Dr. Madhan R from Madurai medical college, Tamilnadu has emerged as All India 3rd Topper in NEET PG 2018. His NEET PG – 2017 rank was 2600 and he has really made a remarkable comeback. A firm believer of the philosophy ‘Hard Work is Key To Success.’ he also thanks RankJunction in helping in this journey. He shares his daily routine, list of recommended books, study plans and other tips in this candid interview…
RankJunction (RJ): Tell us something about yourself, your family?
Dr. Madhan R (Dr. M R): I am from a small village in Cuddalore district of Tamilnadu. I finished my MBBS degree in Madurai medical college. I got All India Rank 2600 in 2017 NEET Exam.
RJ: In which year did you pass your MBBS exam? What was your MBBS percentage marks (aggregate or final year)?
Dr. M R : I passed final year MBBS in February 2016 and finished my internship in March 2017. I got 72 percent.
RJ: When did you seriously start preparing for the PG Entrance exam?
Dr. M R : I started preparing from April 2017 after completing my internship.
RJ: How many hours did you study each day? How was your typical schedule for the day?
Dr. M R: I usually used to read for 10 to 12 hours a day. When bored, I used to listen to music and go for a small walk for 5 to 10 minutes. I usually go to sleep before 1.00 and wake up at 8.30 in morning.
RJ: Which books did you read for the theory part?
Dr. M R:
Anatomy – TMCAA notes and netter atlas. Concentrate more on diagrams in head and neck.
Physiology – CRISP book.
Biochemistry – Rebecca James notes.
Pathology – Vandhana puri,
Microbiology – apurva sastry.
Pharmacology – TMCAA notes and Sparsh Gupta.
FM – TMCAA notes,
SPM – Vivek Jain,
Opthalmology – Across book,
ENT – Shibu George
Surgery- Rajamahendran surgery sixer (concentrate more on general surgery),
Ortho – Abbas Ali sir notes, Anaesthesia-across book,
Dermatology -TMCAA notes,
Radiology – TMCAA notes.concentrate more on the pictures rather than theory
Psychiatry – Praveen Tripathi.
For medicine, if you are good in physiology, pharmacology, and pathology it will cover nearly half of medicine and follow class notes alone for medicine.
RJ: Which books did you read for MCQs revision?
Dr. M R: I didn’t read any MCQ books specifically.I usually work out online tests by Rank junction and others.
RJ: What were the subjects you focused upon?
Dr. M R: I focused more on 2nd-year subjects since they form the basement for many other subjects. Concentrate more on short subjects also since they are rank determining.
RJ: What is your style of preparation and notes making?
Dr. M R: Since most of my class notes are okay and complete, I followed it. I added the extra points in entrance books in my class notes during my first reading itself. Reading notes during revision helped me to complete many of subjects in an easier way.
RJ: What was your strategy for the exam day? How many questions did you attempt?
Dr. MR: Have a good sleep of at least 8 hours before the day of the exam. Be cool as much as you can since stress reduces your recalling capacity.
Try to attempt at least 285 questions unless your guessing capacity is poor or you are completely not aware of the question.
RJ: Candidates are complaining that NEET PG 2018 was a tough exam. What are your views?
Dr. M R: NEET Exam was okay for me but it contains many questions from less important and easily forgettable topics.
RJ: Was RankJunction helpful in your preparation?
Dr. M R: Rank junction helped me a lot to identify my weaker areas and helped me to get used to the computer-based tests. Explanations for questions are complete and contain many new points which I added to my class notes.
RJ: In which field do you want to specialize in? Why?
Dr. M R: I liked to pursue to MD Radiodiagnosis since it is the specialty linked to almost all clinical subjects. It’s not only diagnostic but also therapeutic now.
RJ: What is your advice to future aspirants?
Dr. M R: I have following tips to offer to the future aspirants
1) Hard work is key to every success.
2) If you are good at basics in MBBS you will be able to get a PG seat even with 5 to 6 months preparation.
3) Have a complete and clear note for all subjects since it helps you to complete your revision in an efficient and smart manner.
4) Have a timetable planned according to the weight-age for each subject. Never leave any subject in your preparation, at least try to cover the important topics.
5) At least 2 revisions will be necessary to get a good PG seat.
6) Spend a considerable time for questions during revision time.
RJ: Suppose, if you had to prepare for NEET PG 2019, then after going through this NEET PG 2018 paper, what changes would you make in your preparation?
Dr. M R: My preparation strategy is okay for me. I think that I would have not made any changes.
Team RankJunction congratulates Dr. Madhan R on his humongous achievement and wishes him all the best for his future endeavors .