Dr. Sricharan V from Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute, secured 2nd Rank in NEET PG 2019. He was the Topper of All India Pre NEET PG Live Mock Test conduction by RankJunction. He has no doubt about his hard work and says, ‘Hard work will definitely pay off, just that it additionally requires dedication, perseverance and some smart work’. Read below an excerpt from his interview.
RankJunction: Tell us something about yourself, your family?
Dr. Sricharan: I’m Dr. Sricharan V from Bangalore. I did my schooling from M.E.S. Kishore Kendra and P.U from M.E.S College. I completed my MBBS from Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute. My parents are doctors; my father is an Ophthalmologist and mother is a general practitioner employed in private practice in Bangalore.
RankJunction: In which year did you pass your MBBS exam? What was your MBBS percentage marks (aggregate or final year)?
Dr. Sricharan: I passed my MBBS in March 2017. My aggregate MBBS percentage was 68.61%.
RankJunction: When did you seriously start preparing for the PG Entrance exam?
Dr. Sricharan: Frankly speaking, I started my preparation for PG entrance exams from March 2018. I didn’t have any idea about the effort involved or the competition during my UG days.
RankJunction: How many hours did you study each day? How was your typical schedule for the day?
Dr. Sricharan: I was attending coaching classes; so initially I wasn’t serious about NEET and studied just 3-4 hours per day on days when there were no classes. Eventually as the subjects were covered, I picked up the pace and studied for more time. I had made a timeline to cover each subject in a specific number of days. I also devoted 1-2 hours every day to solve MCQs related to the relevant topics. I completed my first revision before November AIIMS exam; the exam was an eye-opener as it had a lot of clinical questions which guided me to focus more on clinical stuff. In the last month, I studied for around 10 hours a day and was able to complete 2 revisions before NEET.
RankJunction: Which books did you read for the theory part?
Dr. Sricharan: Anatomy – B D Chaurasia & Inderbir Singh (histo, embryo) Physio – Ganong, A K Jain Biochem – Satyanarayana Pharmac – K D Tripathi Patho – Robbins, Harshmohan Micro – Anantnarayan Forensic – Narayan Reddy Opthal – A K Khurana ENT – Dhingra PSM – K Park Medicine – Davidson, George Mathews Surgery – Manipal Obg – D C Dutta Pediatrics – O P Ghai Ortho – Maheshwari
RankJunction: Which books did you read for MCQs revision?
RankJunction: What were the subjects you focused upon?
Dr. Sricharan: All subjects are equally important. But clinical subjects like medicine, surgery, Obg took a lot of time to revise compared to others. I was also slightly weak in micro and forensic so I revised it more thoroughly.
RankJunction: What is your style of preparation and notes making?
Dr. Sricharan: I’d joined a coaching class for the preparation. I used to listen in the class attentively and make notes. After a particular subject’s class got over, I used to revise the notes thoroughly and go through the review book and if there was any point left out I would add it to the notes so that my notes would be the one final thing that I’d to rely upon during revision. Also, I used to solve as many tests as possible whether it was grand test or subject test. I made sure to focus on the mistakes I’d made during each test and not to repeat them subsequently.
RankJunction: What was your strategy for the exam day? How many questions did you attempt?
Dr. Sricharan: I was not at all tensed on the exam day and woke up at the same time as I would do every day (I made sure I’d got 7.5 hours of sleep). I didn’t study any particular subject but just went through only the IPC sections in forensic since I had a lot of time (the exam was in the afternoon). I reached the Centre two hours earlier and just chatted with a few friends in my Centre. During the exam, I solved all 300 questions once by marking a few for review. I got around 80 minutes to revise the paper at the end when I answered the remaining ones. Totally I attempted 295 questions; in the remaining 5 I couldn’t eliminate even a single option so I didn’t attempt them.
RankJunction: Candidates are complaining that NEET PG 2019 was a tough exam. What are you views?
Dr. Sricharan:According to me, it wasn’t very difficult because most of the questions were one-liners and straightforward. But few ones were lengthy and had tricky options, so maybe many people would’ve felt it’s tough. There were not as many images as I’d expected, and the ones asked were pretty easy. If asked about the parts, I would say Part C was the toughest.
RankJunction: Was RankJunction helpful in your preparation?
Dr. Sricharan: I had taken a few tests on RankJunction during my preparation. They were really informative. The tests were neither too easy nor too hard and were reflective of the pattern of questions asked in NEET. Some were quite unique and well framed. The explanations too were useful and apt to the topic covered in the question. I’m really thankful to RankJunction for playing a part in helping me achieve my dream rank.
RankJunction: In which field do you want to specialize in? Why?
Dr. Sricharan: I want to take up medicine because I like interacting with patients, working up the investigations and formulating differential diagnoses. To know that I’ve been endowed with the knowledge to serve my country (and mankind in general) in whatever small possible way is divine! When it comes to treatment, I feel medicine is the best because the satisfaction of giving a treatment and noticing the improvement in the patient’s condition (whether it’s dramatic, like saving a patient by administering a drug or gradual, like following up) is unparalleled.
RankJunction: What is your advice to future aspirants?
Dr. Sricharan: I would like to emphasize the importance of staying calm and having a focused, unwavering mind throughout the preparation despite the fact there are 19 subjects to study. Every aspirant has the potential to be the topper; the difference lies in effort and planning that goes into the preparation. Whether it’s seeing a video, listening to a class, reading from a book or solving a question, the mind should be engrossed in the task at hand in order to understand what we’re doing because without a proper understanding, we cannot expect ourselves to do justice to our patients fully. It’s also important to set realistic goals (pertaining to what, from where and how much to read, how many questions to solve, how to revise) while studying a subject and equally critical to prioritize the topics while reading as there’s no end to the vast sea of knowledge in our field. Having said all this, I also want to stress the need of maintaining a good health by getting adequate sleep, nourishing food and being as close to our regular lives as possible while keeping the goal in mind. There’s no doubt hard work will definitely pay off; just that it additionally requires dedication, perseverance and some smart work too. I wish all the future aspirants all the very best in all their endeavors and hope they come out with flying colours! 🙂
Team RankJunction congratulates Dr. Sricharan for his achievements and wishes him all the best for his future endeavors