Dr Ankur Akela from KMC Manipal has cleared various Medical PG entrance exams. His Ranks are as mentioned below
AIPG Rank – 1615
KCET Rank – 271
AFMC Rank – 218
DNB Rank (May) – 1138
Below is an excerpt from his interview
1) In which year did you pass your MBBS exam?
Dr Ankur Akela: I passed in January 2014 and completed my internship in March 2015 from KMC Manipal.
2) What was your MBBS percentage marks (aggregate or final year)?
Dr Ankur Akela: 75% aggregate
3) When did you seriously start preparing for the PG Entrance exam?
Dr Ankur Akela: From April 2015 after my internsip.
4) How many hours did you study each day?
Dr Ankur Akela: I used to make targets for the day. There were no fixed hours. On an average 10-12 hours daily. And after achieving my targets I used to reward myself (in the form of eating favourite dishes, going for CCD coffee etc)
5) Which books did you read for the theory part?
Dr Ankur Akela: During my MBBS I read basic books (Anatomy-students gray, Physiology-guyton, Path-robins, Pharma-KDT, Com Med-Park, Surgery-Belly, Medicine-Harrison only volume 2 (wish I could have read volume 1!).Though it was difficult to revise and score but it has definitely helped to form the foundation which is very pivotal in solving MCQS.
6) Which books did you read for MCQs revision?
Dr Ankur Akela: Right from my mbbs times I used to practice MCQ books along with subject. (As my theory paper had 25% mcqs). For Anatomy, Biochemistry, Physiology, Forensic -Across, Patho-Arvind Arora, Pharma-Garg, Micro-Rachna Chaurasia, Com Med-Vivek Jain, Surgery-Arvind Arora. During my preparation time I did Amit Aashish for AIIMS and NEET guide.
7) What were the subjects you focused upon?
Dr Ankur Akela: 1st and 2nd year subjects are crucial for selection. As after doing MBBS most of the aspirants are good in final year subjects. It is those 2 years which people find difficult. So firstly I worked on these than I focused on short subjects like Radio, Ortho, Anaesthesia, etc. These subjects help in improving Rank. But as far as selection is concerned, first 2 years subject plays a crucial role.
8) What was your strategy for the exam day? How many questions did you attempt and why?
Dr Ankur Akela: Exam day is just a mental battle. The calmer you are the better your result will be. I took proper 6 hours nap, followed by a good talk with my loved ones. It’s all about calming your nerves. I attempted all 300 questions since there was no negative marking. My whole focus was to prevent silly mistakes, do simple questions right. These simple questions if get wrong disturbs the ranking. So my whole idea was to do all basic questions right.
9) In which field do you want to specialize in? Why?
Dr Ankur Akela: I want to become a Neuro Surgeon, so I am taking General Surgery. It’s my childhood dream!
10) What role did the internet play in your preparation?
Dr Ankur Akela: Internet did play a crucial role. I was in RankJunction whatsapp group. The quality of question put in group and explanation definitely gives and edge over others. On daily basis during my break I used to open the group. I think this is the best way to refresh and utilize break. Thank you! RankJunction for all the support. All the best for future, May the force be with all of you!!
11) What is your advice to future aspirants?
Dr Ankur Akela: Never lose faith in yourself. As an intern my rank was 19000. If I can do, anybody can. Be honest to yourself. Give 110%. There will be time when you will doubt your capabilities, you will feel frustrated. At that time take a break, talk to your loved ones and get back with double zeal. All the best for future.
Our Heartfelt Congratulations to Dr Ankur Akela on his achievement & huge success.