Interview with Dr. Vaibhav Bhastana: Rank 8 in MH PGM CET
Dr.Vaibhav Jayesh Bhastana has secured Rank 8 in Maharashtra PGM CET 2016 and rank 408 in AIPGMEE 2016. He has done his MBBS from Seth G.S. Medical college and KEM Hospital.
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’m the first medico in my family. I love playing table tennis and lawn tennis.
Q. What is the secret of your success?
Ans. If there is any secret of success its only hard work and dedication and nothing else. Some say luck plays a major role but, believe me, luck would always be on your side of you have worked sincerely.
Q. How was your internship?
Ans. It was ok. Neither too heavy nor too light. But some postings were really frustrating especially during exam time.
Q. When did you seriously start preparing for the entrance exam?
Ans. I started preparing seriously from my final year, and I completed the 1st reading of medicine and surgery MCQ books in final year itself.
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. No fix study hours as such, but I used to study as much time I got after my internship postings. But on an average 5 hrs a day. A month before exams around 12 to 15 hrs a day.
Q. Which books did you read for the theory part?
Ans. I read the synopsis in MCQ books and my dams notes for theory. Textbooks only for reference.
Q. Which books did you read for the MCQs? Which MCQ books were the most productive and which were least?
Ans. Arora for almost all subjects. Garg for Pharmacology.
Q. Which subjects did you focus on?
Ans. I mainly focused on first and second-year subjects because after final year these subjects are the ones which I was least confident about.
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. Around 3 to 4 revisions.
Q. Did you do any special preparation for image-based questions?
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. I didn’t read anything during exam day so that I can stay relaxed. In AIPG I attempted all questions and I think around 240 would have been correct.
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 given any of these exams so never thought about it.
Q. Did you join any classes or test series? Was it useful?
Ans. Yes, I had joined dams foundation and t n d. Yes it’s definitely useful.
Q. Who or what influenced you to take up Medicine?
Ans. As a kid whenever I visited a doctor I always used to think that one day I want to be like them. This is what influenced me.
Q. In which field do you want to specialize in? Why?
Ans. Medicine cause I love it
Q. What seat have you been allotted in counselling? Did you join?
Ans. Counseling hasn’t started yet.
Q. What is your advice to future aspirants?
Ans. Study hard and chase your dreams. Nothing is that difficult if you work hard.
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. I think one should be focused on a particular exam. Just thinking that multiple exams gives us more opportunities is not that correct
We are ending this interview with our hearty congratulations and best wishes for future to this talented person, Dr. Vaibhav Bhastana.