PrepLadder congratulates Dr Rathindra Nath Bera on securing Rank 9 in NEET MDS exam. We wish him all the best for his career and future ahead.

In this exclusive interview with PrepLadder, he shares the plan that worked for him to get an amazing Rank in NEET MDS.

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Hello, please tell us something about yourself.

I am Dr Rathindra Nath Bera. I completed my BDS from GNIDSR kolkata, west bengal in 2015. My neet rank is 9 & score is 914.


What do you think is the correct approach to study for NEET MDS? Only MCQ's or Theory+MCQ's?

I firmly believe blindly reading mcqs is the reason because of which many students fail to secure a good rank. Read the theory portion of dental subjects atleast once before you start doing MCQ's. A strong background of all subjects is utmost necessary for securing a good rank.


When should the preparation ideally be started?

Ideally you need 10 months for preparation. So begin it within 2 months of internship.


Please list the books you studied for each subject.

I prepared from the following books-

Dentest, neeraj wadhawan, amit ashish, jitendra sharan (orthodontics), ms muthu (orthodontics and pedodontics), manisha prabhakar (periodontics, implants, cariology), op kharbanda (orthodontics), fonseca maxilloacial trauma & peterson principles of maxilloacial surgery.


Have you attempted AIPGDEE previously? If yes, what did you do different this year that lead to your success.

I attempted AIPGDEE first in 2015. I didn't secure a rank that time.  But this year I made up my mind not only to get a rank but to pursue MDS in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery from a reputed institute. So my goals were clear, I left everything & gave my 100% to preparation.


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 most important part of the preparation. You have 20+ subjects. So doesn't matter how much genius you are. If you don't do hard work you are bound to perish. Divide 6 hours a day into following slots- 1.5 hours for revision, 1.5 hours for basic subjects, 1.5 hours for dental clinical subjects, 1.5 hours for amit ashish & medical questions.


Did PrepLadder play a part in your success? If yes, how?

Obviously Yes! The more tests you give the more you refine yourself. I was a student of DAMS but mock tests of PrepLadder were really helpful. You won't realize this till the day of exam. Questions were repeated from PrepLadder test series.


Did you use a time table/study plan to keep your preparation on track?

Yes I did. I used to study 12 hours each day which i increased to 15 hours during the last month. In this I kept 3 hours for dental revision, 2 hours for medical revision, 3 hours basic subjects, 4 hours dental subjects.


Were you a topper or a mediocre student during graduation?

I wasn't a topper of my college,but i got a few honors. I firmly believe knowledge is more important than university marks. If you run for scores in your college ultimately in NEET your knowledge is going to be tested and you will end up in the waiting list and get admission through donation. So respect your subject, love it and read it for understanding and not for marks.


List the most difficult and easiest subjects for you.

For me Community Dentistry & Dental Materials were difficult in terms of recalling. Orthodontics, Prosthodontics ,Oral Surgery and Endodontics were my darling subjects.


One mistake that you believe everyone must avoid while preparing for NEET MDS.

Blindly following MCQ's and reading all questions from amit ashish.


Some last tips for our readers preparing for NEET MDS.

Set a target. If you think AIIMS orthodontics then finalizes it and don't let your focus shift otherwise you will end up in the waiting list.

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