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!

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

Had never personally expected in the beginning of my preps. Hence. RxPG: We appreciate the fact that preparing for an extremely competitive exam must be really challenging. We did subscribe to model test papers from a coaching class.Dr. can do without it. till the day of result. just do what I am supposed to do and face the outcome. I would say. .off to library. esp. RxPG: How important you think is internet in preparation? Dr. depending on abilities and disabilities. but as I said. All the hard work funnels onto those three hours which make things tense till the end.30 PM to 12. Abhishek Pachchigar: I did not join any coaching class. 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. Can absolutely do without it. which we used to write weekly during the last few months.00 to 08.30 PM . Plus. But then I would realise that what I was doing was the best option I had. For other people it may act as a substitute partly. 01.30 to 10. You can never be sure when you stand. it should not really be relevant to anyone.00 to 08.group discussion. 03. The results just strike like a lightening and we have to accept whatever it has for us. Very useful to share information.30 AM . such a large crowd you are competing with. all through out the year there had been bouts of doubt and pessimism which would erupt every now and then.get up. as far as the core preparations is concerned. Abhishek Pachchigar: Not at all. 09. settle queries. Abhishek Pachchigar: ALWAYS! One can never really be sure in such exams. did you ever doubt your ability to succeed in it? Dr.lunch break. to get what I got finally. if one has a good group and guidance. make friends. So forget about the future. I think that was only for the sake of information. Abhishek Pachchigar: My daily schedule was as follows: 08. because amount of input required varies from person to person. During your preparation.30 AM . when talking strictly about preparations. Well. where the whole year’s preparation is going to be tested in just three mad hours.00 AM .00 PM – library.

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

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

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

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

AIPGE is the best bet for getting the desired post graduate seat. whatever!) at least one year for AIPGE preparation and then attempt it. Can’t really blame them for that. and work very hard. just a cross-road! RxPG: Any other comments? Dr. Then there is another group of people. 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. However. I happened to learn about RxPG. I think. and to explain that. Abhishek Pachchigar: Well. I think if such people think of career change.Dr. that is a bit disappointing. Hence. every one should spend (or waste. despite having an aptitude for some other field. RxPG: What is your advice to the future PG aspirants? Dr. Abhishek Pachchigar: Well. would help them in the long run. for all those who don’t want to join the exodus to foreign countries. Abhishek Pachchigar: Can’t recall exactly how I came to know about it. It was really inspiring to read . and hence end up feeling bitten. because it’s been two years since I joined as a member here. When such people then think of a career change. but then are not able to get the desired result. from the RxPG corporate site. because it is not the end point. its founders and its story so far. 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. Important thing is to do it with a positive mood and not just out of desperation. RxPG: As we see on RxPG website. its origin. Over time such people are bound to get frustrated. I was not aware of the site earlier. despite its uncertainties and difficulties. they find faults with the medical field and exaggerate the travails that this field has. that’s not a bad idea. What would you like to say to them? Dr. who love the field. most of the doctors and medical students are somewhat disillusioned by medicine as a career and some seriously think about a career change. Abhishek Pachchigar: Well. I have been actively participating since only a few months. and develop hatred for the profession.

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