PrepLadder congratulates Dr. Nayani Makkar on achieving this unbelievable feat. We wish her all the best for her career and future ahead.
Dr. Nayani did not join a coaching institute, she only took PrepLadder mock tests for PG preparation.
In this exclusive interview with PrepLadder, she shares the plan that worked for her in order to help you achieve this too.
Hello, please tell us something about yourself.
I am a Delhi girl of doctor parents and enjoy cooking and gardening as hobbies.
What do you think is the correct approach to study for PG? Only MCQ's or Theory+MCQ's?
A strong grasp over concepts with theory is essential, especially as now repeat questions are rare.
When should the preparation ideally be started?
I think the key to cracking the exams is to study well and use standard books throughout Medical College. And simply revise preferably with standard texts in the last 2-3 months before the exam.
Please list the books you studied for each subject.
Anatomy- Gray's & Snell
Physiology- Samson-Wright & Ganong
Microbiology- Jawetz and some topics from Ananth Narayan
Pharmacology- Goodman & Gilman
Forensic-Reddy with Sumit Seth for revision
PSM- Parks' and Vivek Jain
Surgery- Bailey & Love with some topics from Schwartz
Radiology-Dr. Sumer Sethi's book
Psychiatry- Niraj Ahuja and Kaplan USMLE notes( also Mental Illnesses chapter in Harrison)
Anesthesia- Ajay Yadav+Accross
Have you attempted PGMEE previously? If yes, what did you do different this year that lead to your success
No, this is my first attempt.
How big is the role of practice and revision while preparing for PGMEE and how much time should be dedicated for it?
At least 2-3 revisions are essential for recall. The time depends on how fast the student is.
Did PrepLadder play a part in your success? If yes, how?
Daily Questions and Clinical Cases were very helpful in guiding preparation. Had also taken the NEET pattern mock which had a large number of participants. Very helpful to judge competition.
I particularly joined PrepLadder for the large number of competition in their tests.
Did you use a time table/study plan to keep your preparation on track?
Absolutely! It's very important to decide how much time is needed for each subject.
Were you a topper or a mediocre student during MBBS?
My overall percentage in MBBS was second in our batch of 200.
List the most difficult and easiest subjects for you.
I found Medicine the easiest during revision as I had done Harrison well previously.
Ophthalmology, especially as it is a rank deciding subject in AIIMS, was harder than the rest.
One mistake that you believe everyone must avoid while preparing for PGMEE.
Believing that 1-2 years of studying can give good results. It has to be a constant effort through medical college.
Some last tips for our readers preparing for PGMEE?
Study to enjoy studying and learning without a rank or an exam in mind! It yields surprisingly good results.
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