PrepLadder congratulates Dr. Nikhil Aggarwal on successfully qualifying NEET PG 2018. We wish him all the best for his career and future ahead.
In this exclusive interview with PrepLadder, he shares the plan that worked best for him to help you achieve your dream PG seat.
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Hello, please tell us something about yourself.
I am Dr. Nikhil Aggarwal, from New Delhi. I have done my MBBS from Subharti Medical College, Meerut. I cleared NEETPG-2018 with UP State Rank 3035.I have been selected for MD Anatomy at King George’s Medical University (KGMU),Lucknow by God’s grace. It has the best Anatomy Museum & Academics Record in whole of South-East Asia. It feels lucky to be a “Georgian” forever now.
What do you think is the correct approach to study for NEET PG? Only MCQ's or Theory+MCQ's?
Theory+ MCQ’s+ Multiple REVISIONS
When should the preparation ideally be started?
Ideal start time is - during Intership. I utilised my 1st year of internship by attending weekend T&D (Tests & Discussion) coaching classes alongside & made proper notes subject wise during this time. This way, I saved my time subsequently by just simply doing serious self-study after internship.
Please list the books you studied for each subject.
I had all my MBBS core books as ready reference besides me all the time to clear any confusion & to get a basic understanding of selected topics. I used the following sources for PG preparation- All Subject-Wise Class Notes+ ROAMs 13th Edition. Also the ROAMs Supplement 2016-17 clubbed with NEET PG SUPER30 (by PrepLadder) was helpful for last minute revisions. (I got direct 4 Questions from PrepLadder SUPER30 in NEET PG'18).
I also followed the last 5 years exam papers of AIIMS+ ALL INDIA+ PGI.
AIIMS ESSENCE-Dr.Pritesh Singh All India-Dr.Mudit Khanna(Book not updated after 2015 but very good quality) PGI-Dr.Manoj Chaudhary
I followed the PrepLadder’s “Subject Wise Important Topics” List while preparing. I maintained an index for ROAMs important topics & pages which helped me to daily revise the core important topics of all subjects in minimal time. I made my own notes & sticked them at the appropriate places in the book itself for last minute reviews.
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 2016,17 & June DNB 2017 & November JIPMER 2017 & AIIMS 2017.I gave all of these exams with little preparation & revision. My aim was to maintain the exam pressure to keep my preparation on track. Otherwise anyone would become lazy when there is just 1 annual exam to appear. I learnt alot from my mistakes in these exams & became better prepared for the next.
How big is the role of practice and revision while preparing for NEET PG and how much time should be dedicated for it?
3 steps to be completed:
- Finish single reading of all subjects from any book (with PG entrance point of view)
- Solve Previous Year & Mock Online MCQs
- REVISE, REVISE, REVISE!!!
Steps 2 & 3 are to be done together. Try to Complete step 1 within 4-6 months maximal, then follow steps 2+3 daily henceforth.
Did PrepLadder play a part in your success? If yes, how?
Definitely! As I already mentioned, NEETPG SUPER30 was a life-saver for last minute revision. I printed them & had them binded. I added some volatile key concepts on each page linked to the subject matter. In the end, I got a Ready Glimpse of all the subjects. It helped me quickly sail through all the subjects daily in the last week of the exam & also the morning before exam. Also the PrepLadder’s AIIMS/NEET PG Mock conducts were very close to the real exam. June DNB 2017 had direct repeats from Mock Exams by PrepLadder. Also, I practiced the online image based tests & Mock grand tests via PrepLadder
Did you use a time table/study plan to keep your preparation on track?
Yes! But it kept changing monthly once or twice! It helped me to stay confident, motivated, contended & focussed. It helped me to analyze the broader goals & work appropriately.
Were you a topper or a mediocre student during MBBS?
Mediocre but with strong focus on academics
List the most difficult and easiest subjects for you.
I found Biochemistry to be highly volatile, but it’s the most scoring especially in AIIMS & PGI. Although, difficult subjects are self-made by not studying the core concepts properly.
I found the short subjects(Ophthalmology, Radiology, Skin, Psychiatry ,Anesthesia) easier to complete & recall.
One mistake that you believe everyone must avoid while preparing for NEET PG.
Being Lazy to Revise! Everyone thinks to finish whole syllabus first & then will begin to revise? That’s not the case! Trust me!
What was your strategy to tackle negative marking? How many questions did you attempt?
Negative marking was introduced in NEETPG 2018 just 1-2 months prior to the exam. So, luckily PrepLadder updated their system & scoring on time. I practiced & analyzed my mistakes via multiple mock tests.
Some last tips for our readers preparing for PG?
If I can do it, you can also do it!! Give your heart & soul to the preparation atleast once in your lifetime! You will have no regrets in your entire life ever again! Be it whatsoever the result may be! You are sure to get it! Each subject specialist is the pioneer of his/her field. Hence, respect, honour & money are almost same in all branches nowadays. So, don’t waste your years in dropping for chasing a specific branch(in my opinion). It’s better to take up the branch & again give your heart & soul to it... Then Sky is the limit...!!!!!
We thank Dr. Nikhil Aggarwal for sharing his success story.
Best Wishes for PG entrance
With Love, Team PrepLadder