Dr Ravi sharma Rank 2 in AIIMS PG, Jan 2015 session | NEET PG Topper Interview
Dr Ravi Sharma Secured Rank 2 in AIIMS PG, Jan 2015 Session. Here are his secrets of cracking PG entrance exam.
Dr Ravi Sharma a graduate of AIIMS, New Delhi. When i first saw his interview with Dr Apurv Mehra, i was really amazed with how simply he answered and what a great concept he has. That curosity of mine for his success, led me to share this interview with helpmedicos….. He is a great fan of Dr Ben Carson, and want to become a neurosurgeon.
NEET PG Topper Interview
Q. In what year did you pass out your MBBS?
Ans. Internship completion on 31 Dec 2014.
Q. What ranks had you secured in any previous PG medical entrance exams you gave?
Ans. AIR 2 AIIMS NOV 14 on first attempt.
Q. What were your MBBS percentage marks (aggregate or final year) ?
Ans. 81%, BEST GRADUATE FOR AIIMS MBBS BATCH 2009-14.
Q. What is the secret sauce of your success?
Ans. Over years I have worked out on skills which have helped me top my proff exams and Nov AIIMS 14 in minimum possible time and effort.
Throughout my MBBS, I have been complemented for my exceptional speed and memory but these abilities I have evolved from my experiences in my college life. MEMORY IS A GIFT FOR THOSE WHO KNOW HOW TO PACK IT.
Most important quality which u need to become an all India topper is that you need to have composure and focus. By focus I don’t mean you need to study 12 hrs a day, it means that whatever you do, do it with 100% concentration. You must study in a stretch of 3 hrs as your exam is going to be in a stretch of 3 hrs. You need to learn how to maintain your focus for 3 hrs continuously without even a single distracting thought crossing your mind. And believe me it is tough!!! But it is possible to have that level of concentration and if you develop that good a focus, your reading speed and memory will improve considerably and instead of studying 12 hrs a day you just need to spend 6 hrs studying and remaining 6 hrs u can enjoy and have fun…….
It is a general notion that all India top rank needs phenomenal handwork but I would like to restate that it needs a smart way of studying with modest handwork.
Q: Could you tell us something about yourself?
Ans. I am currently posted as an intern at ALL INDIA INSTITUTE OF MEDICAL SCIENCES (AIIMS), New Delhi. I did my MBBS from AIIMS. I was the combined topper for First, Second and Final Professional Examination and was awarded the Institute Medal for the Best MBBS Graduate of AIIMS for Batch 2009-14 and Delhi Medical Association Medal for the best ALL ROUNDER MBBS STUDENT. I got AIR 12 in AIIMS MBBS entrance examination. I did my schooling from DAV Public School, Amritsar, Punjab.
Q. How many hours did you study each day?
Ans. A question i have been asked in almost interview i gave. Honestly i used study 4-7 hrs/day during the months of April-July 2014 because of hectic internship but in last 3 months( Aug-Oct) i studied 10-12 hrs/ day in planned intervals of 3-4 hrs sitting/interval.
Q. Which books did you read for MCQs revision? Which revision books were the most productive and which were least?
Ans. 1st year – Anatomy, Biochemistry, Physiology – ACROSS
2nd year – Pathology – Gobind Garg, Robbins, Dr.Devesh Mishra’s Classes
Pharmacology – Gobind garg, sparsh gupta
Microbiology – Rachna Chaurasia
Forensic Medicine- Sumit Seth
ENT- Coaching notes (DAMS)
Oorthopedics- Apoorv Mehra
Ophthalmology – Ruchi Rai (DAMS)
PSM- Vivek Jain
Radiology – Dr.Sumer Sethi’s book
Medicine – Dr. Thameem’s Notes + DAMS Coaching Notes+ Harrisson as reference
Surgery – DAMS Coaching Notes + DBMI Srgery T&D Notes
Pediatrics – Arvind Arora
Obstetrics – Gynaecology – Dr. Deepti Behl’s Notes (DAMS)
Anaesthesia- Ajay Yadav
Dermaatology – DAMS Coaching notes
Q. Did you have a timetable for preparation? Were you able to stick to it?
Ans. I did have a timetable, but I couldn’t stick to it because of hectic internship.
Q. Did you ever doubt your ability to get selected in this entrance exam? If so, how did you overcome your fears?
Ans. We all pass through an inevitable phase of frustration and despair during our exam time, so I was no exception. But you have to keep your cool and go on. PERSEVERANCE IS THE KEY. I was lucky to have friends who were always there to cheer me up and boost my morale. And very importantly we need to learn to let go all the thoughts that disturb us and be optimistic about future. And I feel sublimation is a wonderful defence mechanism to bring out your anger and frustration in a productive and creative way.
Q. Which books did you read for theory?
Ans. Anatomy – BD Chaurasia, Student Gray’s (Reference)
Physiology – Ganong
Biochemistry – Harper, Genetics from Lehninger
Pathology – Robbins
Microbiology – Ananthnarayan
Pharmacology – KDT
Forensic Medicine – Sumit Seth
ENT – Dhingra
Ophthalmology – Khurana
SPM – Park
Medicine – Harrison
Surgery – Bailey and Love
Orthopaedics – Apurv Mehra
Paediatrics – Ghai
OBG – JB Sharma (Obs), Shaw (Gynae)
Anaesthesia – Ajay Yadav
Dermatology – Neena Khanna
Psychiatry – Niraj Ahuja
Q. Is there anything specific to keep in mind while preparing for AIIMS?
Ans. The best way to study for AIIMS is to study topic wise and in an integrated manner. Most questions in AIIMS exam are clinical cases and test your diagnostic approach to a patient. For example if you are during neuro from Harrison it is useful if you read relevant neuroanatomy and neuroimaging at the same time as that will help you build your concepts better.
Another important aspect of your preparation should be to improve your mcq skills and reading skills. You should learn how to solve your mcqs smartly with minimal knowledge by improving your elimination skill which in turn depends on 3 factors- 1) How carefully you read a given question and its options, 2) How fast you can read a given statement, 3) How much you understand a given statement in your first reading. After all, it is matter of 3 hrs. Your years of hard work comes down to those 3 hours and if you have good reading skills and composure, it helps you perform far better.
AIIMS exam demands EXAM TEMPERAMENT, not factual knowledge!!!!
Q. What is your advice to future aspirants?
- Be confident…Even if u start late u can get top rank…time is not the key…ur focus is!!!
- You need 6-7 months of focused preparation to crack AIIMS.
- Don’t cram, understand well….at the end your basic knowledge matters.
- Don’t read too much, revise more.
- If your target is AIIMS, read more of conceptual things rather than factual knowledge ( NO ONE ASKS NAMED SIGNS, FACTUAL POINTS in AIIMS… they are useful only in NEET).
Hope you got some inspiration from Dr Ravi Sharma’s interview for cracking NEET PG Entrance Exam.
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