Golden Tips for PGMEE Preparation

  • Study methodology – Antegrade vs Retrograde

    Students will be always in a dilemma that whether to follow antegrade or retrograde methodology for preparation.

    • Antegrade method is time consuming but covers the topics in a systematic way. This the most preferred and recommended method
    • Retrograde method fails to cover unasked MCQs and recent updates. Long-term memory is usually poor for followers of retrograde method and hence it is not recommended.
  • Subject wise guide from Subject Specialty Author

    The best way of PGMEE preparation is Subject wise Guide from Subject Specialty Author Plus Add points from your class notes.

    Do not attend class/read book by Non subject Specialty Authors. A single MCQ mistake will bring down your rank by 1000, Be careful.  This is a life time risk for you. So choose the appropriate book.

    Problems with Non subject Specialty Authors:

    • Cannot solve the controversial MCQs accurately or
    • Cannot solve core subject related MCQ (for e.g. biochemical reactions or identification of bacteria or fungi or viruses or parasitic cyst/ova).
    • More so, they won’t be aware of the recent advances in the field.
  • Do not do retrograde MCQs from Volume Books

    Also Remember, the era of doing retrograde MCQs from AIIMS guide is also gone. This was popular in past as AIIMS and ALL INDIA exam boards were same.

    • Now, all India exam is separate under NAT board. It is online with 30 settings, so the chance of repetition is less and unpredictable.
      Even AIIMS exam pattern changes from exam to exam (for e.g. Nov 2015 paper was full of images), so it’s foolish to do AIIMS MCQs retrograde and read lengthy explanations.
    • Instead, you can just do the AIIMS MCQ or any other exam MCQs from a subject wise guide.
      Subject wise guide will have more theory (which is very imp for exam), and MCQs with crisp to the point explanation. This will save your time.
  • Target oriented labor

    • Only Labor: Gives you 30–40 % success
    • Target oriented labor: Provides 70% success
    • That means: You should know where to read and how much to read and not to waste time reading unnecessary things which are least asked.
  • Repeated revisions

    Repeated revisions rather than reading extensively without any revision)- Crucial Factor

    Survey done at various coaching centers and medical colleges

    Revision 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th
    Performance in Exam 25% 28% 32% 35% 50% 55% 60%
    Rank in All India Nil Nil 5000 4700 2500 1800 < 1000
  • Methods to improve your memory

    • Try to correlate the things and remember rather than purely mugging
    • Group study or couple study
    • Recalling every night
    • Booster revisions: Should be done before you totally forget the matter (i.e. in short interval)
    • Mnemonics: Good but should be limited.
  • Regularly Assess Yourself

    Most of the students assess their preparation directly at the exam hall which is absolutely worst method of assessing. You should assess your standard on daily basis and modify your preparation style according to the requirement. You can do that by:

    1. Group study: Comparing yourself with your friends.
    2. Self-assessment by recalling every night (last two hours post dinner)
    3. Grand test: Assess whether studying is reflected in the performance or not. You can compare yourself with students throughout India.
  • Role of Grand test

    1. Helps in assessing yourself
    2. Any trials and errors can be attempted in grand tests and whichever experiment is successful can be executed in main exam
    3. To learn time adjustment
    4. To enhance guessing ability
    5. To improve self-confidence
    6. To compare your performance with others.
  • Weekdays (Self-Study) vs Weekend Study (Coaching Centre)

    • Coaching institute is the place where you will be trained with the entrance oriented important aspects of the subjects.
    • However, students attending coaching institutes are getting 50 to 60 days less for their preparation as compared to the other students who prepare at home.
    • You should never waste the gap (i.e. weekdays) between classes.
    • You will never get time to revise if you have not covered the last subject before the next subject starts.
  • Last 100 days

    • Accelerate near the slug overs: Last 100 days of study is very crucial—because the students survey has shown that 80% of what you will answer correctly in the exam depends upon last 2 to 3 months study.
    • Never leave any subject. Be master in your area but at the same time cover at least average of the uncovered area as MCQs will be asked from all the subjects.
    • Sleeping well the previous night: Increases your efficiency at least by 10%.
    • Do not forget the importance of time: Once lost, can never be recycled.
  • Golden Tips for Examination Hall

