and it discusses lot of useful questions and topics useful for the exams. Especially the discussion of special questions by Dr.Arun sir is a useful tool to know the level of your preparation.And About arun sir, when i first saw him i was surprised to see a young person as an organizer, His energy and enthusiasm to help the aspirants is palpable and his approachable and friendly nature makes it easier for everyone. I hope ADrPlexus will help lot of aspirants like me to reach places.


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Dr Valliappan MD GM  ( PGI) PGIMER MAY 22 RANK 1 & MAY AIIMS RANK 17 (UG : Stanley Medical College )

1. How many questions did you attempt in this MAY AIIMS 2010 ?

200 questions..minimium to be attended to get into the rank list..maximum to get into the top…a costly lesson i learnt over last year…over a period of preparation our intuition tends to become more n more right & we can go for reasonable guesses

2. What was your study Plan?

My way was reading subjectwise and recent question papers before exams

3. How many hours did u study ?

Average of ten hours. Not a set pattern…I tried to make use maximum..if 2 days the morale was high..the next 2 used to go down…trying to concentrate on the quality rather than on quantity pays more, reduces frustrations.

4. Your tips for success

Don’t think too much of wat has happened n wat is going to…this minute is ours..try to make maximum of that…Avoid grudging,. it drains u of energy..”What u think you become”…
after failing an exam , it is wiser to look for a solution for what went wrong…. rather than feeling bad for what went wrong

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

After failing to make a mark in so many exams..i used to doubt once in a while,whether i was in the right track or not…but a rank now n then used to keep me alive

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

As my friends n seniors ve told me…it takes roughly about two years from the day u commit yourself to preparation..the earlier u start earlier you finish

7. When did you seriously start preparing for this exam?

Internship

8. Did you face the problem of volatile memory? If so, how did you deal with it?
Yes,  it was tough,repetition n revision matters most….intelligence MAY help…but hardwork is a must…concentrate on your weak areas more

9. What was your daily timetable during the preparation? Were you able to stick to the timetable strictly?
Sticking on to the timetable always tough for me ,like anyone else..I tried to complete subjectwise for november aiims..but was able to complete only for all india n even better for tamilnadu.Allot maximum time for final yr subjects n jus b4 xams revise ur weak areas+SARP+biochem,micro,pharm(more volatile)…to remember well for exams n get an edge over others

10. What is your advice to the future aspirants?
Working hard is important…working wisely is still more important….like concentrating on more yielding subjects n topics

11. Which books did you read for the theory part?
Anat ,Physio,Ophthal,ve not read theory..retrograde references from nelson,harrison n certain topics which can yield more,

12. What was your strategy for the exam day?
SLeeping well…. being alert on the D-Day is more essential than anything else…the better you sleep the better you can recollect,(even from UG lectures)

13. What was ur style of answering question. Whether you started from question no 1 and ended with 200 or started from middle of the question paper.
Start from beginning..if u feel that a question may eat ur time leave it n come back later..if more than two or 3 minutes is already spent on a question,decide for that q then and there-either answer something or leave it..if u come for that again,you have to read it from the beginning,and  waste 1 more minute,and four minutes for a single question ,which is not advisable.

14. Did u underwent the phase of depression . How did u overcome it ?
As everyone tends to get depressed,depression r happiness do not carry it for more than a day r two….”my work won go in vain,it ll pay me back..sometime,if not now

PGI TIPS FOR YOUR JUNIORS

15. What was your strategy for MAY PGI 2010 ?
Time management & completing the paper

16. HOW many choices did u attempt ?
I attended 246 questions. Roughly 550 choices or more an average of 2.5 options

17. What are the do’s and don’ts in PGI exam
Be good at theory,on the yielding subjects n topics.go thru recent 6 papers..n the topics to be refered retrogradely,not all answers in guide r perfect. be very good at the repeats so that you ll ve time for the tougher questions wich requires your commonsense…. avoid anything that empties your time,both during preparation n exams

18. YOUR recommended books for PG PREPARATION
anat phy biochem,SARP & saumye shukla.RD n RT sumer sethi,pharm sparsh gupta,medicine ashish,surgery,asish,n also arora publication both wer good,aravind arora spm,..ent ,og text books help,along with adrplexus  classes

19. ABOUT ADRPLEXUS

ADrPlexus classes comes with flexibility & economic rates and well experienced faculties from Kottayam and Thrissur,with lots of experiense in PG coaching,they are the teachers who ve contributed to so many toppers,,..if a single successful candidate has so much to say for his juniors,i wonder how much a teacher can give.
Thanks to Adrplexus ,my teachers & my well wishers.