Interview with Dr. Sandeep Kamat: Rank 1 in MH-SSET 2016 Exam
Dr Sandeep Sunil Kamat has secured Rank 1 in Maharashtra Super-specialty entrance Test (MH-SSET) for the year 2016. He is currently working as Assistant Professor in LTMMC.
Q. In what year did you pass out your MBBS (Completion of Internship)?
Ans. 2012 (FINAL YR PASSED IN 2011) from DR VMGMC SOLAPUR
Q. What were your MBBS percentage marks (aggregate or final year)?
Ans. 74% aggregate
Q. What ranks had you secured in any previous PG medical entrance exams you gave?
Ans. MH PGM-CET – RANK 31 in 2012.
Q. Could you please tell us something about yourself?
Ans. MHSSET rank 1.
first in MUHS in THIRD year MBBS (79%).
Q. What is the secret of your success?
Ans. hard work..dedication..being focussed..switchin off my mobile and not check-in WhatsApp messages repeatedly…n repeated revisions.
Q. How was your internship?
Ans. the internship was ok..rotations were d key to managing duty hrs..cracking PGMCET in first attempt is really a herculean task..but was happy to complete it..!!nothing like getting a rank in your internship ka first attempt itself….devise ur own timetable to crunch duty hrs n ur self-study.
Q. How did you prepare for Superspecialty entrance exams?
Ans. Reading Harrison.tables n charts thoroughly…a thorough reading of Harrison at least 3 times..solving umpteen MCQs..from books like Ajay mathur..n Deepak Marwah. Anat physio biochem can be read from Across..its a must. Just go through imp new numerological values in new PARk edition be I touch n discuss things with your paediatric fellows..n surgery co-residents they will help u with that parts had read Pritesh Singh though for surgery reading for 3 -4 months..is sufficient. DAGA..n last but not d least all papers n their answers..n explanation..should be on the tip of your tongue.
Q. When did you seriously start preparing for the entrance exam?
Ans. Feb 10th 2011..i.e..7 days before my final yr results..n 11 months before all AIPGE/MHPGMCET
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. 8-10 hrs per day..(without d discussions..n mobile ka timepass)
Q. Which books did you read for the theory part?
Ans. the std books..theory textbooks..Triple AAA…across..Sakshi arora..nothing special read..what made the difference was how strong your undergraduate is.
Q. Which books did you read for the MCQs? Which MCQ books were the most productive and which were least?
Ans. MCQ books are must be read..in internship..ther is generally no time to read std textbooks..however..in a repeat attempt..i wud advise to go thru tables of Harrison.n love-bailey..n d highlighted parts of robbins.
n also few imp numerical from park
Q. Which subjects did you focus on?
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. group discussions preferably to be limited as they can even contribute to confusions….n versions..as many times..multiple..3-4-5–at last 3…are must…no special..study methods..just jot down imp points that u think..u mite need to revise..n tend to forget..n revise them over n over again
Q. Did you do any special preparation for image-based questions?
Ans. fortunately..we dint have any of these.
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. in MHPGMCET..u need to attempt all..as there is no negative marking.
Q. Do think there should be a different strategy for preparation of different entrance exams like AIIMS-PG, PGI and DNB CET?
Ans. haven’t appeared for PGI or DNB ever…so cant actually comment on these.
Q. Did you join any classes or test series? Was it useful?
Ans. had joined Bhatia test series..that’s it..had no time for regular classes.
Q. Who or what influenced you to take up Medicine?
Ans. my DAD..d best inspiration..possibly the best paediatrician I have ever seen
Q. In which field do you want to specialise in? Why?
Ans. after my MHPGMCET rank 31..i took M.D.Medicine in LTMC Mumbai..possibly the best place in entire india..to do medicine..super friendly dept..awesum patient workload..n really god clinicians n teachers here..n obviously..u get to handle all d super speciality load..now I have got MHSSET rank 1..n I m opting for D.M.cardiology
Q. What seat have you been allotted in counselling? Did you join?
Q. What is your advice to future aspirants?
Ans. study hard..preferably in ur internship…n residency..for MHSSET..read Harrison thoroughly..nothing is out of it.
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. yea..i had to attempt multiple exams..for super speciality..going by flights to various states..it was tiring..n depressin..but also enjoyed..roamed a bit…but possibly NEET super speciality will settle all the issues if it happens
We are ending this interview with our hearty congratulations and best wishes for future to this talented person, Dr Sandeep Kamat.