PrepLadder congratulates Dr. ARAVINDHAN on securing Rank 8 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, my name is Aravindhan A. I did my graduation from GDC Chennai, Tamil Nadu, and I secured overall rank 8 (obc rank 4) in AIIMS June 2017 session.


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

I feel that aspirants must be thorough with any one of the mcq book available in the market and read some of the important topics from textbooks.


When should the preparation ideally be started?

Ideally the preparation must start 10 months before exam out of which 7 months should be for preparation and 3 months for revision and mock exams.


Please list the books you studied for each subject.

I referred to the following books while preparation:

  • Anatomy- B.D Chaurasia
  • Biochemistry- Satyanarayana
  • Pharmacology- K.D Tripathi
  • Dental Anatomy- Wheelers
  • Oral Histology- Orbans
  • Dental materials- Phillips ,manapallil
  • General Medicine-Davidson
  • General Surgery- Srb manual
  • Oral Pathology- Neville
  • Prosthetics- Deepak Nallaswamy
  • Periodontics- Carranza
  • Pedodontics -Shoba Tandon
  • Community Dentistry- Soben Peter
  • Endodontics- Grossman
  • Operative Dentistry- Ramya Raghu
  • Oral Medicine- Burkett
  • Oral Surgery- Neelima Malik
  • Orthodontics- Sridhar premkumar


Which subjects did you focus on?

I focused mostly on clinical subjects. I mainly did mcq based preparation and preferably from dental pulse book


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

This was my first attempt in AIIMS.


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

One third of your day should be dedicated for revision. No one can succeed without revision, Revision is the Key to success. You have to close the hole in the bucket (brain) first, rather than trying to fill the bucket only.


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

Yes. I attempted the daily quiz questions regularly and also took grand mock exams which helped me to know where I stand among the other competitors. PrepLadder software and maintenance is awesome.


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

Yes, I always followed a time table. I used to set a short term goal which should be done within a week and a long term goal which was based on exams and revision.


Were you a topper or a mediocre student during graduation?

No. I was not a topper at all.


List the most difficult and easiest subjects for you.

I felt that dental materials is quite difficult because  it requires you to memorize lots of numerical. Community dentistry is also difficult.


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

Dedicate your time towards preparation and do not involve in any time wasting activities.

Revise daily.

While answering a question follow your instinct in exam because that instinct is your subconscious knowledge, which never goes wrong.


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

Dedicate your time, revise regularly, attend mock test as much as you can, try to give your best and the rest is success which is the result!

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