PrepLadder congratulates Dr. Amal Suresh on securing Rank 30 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.
Hello, please tell us something about yourself.
Hello, Myself Dr Amal Suresh, an alumni of JSS Dental College, Mysuru (2011-12 Batch). I am basically from Kottayam, Kerala. I have secured 30th Rank (OBC 11th rank) in AIIMS MDS July 2017 session examination. I Thank my teacher Dr Raison Thomas sir, my parents and friends for supporting me to achieve this rank.
What do you think is the correct approach to study for AIIMS MDS? Only MCQ's or Theory+MCQ's?
Focus should be always on MCQs but one should have adequate theory support. Learn the concepts from standard text books and apply it to solve as many MCQs as possible. Always the aim should be to get maximum exposure to as many varieties of MCQs.
When should the preparation ideally be started?
Preparation should be started during House Surgeoncy itself. Ideally there should be minimum of 7-8 months of proper preparation to clear the exam. I used to read during my internship days and full fledged preparation started from August. I took a small break from internship to focus completely on preparation and completed it after NEET. Then again started revising from March 2017 for AIIMS July session exam.
Please list the books you studied for each subject.
My bible during the preparation was Dental Pulse. I did my coaching from CEDEES under the guidance of Dr Raison Thomas, so Institute papers were my best companion after dental pulse. There were so many questions directly repeated from sir's institute papers. I also referred DenTest for selected subjects like endodontics and pedodontics. I did Anatomy from BD Chaurasia and Pulse. For Pharmacology I referred selected chapters from Sparsh Gupta. I did AIIMS MDS repeats from target mds and AIPG repeats from Neeraj Wadhavan.
Which subjects did you focus on?
For AIIMS I focused mainly on Clinical subjects. Especially Oral Surgery, Prosthodontics, Oral pathology and Orthodontics.
Have you attempted AIIMS or NEET previously? If yes, what did you do different this year that lead to your success.
Yes I had attempted AIIMS Nov 2016 and secured rank 283 and NEET MDS 2017 and secured 1073 rank (Alloted OMFS, PMNM Bagalkot through karnataka state counseling). I didn't do anything different from last year but focused on clinical subjects mainly for AIIMS.
How big is the role of practice and revision while preparing for AIIMS MDS and how much time should be dedicated for it?
"Study-Revise-Re-revise" - this is the mantra. No need to do HiFi textbooks. Just study what you can revise later. Studying some textbooks and spending lot of time on them but not being able to revise is just waste of time. So instead of studying so many number of books, it is better to do from minimum books and revise it as many times as you can. Study 6-8 hours daily initially and slowly increase to 10-12 hours during the last one or two months before exam.
Did PrepLadder play a part in your success? If yes, how?
Yes Of course. I used to visit the website daily and go through the articles and I had given all the mock exams. All these benefited a lot. The analysis part is the best. Although I didn't get top ranks in PrepLadder mocks, I carefully went through analysis part and focused on my weak subjects and topics which definitely helped me a lot during my preparation. Also the success story of toppers and interviews motivated me. A big Thanks to PrepLadder team.
Did you use a time table/study plan to keep your preparation on track?
I followed CEDEES classes and Dr Raison Thomas sir helped me to make my study plan. Proper timetable and study plan is essential part of the preparation. According to me it is better not to follow tightly scheduled timetable, study whenever you have peace of mind. Try to keep a target to complete by the end of the day, so that you can utilize your time properly. Proper sleep, rest and entertainment of course are required to keep us fresh throughout the preparation days. Go for movies, swimming, playing etc when you feel like tired (not every day but often).
Were you a topper or a mediocre student during graduation?
I was stood second in Third and Final year of BDS.
List the most difficult and easiest subjects for you.
Most difficult were Biochemistry, Microbiology and Pharmacology, not because it is tough but difficult to remember. These subjects need frequent revisions. All clinical subjects were easy for me.
One mistake that you believe everyone must avoid while preparing for AIIMS MDS.
I stopped reading after NEET exam since I had to complete my internship and then I started reading again in march. I shouldn't have stopped reading after NEET exam. Continuous reading is required to grab a seat in an exam like AIIMS.
Some last tips for our readers preparing for MDS Entrance Exam.
"The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that small EXTRA" So if you have a dream to get into India's top Dental Colleges, you must do that Extra which others fails to do. Nothing HiFi needs to be done, learn the simple things thoroughly so that you can avoid silly mistakes, which counts a lot in a competitive exam. Do prepare notes for every subject, write all the values and important and volatile points. Study what is needed from entrance exam perspective. All the best to all MDS aspirants.
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