Biochemistry is an important subject as it is high scoring subject and direct questions are asked from this subject every year. Due to time constraints, preparing this subject can be demanding and burdensome as it needs lots of memorization and in-depth understanding of concepts.
Biochemistry, being a subject related to chemical and physico-chemical processes, can be easily correlated with physiology and medicine as well. Certain topics which you covered in physiology & medicine will be revised in this subject.
Important tips to prepare and topics imperative in this subject are compiled in this blog to assist you in your preparations.
Tips to Prepare:
- Prepare notes and good mnemonics for memorizing various cycles and lists.
- As time is a limiting factor, focus on topics that are most important and highly expected in the exams.
- Repetition is the mother of all learning, thus review your notes the same day and everything again on weekends.
- Self-evaluate your preparation by taking mock tests.
List of Topics to be prepared in biochemistry for MDS entrance exams:
It is the most important topic to be prepared as it involves most important cycles from exam point of view such as:
- TCA cycle
- Cori’s Cycle i.e. path of pyruvate
To answer questions related to biochemistry proficiently, have good command over metabolism. Lipid metabolism is, thus, important to prepare.
Important sub-topics are:
- Fatty acids and its synthesis
- Cholesterol including description of good & bad cholesterol
- Niemann Pick Disease
Good command over basics is necessary as it helps in easy understanding and memorizing. So, following topics should not be missed while covering general biochemistry.
- Cell organelles
- Karyotyping/Giemsa Stain-G Banding
It is another important topic to be prepared meticulously for MDS entrance exams. Know about various enzymes, along with their mechanism and functions.
Important sub-topics to be prepared are:
To prepare biochemistry, master this imperative topic which includes the following sub-topics that are highly significant:
- Basic amino acids
- Amino acid with imino group
- Amino acid with indole ring
- Tertiary/ quaternary proteins
- Chaperones: Cover all the basic concepts
- Haemoglobin: Basic concepts such as:
- Molecular weight
- HbF and HbA
- Inborn errors of protein Metabolism
- Maple syrup urine disorder
‘Vitamins’ is a high yielding topic as questions are asked every year from this section. Moreover, this topic is closely correlated to physiology and general medicine subjects as various diseases are related to vitamins. So, clearing your concepts about vitamins and their metabolism here will help in better understanding of vitamin related disorders and their treatment.
Important vitamins to learn include vitamin A, B1, B3, B5, B6, B12, C, D, E, K and folic acid.
Magnesium, Selenium & Cobalt are the most important minerals to be studied in biochemistry and must be thoroughly prepared as one can expect questions from these as well.
GOOD TO READ TOPICS
Some topics are small but are highly important and should not be overlooked. Do not forget to revise the following topics as these can also be expected in exams:
- Reactive oxygen species
BOOKS to be referred
- Lippincott Biochemistry
- Harpers Illustrated Biochemistry
- M N Chatterjea - Textbook of medical biochemistry
- Satyanarayana Biochemistry
We hope this blog will be helpful in your preparation for MDS entrance exams and enable you to answer the questions from biochemistry effortlessly.
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