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8-9 months of serious study is enough to crack any exam -Says Dr. Sudhakaran VS

Mar 15, 2016

PrepLadder congratulates Dr. Sudhakaran on achieving this unbelievable feat. We wish him all the best for his career and future.

Here, he shares some tips to help you achieve this too.

Hello, please tell us something about yourself

I am Dr. Sudhakaran V S , 2008 MBBS batch Govt. Medical college, Kottayam . By God’s grace and 1 year of serious preparation got good ranks in PG entrance examinations.

AIIMS Nov- 131

JIPMER Nov- 79

DNB January 2016- 23

AIPGMEE 2016- 23


My dream subject is Radio-Diagnosis.

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

Theory + MCQ's is the correct approach. But in some difficult topics i used to do MCQs first and retrospectively study the theory portions.

When should the preparation ideally be started?

Ideally preparation should be started during UG days. But nobody will be serious at that time. Even if you have not started at that time it doesn't matter. A serious study of 8-9 months post internship is enough to crack any exam.

Please list the books you studied for each subject.

I studied mainly from my teachers notes.

Anatomy: Arivu Selvan sir Notes + Across (MCQs only) Physiology: Saritha madam notes + Across (MCQs only) Biochemistry : Sreekumar sir notes+ Across (MCQs only) Pharmacology: Sunil sir notes + Sparsh Gupta(MCQs only) Pathology: Sparsh Gupta Microbiology: Sheeba madam notes + Rachana Chaurasia (MCQs) FM: Notes + Across SPM: Binu sirs notes + Vivek Jain Ophthalmology: Sunil sir notes + Across ENT: Shibu sir General Medicine: Harikrishnan sir + Praveen sirs notes + Mudit Khanna (MCQs ) Surgery: Thomas sir +  Ashish Gupta OBG: Ajay sir notes + Sakshi Arora Paediatrics: Arvind Arora Radiology:  ROAMS Anaesthesiology: Across Psychiatry: Notes+Across Skin: Notes+Across Orthopaedics: Across ROAMS- My Revision book Also went through AIIMS, JIPMER,DNB books I have written all my teachers name as they were very helpful in my PG entrance preparation. Without them i would not have tasted success. I revised multiple times with ROAMS and hand written notes.

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

Yes. I attempted Last AIPGMEE but could not make into the Ranklist. Wrote May AIIMS got 4200 rank and May JIPMER got around Rank 360 . Last year i was not prepared at all. This year i followed a strict time table, worked very hard to finish my portions early so that i could spend more time on revisions. Did more tests and learnt from my mistakes.

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

Revision is the Key to Success. Multiple revisions needed otherwise even if you had read the topic you would not be able to answer the questions. I used to write down easily forgettable points and questions I made mistake in. Then I revised them frequently.

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

I was quite active online. PrepLadder is good with right mix of questions. Analysis post exams was very useful in finding out my weak areas. So I worked on those weak areas more.

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

Yes definitely... Though initially, I almost always used to lag behind, but later on I picked up well. Make a study plan to read 10-12 hrs a day.

Were you a topper or a mediocre student during MBBS?

Mediocre student

List the most difficult and easiest subjects for you.

Most difficult was Ophthalmology, Physiology Easiest was Obstetrics, Gynaecology, ENT

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

It is useless to read new topics without revision. It’s not the quantity but the quality of study with good number of revisions and evaluating yourself by giving tests that matters.

Some last tips for our readers preparing for PGMEE?

Read, Revise and Repeat. Be dedicated, learn from your mistakes and revise well. Then you can crack any entrance exam.

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