Interview of Dr. Darpan Thakare: Rank 15 in MH PGM CET 2016 & 118 in AIPGMEE 2016
Dr. Darpan Thakare has secured Rank 15 in Maharashtra PGM CET 2016 & rank 118 in AIPGMEE 2016. He has done his MBBS from Seth G S Medical college & KEM Hospital, MUMBAI.
Q. In what year did you pass out your MBBS (Completion of Internship)?
Q. What were your MBBS percentage marks (aggregate or final year)?
Q. What ranks had you secured in any previous PG medical entrance exams you gave?
Q. Could you please tell us something about yourself?
Ans. I am the first medico in my family.
Q. What is the secret of your success?
Ans. Consistent hard work, revision at least 3 before exams.
Q. How was your internship?
Ans. Internship in KEM is frustrating & slightly heavy, but all the support & help that I got from my batchmates & friends helped me to get enough for studies.
Q. When did you seriously start preparing for the entrance exam?
Ans. Mid of JAN 2015
Q. How many hours did you study each day? How long do you think students need to prepare for cracking PG medical entrance exams?
Ans. 4-8 hrs depending on postings.
Quality time with books is more important for cracking such exams.
Q. Which books did you read for the theory part?
Ans. Mostly MCQ books in my internship & standard textbooks for doubts.
Q. Which books did you read for the MCQs? Which MCQ books were the most productive and which were least?
Ans. Mostly ARORA volumes
Ophthalmology RUCHI RAI
Orthopedics APURV MEHRA
Radiology SUMER SETHI
Q. Which subjects did you focus on?
Ans. Mostly 2nd-year subjects, PSM & short subjects
Q. What were your study methods? How many revisions did you do for each subject? Did you make any changes in your study methods in your recent attempts?
Ans. I concentrated on revising already read stuff rather than running for new facts.
3 revisions for each subject
Q. Did you do any special preparation for image-based questions?
I had only 5 image based questions in my set which were quite easy to solve
Q. What was your strategy for the exam day? How many questions did you attempt and why? How many do you think you got correct?
Ans. Keep calm & 8-10 hrs sleep before exams
I attempted all questions.
I think , I got mostly 245-250 questions correct in AIPG &
252 questions in MHT-CET
Q. Do think there should be a different strategy for preparation of different entrance exams like AIIMS-PG or PGI?
Ans. I was not eligible for Nov AIIMS & PGI
Q. Did you join any classes or test series? Was it useful?
Bhatia Foundation course & DAMS online test series.
Ya, they were very useful.
Q. Who or what influenced you to take up Medicine?
Ans. My parents
Q. In which field do you want to specialize in? why?
Ans. MD MEDICINE. Not given a thought to super speciality.
Q. What seat have you been allotted in counselling? Did you join?
Ans. Counselling is yet to happen.
Q. What is your advice to future aspirants?
Ans. 1 year of dedication & hard work is all that is required for these exams.
Q. Indian PG entrances are highly competitive, so to crack them students end up in appearing for multiple PG exams with some of them having the same exam with different slots and papers, please extend your views on this and their pros and cons of appearing in multiple PG entrances.
Ans. Multiple PG entrances increases opportunity for PG aspirants & gives a rough idea about where they are going wrong & helps to improve for further exams.
We are ending this interview with our hearty congratulations and best wishes for future to this talented person, Dr. Darpan Thakare.