INTERVIEW - Dr Bharath Chhabria​​​​​​​ - PGI May'14 Rank - 09


Hello friends, I am Bharath Chhabria from Bangalore medical college 07 batch. I joined adrplexus for the pgi mock exams in oct 2013 and march/april 2014.

ADRPLEXUS offers comprehensive and detailed study material for pgi pattern of examination. The pgi mock exams simulate the real exams to a great extent. Tips and questions provided in each of the exams helped me understand how exactly the real exam would be and helped me formulate a strategy to tackle the exam. I am really grateful to adrplexus for that.

2. What was your study Plan?

I started a thorough subject wise preparation in the month of may 2013, with an aim to finish all subjects once by the end of September and begin revising from oct. I spent 3-4 days for short subjects. One week for pathology microbiology ophthal, pharmac, obg,psm,anatomy physiology and biochemistry. And 2 weeks each for med and surgery. During revision I revised with emphasis on pre clinical, para clinical subjects and SPM. With this prep I gave all india and pgi in nov and secured rank 197 in all india and rank 119 in Nov PGI.

3. How many hours did u study ?

Between May 2013 and nov 2013 I spent on an average 15hrs per day with my books. Sometimes if deadlines weren’t met I would even go upto 17 hrs. Now after securing rank 9 (general) in may pgi I feel it was all worth the effort.

4. Your tips for success

Consistent hardwork and smart work are important for succeeding in pg entrance exams. There is absolutely no substitute. It is very important not to lose focus and not to feel low if exam results don’t go as per ones’ liking. Giving many exams is very imp. Whether it may be mock exams or real exams. It is always a good habit to come back from exams and recall questions and find ans to new questions..A lot of collateral reading is done in the process which will really help in the long run. I think it is good to keep one exam in mind and continuously work towards cracking that exam.

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

To be honest ive always doubted my abilities and I had never imagined that success would meet me in such magnitude. But teachers, friends and family were there for support and they encouraged a lot, kept me motivated and inspired. i was never a topper at undergraduate level, my scores would be between 60-67 percent. But now I realize that ug and pg prep are totally different..and toppers there may not necessarily be toppers here. So one must never doubt ones ability as it doesn’t take high IQ to crack exams…just perseverance..

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

If one is starting preparations afresh after internship I think one needs to devote all the time in hand towards studying. Depending on your speed number of hours spent with books should be individualized to anywhere between 13-17hrs. For students who ve been studying from ug days it is very important to use all the time during internship to consolidate what one has learnt and give your best at the exams soon after internship.

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

After all india exam results I took a break for about 45 days. I started serious preparation towards the end of march.. and by second week of april I was back to studying like before- almost 16hrs/day

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

Yes volatile memory has always been an revision alone helps to overcome the problem. I would make notes and flash cards for all important and high yield topics. Did that specifically for topics asked previously in pgi. Also made charts and mnemonics to revise topics in anatomy pharmac and psm. Eg branches of internal iliac artery, subclavian axillary artery etc. staging of tumors in surgery and gynaecology Discussing with friends is a nice and fun way to learning and I would discuss a lot with my friends vishrut and deepa. Whatever I discussed I would retain for longer.

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

Studying had become the only thing I was doing for most of last year. Ive made lots of sacrifices to achieve success. I stopped playing my favourite sport basketball and would just wake up everyday start studying and do the same until bedtime…but yet it was always difficult to stick to timetable and finish whatever I wanted to for that day…

10. What is your advice to the future aspirants?

There is no shortcut, so work as hard as possible to get your dream subject in the best colleges in the country. I think prayer, blessings and good wishes from elders and seniors go along way..

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

I read Lippincott for biochemistry, revised genetics just before the exam since it is a hot topic for pgi exam. Robbins I read general pathology and hematology. Ganong for most of physiology. Harrison- imp topics that are frequently asked and I went through the tables. While revising I could only go through selected tables.

12. What was your strategy for the exam day?

Day before exam it is important to read volatile topics and topics frequently asked. For eg developmental milestones in pediatrics, derivatives of neural crest, congenital adrenal hyperplasia , immunology in patho, tumors in surgery and gynaec. sleep well before the exam.. I never did that until the last exam, which fetched me a single digit rank.

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 one and ended with 250. Friends had told me that I needed to progress at the rate of 40 question per half hour.

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

I would feel low. I would think of seniors who had fulfilled their dreams and I would imagine myself having secured the top rank to keep myself inspired. or just talk to a few friends who would just tell me to hang in there. I am really thankful to all my close friends for that.

15. What was your strategy for MAY PGI 2014 ?

My strategy was to finish revision asap. I gave adrplexus mock exams in between to check on myself and to make sure I was improving with each exam. Time will be an issue for candidates appearing for the first time. In nov I lost out because I didn’t complete the paper. So this time my aim was to read all 1250 options as fast as I could. I marked option that I was 90% sure off. My friend vishrut had told me to mark all options which had phrases like ‘may cause’ or ‘it may lead to’ etc. it was a gamble but I guess it worked in my favour..

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

I marked around 520 options. I marked options which I was 80 to 90 percent sure off. But I must confess that I took many calculated guesses as I said in the previous question. I left around ten question unattempted.

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

Must finish paper. Minimum 40questions should be answered in half hour Avoid frame shift errors while leaving questions in between. Read questions properly to spot words like ‘except’ and ‘false’ Don’t waste too much time thinking…keep moving ahead Thorough subject wise prep.. Imp subjects – medicine surgery pathology, biochemistry and obg.

18. YOUR recommended books for PG PREPARATION

Manoj choudary guide for previous year questions along with robbins ganong Lippincott and Harrison. I thank adrplexus for being the only institute to conduct pgi pattern of examinations and helping thousands of aspirants like me for whom success in pgi has been a dream come true. I would also take this opportunity to thank the Almighty, my parents, all my seniors and juniors especially dr. preetham dr pawan, dr kailash. My friends vishrut, nikila, pandey nagarjun , anand(mmc) , deepa and team BMC from where I ve acquired the never say die spirit! Best wishes to all PG aspirants! Cheers! Jai hind!