Amit Dashputra Sion 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.

Hi. I’m Amit Dashputra.

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?

In the beginning, when everyone is disoriented, it is important to GIVE TIME to the new subjects. Studying for around 1 hour is usually the most that can be managed for regular college days. It is essential to take a break at least on weekends. Apart from this it is essential to STOP COMPARING the “amount” or duration of study with other people. Adapting to new subjects extends beyond just textbooks. Ever heard about the Facebook page of The Awkward Yeti?

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  ?

No, I did not have a set schedule. A realistic timetable is useful to achieve short-term goals. Self-study is useful as long as it is HONEST. If you feel you have understood then go ahead, if not then its time to make efforts.

Clearing such small “arey ye kuchsamajhnahiaaya” goes a long way in having good concepts.

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

EXPLAINING to yourself and making a NOTE of all the “Eureka moments” in the textbook itself will help you recall and understand the same topic whenever you choose to read it again. Knowing concepts from teachers saves a lot of time and effort.

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

For anatomy it is nice if you can RELATE to your own body. If something is recalled as “ye page ke left side petha” then it is likely to be forgotten. A lot of things in Physiology and Biochemistry are processes. Factual burden is reduced if the “why’s” can be reasoned by logic.

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.

Visual aids helped me in topics like Embryology. Developing a habit to LOOK UP on the Internet for confusing and intriguing topics makes the subject easy to understand and interesting.

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?

Question bank is crucial aid for exam-oriented preparation. It highlights the MUST KNOW portions of a subject. Noting down the previous year question at the beginning of relevant topic is good idea. There is endless knowledge available on any given topic. Hence, focused study is important. Basics first!

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

Exam time studies can be tackled by materializing on a realistic timetable. It is important to take adequate SLEEP. There will be no MBBS examination where you will be fully prepared. Improvise with what you have. An ALERT mind is the greatest asset in examination; be it written or practical.

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

In GENERAL, writing answers in points, drawing diagrams and underlining important words account for most of the presentation in a written examination. There is time crunch in Anatomy exam, so diagrams have special importance. Answers should be to the point. In Physiology exams flowcharts will fetch impressive marks. A lot of answers in biochemistry are based on topics related to previous years’ subjects. Relevant expansion of ideas is welcome here. Developing hands on SKILLS, if required is essential for practical examinations. Avoiding short forms, speaking in complete sentences, not wasting time will keep the examiner happy. Happy examiner is a lenient examiner.

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

Do not hesitate to approach teachers, they are there for you. Feel free to contact seniors in any matters you need advice on.

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?

There is a lot more to college life than textbooks. Everyone needs an escape. Your life is worth all you can invest in it, and more. Let you purpose emerge in moments large and small. Feel its power as gives great benefit to your entire world. Live long and Prosper!


INTERVIEWER: Ananya Mathur

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