INTERVIEW - Dr. M. Navinath - PGI Nov'10 Rank - 03



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.


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.