PrepLadder congratulates Dr. Bharathi Priya on securing Rank-171 in NEET PG’18. WE wish her all the best for her career and future ahead.
In this exclusive interview with PrepLadder, she shares the plan that worked best for her to help you achieve your dream PG seat.
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Hello, please tell us something about yourself.
I'm Dr. Bharathi Priya from Thanjavur Medical College. I secured AIR 171 in NEET-PG 2018.
What do you think is the correct approach to study for NEET PG? Only MCQ's or Theory+ MCQ's?
I prefer theory during initial 5 months plus subject wise tests if you have time. Mocks for last 1 or 2 months . Don’t just do book back MCQs .Write tests. That will show your performance.
When should the preparation ideally be started?
As early as possible. But if you are from busy hospitals, then start immediately after completing internship.
Please list the books you studied for each subject.
I read the following books for PG exams:
Anatomy - Rajesh kaushal sir notes
Physiology - Krishna Kumar sir notes
Biochemistry - Dr Rebecca class notes
Pathology - Dr Vandana Puri
Microbiology - Rachna Chaurasia
Pharmacology - Gobind Rai
Forensic medicine - Yatiraj singi notes
SPM- Vivek Jain
ENT - EEE by Manisha Budhiraja
Ophthalmology - Arvind Arora
Medicine - Class notes by Dr.Rakesh and Dr Dileep kumar
Surgery - Rajamahendran sir notes
OBG - Sakshi Arora
Pediatrics -Dr.Sarath Balaji class notes
Orthopaedics - Abbas ali sir class notes
Radiology - Dr Sumer Sethi
Dermatology - Saurabh Jindal
Psychiatry - Praveen Tripathi
Listen to online lectures or live classes and take notes. You can easily cover all important topics and that's enough for NEET.
Have you attempted any PG exam previously? If yes, what were your ranks then and what did you do different this time that lead to your success?
Yes, I attempted NEET PG 2017 during my internship and scored AIR 34,000. The exam was full of one liners. I had no time during internship. So, I didn't concentrate on studies. NEET 2018 pattern was different. More concept based questions. So concepts are more important. Never mug conceptual subjects like physiology and medicine.
How big is the role of practice and revision while preparing for NEET PG and how much time should be dedicated for it?
Revision is essential. But it depends upon you. Some prefer 3 revisions before exam. But if it’s your first attempt one revision is enough and do twice for your toughest subjects.
Did PrepLadder play a part in your success? If yes, how?
Yes, I wrote All India Mock by PrepLadder before NEET and got rank 150. The rank really reflected my actual NEET rank.
Did you use a time table/study plan to keep your preparation on track?
Long term plans usually don't go well. I used weekly plans. Make short timetable daily or weekly. But don’t study haphazardly without proper idea.
Were you a topper or a mediocre student during MBBS?
I scored good marks during MBBS.
List the most difficult and easiest subjects for you.
Most easy - ENT, SPM
Most difficult - Biochemistry ,Microbiology, Ophthalmology
One mistake that you believe everyone must avoid while preparing for NEET PG.
Don’t lose hope by comparing yourself to others. Put your 100% effort. Start from the very First day.
What was your strategy to tackle negative marking? How many questions did you attempt?
I was quite worried about the negative marking but attempting mocks helped me to gain confidence. I have attempted 278 questions, Right - 216, Wrong - 62. You can leave upto 25 questions not more than that. If you are really confident then go for 290 questions. Give mock tests, assess your performance and negative status.Then decide.
Some last tips for our readers preparing for PG?
1) Everyone will have depression during preparation and even during exam. So never feel down till the last minute of the timer.
2) Don’t over think about your future just study for now
3) Sleep is important it boosts your memory
4) Use sticky notes as a memory aid
5) Start writing full tests ASAP. No need to finish all subjects. I started giving full test from the 1st month of preparation so that I can visualize my improvement.
6) Never trust last 2 months .Try to finish maximum portions 2 months prior to exams.
We thank Dr. Bharathi Priya for sharing her success story
Best Wishes for PG entrance.
With Love, Team PrepLadder