PrepLadder expresses its heartiest congratulations to Dr. Jaiti Uppal on securing AIR 77 in NEET MDS. We wish her all the best for her future prospects.
In this exclusive conversation with PrepLadder, Dr. Jaiti shares the plan that worked for her to achieve this remarkable rank in NEET MDS.
Hello, please tell us something about yourself.
Hello, myself Jaiti Uppal. I did my graduation from B.R.S dental college, Panchkula. I scored 876.0237 in NEET MDS and my all over rank is 77, while the all India 50% quota rank is 68.
What do you think is the correct approach to study for NEET MDS? Only MCQ's or Theory+MCQ's?
No doubt theory and mcq' s together help one to get in depth knowledge of the subject.
When should the preparation ideally be started?
Preparation should start from the beginning of the internship.
Please list the books you studied for each subject.
I studied from following books:
- Dental pulse basic sciences and clinical sciences
- Current dental examinations by Dr.Ravi Goyal
- Neeraj wadhawan aipg 10years
- Ritu duggal mcq's
- B.D chaurasia head and neck anatomy
- Images from standard textbooks for clinical subjects like bhalaji for orthodontics, Neelima Malik for OMFS, Nisha garg for Endodontics
Have you attempted AIPGDEE previously? If yes, what did you do different this year that lead to your success.
Yes this was my 4th attempt. I did a lot of online study this time like using Google, Wikipedia especially for the image section and yes I regularly followed Prepladder which kept me at pace.
How big is the role of practice and revision while preparing for NEET MDS and how much time should be dedicated for it?
Practice and revision is the key to success especially in the last 2-3months before exam.
Did PrepLadder play a part in your success? If yes, how?
Yes it did help me alot. The daily 5 questions quiz on whatsapp helped me start my day with mcqs. Subject tests gave me in good practice and helped me in testing my knowledge after I prepared the particular subject. Aso their image based questions helped me gain edge over tricky questions. The explanation part along with each question was very helpful.
Did you use a time table/study plan to keep your preparation on track?
Yes, I tried to cover each subject in 3 -5days and I alternated a basic science subject followed by a corresponding clinical subject.
Were you a topper or a mediocre student during graduation?
Yes, I stood 2nd in all the 4 profs of BDS.
List the most difficult and easiest subjects for you.
There is no easy or difficult subject. It's all relative and personal. The subject which we like the most and whose concepts we understand thoroughly becomes the easiest which in my case was general and oral pathology. Difficult subject is the one which we try to mug. I found Oral Surgery and orthodontics very demanding. So, as per my opinion try to understand each subject and apply the knowledge you gain in clinics.
One mistake that you believe everyone must avoid while preparing for NEET MDS.
There is no set pattern for the exam since the last 5 years. In 2011-2012 the exam had all direct repeats from medical aipgmee papers. In 2013-2014 the exam had direct questions from SR ship papers and in 2015-2016 the exam was full of image based clinical questions. This year there were hardly any repeats, all questions were new but yes, they were framed from the same topics, synopsis, texts and questions that we have been studying all these years. Thus a mixed approach is required. According to me theory + mcq's + images + online study helps the most.
Some last tips for our readers preparing for NEET MDS.
Aspirants must not only know the correct answer of the questions but they should aim for retrograde study while reading mcq's .i.e. they should know the meaning of every option given in the question. This will enable them to solve new questions based upon these options in future.
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