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xPG: Congratulations for scoring a good rank in All India Post Graduate Entrance (AIPGE) 2006 exam.

The AIPGE aspirants on RxPG are curious to know about your secrets to success in this extremely competitive exam?

Dr. Abhishek Pachchigar: Well, tough question actually. I tried to do all I could (...though missed out on some accounts). Don’t really know what out of that worked in the end! But let me guess...

Firstly, I studied consistently for one year as much as I could. However, I don’t think I overworked, as there are many things I could have done without reading, many things I never revised, so didn’t remember them in the end. Thus, is think hard work is essential, but in the end one can get the same result even with less work, if it is well planned and revised properly.

Secondly, focus on MCQs (Multiple Choice Questions) worthy information. After a few months of preparations, I could vaguely make out what’s worthy of being asked and what not. Thus I would scan text quickly and get these facts out of the pile and mark it properly. In the end it helped a lot during revision.

Thirdly, group discussion and test practice. Group discussion made the preparation less boring and helped me register information faster. Test practice helped me gauge my position and weaknesses.

RxPG: How much time do you think one requires for serious preparation for AIPGE examination?

Dr. Abhishek Pachchigar: This duration includes provision for time wasted due several unforeseen circumstances that are inevitable in anybody’s life. A space of one year would allow comfortable reading, without that extra urgency to finish off subjects; it would give enough time for revision. [RxPG is unavoidable and irreplaceable - Dr. Abhishek Pachchigar] Dr. Abhishek Pachchigar

Ideally, I would count this one year as the one after internship i.e. without any other work or activity. But I have come across many people who had studied during their internship, and still managed to get good rank. Hence, nothing official about it!

Paediatrics (Ghai). RxPG: Did you attend any coaching? Were they useful? . RxPG: What do you think is the better way of preparation between selective. Harper and (to some extent) Harrison well. Microbiology (Anantnarayan + Paniker). That would help to answer all common questions (but not the difficult and alien questions).RxPG: Which books did you read for the theory part? And which books did you follow for MCQ's revision? Dr. MCQ's BOOKS . I would say that if intensive reading (as I have defined above) is possible with revision that would make a secure preparation for all sorts of different varieties of question papers. Medicine (Harrison). Pharmacology (KDT). Salgunan.Anatomy (B. Orthopaedics (Maheshwari).Mudit Khanna (AIPGE) and Ashish Amit (AIIMS). Abhishek Pachchigar: Well. I covered many subjects in that manner (mostly retrospectively). Chaurasia). Obstetrics (Dutta). Though I can say that I had done Robbins. topic wise). because I was not able to revise most of that text. but in the end I did not have the equivalent confidence. nothing like that. Thus. Biochemistry (Harper). Selective reading. Surgery (read Love & Bailey quite a bit but found that fruitless in the end). Physiology (Ganong). Anaesthesia (coaching class pamphlet). Skin (Harrison). I did not have the initial clarity till the end but nonetheless it did help me in making calculated guesses. and that did help me a lot. Pathology (Robbins). intensive study and wide extensive study? Dr. I did not focus on any specific subject intentionally. RxPG: Which subjects did you focus on? Dr. would be advisable where there is a dearth of time. Abhishek Pachchigar: I think I would grade my study as intensive. Ashish Amit Anurag (AAA. though. Gynaecology (Shaw). D. Abhishek Pachchigar: THEORY BOOKS . Forensic Medicine (Parikh). I had read much text. but that was speedily done to mark out 'ask able' information. Radio (nothing!). Psychiatry (Ahuja).

it should not really be relevant to anyone. till the day of result. just do what I am supposed to do and face the outcome. which we used to write weekly during the last few months.lunch break.30 PM to 12. So forget about the future. Plus.30 AM . 03. if one has a good group and guidance.00 PM – library. Very useful to share information. Well. But then I would realise that what I was doing was the best option I had. Hence. For other people it may act as a substitute partly. Abhishek Pachchigar: ALWAYS! One can never really be sure in such exams. I would say. Abhishek Pachchigar: I did not join any coaching class. when talking strictly about preparations. Had never personally expected in the beginning of my preps. can do without it. Abhishek Pachchigar: Not at all. The results just strike like a lightening and we have to accept whatever it has for us.30 AM . Can absolutely do without it. but as I said. where the whole year’s preparation is going to be tested in just three mad hours. All the hard work funnels onto those three hours which make things tense till the end.get up. all through out the year there had been bouts of doubt and pessimism which would erupt every now and then.30 to 10. 09. RxPG: What was your daily timetable during the preparation? How much time do you think one requires for serious preparation for this examination? Dr. discuss exam papers etc. as far as the core preparations is concerned.group discussion. During your preparation.00 to 08. did you ever doubt your ability to succeed in it? Dr. 09. because amount of input required varies from person to person.off to library.30 PM .00 AM . such a large crowd you are competing with. esp. settle queries. Abhishek Pachchigar: My daily schedule was as follows: 08. depending on abilities and disabilities. I think that was only for the sake of information. RxPG: How important you think is internet in preparation? Dr. We did subscribe to model test papers from a coaching class.00 to 08. make friends. RxPG: We appreciate the fact that preparing for an extremely competitive exam must be really challenging. to get what I got finally.Dr. . You can never be sure when you stand. 01.

