PrepLadder congratulates Dr. Ragavi on securing Rank-11 in AIIMS ’17 and Rank-20 in NEET MDS’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 MDS seat.
Hello, please tell us something about yourself.
Hello. I am Ragavi. I did my under graduation in Chettinad Dental College Chennai Tamil Nadu. I secured 11th rank in AIIMS November 2017 and 20th rank in NEET MDS January 2018.
What do you think is the correct approach to study for NEET MDS? Only MCQ's or Theory+ MCQ's?
According to me, Theory+ MCQ's is the correct approach. One cannot attempt MCQ exam without practicing MCQ’s and to think about the answer, one needs to have theory knowledge. So, both have an equal importance.
When should the preparation ideally be started?
Ideally one should start preparing during internship.
Please list the books you studied for each subject.
I referred to Dental pulse, Dentest and my own notes for preparation.
Have you attempted AIPGDEE previously? If yes, what did you do different this year that lead to your success.
Yes, I did. But this year I prepared full time for 8 months consistently. I think that was the difference.
How big is the role of practice and revision while preparing for NEET MDS and how much time should be dedicated for it?
Revision is the key to success. The more you revise, the more you become strong and confident. In the beginning, I revised for 2 hrs and that gradually increased to 8 hrs per day.
Did PrepLadder play a part in your success? If yes,how?
Yes. All India NEET mock exams were helpful to know the level of competition and where we stand among the competitors. She was enrolled in MDS Guarantee Pack.
Did you use a time table/study plan to keep your preparation on track?
Yes. I used to make plans everyday whether I was able to complete them or not. That gave me an idea of what I did the whole day.
Were you a topper or a mediocre student during graduation?
No. Not at all. I was a very average student during my UG.
List the most difficult and easiest subjects for you.
Most difficult was Community Dentistry and the easiest was Oral Pathology and Microbiology.
What was your exam taking strategy? How many questions did you attempt in NEET MDS?
Try to finish exam on time. The answer is in front of you. Try to eliminate the wrong options first instead of finding the right one. I attempted 238 questions.
One mistake that you believe everyone must avoid while preparing for NEET MDS.
Don't try to complete or master one subject leaving the rest. Give equal importance to basics and clinical subjects.
Some last tips for our readers who are preparing for NEET MDS.
Don't just read the theory part alone. Do attempt as many MCQ tests as possible.
We thank Dr. Ragavi for sharing her success story.
Best Wishes for MDS entrance.
With Love, Team PrepLadder