INTERVIEW - Dr SHRUTI KUMAR​​​​​​​ - PGI May'15 Rank - 10, AIIMS May'15 Rank - 5​​​​​​​


Adr plexus test series are an excellent platform for aiims and pgi preparation. The questions cover both new and old questions and practising the tests help in training yourself for the final exam. Also the assesment is accurate. My ranks were in top 50 which reflected my final performance.

2. What was your study Plan?

My strategy was to to do retrograde studies. First I did questions from previous 5 to 7 years repeats of aiims and pgi of any subject I wud study and den I would read either notes or subject wise guides. Also I tried revising twice before the exam. And I took a lot of tests in which adr plexus helped me.

3. How many hours did u study ?

I studied 10 to 12 hours per day

4. Your tips for success

My tips for success is hard work and intelligent study which means do a lot of questions and take tests and revise more.

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

Of course I doubted if I wud be able to achieve it, but whenever I did; I gathered all courage and decided to move forward despite that

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

I took around 15 months to prepare but if u are studying seriously with a strategy I think 9 to 10 months are enough

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

I started my preparation seriously from 1st Jan 2014 but since my internship was a bit heavy I could not secure good ranks last year in aipg; so I again started preparing from jan 2015 but I changed my strategy a bit like I said ; I did more quedtions and took tests; which helped me a lot.

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

Yes I faced the problem of volatile memory. I jotted down a few bullet points like of forensic IPC sections and Haematology lymphoma CD markers etc and kept revising them on and off. Also again taking tedts refreshes your memory constantly.

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

I would get up around 10 in the morning and stay awake till 2.30 to 3 am at night. In these hours my effective input was for 10 to 12 hours. I would make a time table for subjects but obviously coudnt stick to it completely

10. What is your advice to the future aspirants?

My advice for future aspirants is that dont be disheartened if you coudnt perform well in a previous examination; because each exam is different and performance on each day varies. Know your examination well and prepare accordingly.

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

I did not have time to read any theory books per se. But I kept referring to harrison if I had doubts.

12. What was your strategy for the exam day?

On the exam day it is very important to get a good night's sleep and keep calm to avoid making silly mistakes. Also in aii.s the strategy should be to attempt maximum quedtions; I attempted 195; while in pgi strategy should be to limit the number of options marked, I attempted around 550 to 570 options because I knew the negative in pgi is very high.

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 from Question 1 till end. In aiims since I had marked around 70 questions for review; I had 80 minutes to attempt these questions again

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

Ya I got depressed after my aipg results came out. But I overcame ot and moved ahead.

15. What was your strategy for MAY PGI 2015?

For may 2015 my strategy was to complete syllabus twice before my examination. And like I already wrote, took a lot of tests and covered all important topics.

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

I attempted around 195 questions in aiims and 550 to 570 options in PGI.In AIIMS exam try to arrive at answer by elimination. And try to build up your basics for both aiims and pgi because both are application based exams. In aiims try to attempt max questions; I attempted 195 questions. Read each question carefully and also fast and arrive at answer by exclusion. Dont make any mistakes in repeats for which u should do at least previous 5 years. Also dont be afraid of making mistakes. Even the topper gets a 70 to 72 percent; which is around 40 wrong questions. So the exam gives u a scope to make mistakes and yet fetch a good rank.

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

Dos in exam keep your mind cool; read carefully; arrive at answer by exclusion; take risks especially in aiims exam.

Donts - dont panic if the paper is tough because its a competition ; it is equally tough for everyone; dont make any mistakes in repeats or basic questions. For pgi I would suggest attempt limited options around 550 to 570. Because the negative is particularly high. And obviously speed up your reading skills because it is a lengthy paper.

18. Your recommended books for PG PREPARATION

Anat physio bc forensic ophtha ACROSS....ent gyne SMART STUDIES...psm VIVEK JAIN...pharma path GRG...micro RACHNA CHAURAISYA..medicine last 7 years papers of aiims and pgi..paeds ARVIND ARORA...surg PRITESH SINGH..short subj..just notes..I did 5 to 7 years ques fr all 19 subj from aiims n PGI books amot ashish n Manoj chaoudhary