So in the end.e. Abhishek Pachchigar: Well. I got a few easy questions from Gynaecology wrong in the actual exam because I did not revise that subject. read each question and options fully without taking for granted. First. think clear. I had to spend a lot of time in revising things I had already done well before. avoid unnecessary haste. I tried to do what one is supposed to do in any exam for that matter i. Thus important thing is that one should ensure adequate time for revision (about 3-4 months would be good). have few things to say on that. Abhishek Pachchigar: I was never really satisfied with my revision. to keep calm. due to my not-so-good memory. They hold the responsibility for providing the same in a just manner. which abilities out of that do you test for the purpose? . RxPG: What was your strategy for the exam day? Dr. The challenge for them is to how to pick up 3000 students from thousands that are knocking and then arrange them in a descending order. Also. I can imagine the position of the exam officials. keep a track of time. I could not revise a few subjects and I did have to pay for that in the end.RxPG: What was your strategy for the revision? Dr. give each question the same importance. Much of time devoted to revision was wasted in reading for the first time important stuff which I had not read till then. Pretty tough job to do! On what basis would you arrange them? You know there are many aspects which go on to make a good doctor. avoid silly mistakes (it is very difficult to apply that! I did end up giving away a few questions cheaply) and last but not the least. many abilities required for that. There are thousands of graduates knocking their doors every year for seats. Abhishek Pachchigar: Nothing special. RxPG: What is your impression of the AIPGE exam? Is the pattern of the examination appropriate? Would you recommend any improvement? Dr.

Including more case-type questions. one is memory. But quality of question papers can still be improved by: 1. I think that in the present scenario. because they allow a wide variety of topics to be covered in a short time. that is something which is actually expected out of graduates. One can easily argue that’s not enough. so as to discourage cramming. I think MCQs based tests are the best. Avoiding difficult questions from alien topics. communication skills. attitude towards patients etc which are equally important? Thus. Avoiding clichéd question (repeat questions). 2. Among the various types of written tests. temperament.Most MCQs based exams test three main abilities. conduct. and ask for a reasonably superficial knowledge about every subject. Twisting the question.) I think those who cry foul and criticize AIPGE should first come up with a better way of conducting exams that is practically feasible at the same time. 6. MCQs based tests are not enough! They can never be certified to be totally just and reliable. the way AIPGE is conducted is quite satisfactory (lets leave AIPGE 2006 aside. growth rate etc. other is analysis/reasoning and third is speed of making decisions. Avoiding irrelevant questions (like GDP of India. 5. Avoiding simple facts and figures type questions. the real fact is that conducting exams that would test all essential skills would be very cumbersome and practically not feasible for such a large scale exam. ideally speaking. what would have been your reaction? Did you have a backup plan? Were you ready for another attempt? . But then. RxPG: Had you not been successful in AIPGE. 3. because then what about clinical skills. 4. it was an exception). as far as arranging 'PG aspirants' in a row of preference is concerned. Thus.

In any case. those which have already been chewed and digested by all by now. One can only work and hope of getting one. so as to appear in the next year. without reacting too much to what is apparently visible. My parents definitely contributed greatly by giving me all the support that I needed. One. I would not have left the race.success/failure. Abhishek Pachchigar: A very important question. I would definitely attribute the result I got to the terrible question paper that was offered to us! The paper had only two types of questions. because is such an exam. because most of the hard work was now done. and two. I think my analytical and reasoning skills probably helped me in such a paper to get more MCQs right. totally alien questions which no one has ever heard about and about which nothing can be done. RxPG: How did your parents. can really be sure of getting a good rank. What appears as success at one time becomes the beginning of a failure that often follows it. RxPG: How would you visualise your success? Dr. RxPG: Whom do you attribute your success to? Dr. and failure often prompts us to do things which often make us end up in a larger success. I would have taken up some non-clinical seat like Anatomy! Had I not made it to the list. Only thing needed is to keep the things fresh. Hence. would have started a job somewhere and continued reading in either case. family and friends contribute to your success? . In case I had a rank somewhere in the end of the list.Dr. what’s important is to do what is best at any point of time. Abhishek Pachchigar: Well. other than giving the best calculated guess or leaving with due respect. Abhishek Pachchigar: What I have realised by now is that success and failures are only relative terms.

