PrepLadder congratulates Dr. Bhoobalakrishnan on successfully qualifying PGI MDS 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.
Hello, please tell us something about yourself.
Hi, I'm Dr. Bhoobalakrishnan M.S. I graduated from TNGDC Chennai. My PGI rank is 4(OBC) and Overall I secured AIR-9.
What do you think is the correct approach to study for PG entrance exams? Only MCQ's or Theory+ MCQ's?
Yes, MCQ books are the correct approach to study in a short span of time for exams. But now, every exam is concept based so it'd be wise to clear doubts from textbooks. It should be balanced.
When should the preparation ideally be started?
It would be great to start from internship to cover the vast syllabus. But I didn't start then and regret it. Starting steadily from internship and studying maximum post internship would definitely help crack the exams.
Please list the books you studied for each subject.
Have you attempted any PGI exam previously? If yes, what were your ranks then and what did you do different this time that lead to your success?
I got AIR 304 In NEET MDS 2018, AIR 159 in AIIMS MAY 2018. I tried not to worry and appeared calmly for PGI. I think we would've studied enough for every exam. Going calmly to the exam after a good night's sleep and having the presence of mind, really helps.
How big is the role of practice and revision while preparing for PGI entrance and how much time should be dedicated for it?
These exams demand revisions regularly. Ideally, we should dedicate half the time for revision. We can't remember everything unless we revised it.
Did PrepLadder play a part in your success? If yes, how?
Yes, it surely did. I enrolled for MDS GUARANTEE PACK. It had subject tests and grand tests. The online tests really helped. It simulated the real exam scenarios.
Did you use a timetable/study plan to keep your preparation on track?
Yeah, a stipulated time for every subject, so as not to lag behind.
Were you a topper or a mediocre student during graduation?
No, I was an average student during my graduation.
List the most difficult and easiest subjects for you.
Biochemistry was a bit difficult for me and oral pathology was the easiest according to me.
One mistake that you believe everyone must avoid while preparing for PGI entrance exams.
Try not to panic. Read the questions and the answer options twice even if it seems easy. Tough questions are tough for everyone. It’s the silly mistakes that make the difference in ranks. Please be cool and avoid these.
What was your exam taking strategy? How many questions did you attempt in PGI?
It depends on the difficulty level of that particular year paper. This time, for me, it seemed somewhat easier than previous ones, so I attempted 91 out of 100. It's better to leave numerical questions in PGI if we're not very sure. And for every exam, it's ok to risk a few questions if we're able to eliminate 2 options out of 4.
Some last tips for our readers preparing for PGI?
Everyone will be going for the exam with full year's preparation only. What matters is how we go to the exam center, be cool and answer calmly. According to me, the ranks are the result of:
- How much we take the exam seriously and prepare for it.
- The presence of mind and recollecting what we know during those 90/180 minutes.
- A bit of luck too. No one knows everything except for the textbooks…All the best!!
We thank Dr. Bhoobalakrishnan for sharing his success story.
Best Wishes for PG entrance
With Love, Team PrepLadder