PrepLadder congratulates Dr. Jyoti Kumar Jha on securing Rank 7 in AIIMS 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 AIIMS MDS.


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Hello, please tell us something about yourself.

Hello everyone, I am Dr Jyoti Kumar Jha (ex junior resident non academic AIIMS, New Delhi).
I did my graduation from SPDC Wardha Maharashtra. I got rank 4th in general category in AIIMS june 2017 session and my overall rank is 7th.

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

The exam pattern of AIIMS has changed now, previously they used to ask questions from both medical and dental part but now as per the latest pattern most of the questions asked are dental clinical concept based questions. So in my point of view, doing only mcq's is not sufficient to get a good rank in AIIMS. One should be sound enough theoretically to solve concept based clinical questions. Thus retrograde study is more important.

When should the preparation ideally be started?

In my point of view answer to this question varies from individual to individual, but yes you need at least 6 month of focused study to get a good rank in exams like AIIMS. As we know that seats are very few and competition is very high, so one should devote at least 12-15 hr per day towards study to crack the exam.

Please list the books you studied for each subject.

Since now-a-days most of the questions come from dental part and that too they are concept based questions, so as i said earlier theory portion has very important role here. I followed the following books:
  • Shafers for oral pathology
  • Kharbanda for orthodontics
  • Boucher for complete denture
  • McCracken for RPD
  • Fonseca few chapters for solving concept based oral surgery questions
  • McDonald for pedodontics
  • Cohen is must for endodontics
  • Carranza for periodontics is very helpful. This is my favourate book.

Which subjects did you focus on?

In current scenario of AIIMS paper pattern oral surgery, prosthodontics, endodontics, pedodontics and periodontics are few important subjects that one should study throughly.


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

Yes, my previous rank in AIIMS may was 22 and in Aiims nov was 28. To crack AIIMS quality matters so one should be smart enough to understand the current paper trend and work hard according to that trend. What I did differently this time was just not make silly mistakes and mange the time correctly during my exam hours. Time management is very important, it gives you an extra edge, this is what I personally believe.

How big is the role of practice and revision while preparing for AIIMS MDS and how much time should be dedicated for it?

Revision is the key to get a good rank in AIIMS. As I said earlier quality matters and that one should be smart enough to understand the paper trend and accordingly revise more important topics in every clinical subject. As we know that getting a good rank in AIIMS is not that easy because of the level of the exam pattern and the competition throughout India. Thus, revision gives you confidence and positive instinct to achieve your goal.


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

Yes, it did. I had joined prepladder daily mcq’s which they update daily. I found orthodontics and periodontics questions were of top class and these did help me alot to understand the subject and gave me positive attitude to solve the new theory based questions for that I will be very thankful to the entire PrepLadder team.


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

To crack any exam time management is very important, following a particular time table and consistent study is very essential but breaks are equally important, so one should be smart enough to manage both because a fresh mind gives you positive energy to accomplish your goals.

Were you a topper or a mediocre student during graduation?

I was good in academics throughout my graduation. I cleared all my graduation years with first class marks.


List the most difficult and easiest subjects for you.

For me prosthodontics was very difficult. My strongest subjects are oral pathology, oral surgery, pedodontics and periodontics.


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

To crack any exam one should be full of positive energy and confidence because cracking AIIMS is not that easy, so throughout your preparation self motivation is very important to keep you on track. I suggest every aspirant not to take extra pressure during exam hours as that affects your performance, during exam time one should be full of confidence.

Some last tips for our readers preparing for MDS Entrance Exam.

Guys, never ever give up. This attitude will give you everything in your life. As we all know AIIMS is a bit difficult to crack, your inner fighting instinct to accomplish your goals is the key to get a good rank. I think everyone has more or less same IQ level but the difference lies in your attitude. So positive attitude gives you positive result.

ALL THE VERY BEST GUYS FOR UPCOMING EXAMINATIONS. Stay relaxed and believe in god. God is never late he will give you everything you deserve according to his clock time. So have faith in god.

Good Luck

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