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Believe you can, and you're halfway there, says PrepLadder alumnus Dr. Niti (NEET PG AIR- 22)

Jan 16, 2017

PrepLadder congratulates Dr. Niti Dinesh on securing Rank 9 in JIPMER and Rank 22 in NEET PG 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 help you get an amazing Rank in NEET PG.

Hello, please tell us something about yourself.

I am Dr. Niti Dinesh. I did my MBBS from Government Medical College, Alappey. I m currently doing MD Radiodiagnosis in JIPMER. I secured AIR 22 in NEET PG 2017, Rank 9 in JIPMER 2017, Rank 58 in AIIMS 2017.

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

Definitely theory + MCQs. I would advice everyone to first read the theory to make the concepts strong and then do the MCQs to supplement it.
Simply mugging up the MCQs is of no use as you are bound to forget it easily and very few repeats are asked in exams now.

When should the preparation ideally be started?

7-8 months of consistent serious study is enough.
Its not the quantity of time, but the quality of your study and your sincerity that counts.

Please list the books you studied for each subject.

I attended classes at IMA Trivandrum. All their notes were very helpful
Anatomy : Arivuselvan Sir's notes + Across
Physiology : Sarita Madam's notes + Across
Biochemistry : Sreekumar sir's notes + Rebecca Madam's book
Pharmacology : Sunil Sir's notes + Sparsh Gupta
Pathology : Sparsh Gupta
Microbiology : Apurba Shastry
Forensic : Across
Ophthalmology : Sunil sir's notes + Arvind arora
ENT : Shibu George sir's notes
SPM : Vivek Jain
Medicine : Hari Sir's notes + Mudit Khanna
Surgery : Ravi Sir's notes + Pritesh Singh
OBG : Sakshi Arora
Paediatrics : Arvind Arora
Orthopaedics : Apurv Mehra
Skin : Arvind Arora
Radiology : Arvind Arora
Psychiatry : Arvind Arora
I used to google images of a new topic I was learning so as to help me remember it better and cover the image based questions as well.

Have you attempted PGMEE previously? If yes, what did you do different this year that lead to your success

Yes. I wrote AIPGMEE 2016. I was totally unprepared and got some 6k-7k rank. The classes at IMA Trivandrum made my concepts strong and gave me the confidence to approach MCQs. I made sure I completed my portions by the end of September and started revising after that.
I went through maximum number of images while I was studying a topic which helped me through the image based questions.

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

There is no point in just going on reading, without revising, whatever you have studied. Dedicate an hour everyday, before you go to bed, to revise whatever you have studied that day. utilize the last 2 months for repeated cycles of revision. Learn nothing new during this period. Go through the most volatile and high yielding topics (like IPCs, biochemistry cycles) in the week preceding your exam.

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

Took all the mock tests of PrepLadder. Because of the huge number of aspirants taking the exam, I could assess my level of preparation.
The difficulty level in these exams were the same as that of NEET.

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

Yes, I had a study plan.Though I could never follow it, it made me aware of what all topics i had to cover and how much time I had left.
Timed everything so that I gave more time for Subjects that had more weightage.

Were you a topper or a mediocre student during MBBS?

I always managed to be among the top five in my class

List the most difficult and easiest subjects for you.

Most difficult were SPM and Pharmacology
Easiest were Anatomy and Pathology

One mistake that you believe everyone must avoid while preparing for NEET PG.

Not practicing MCQs and not revising.

Some last tips for our readers preparing for NEET PG?

Do maximum number of MCQs.
See maximum number of images.
Start going through previous years question papers once you have gone through all the topics once.
Repeated revision is a must
"Just clear your mind of 'I can't'. Believe you can and you are halfway there".
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