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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!

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

which we used to write weekly during the last few months. RxPG: We appreciate the fact that preparing for an extremely competitive exam must be really challenging. For other people it may act as a substitute partly. just do what I am supposed to do and face the outcome. till the day of result. Abhishek Pachchigar: My daily schedule was as follows: 08.get up. all through out the year there had been bouts of doubt and pessimism which would erupt every now and then.00 to 08. Had never personally expected in the beginning of my preps.30 PM . During your preparation.30 AM . 03.30 PM to 12. Hence. where the whole year’s preparation is going to be tested in just three mad hours.30 AM . if one has a good group and guidance. depending on abilities and disabilities. Well. 09. can do without it.lunch break. Abhishek Pachchigar: ALWAYS! One can never really be sure in such exams. but as I said. Can absolutely do without discussion. 09. So forget about the future. But then I would realise that what I was doing was the best option I to library. settle queries. Abhishek Pachchigar: I did not join any coaching class. Plus. to get what I got finally. You can never be sure when you stand. esp. Abhishek Pachchigar: Not at all. it should not really be relevant to anyone. because amount of input required varies from person to person.Dr. make friends.30 to 10. discuss exam papers etc. did you ever doubt your ability to succeed in it? Dr. as far as the core preparations is concerned. The results just strike like a lightening and we have to accept whatever it has for us. . All the hard work funnels onto those three hours which make things tense till the end. RxPG: How important you think is internet in preparation? Dr.00 PM – library. I would say. We did subscribe to model test papers from a coaching class. RxPG: What was your daily timetable during the preparation? How much time do you think one requires for serious preparation for this examination? Dr.00 AM .00 to 08. when talking strictly about preparations. 01. such a large crowd you are competing with. I think that was only for the sake of information. Very useful to share information.

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

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

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

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

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

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