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Never ever give up till the end, says Dr. Abhinav Jain (PGI Rank 9)

May 25, 2018

PrepLadder congratulates Dr. Abhinav Jain on securing Rank 9 in PGI May 2018 and Rank 62 in May AIIMS 2018. We wish him all the best in his career and future ahead. To find out how he achieved this incredible feat, we spoke to him and tried to understand what it takes to attain such a rank. We would like to share the excerpts from his interview so that we can all learn from his experience and use it to score our mark.

Hello, please tell us something about yourself. 

I am Abhinav Jain, completed my MBBS from Maulana Azad medical college, Delhi in Feb 2018, and secured a Rank 9 in May PGI 2018 and Rank 62 in May AIIMS 2018.

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

Theory plus MCQ's is the ideal approach since practicing MCQ will help you to apply your theory and develop speed.

When should the preparation ideally be started? 

Ideally, the preparation starts right from the first and second year as the concepts of basic sciences form the framework of clinical subjects. Initially one should focus on strengthening the core subjects of any exam ie. Pathology, Pharmacology, Physiology, Anatomy and in third year one should try to cover a major chunk of medicine or surgery along with ENT, Ophthalmology, PSM.

Please list the books you studied for each subject. 

Anatomy - Dr. Ashwini sir notes
Physiology - DAMS notes plus images and graphs from Ganong and first aid
Biochem - Review by Dr. Rebecca James and first aid
Pathology - Dr. Devesh Mishra book, first aid, USMLE videos, histopathology slides from various sources including Google plus lot of referencing from Robbins
Pharmacology - Dr. Gobind Rai Garg sir notes and first aid
Micro - Dr. Apurba Shankar Sastry sir notes , first aid
Forensic - Sumit Seth, dams notes and PrepLadder free videos on the app
ENT - DAMS notes
Ophtha - Dams notes
PSM - Biostats from DAMS notes rest from review by Dr. Vivek Jain
Medicine - DAMS notes plus a lot of referencing from Harrison, first aid
Surgery - DAMS notes and Bailey
Gynae - Institute notes
Paeds - OP Ghai
Derma - Dr. Saurabh Jindal book
Anesthesia - Arvind Arora book
Radio - Institute notes
Psychiatry - Dr. Praveen Tripathy book and first aid
Ortho - ODD by Dr. Apurv Mehra

Have you attempted any PG exam previously?

I appeared for November exams and my ranks were
Aiims - 297
PGI - 220
NEET - 1521
After NEET, I started solving more number Of MCQ, did a number of revisions, practice papers which led to improvement in my rank.

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

Practice makes a man perfect, more you practice MCQ, the more you revise, the better your chances, it is important to read a particular stuff from same source multiple times than to read a topic from multiple sources. If you are studying for say 12 hours a day then 3 hours for revision, 2-3 hours of MCQ practice and rest 6-7 hours theory.

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

Definitely , daily updates and daily quiz were like micro-revisions of a subject . Aiims mock simulated the real exam and gave me an impetus to work harder Finally prepladder videos on forensic helped me to grip the subject better.

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

Yes, I used to make a timetable but was never able to stick to it, nobody can. But even if you do 70% of what's intended then you are on the right track

Were you a topper or a mediocre student during MBBS? 

I would say above average but definitely not a topper.

List the most difficult and easiest subjects for you. 

Forensic was the most difficult and Medicine and pathology were the easiest

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

Running after controversial questions will only eat away your time, secondly studying only theory without MCQ practice will haunt you in the main exam

What was your exam taking strategy in AIIMS and PGI? 

My strategy was to sleep adequately before the exam, have a light breakfast, remaining calm and composed on the day of the exam and going all out on each and every single question by applying each and every bit of knowledge acquired in these 5-6 years
In PGI, I attempted around 500-550 options. In PGI most important aspect is how u attempt the paper, practice PGI questions to avoid silly mistakes in ques such as all of the following are correct except, avoid frame shifts and practice time management using a stopwatch, avoiding the temptation to mark unnecessary options in which you are unsure.

Some last tips for our readers preparing for PG? 

Whenever you study any topic, try to analyze it, learn the concept behind it and linking it with other subjects rather than just cramming like a parrot. Most importantly this is going to be a long and arduous journey and there will be times when u feel depressed, hopeless but then remember why you started it in the first place, remember the people for whom you want to do this and never ever give up till the end.....
We thank Dr. Abhinav Jain for sharing his success story.
Best Wishes for PG entrance With Love, Team PrepLadder

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