Prepladder congratulates Dr. Srushti Bhat on clearing FMGE June 2018 exam. We wish her all the very best for her career and future ahead.
In this exclusive interview with PrepLadder, she shares her experience and plan that worked best for her to help score well in FMGE.
Hello, please tell us something about yourself.
I'm Dr. Srushti Bhat from Smolensk State Medical University. I would like to appreciate the effort made by PrepLadder for conducting Pre-FMGE Mocks by Dr. Deepak Marwah.
The exams really proved to be very helpful. I scored 178 and 194 marks in the mocks. This boosted up my confidence and finally, I was able to clear the FMGE June 2018 exam with 215 marks.
According to you what is the correct approach to study for FMGE? Only MCQ's or Theory + MCQ's?
Well, both Theory+ MCQs are equally necessary to be successful in this exam as it not only tests your theoretical knowledge but also the approach to questions. I would suggest each one attempting the exam to focus on theory for the initial few months and solve topic-wise MCQs alongside so you'll get an idea on where you lack and what needs to be improved upon. Solving MCQs regularly gave me an added boost that I was on the right track.
When should the preparation ideally be started?
Frankly, I started studying in the month of March with one aim in mind that I have to crack it in June. Constant support from near and dear ones played an important part in pushing me to achieve this. I tried my best to complete at least 15 subjects by May. However, simultaneous revision as soon as each subject is completed is equally important. I tried to revise the subjects at least 4-5 times, especially the major topics. June was the month where I solved as many mock tests as possible. Here, Prepladder's Grand Tests proved very beneficial.
Please list the books you studied for each subject.
I used DIAMS class notes since I had very less time to go through any particular textbook. However, I suggest everyone to solve FMGE Solutions by Dr. Deepak Marwah. It does prove very helpful and builds confidence during preparation.
Is this your first attempt? If No, what did you do different this year that lead to your success?
Yes, my 1st attempt.
What's the role of practice and revision while preparing for FMGE and how much time should be dedicated for it?
Learn for 2/3rd part of the day (eg. Morn and Noon) and practice as many MCQs from as many sources possible for the rest 1/3rd (eg. after dinner before going to bed). Also sleeping is very essential at least for 7hrs every day, right from the beginning. This is what I followed and it did help me a lot.
Did PrepLadder play a part in your success? If yes, how?
Definitely, yes. It did play a big role in my success. The mocks though tough, aided in improving my speed as well as accuracy in solving the questions.
Did you follow a timetable/study plan to keep your preparation on track?
Yes, a timetable is an important factor during preparation. Also, sticking to it after you have prepared one will surely help in acing the exam.
Were you a topper or an average student during graduation?
Yes, I am a gold medalist from my University.
List the most difficult and easiest subjects for you.
Some subjects which required frequent revision were Biochemistry, General Pathology, Pharmacology, Microbiology. Many other subjects were comparatively easier to recollect even if I hadn't revised them for quite some time.
One mistake that should be avoided while preparing for FMGE.
Avoid sticking to only reading the theory thinking that you'll be able to solve the MCQs based on the theory knowledge. The questions expect you to apply the theory which makes the exam tricky. So my advice is to try and read as much theory as possible but keep solving MCQs to back your knowledge.
Some tips for our readers preparing for FMGE?
Think of it as one more exam among so many other exams you appeared for while in med school. If you can reach here after clearing so many tougher exams then you can definitely sail through this one too. Hard work, dedication, and self-motivation will keep you going in this exam. All the best :)
We thank Dr. Srushti Bhat for sharing her success story.
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