PG Medical Counselling: Tricks of Giving Preference to Institutes
Every year after doing hard work of months and years students clear entrance exams to enter post-graduate (PG) medical course of their liking. After hard work of clearing the exams students face another dilemma of which subject to choose or in a subject of their liking, which institute to choose from hundreds of medical institutes all over India. It is not practically possible for students to know details about each and every institute in India.
Here I am going to tell you few tricks of how to choose an institute over other just by looking at previous year’s counselling allotment lists. Tricks lies in the fact that many students have already researched about institutes before taking admission out there and after taking admission they may leave that institute for some other institute for various reasons. Reasons could be things like talking to residents of the joined institutes and them helping the student in knowing the quality of teaching or patient load in that institute which could help students in determining whether they should retain the seat or apply for upgradation. Also residents know about other institutes and their quality which might also be helpful for the student. A thing to remember is that if a student gets a good seat from a good institute then he/she will always retain it and not apply for upgradation in subsequent rounds.
Following are few example of interest I have taken from National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) PG 2013 counselling but these tricks apply to all counsellings like AIPGMEE, AIIMS, DNB, DNB PD-CET, FNB, PGI, JIPMER, state levels counselling or any other medical counselling for that matter.
In this example Rank 29 of NEET PG 2013 has chosen to upgrade MD Radio-Diagnosis from LT Medical College, Mumbai to Seth GS Medical college. This a a widely known fact for students from Mumbai or Maharashtra that GSMC is better than LTMC but it might be not known to a student who are not from Maharashtra. So this seat upgradation from LTMC to GSMC shows that that student has preferred GSMC over LTMC in preference form filling and it’s logical to believe that GSMC is better than LTMC when it comes to MD Radio-Diagnosis.
In this example two student (Rank 34 and 36) has got upgraded from University college of Medical Science, New Delhi to Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi for MD General medicine. Not again this might be a well-known fact for Students from New Delhi but not to students of may be South India (not in this case as MAMC is widely known to be one of the best institutes in India). So MAMC is better for MD Medicine than UCMS in this example.
In this example Rank 108 got upgraded from Lady Hardinge Medical College, New Delhi to MAMC for MD Paediatrics in 2nd round of counselling. This shows that for MD paediatrics MAMC is better than LHMC.
There are hundreds of such examples in alottments list of all previous All India Counsellings which could be easily analyzed by students and accordingly preferences can be filled by the students. Also one thing which students should always keep in ming when applying this analysis to different state institutes is that students tend to prefer institutes in their own states or cities as they do not want to go to a distant state or city. So this trick applies best to institutes from same cities or states (For example upgradation from LHMC, Delhi to MAMC, Delhi holds more value in analysis than that of GSMC, Mumbai to LHMC, Delhi).
Also this same trick could be applied to specialities, as students always prefer to take branches which are high in earning, low in work load and having god quality of life after completing the PG course.
For students who have done mistakes in preference form filling in 1st round can rectify it in fresh preference for filling before 3rd round of counselling.
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