City Girl Archana Sasi Secures Top Position in AIIMS PG Entrance Test- Know How
AIIMS PG has maintained its reputation as a highly competitive exam. It has approximately 500 seats under it, while the number of candidates appearing for it can be anywhere from 20000-30000. Despite such competition, Archana Sasi, a Bengaluru girl has cracked AIIMS PG with an All India Rank 1 in November 2017 edition of the entrance examination.
This is a wonderful achievement and there’s a lot the aspirants can learn from her performance. Here, we’ve shared some of the strategies and tips she followed to achieve what she did.
AIIMS PG is conducted twice in a year by AIIMS Delhi. It is a pathway to get admission in various post graduate courses such as MD, MS, MCh, DM and MDS, offered by affiliated institutes.
Archana Sasi pursued her MBBS from AIIMS Delhi. Her mother is an ophthalmologist and probably the source of Archana’s interest and motivation.
Archana has been a bright student throughout her career and has some great achievements to her name. It is not the first time that she has aced any competitive exam with such excellence. She is All India Rank 1 holder of AIIMS UG 2012, JIPMER UG 2012, K-CET 2012, MAHE 2012 and COMED-K 2012. She also secured rank 7 in AIPMT-2012.
Score in AIIMS PG
Archana shared that she attempted a total of 197 questions in the exam. She was able to attempt 192 questions with around 15-20 minutes to spare to attempt another five questions. She expected a score of 155-165 in the exam.
The fashion that has been observed over the years point that the top 50 rank holders in AIIMS PG attempt more than 190 questions in the exam. Therefore, candidates should view this is as an ideal score to crack the exam convincingly.
Beginning with the Preparation
A core doubt amongst most of the aspirants is when to begin for the preparation. Well, Archana started the preparation during her internship program in January. When asked about the strategies she followed, Archana pointed, “My goal was to complete the whole syllabus by August and then revise all of it.” After completion, she revised the entire syllabus at least twice and aced the exam, as is pretty evident.
Books and Study Material
According to Archana, the standard text books that students study from during MBBS are the best. She said that one might use other reference books or notes for better preparation, but without the standard text books, it’s actually very difficult to recall and understand some of the core aspects of the subjects.
Archana’s Take on Mock Tests
Archana says that mock tests are an important part of preparation. They help you know where you stand at the moment and what areas you need to work on. Archana took around 9-10 mock tests before appearing for the actual exam.
What’s unique about her preparation strategy was that she took 6 days to analyze a mock test. She revised all the questions and checked the solution from every possible angle and source. This helped her in getting a better understanding of the topics.
Most Important Topics
Archana said that “topics we study in second year are probably the most important topics for any PG entrance exam. Therefore, one must study subjects such as Pharmacology, Pathology, Microbiology and FMT with great concentration and depth”. General Surgery, Neurotology, Infections like TB and Dengue, Mycology are other topics she considers important.
Test Taking Strategy
Archana’s test taking strategy is quite a simple one. She doesn’t mark the questions for review and tries to solve everything in the first go.
Well, this is only possible if someone is very good at concepts and has done a lot of practice. As mentioned earlier, she was able to attempt 192 questions in the first round. It shows that if one practices rigorously, it’s not difficult to crack the exam.
Last Month Preparation
For last month, Archana did not have a very hectic or unrealistic kind of plan. Besides revision, her target was to solve past years question papers to get a hint of the type of questions asked.
Practicing with previous year questions helped her understand the kind of questions asked. She observed that the essence of question paper and the topics tend to remain the same. She said that she also encountered 4-5 questions similar to previous years’ papers.
Contribution of Internship in Success
Archana said that her internship at AIIMS played a crucial role in her success. She said that there are certain things which one doesn’t understand from books or lectures, but during an internship program.
She realized that certain questions asked in the examination were purely based on her experience during the internship, proving her passion and dedication, along with her observing skills.
Branch she is Targeting
Regarding this, Archana said, “I am thinking of going into Internal Medicine. I am very passionate about it and it has been my favorite subject throughout my MBBS. I am also thinking of ophthalmology as a choice as my mother is an ophthalmologist, and I find this field very interesting. However, I have not made any final decision yet.”
Message for future aspirants
As a message to future aspirants, Archana said that, “PG entrance is not about any one aspect of study. You have to keep your eyes and ears open all the time and learn from everything that is around you. So to succeed in PG entrance exam, you need know everything you learned in MBBS and internship”.
One major secret of her success is that she loves doing what she is doing, and this is what ideally everyone should be doing. We hope that her story helps you do your best in the upcoming exams. Good Luck!