PrepLadder congratulates Dr. Vaibhav on achieving this unbelievable feat. We wish him all the best for his career and future.
In this exclusive interview with PrepLadder, he shares some tips to help you achieve this too.
Hello, please tell us something about yourself
Myself Vaibhav Karoliya from Morbi, Gujarat. I did UG from B J Medical College, Ahmedabad. I had joined MBBS with 2nd rank in State Merit. But ss UG student, I was a MEDIOCRE with around 70% marks.
But clearing basic subject fundamentals in UG helped me a lot and I ended up securing 4th rank in DNB July 2016.
AND I HAD NOT JOINED ANY CLASSES FOR THAT.
What do you think is the correct approach to study for PGMEE? Only MCQs or Theory+MCQs?
MCQ and Theory are both required, Its like of batsman and bowler in Cricket and Attacker and Defender of Football. You can't afford to skip either if you want to win.
For subjects you are good at go for MCQ first, then read theory for missing points. Otherwise, theory first approach.
When should the preparation ideally be started?
Foundation of preparation starts in UG because of increasing competition.
1st and 2nd prof students should clear fundamentals; they can go for MCQ books later in 3rd or 4th year.
Please list the books you studied for each subject.
Pharmacology and Pathology Garg
PSM Vivek Jain
ObGy Sakshi Arora
Surgery Pritesh Singh
But reading the same books as toppers is not necessary. You can choose yours. Books don't matter that much according to me.
For revision, study ROAMS or make your own notes.
We wear clothes that are COMFORTABLE to us and not just ATTRACTIVE and WELL DESIGNED. Same applies here, toppers will say I read Harrison, Robbins etc but you might not be able to complete these heavy books in time. It’s obviously good if you read these books in UG, but it’s not bad even if you didn't.
You can look into text books when doubt arises otherwise MCQ books are good enough.
Have you attempted PGMEE previously? If yes, what did you do different this year that lead to your success
AIR 150 in AIPGMEE 2016. More revision and practice led to less silly mistakes.
How big is the role of practice and revision while preparing for PGMEE and how much time should be dedicated for it?
It's heart of any entrance exam preparation. Give as many as Subject wise tests and Grand tests for practice as you can.
Revise highlighted points or from your notes. Try to reduce time substantially in every revision. No point if you take same time for every reading.
Did PrepLadder play a part in your success? If yes, how?
Well I came to know about it later on, but it can surely sharpen your AXE as it's used by many aspirants and since it has same software as NBE so it provides a very similar atmosphere like the real exam.
I appeared for All India DNB mock test by PrepLadder just before my exam and I fond it good. I got 159th Rank there ☺
Did you use a time table/study plan to keep your preparation on track?
I don't strictly follow any timetable. I am flexible about it.
Were you a topper or a mediocre student during MBBS?
Well Average between these two, because there were more TOPPERS "good at writing exams and manipulating Viva" in my college. And I was Gujarati Medium Struggler Student.
List the most difficult and easiest subjects for you.
I love pharmacology, biochemistry and FM.
Like PSM only for MCQs
Difficult: Anatomy, Ortho, SARP
Rest are Medium.
One mistake that you believe everyone must avoid while preparing for PGMEE.
Joining PG coaching during Internship. It takes away your lot of time. You can't finish one subject and second subject has already started in classes.
Don’t refer more than 1 book for a subject. Be a loyal reader.
Don't waste time for solving controversies, you actually end up worsening it.
Some last tips for our readers preparing for PGMEE?
Keep the same momentum till the end. Just Remember you exist here only because you were the fastest and strongest SPERM
Forget about probability, Believe in your ability. All the best to everyone reading this.
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