PrepLadder congratulates Dr. Navleen on securing Rank 9 in AIIMS MDS exam. We wish her all the best for her career and future ahead.

In this exclusive interview with PrepLadder, she shares the plan that worked for her to get an amazing Rank in AIIMS MDS.


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Hello, please tell us something about yourself.

My name is Navleen Kaur Bhatia. I did my graduation from Santosh Dental College, Ghaziabad. I secured Rank 9 in AIIMS May 2017.


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

Yes, both need to be read. A balance has to be maintained while reading both since, time is limited.


When should the preparation ideally be started?

Internship is the best time to start your preparation.


Please list the books you studied for each subject.

  • For mcq’s- Current Dental Examination 2017
  • Neeraj Wadhwan 2014-2001
  • Aiims-25 year papers
  • Dentest- Gowri shankar
  • Dental Pulse
  • Prosthodontics- Bouchers, Mc Cracken, Shillinburg
  • Dental Materials- Phillips
  • OP/OM- Neville, Shafers, Burkett
  • OR- White and Pharoah
  • Conservative Dentistry- Strudevant
  • Endodontics- Cohen/ Ingle
  • Oral Surgery- Peterson
  • Orthodontics- Profitt/ OP Kharbanda
  • Periodontics- Caranzza
  • Pedodontics- Mcdonald's
  • Public Health Dentistry- Soben peter


Which subjects did you focus on?

I focused more on orthodontics, endodontics and oral surgery.


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

Yes. The trends of examinations are changing now which requires thorough knowledge of concepts rather than mugging up MCQ's.


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

Revision plays a vital role for every competitive exam. As we tend to forget the important value based points since they are extremely volatile. One should at least dedicate 2-3 hrs of their time for revision.


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

Yes, they help us with new topics that we tend to ignore, these are brought into light by means of various online tests they upload. Also, a mock AIIMS tests was prepared for all India level that simulated AIIMS exam a week before. It helps us determining our tentative ranks and our preparation level. The regular information is also provided through PrepLadder about various exams and their last dates to fill form etc. which keeps us updated.


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

Yes. One needs proper time management to prepare for a highly competitive exams which AIIMS and NEET is. Time table and a proper management is a must!


Were you a topper or a mediocre student during graduation?

I was a topper in my batch usually securing 1st or 2nd positions.


List the most difficult and easiest subjects for you.

Periodontics for me was a very volatile subject and hence was the hardest. On the other hand, Oral Pathology is easy and most scoring one.


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

One should avoid making silly mistakes in exams like AIIMS where there is high negative marking


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

Competitive exams like AIIMS/PGI require high precision and accuracy. It’s just a matter of two or three mistakes you make that can drop your rank drastically. Self study and revision of what you have read is the key to success.


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