To start with, Remember ‘The strategy for PG Preparation’ involves three vital questions
- What to do?
- How to do that?
- What NOT to do?
Do just three important things:-
- 1st– Set a target
- 2nd– Reach the target.
- 3rd– Go and grab your dream!!!!
Decide your Goals!
“Well started is half done". This initial step, when appropriately executed will make your activity significantly less demanding. So you need to take a seat and make a reasonable arrangement about the exam (or exams) you intend to take. Your job can be made much simpler when you answer these questions
- Do you want a rank in All India (NEET/DNB)?
- Do you want a rank in your State PG?
- Do you want a rank in another State PG also? (when you are eligible for that)
- Are you planning to attempt exams for Institutes like JIPMER, AIIMS, PGI –Chandigarh , CMC Vellore etc?
- Are you intending to enter into service by UPSC or State PG or other exams?
- Are you planning to fly abroad by tackling PLAB and USMLE?
You can pick at least one among choices 1 to 5, or you can pick 6 alone yet in the event that you have picked choice 6 in addition to any of the other five, your technique needs reevaluating. Before continuing further on the Indian Exams, I would strongly encourage you to pick amongst Indian and Foreign exams at the initial step itself and PLAN FOR ANY ONE. In the event that you pursue a solitary rabbit, you can would like to get it. Be that as it may, on the off chance that you pursue two rabbits in the meantime, it is sure that you will miss both. So choose about this progression in the early part itself. You can plan for at least two Indian exams, and get positions in both, yet to get ready for Andhra PG and PLAB in the meantime or to get ready for AIIMS and USMLE in the meantime is catastrophe.
If you are of the idea that you will initially attempt AIIMS twice for one year, your State PG for one more year and later will try forPLAB when you don’t get a rank in these, you are in serious trouble. Clearing PLAB can get less demanding, yet with each passing day, getting a good job in a nice clinic in UK is turning into a bad dream. If you are planning to “fly”, you have to start immediately and be the early “bird”. Remember, the early bird gets the best catch.
Know about your Exam and Set a Target
Having planned for your future (reading ECG in AIIMS or fixing bones in JIPMER), you have to do a little research about the exam(s) you have planned.
- How many Questions are there?
All India / NEET: 300 questions
JIPMER: 250 questions
AIIMS: 200 questions
PGI Chandigarh: 250 questions
State exams: usually 200 questions
- Are there any negative marks?
Scaling System in NEET
AIIMS – 0.33 negative marks
JIPMER – no negative marks
PGI Chandigarh– Negative marking is high
- Is there more than one type of questions?
CMC Vellore has more than one type of questions
- Can more than one response be correct?
PGI Chandigarh – more than one response can be correct
- Are there a limited set of portions
UPSC (Civil Services) has paper 1 and paper 2 with predominant questions from medicine, surgery, gynecology, PSM and current affairs.
- How many persons may take it?
NEET– around 90,000
AIIMS – about 30,000-40,000
PGI Chandigarh– 20,000-30,000
- How many seats are there?
But this hardly matters since you will be getting the seat only when you get the top ranks!
- Do you want any specific course for which there is only a limited number of seats?
MD (Radio Diag),
MD in any preclinical subject in top institute
- Do you want it in one particular institution?
Paediatrics in AIIMS or ICH
OG in IOG
- Are You in Open Competition or any reservation?
- Does the seat you want come under one or any of the reservation?
NEET/All India – Reservation for SC, ST, OBC as per the rules of Government of India
JIPMER – Community as well as Institute Reservations
In State PG – Community reservation + Service Quota
AIIMS– Community reservation + Service Quota
- What rank you need to score to get a seat of your choice?
- What were the usual marks associated with that rank in the previous years?
Discovering answers to the above questions will take under 10 minutes. All you need is the preceding year’s prospectus and a chat with a universitysenior. When you have discovered responses to the above questions, you can choose about the crucial questions. “HOW MUCH DO YOU NEED TO SCORE?”
You now have an idea of how much you have to score. Now we move to the next part “How to reach it”
Reaching your Target
Now you are well aware of your target. When you have a fantasy you should put endeavors to accomplish your fantasy. Now before we get to the points just have a look at the following proverbs
- “What is worth doing at all is worth doing well”
- “Fortune favors the brave”
- “Make hay when the sun shines”
- “Never put off till tomorrow what can be done today”
These proverbs say it all. Summing up in single line-there is no contrasting option to diligent work.
