Jay Savla Kem topper

Presentation and handwriting is the key.

Jay Savla

Seth GS Medical College, Mumbai

II YEAR 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.

Individual marks please see in the marksheet.

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?

Be regular. Attend lectures, make notes during the lectures, try to keep pace with whatever is going on in the college.

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 set time table. It used to vary based on a particular day.

Self study of 3hrs max during a working day and increased or sometimes decreased during the weekends


4.Is there any particular way in which you study or any special notes that you make? Maybe a different approach than what students normally do?

No, nothing special. Notes making is a little hyped I feel. Notes need to be made only for parts or topics which you feel you forget every now and then.


5.Do you have any tips on the Do’s and Don’ts of it? How do you manage to keep yourself motivated when studies start taking a toll on you? Are there any ‘distractions’ that actually help you in the process?

1.5years of 2nd MBBS is a long time. So don’t press full throttle right from the start. Take it easy. Just try to be regular and everything falls in place.

6.Also how important do you think is attending lectures in college? Considering half of the students are either busy on their phones or sleeping, does it really help?

Very important. Especially in subjects like FMT where you don’t read on your own till the exams. Other subjects also good teachers lay a good base on which you can read.


7.Was there any help that you acquired while preparing for the exams? 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.

Not for exam per se. But I saw Kaplan Pharmac and Pathoma videos. They are good.




What separates a successful individual from a talented one is a lot of hardwork.


8.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?

Throughout the year thorough reading. Just before the exams question bank.


9.Could you suggest a method of studying or kind of discipline that should be followed during exam time?

Each student has its own technique. I sleep atleast for 7hrs in a day no matter which exam.


10.What do you do to keep yourself kind of stress free? Go for a swim, go for a walk or just wiggle under the blanket and fall asleep or what?

 I used to play cricket or some video games.


11.Are you involved in any extracurricular activities, be it sports, cultural or academics? How do you manage it along with your routine academics?

I have been a part of our college team for pharmac quiz. It’s fun. I play football and cricket.

12.Could you give some important pointers on Exam writing skills? And also how should one prepare for a practical exam? Any special tips for the people of your college who would be reading this?

Presentation and handwriting is the key.


13.What is the one major thing that you would like to change in today’s curriculum?

Lot of changes required. One won’t solve anything.


14.So, do you have any parting thoughts? Like disclosing that secret mantra that you chanted or that special brand of energy drink you savored? Just kidding. Seriously though. Anything at all?

Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates a successful individual from a talented one is a lot of hardwork.


Interviewed by: Gauri Chikhalkar

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