ON BEING AN AVERAGE STUDENT
All PG medical entrance exams coaching classes seem to have been started and run by super-brilliant doctors who brag that they have topped every entrance exam that they have appeared in. They are also gold medallists and toppers in all the undergraduate and postgraduate medical exams.
Unfortunately, I am not some super brilliant doctor like the others running similar coaching classes. I was average in school and college with unremarkable grades. However I did have a keen interest in finding out how I could get maximum benefit with minimum effort. This helped me to secure admission in CMC Vellore, St. John’s Medical College, Bengaluru and JIPMER, Pondicherry, all in the same time period of May — June 1972. After one year’s pre-medical (in those days there was no 12th class) in JIPMER, Pondicherry, I obtained admission in AIIMS, New Delhi, where I joined in 1973.
I studied for only two months for the AIIMS UG entrance exam. I was appearing for my Premedical final exams in the same month and therefore could not devote sufficient time for the AIIMS entrance test.
So how did I approach my entrance exams? In those days there was no computer, let alone online tests. I managed to get as many past question papers as I could plus what I could purchase from local bookshops (no Amazon, no Flipkart in those days). I was practising reverse engineering long before it became a fashion. I answered the questions and referred textbooks when I was stuck. My study plan was simple — — answer questions and revise only those portions that I could not answer.
When I finally sat for the AIIMS exam, I found that most of the questions in the paper were the same that I had solved earlier. Not only did I sail through the exam, I was the only one selected from my centre in Chennai where over 100,000 students had appeared. This should give you hope and confidence that if an average ranker like me can get admission in JIPMER, St. John’s Medical College, Bangalore, CMC Vellore and AIIMS, New Delhi, then there is no reason why you can’t do the same.
After completing my MBBS from AIIMS, I don’t even remember studying for my PG entrance. I know I used the same method of looking up and solving past papers. This helped me top the PG entrance exam for AIIMS, New Delhi. I am stressing AIIMS New Delhi, because there are so many pseudo-AIIMS Institutes opened by the Government today. For me, and for most of the medical fraternity, and I am sure you will agree as well, AIIMS, New Delhi is still the premier medical institute in the country.
Following my MD in AIIMS in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, I went to the UK where I obtained the MRCOG degree (Member of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, London), MFFP degree (Member of the Faculty of Family Planning, RCOG, London), MBA in Healthcare Management from the University of Stirling, Scotland and was awarded FRCOG (Fellow of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, London) in 2003. As you can see, clearing exams, especially PG exams, is my forte. It becomes easy once you know how to do it.
It is like preparing for a tournament. On the day of the tournament, you have to be super brilliant. The day after, you can relapse to your average state. Roger Federer, one of tennis’ all time greats, does not mind losing a few matches in tournaments that do not matter. However, he is unstoppable in the Grand Slams. He plays each match with only one goal in mind — TO WIN. This is what you should aim for. This is what I bring to you. The ability to be at your peak performance on the day of the examination. The ability to score and get a postgraduate seat on merit, not donations or bribes. PGMed Coaching Academy is your one stop shop to success in your PG Medical Entrance Examinations for any college in the country.
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