Once you are oriented, get into the action!
There are a lot of factors which decide your small scale plan for cracking the exam, yet the most critical factor is time. Your plan will depend on How Much time you have when you start
- 1 year – Ideal – You are an opening batsman and you have lots of time
- 9 months – You can read slowly, but be extra cautious and don’t waste time
- 6 months – You have to go for a slog over attack
- 3 months – You have to forget cinema, cricket, TV Serials
- 1 month – the bare minimum time you need for revision
- < 1 month – You have no choice but to Omit some subjects and go for your exams
In any case, recollect this isn't a qualifying exam (where a simple pass is sufficient) however a competitive exam (where every marks count) and on the off chance that you are a cricket lover,recall that You are batting second and "Pursuing" your target. Additionally recollect that after you have chosen about your preferred course ("Set" your target), It ought not be "downregulated" For instance, your unique arrangement was joining MD (Paed) at AIIMS. A short time later you surmise that MD (Paed) somewhere else is sufficient. When you later end up happy with DCH, I am worried about the possibility that you will land up in the Waiting list. Be that as it may, you are free and welcome to “upgrade” the target. When you go for the stars, you will in any event arrive in the moon. Before going into the details of the book you have to study, let us discuss few common questions
Should I practice with MCQs – YES
- There are a couple of critical points regarding preparation with MCQs. Pick a subject and after that a topic and one ought to primarily prepare and discuss it each day.
- If the same groups also works out MCQs, do not do in the same time
- First discuss and then go to MCQS.
Take any MCQ book & Take a note book.Note the beginning time in the note and after that Work MCQs one by one without looking into the answers. After you have completed (no less than 50) note the time. Correct your answers with the Standard Text Book or credible MCQs books by trusted authors. Write all the points in which you have done wrong and the relevant points in a similar note below or in the opposite side of the note (You have to refer these points again during your last week revision). Use the same note book for all your MCQs. Try to finish it in time!
- Never attempt MCQs before reading the subject at least once
- It is not needed that you have to read the biggest book from cover to cover, but you should have read the subject at least once – any authentic MCQ books by confided in author with good content & informative explanatory answers.
- Never note the points in bits of paper while doing the MCQs. Utilize a note book.
- Never mark the solutions in the MCQ book itself. Write it in a separate note after searching the answer AND RELEVANT POINTS in Standard Text Books
- Usually questions are not repeated – you will know only that question and answer if you look into the answer
- Same questions are usually not asked nowadays- but similar questions from that area are often asked
- This is a practical and MOST important point – You may have been misguided in this aspect by many.
- There is a chance of printing errors when the book offers solely the answer. Beware – Every question counts in an competitive exam and you may additionally lose your seat with the aid of learning a wrong answer.
I learned with “notes” during my undergraduate days. What to do now? YOUR CHOICE
You can still read your notes – if you had once taken notes regularly and neatly. But you can your self determine – Work out MCQs and if you are able to scoremore than eighty percent with notes – you can continue with your good old notes.
Group Study? YOUR CHOICE
- If you had earlier studied in groups during your undergraduate days – follow it.
- If you had studied alone during your undergraduate days – follow it
- If you used to read in Library during your undergraduate days – follow it
- If you used to read in your room during your undergraduate days – follow it
- If you used to read watching TV during your undergraduate days – follow it
Group Discussion? – YES
- A discussion of 2 hours a day will be sufficient initially. ( When you allot extrathan 2 hours the discussion will flow to extra-curricular topics)
- In the last month, you can discuss up to 3 to 4 hours a day
- Choose a subject and then a topic and one person discuss it each day
- If the same group also works out MCQs, don’t do both in the same time
- First Discuss and then go to MCQs
Reference Books for PG preparation:
|Medicine||Harrison’s Internal medicine|
|Surgery||Bailey and Love/ SRB manual|
|Pathology||Complete review of Pathology by Praveen Kumar, Vandana puri|
|Pharmacology||Govind Rai Garg|
|FSM||FSM Made easy Notes By Akhilesh Raj Jhamad|
|PSM||PSM and Biostats by Vivek Jain|
|Medicine||Mudit Khanna/ Marwah’s|
|Surgery||Surgery Essence by Pritesh Singh|
|Other Short Subjects||ACROSS, Coaching Notes|