    While writing PG exam….. the following things are to be kept in mind

    1. Time management is very very important.
    2. Sleep well in previous night.
    3. Do the recent 2 year papers in last one week of your exam.
    4. Guess ability- Guessing is done by two ways-
      1. By correlating the things
      2. By ruling out the options
    5. Guess Criteria-
      1. 75-25 Situation (i.e. three options are ruled out)- You can guess
      2. 50–50 Situation (i.e. two options are ruled out) – You can guess
      3. 25-75 Situation (i.e. only one options are ruled out)- Do not guess. If you are leaving so may MCQs, then against the rule you can guess. But remember, its always risky.
      4. 0-100 Situation (i.e. no option is ruled out) – Do not guess at all.
  • Golden Tips while choosing a PG seat

    FINALLY, WHILE CHOOSING A PG SEAT

    Students choose a PG seat either: By choice or By chance

    • By choice (Similar to Love marriage): Take your dream PG seat (this happens only when you get a desired rank). Only few blessed students fall in this category
    • By chance (Similar to Arrange marriage): Take the available PG seat (this happens when you get a rank, but not good enough to get your choice subject) Most of the students will fall in this

    If you have a rank but not good enough to get your choice subject, you have two options.

    • Take what is available
    • Wait for the next

    This is again a controversial situation. Many have opinions in both the categories.

    • Some say that you can enjoy the subject only if it is your dream
    • Some say that you should not waste time in waiting as there is no guarantee that you will do better in the next exam and in the current online multi session exam pattern, the situation is highly

    Best way to solve this issue is:

    Try to see the difference between love marriage and arrange marriage.

    • There is no guarantee that, in love marriage you will not fight and you will have a peaceful
    • Love is there in arrange marriage also, but it is created after

    Our advice as time is precious:

    • Never wait long to get your desired
    • Develop interest in the subject what you
    • Do justice with your subject in your 3 years of PG
    • And in turn, the subject will give you name, fame and prosper throughout your
    • If you dislike the subject, then it will end-up in divorce (i.e. you will leave the course or will live throughout .

     STRATEGY TO CHOOSE PG SEAT

    Prepare a Priority list of subject-college combinations,  based on your rank and last year counseling

    College priority to be prepared:

    • This is equally imp because whatever subject you take you will be master of that if you do in AIIMS/PGI/JIPMER/CMC kind of college.
    • Even if the subject is of low priority, it will give you more satisfaction as you will be easily famous in your locality and country.

    DEMO- Who will feel more satisfied in job and more famous in world?

    • A state cricket player of India who is struggling to get chance in national team (e.g. doing medicine from state college) or
    • Bangladesh cricket captain(e.g. doing pathology from PGI)

    Subject priority to be prepared; based on the following facts

    Based on work nature,  work time and your desire to earn name and money – i.e.

    • For 9-5 job duty (faculty job is best)-
      • Subject preference should be based on job vacancy
      • All subject will have same salary, but night duty will be there only in some clinical Subject.

    (A medicine faculty always gets frustrated by seeing a dermatology faculty)

    • For 7am- 9pm duty (Private Practice is best)- Income is partly based on subject and partly your luck… so here you can give imp to certain subject like RD, Paed, Ortho etc. But remember, lot of risk is involved in practice and be prepare for that.
    • Females should keep in mind that they have to manage family in future, so just for infatuation sake, do not go for OBG. Be prepare that you will have duties and lot of professional responsibility before taking OBG).
    • If choosing RD, anesthesia- Be prepare that there is no patient interaction. Do not cry later.
    • If choosing medicine/surgery– Be prepare that DM/Mch is MUST, so lot of hard work is expected in future and settlement is always late.
    • If Choosing psychiatry/radiotherapy- Be prepare that patient’s compliance is poor, so job satisfaction of curing a patient you may/may not get
    • If choosing para-clinical and non -clinical- Be prepare that there is no patient exposure, but has advantage of no duty, same salary if working as faculty and most important – no need to prepare again.