Kuldeep Kapdi RCSM GMC Kolhapur 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.

1) Myself Kuldeep Kapdi
RCSM GMC Kolhapur 2015 batch


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?

2) I started studying way too early. (3rd day of the college). I was too scared actually after knowing the syllabus.


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  ?

3) Schedule..umm not actually. I tried reading what was taught the same day. Even the study time wasn’t fix. But yeah I did switch from sleeping at 12 to sleeping at 3am


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

4) I tried making notes but could make only for HNF anatomy. (And i hardly referred to them). Everyone has a different style.


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

5) Not Actually. But yeah as an advice start physiology and anatomy first since it’s vast. Biochemistry is comparatively easy.


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.

6) There are amazing lectures by Dr. Najeeb and many more(which I never watched, at least in the 1st year). Even the seniors help a bit.


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?

7) I never referred to the Question Bank. But yeah what we are taught is mostly exam orientated. The Question Bank thus comes in handy. But it’s always good to study the entire topic or at least try.


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

8) Don’t try hard. Stay cool. Grades don’t measure intelligence, but study at least 2-3 hours a day, you’ll definitely cross distinction.


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

9) For theory you need to be super fast, or else you might not be able to finish your paper. For Anatomy, diagrams are must, and try sticking to the Question. Rest is Easy.


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

10) I doubt they’ll be interested.


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 kidding.  Seriously  though, anything at  all?

11)  Tea Tea Tea. 5 cups and you’ll be awake the entire night. Just kidding??

INTERVIEWER: Ananya Mathur

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