Amogh Pathak Seth GSMC topper

1.Congratulations on achieving such an amazing feat.   Tell  us  a  bit  about  yourself. Please  also  tell  us  your individual  marks  in  each subject.

Thanks a lot for inviting to be a part of this novel initiative.
I am Amogh Pathak, currently a third year student at Seth G S Medical College in Mumbai.
I did my schooling and junior college education at Nashik. I got SML 23 in the NEET 2013, after which I joined Seth GSMC. At that time I also represented India at the International Biology Olympiad 2013 at Bern,  Switzerland and won a Silver Medal for the country.
I am also a State level Skating player and a trekker by passion.
My marks in first MBBS were
(Will send the individual marks with mark sheet)

2.So, when all of  this  is  new  and the  rest  of  us  are  still  busy  figuring the  head and tail  of  the  subject,  how  did you tackle  and master  the  syllabus?

It’s a difficult question to answer. I would say that the pattern and the depth of studies in 12 standard helped a lot to face the knowledge explosion of medical subjects.

12th studies helped especially in biochemistry and physiology.
Anatomy was comparatively vast and new. I mainly tried to understand the concepts and reasoning behind the design of the subject.

3.Did you have  a  set  schedule, a time  table  that  you stuck to?  What  were  the  daily  hours  that  you put in self study  ?

The year began with moving to a new city. It took time to get adjusted to hostels, the food and the new institute. The schedule was not fixed for any day but I would put all the time I could get into self study. Around 2 hours in the morning and 2-3 after college wes my self study time.

4.Did you have  a  different  methodology  of  tackling  the  subjects?  Any  special  notes  that  you prepared?

I used to take notes in the lectures and then read the topic from textbooks.
I prepared any topic with the point of view of a theory exam in the form of long and short question answers and then move towards the minute details for mcqs.

5.Do you have any  special  pointers  for  specific  subjects?  The  do’s  and don’ts  of  it?

For anat I practiced various diagrams, for physio I prepared flowcharts for various concepts. Biochem was mostly making concise notes and practicing the structures of molecules to understand the pathways.

6.Was there  any  help  that  you acquired while  exam  preparation?  Like  any  visual  aids  any  professional guidance?  Or  those  little  tit  bits  that  the  professors  tell  us  but  none  other than the  toppers  pay  attention to? Please  share  with us.

I never studied any subject based on the “IMP” pattern, but made my own Imps. There was no special guidance, except for 3D orientation videos on YouTube.

The points highlighted by professors in college are of utmost importance for mastering the subject. They help you to understand the reasoning which books may not. They focus on the point which are necessary to know for exams.

7.How vital  is  the  Question bank during  exams?  Does  it  come  highly  recommended  or  you advice  thorough reading  of  the  text  and having confound knowledge  of  the  subject?

Never used question banks for studying.
Only referred to them few days before exams to make sure I don’t miss any topics.
Through reading is must for first year subjects.

8.How do you propose  the  students study and what kind  of  discipline  should be  followed during  exam  time?

There’s never a single way to tackle any subject. Search for a pattern that suits you. All the unit tests and term exams in college are for you to try various methods. Take all of them seriously.
Maintain a good balance between fun and studies.
Extra curricular activities are must to refresh you mind.

9.Could you give  some  important  pointers  on  Exam  writing skills?  And also  how  should  one  prepare  for  a practical  exam?

The days of Essay pattern answers are gone. Now you need to focus on convincing the examiner that you have understood the subject.
Try to include more diagrams, flow charts. Answer in points. Design your answers using headings. Always add where the knowledge about the topic is applied in actual practice.
For practicals, make full use of the teaching and hands on learning. You should develop confidence for answers in a viva. Practice.

10.Any special  tricks  and tacts  for  the  students  of  your  college  who  would be  reading this?

No lecture is a waste of time. There’s always at least one new point that you would have missed in the books.
Not all lectures are directly useful for an exam but, no knowledge ever goes waste.

11.So, do you have  any  parting thoughts?  Like  disclosing that  secret  mantra  that  you  chanted  or  that  special brand of  energy  drink  you savoured?  Just  .seriously  though..anything at  all?

Enjoy what you are doing.

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