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. My individual subject marks are as follows –
Patho micro 169
Grand total 632/800
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?
About mastering the subject, even I am finding a trick to master it. But I feel rather than memorising anything it’s better to understand it to the depth. And besides the support of our college staff was of great help to me.
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 ?
I did not have any kind of time table. It totally depends on my mood. I am more of a quality person than quantity. And the most important thing I feel is having a pleasant mind before starting your studies so never give up on any kind of fun activity which makes u happy.
And talking about time table, I prefer to study early in the morning after having plenty amount of sleep rather than burning the midnight oil.
4.Did you have a different methodology of tackling the subjects? Any special notes that you prepared?
Yes I did prepare my own notes. Made them colourful and I basically focused on preparing charts and put them up on every wall I could find in my room. So it keeps on flashing on your eyes every now and then and it becomes very easy.
5.Do you have any special pointers for specific subjects? The do’s and don’ts of it?
For Patho, I made flowcharts and concentrated on histopath diagrams. And for pharmac, I had made mnemonics for almost every drug and wrote them in the textbook. For eg-
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.
My only special aid was The Internet. There is a lot of cool stuff online which makes studies interesting like these mnemonics. I watched a lot of videos on YouTube about the pathophysiology of any condition. It is like Drishyam. If you have SEEN IT U GOTTA REMEMBER IT.
And our college staff is not at all bias. They give the same attention and the same suggestions to each and every student.
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?
My personal opinion about the question bank is very practical. It plays a great role on the very previous day of the examination. You just cannot sit and read each and every line a day before the exam. But but but…never open the question bank before your prelims. Question bank is a thing which is meant just so you master the important questions and not the syllabus. So reading the textbook thoroughly at least thrice is what I highly recommend.
8.How do you propose the students study and what kind of discipline should be followed during exam time?
The only discipline you need to follow is sleep on time and eat on time and you are good to go. Listen to music, watch TV, go for a walk but DON’T keep texting anyone. It is very distracting.
9.Could you give some important pointers on Exam writing skills? And also how should one prepare for a practical exam?
Exam writing skills, I don’t have any special tips of my own. What I will tell, are the age old methods which every professors keeps on telling every now and then.
Write headings, draw well labelled diagrams as and when possible and my personal suggestion is i always tend to attempt the LAQs first so that ur mind is not fatigued and half of the tension is released. if u write it well in the beginning it gives a good impression to the examiner as well.
10.Any special tricks and tacts for the students of your college who would be reading this?
Tips and tricks… Umm….solve 10 mcqs everyday from the previous question papers. And write the imp points told by the professor in some different ink so that while revising you can save time just by reading the highlights.
11.So, do you have any parting thoughts?
Last but not the least, I would also like to mention that a good parental support is highly important and my parents have always provided me with a conducive atmosphere to study.