PrepLadder congratulates Dr. Fegade on securing Rank-35 in NEET MDS 2018. 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 seat.
Hello, please tell us something about yourself.
Hi, I am Dr Tejashri Fegade. I completed my BDS from Nair Hospital & Dental College, Mumbai. I scored 629 marks and AIR 35 in NEET MDS 2018.
What do you think is the correct approach to study for NEET MDS? Only MCQ's or Theory + MCQ's?
According to me, referring to pulse synopsis first and then solving mcqs is correct approach. Then standard textbooks can be referred for the concepts that are not clear. Also, correlating clinical knowledge with practical knowledge is very important to strengthen the foundation for preparation.
When should the preparation ideally be started?
Ideally preparation should be started at the beginning of internship period but it's never too late to start sincere preparation.
Please list the books you studied for each subject.
Basically, I adhered to Dental Pulse and Neeraj Wadhawan during my preparation. For Anatomy, I referred Across. Referring images of standard textbooks for image based questions is enough.
Have you attempted AIPGDEE previously? If yes, what did you do different this year that lead to your success.
No, this was my first attempt. I completed my internship in Sept 2017.
How big is the role of practice and revision while preparing for NEET MDS and how much time should be dedicated for it?
Revision plays a major role in success in NEET MDS. It doesn't matter how much books you refer but revising them multiple times is very important. I completed my entire syllabus by August 2017, so that I was left with adequate time for revision.
Did PrepLadder play a part in your success? If yes, how?
Yes, I attribute my success to PrepLadder. Daily boosters were really very effective and the test series helped me to know my level of preparation and time management.
Did you use a timetable/study plan to keep your preparation on track?
Yes, I followed a time table. I used to set daily targets and completed it with precision. For medical subjects, I dedicated 2 weeks period and for dental subjects 1 week.
Were you a topper or a mediocre student during graduation?
No, I was not a topper during my graduation.
List the most difficult and easiest subjects for you.
Pharmacology and Orthodontics were most difficult subjects for me. I enjoyed learning Anatomy, Microbiology, General Medicine and Oral Pathology.
What was your exam taking strategy? How many questions did you attempt in NEET MDS?
Having adequate sleep the day before exam and having complete presence of mind during 3 hrs of exam is very important. I attempted 231 questions out of 240. I managed to finish 200 questions which were not that difficult in 2 hrs and then dedicated last 1 hr for difficult questions.
One mistake that you believe everyone must avoid while preparing for NEET MDS.
Avoid wasting time especially those doing internship and do your preparation with full dedication and sincerity. Clear the doubts right at the same moment instead pilling it up. As I mentioned earlier, do the quality preparation instead of referring to multiple books.
Some last tips for our readers who are preparing for NEET MDS.
Believing in oneself and being determined is sufficient to fetch your dream seat. Stay positive, work hard and make it happen
We thank Dr. Fegade for sharing her success story.
Best Wishes for MDS entrance.
With Love, Team PrepLadder