in this part of our education career. because here preparing for AIPGE has not been a culture till now). RxPG: RxPG is the largest and most active community website for medical students.. RxPG website provides a tremendous potential which I think has still not been fully tapped. I can see no other way whereby people of all different colleges can come together and discuss. argue with each other. Friends in my study group were an essential part of the preps. because I felt assured that I would not be expected to do a job. and I think this branch fits my aptitude the best. share experiences and information.Dr. and RxPG fully utilizes this potential. Such a space is very helpful. during the 5 yrs of MBBS. RxPG: What do you want to specialise in and where and why? Dr. Abhishek Pachchigar: I am interested in radiology. liveable. in which case I would gladly oblige. Abhishek Pachchigar: I think internet provides a tremendous platform for people to interact. My family was tremendously supportive and that helped greatly. They implicitly provide the moral and psychological support to keep going. RxPG is unavoidable and irreplaceable. Just that I find it interesting and enjoyable. but might get DMRD (Diploma in Medical Radio Diagnosis) at a nice place. and it’s very important to make them realise and accept that 'I would be doing nothing but reading for this one year'. I have realised my weaknesses and strengths. I won’t get degree radio at a good place at my rank. I think the first thing that is necessary before starting preps is to make them understand that the preparation for the exam would take a whole year (esp. In that sense. to spend too much time with the family etc. They made the journey doable. RxPG: When did you join RxPG and how did you come to know about it? How did it help you in your preparation? . no fat reasons for this preference. How do you visualise the role of RxPG in moulding the careers of the medicos? Dr. Also. and in the end form a larger community. That’s why maybe.. Well. can’t do without them. something I think I won’t get bored of in a lifetime. Abhishek Pachchigar: My parents and family helped enormously. One year is a long time I hope. in Gujarat.

and hence end up feeling bitten. RxPG: What is your advice to the future PG aspirants? Dr. for all those who don’t want to join the exodus to foreign countries. It was really inspiring to read . every one should spend (or waste. they find faults with the medical field and exaggerate the travails that this field has. because it is not the end point. RxPG: As we see on RxPG website. from the RxPG corporate site. and work very hard. Abhishek Pachchigar: Well. When such people then think of a career change. its origin. who love the field. I happened to learn about RxPG. Then there is another group of people. whatever!) at least one year for AIPGE preparation and then attempt it. its founders and its story so far. just a cross-road! RxPG: Any other comments? Dr. most of the doctors and medical students are somewhat disillusioned by medicine as a career and some seriously think about a career change. despite its uncertainties and difficulties. and to explain that. Important thing is to do it with a positive mood and not just out of desperation. because it’s been two years since I joined as a member here. Can’t really blame them for that. I think if such people think of career change. there are two types of people (Editor’s Comment: Buntie Aur Bubli inspired?)… One type is that driven in to the field due to the lure of status and money which this profession seems to promise. but then are not able to get the desired result. Abhishek Pachchigar: Well. Over time such people are bound to get frustrated. and develop hatred for the profession. Abhishek Pachchigar: Can’t recall exactly how I came to know about it. that is a bit disappointing. I think the biggest culprit is the MCI (Medical Council of India) for blindly giving recognition to private colleges without taking into consideration the demands of the present scenario and the future. Hence. What would you like to say to them? Dr. I was not aware of the site earlier. AIPGE is the best bet for getting the desired post graduate seat. I think. would help them in the long run. despite having an aptitude for some other field. that’s not a bad idea. However.Dr. I have been actively participating since only a few months. Abhishek Pachchigar: Well.

can conquer continents". Note: Dr. Abhishek Pachchigar graduated from Baroda Medical College in 2004. His rank inb AIPGE 2006 was 511. This saying is one hundred percent accurate in this case.about how RxPG took shape. “Only people. Apart from studies. he likes appreciating all forms of art and does indulge in occasional cartoon making. He scored 52% in AIIMS January 2006. His expected score breakdown in the actual exam was: 204 questions right. . which was great. 68 wrong and 28 unattempted (around 62%). who have courage to seek unknown territories.