Repeat questions now-a-days are very few.. so best approach is theory+MCQs
Preparation should ideally be started in undergrad itself. However dedicated 9 months of hard work post internship also pays off.
No. I appeared for entrance only this year. However I gave July DNB and secured 1307 rank.
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Revision is the key. At least 2 revisions are necessary. Last 3 and a half months should be dedicated for revision. Anything that is not revised is as good as not read.
Yes it certainly did. I had availed the PGMEE guarantee pack and Champions Blue Print and the test evaluations really helped me in finding out the weak areas. Also, the number of questions was very substantial, which helped me in covering all the subjects in utmost detail.
Yes, keeping a track of time you spend on a subject is very important, and if you don't give yourself a deadline, you will keep reading a subject for forever. Since a timetable is of no use if you can't stick to it, you should give yourself realistic goals that are humanely achievable.
I was always among the Toppers during my MBBS.
Most difficult was microbiology and easiest were biochemistry, PSM and Pharmacology.
You must never try reading more than one book for a subject. Because you wont be able to revise it. And the time that you spend in reading those extra books will go down the drain which otherwise could have been positively utilized for revision.