Six of the top ten in NEET PG 2019 practiced regularly on Pre-PG. While most other apps and coaching classes like to boast and take credit for these toppers’ successes, we prefer not to talk as much about it. Why? Because toppers are not our focus. Instead, we focus on the mid-tier doctors, who would get around 25,000~35,000 ranks, and we can help them get to the top 5,000 levels.
That said, as we looked into the PrepDNA of these toppers and got some interesting insights. We also think it matters that you practice on a platform that several toppers use regularly. But let’s start with the list of NEET PG 2019 toppers who regularly practiced on Pre-PG.
Pre-PG was their primary platform for practice
To keep their data anonymous, we will only report the median numbers of these toppers’ usage. Most of them practiced between 16 thousand and 29 thousand questions on Pre-PG, with the median at about 20 thousand MCQs. Over the last year, most of these toppers did more than 500 sessions on Pre-PG. In the time period they studied, they used Pre-PG for more than two sessions a day.
Based on this heavy usage of Pre-PG it is clear that most of these toppers used Pre-PG as their primary practice platform. It is hard to imagine that they practice over 20,000 questions on Pre-PG and also practiced 20,000 more on another app.
A PrepDNA Example
What would you see in these toppers’ PrepDNA? Mostly what you would expect from a NEET PG topper’s PrepDNA, with many subjects where they are in the top 2%. Here’s an example of one of the top 10. We will keep it anonymous to protect their personal information, but it is worth digging deeper into this example.
Though you can see the top 1% dark green in this PrepDNA, if you look closely, you can find their weaknesses. For example, if you focus on the weak portion of the Psychiatry PrepDNA, you can see the weak topics.
The exploration does not stop there. You can dig deeper into each of the topics to find the weakest sub-topics. For example, on the surface, Substance Abuse looks well-prepared, but this topper is relatively weak in Sedative, Hypotonic-, or Anxiolytic-Related Disorders, which is worth studying or practicing more.
Data-Driven Insights on Toppers
It is worth sharing our overall insights looking into the data of the toppers:
1. The top 10 are usually strong across all subjects. You can see that in the PrepDNA example above. In fact, in most cases, we see these toppers already see a strong PrepDNA when they start studying. Here’s an example of what toppers have even at the early innings of their preparation.
That said, we do see exceptions where toppers with not strong PrepDNA make it to the top 100 or even top 10. There is a factor of luck on the day of the test.
2. Even the toppers have weak areas. As you can see in the example we presented in the previous section, even the toppers with strong PrepDNA have some weak areas. Digging into topic and sub-topic level PrepDNA provides insights for everyone. We have had several toppers tell us that topic-level PrepDNA is their secret weapon.
3. Toppers are consistent and strategic with their preparation. This insight should not be a surprise to anyone, but we still find it valuable to use data to confirm what sounds right. The toppers on our platform consistently practiced on Pre-PG and followed the principles we advocate, including focusing on their weaknesses, reviewing their mistakes, and revising regularly.
Why should you care?
If you are reading this blog, you are likely a dedicated doctor using Pre-PG to crack the NEET PG. You may be targeting the top 5,000 or the top 1,000 ranks, and not the top 10.
Should you care if the toppers are well-represented on Pre-PG? We think you should. To know where you stand not just in a subject but also in each sub-topic, you should practice on a platform that gives you a full spectrum of users, that best represents the real NEET PG distribution. There may be apps that will capture data of paid users and others that will try to capture data of toppers by creating challenging tests. Pre-PG recreates the NEET PG test-taker population for you, and this is not just when you take tests, but also when you practice. When you see your PrepDNA, and we tell you that you are in the top 15%, you know that’s your real position. And if you are in the top 1%, it means that you are among the toppers.
What can you learn from these toppers? It is a trait we observed in all the toppers who practiced on Pre-PG — their dedication and consistency. These virtues are similar to Sai Baba’s shraddha and saburi, and are sound principles to practice in life, not just in NEET PG. Good luck!