Dr. Anesh Rajesh Jain has secured Rank 19 in Maharashtra PGM CET 2016 and rank 573 in AIPGMEE 2016. He has done his MBBS from B.J. Government Medical College, Pune.
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 come from a non-medical background, took up Medicine solely on the basis of interest it generated in me. I like passing my time by playing chess, badminton & table tennis. Hanging out with friends has been one of the best stress busters I would say!
Q. What is the secret of your success?
Ans. Hard work, sincerity & perseverance along with time management is the key to success in any aim you pursue. Managing time to maintain a balance between the gruelling Internship at Sassoon General Hospitals & to study along with it is a hard task, but not impossible. Studying smartly with keeping in mind that time is a limiting resource has been the most important aspect of my achievement!
Q. How was your internship?
Ans. I did my internship at Sassoon Hospital, one of the largest & busiest hospitals in Maharashtra in terms of patient & work load to Residents as well as interns! Internship has been a great learning experience as we had good patient exposure as well as the skills that I have acquired over the past 1 year which will come in handy in the future. I had some amazing seniors who not only helped me polish my skills but also gave me tips to prepare for PG examinations.
Q. When did you seriously start preparing for the entrance exam?
Ans. I had always kept at the back of my mind about PG examinations since UG days, but serious preparation would be from the month of February/March 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. It is not the number of hours you put in each day but what have you improved in your knowledge from yesterday that matters the most! The amount of effort you need to put in varies from person to person & one should remember that one should study only as long as you are comfortable with, do not compete with each other by the number of hours you put in but with the clarity of concepts you have compared to your friends!
Q. Which books did you read for the theory part?
Ans. I had been rightly advised by my seniors to keep reading standard & reference books from 1st MBBS itself & it has handsomely paid off.
Books which are very important with respect to PG prep are:
Guyton, Satyanarayana, Robbins, Reddy, Park, HARRISON’S & BAILEY
Q. Which books did you read for the MCQs? Which MCQ books were the most productive and which were least?
Ans. MCQ books are useful but should be solved only during the internship. During UG days, they may be used only if one is preparing for a Quiz or any competition. UG days should only be focussed for reading Standard textbooks. MCQ books most productive were
Sparsh Gupta – Pathology & Pharmacology
Arvind Arora – Anatomy, FMT, Psychiatry
Vivek Jain – PSM
Amit Ashish – Medicine, Surgery
Q. Which subjects did you focus on?
Ans. Since I had just completed my final year, my primary focus was to study 1st & 2nd-year subjects initially as they have weightage in the exams & are ignored by many! Pathology, Pharmacology & PSM are subjects you should be really focussing on as these subjects can help you solve many questions of other subjects too! I would also like to remind that never ever leave a subject entirely; it will keep haunting you till the end! ONE SHOULD KNOW SOMETHING ABOUT EVERYTHING, RATHER THAN EVERYTHING ABOUT SOMETHING!
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 would recommend everyone to have a small (3-4 aspirants), dedicated, focussed & loyal group of friends to prepare. Every person has a different approach to a topic & their insights definitely help you clear your concepts more. If you have a sincere group, you will see each one of them along with you doing PG in their dream college & branch at the end of the journey!
Q. Did you do any special preparation for image-based questions?
Ans. Pictures given in reference & standard textbooks along with a good theoretical base are enough 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. For AIPG, one should attempt all questions as there is no negative marking! On the exam day, you should be the most confident person in the hall. Both over & under confidence on your preparation lead to silly mistakes on the examination day which can make or break your career. Confidence is the deciding factor on the exam day; it comes only if you have prepared well in the past year.
Q. Do think there should be a different strategy for preparation of different entrance exams like AIIMS-PG, PGI and DNB CET?
Ans. I haven’t appeared for these examinations so won’t be able to comment on it.
Q. Did you join any classes or test series? Was it useful?
Ans. I had joined DAMS Foundation Course during my III / Ist & it has been instrumental in my achievement
Q. In which field do you want to specialize in? Why?
Ans. I would be taking up Internal Medicine as it is one of the most exciting & challenging fields among all.
Q. What is your advice to future aspirants?
Ans. Read Standard books always, there is no short cut to success!
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 strongly favour a single entrance examination for all PG seats as it puts up unnecessary stress on a limited resource country like ours. A person who has prepared well will come out with flying colours no matter he/she appears in a single exam / different slots or multiple exams
We are ending this interview with our hearty congratulations and best wishes for future to this talented person, Dr. Anesh Rajesh Jain