Hetanshi Raval GMC Miraj 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! Thank you for your wishes!! This is Hetanshi Raval from GMC Miraj. Just got done with third minor about to hit the final year.

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?

Even I felt the same at the beginning of each year. I couldnt understand the subject that well until the terms dates were out. All I did was reading all the important stuff first (markings that our seniors gave) then I used to refer bhalani question papers of about last 10 years to cover some extra questions. That’s it ! This will cover all the questions that are asked in the university exam . Not just sticking to this I would read some topics out of curiosity

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  ?

Timetable was always made once the exam dates were out. However it always took time to get used to that time table. Proper sticking to the schedule would start around 2 weeks before exams that is when you don’t have to attend college. I have never decided how many hours to study. I always focused on covering the portion atleast once before college exam .

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

No I never make any such notes. All I refer is textbooks.

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

Special pointers can be like drawing diagrams wherever possible avoid writing too much flowcharts and all is always going to fetch you more marks e.g. Diagrams of anatomy or microscopy of patho or may be a flowchart for mechanism of action in pharmac.

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.

Not really. I am one of those persons who would not even take notes in lectures. Self studying is all what I do , regarding any difficulty in any topic asking a professor was always an option .

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?

Thorough reading of the subject is always going to help you to create a basic knowledge in your mind. This will help you to solve mcqs as well .All you can do is, read the textbook when you are in a busy schedule like attending college and postings during those days. But when exams are knocking at the door, you cannot manage to read everything and most important remember it,so during that read only the question bank, it will help you to score well and you will not even miss out on the knowledge you should have about the subject at UG level.

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

It all depends on the way you are comfortable with. Some people can’t afford to read the entire day, they need breaks, they need fixed hours of sleep, so what I feel is make a schedule so that you can complete reading everything once before exam and not miss upon your leisure.

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

Exam writing is very important. If you can’t write the paper well, what’s the use of knowing stuff and not being able to portray how well you have understood the subject. I used to refer some books like Shanbhag for Pharmac, Nagoba for Micro. However other subjects like ENT, Ophthalm, PSM there are no such books available so you need to stick to the textbooks. These books are like BJ notes of Physio. Answers are given pointwise, there are flowcharts so they helped me pretty well to make my paper presentable. Again I would say make the info in your paper presentable and easy to understand at one glance. Examiners hardly give time to each paper 5-10 mins maximum, all your aim is to make sure your matter gets into his head in those 10 mins . This will help you to score well. Practicals are easy to score till 2nd year. All you need to do is know atleast something about everything in vivas. So yeah , the textbook reading which I said wud help you to answer maximum viva questions . Spotting and stuff should be done properly those are marks in your hands, where you can score full marks. Case vivas all I can say is don’t utter something that you don’t know anything about, try to lead the examiner on topics that you know .

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

Nothing specific .

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?

Haha okay ! All you can do is pray that you pass. Sleep well before exams atleast 5 hours would be fair. Eat well. Not too much at once that would render you drowsy. Eat in breaks it would help you stay awake. Take a break of an hour in the noon if you wish to, so that you can again start afresh .So yeah, all the best guys hope my answers help you to tackle with most of your problems and queries !

 

INTERVIEWER: RITVIKA GANGRADE

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