PrepLadder expresses its heartiest congratulations to Dr. Anuradha Sawardeker on securing AIR 47 in NEET MDS. We wish her all the best for her future prospects.
In this exclusive conversation with PrepLadder, Dr. Anuradha shares the plan that worked for her to achieve this remarkable rank in NEET MDS.
Hello, please tell us something about yourself.
Hello, my name is Dr. Anuradha Sawardeker. I completed my Bachelor of Dental Surgery degree from SDM College of Dental Sciences and Hospital, Dharwad, Karnataka (Batch of 2011-2016). I secured AIR 47 in NEET MDS 2017, with a score of 892.4635. My All India 50% quota rank is 43.
What do you think is the correct approach to study for NEET MDS? Only MCQ's or Theory+MCQ's?
From my perspective, theory, MCQs and the practical knowledge gained during five years of BDS are three major attributes which determine one's success in NEET MDS. Correlating practical knowledge with theoretical knowledge helps strengthen the foundation of one's preparation, as a result of which it is possible to solve numerous MCQs, irrespective of their level of difficulty. Also, solving ample MCQs gives one adequate practice as well as helps hone one's time management skills.
When should the preparation ideally be started?
Preparation ought to begin at the beginning of internship. A year of sincere and dedicated preparation is enough to fetch you that coveted seat.
Please list the books you studied for each subject.
I read both theory and MCQ books for all subjects in the course of my preparation. For the basic subjects, I referred a few additional books such as Sparsh Gupta for Pharmacology and Pathology; Arvind Arora for Microbiology, in addition to the standard textbooks.
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 October, 2016.
How big is the role of practice and revision while preparing for NEET MDS and how much time should be dedicated for it?
Both practice and revision are imperative and play a major role in one's success in NEET MDS. Going back to a subject multiple times in the course of one's study schedule is advisable. I had made it a point to complete the entire syllabus by September, 2016 so that I was left with adequate time for revision.
Did PrepLadder play a part in your success? If yes, how?
Indeed. I partly attribute my success to PrepLadder, as the Test Series package was beneficial not only in terms of practice, but also in honing my time management. I was already a part of CEDEES coaching institute, Davangere, but opted for the Test Series package as an additional measure in order to acquire more practice.
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Did you use a time table/study plan to keep your preparation on track?
Yes. My study schedule comprised of long term goals (over a few months) and short term goals (over a few days). I followed my schedule with an 80% precision of implementation. I also set daily targets for myself as they were a lot easier to accomplish. Despite my rigorous study schedule, I still made it a point to attend my internship clinical postings till September, 2016, after which I took a break of two months for more intense preparation.
Were you a topper or a mediocre student during graduation?
Frankly speaking, I was never a topper during grad school.
List the most difficult and easiest subjects for you.
I spent a good deal of time on Physiology, Pharmacology and General Medicine, as I considered these subjects hard. I faced mo problem in the clinical subjects like Orthodontics, Prosthodontics, Oral Surgery, Pedodontics, etc
One mistake that you believe everyone must avoid while preparing for NEET MDS.
Avoid wasting time, especially the ones doing their internship, as time is a precious commodity. Employ a systematic approach for your preparation. Like I mentioned above, correlate clinical work with the theory that you read.
Some last tips for our readers preparing for NEET MDS.
Believe in God, have faith in yourself and work hard. Interns, do not think that you cannot crack the exam in your first attempt; it is very much possible if you execute the right strategy and make the most of your time. Cia !
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