Interview with Dr. Pavan Rasalkar – 11th rank holder – AIIMS PG entrance May 2011

Dr. Pavan Rasalkar

  • Congratulations on securing a top rank inAIIMS PG entrance May 2011! What is the secret of your success?
    • Concentrated and well directed hardwork
  • Could you tell us something about yourself? (Where you are from, where you did yourMBBS, your previous academic achievements etc…
    • I am from Gulbarga, Karnataka. I did my MBBS from MRMC, Gulbarga. Previous achievements include topping my school in SSLC, Rank 61 in UG Karnataka CET, Rank 27 UG Comedk, Overall topper of my college during MBBS.
  • Did you write any other entrance exams? What rank did youobtain in them?
    • AIPGMEE 2011 – Rank 749, Comedk – Rank 120, Jipmer – Rank 350, KCET – Rank 277, AIIMS May 2011 – Rank 11, PGIMER May 2011 – Rank 90
  • What was your study strategy?
    • Ten hours of directed harwork daily, with concentration on repeated topics
  • When did you seriously start preparing for the entrance exam?
    • After internship
  • In your opinion, how much timedoes a studentrequire for preparing for this exam?
    • One year
  • How many hours did you study each day?
    • 10 to 12 hours
  • What role did the internet play in your preparation?
    • I had joined few online discussion groups which helped me and as a stress buster
  • Did you have a timetable for preparation? Were you able to stick to it?
    • Yes, I had and most of the times I sticked to it
  • Did you ever doubt your ability to get selected in this entrance exam? If so, how did you overcome your fears?
    • I never doubted myself
  • Were you able to prepare well during the internship period?
    • Read well in the time I could find during internship
  • Did you attend any coaching? Was it useful?
    • Yes. Speed Bangalore. Yes, sort of helpful
  • Did you attend any test series other than that conducted by your coaching centre? If so, did you find it useful?
    • Yes. Bhatia. it was very useful
  • What were the subjects you focused upon?
    • First and second year subjects and sarp
  • What books did you read for theory?
    • I read the following books for theory andmcqs
      • Anatomy – BDC, Across
      • Physiology – Ganong cover to cover , Across
      • Biochemistry – Satyanarayan, Across
      • Pathology – Robbins first 7 chapters plus hematology and kidney, Aravind Arora
      • Microbiology – Anantanarayan, Aravind Arora
      • Pharmacology – Govind Garg
      • Forensic medicine – Across
      • Ophthalmology – Khurana, Across
      • ENT – Dhingra, Sakshi arora
      • Community medicine – Park, Aravind Arora
      • Medicine – Harrison, Aravind Arora
      • Surgery – Schwartz, Aravind Arora
      • Obstetrics and Gynaecology – Dutta, Shaws, Sakshi Arora
      • Peadiatrics – OP Ghai,SPAN
      • Anesthesia – Ajay Yadav, Across
      • Psychiatry – Niraj Ahuja, Across
      • Radiology – Across
  • Is there anything specific to keep in mind while preparing forAIIMS? (when compared toAIPGMEE and other state exams) Regarding books for preparation, topics to focus on etc
    • Nothing specific, aipgme and aiims touch same topics. aiims gives more time so u can think well before answering
  • What was your plan for the week before the exam?
    • Previous papers and most importantly good sleep which i couldnt have during aipgme and performed below par
  • What was your strategy for taking the exam?
    • Most important stategy was DO NOT MISS REPEATS AND REPEAT RELATED QUESTIONS
  • How many questions did you attempt?
    • 196
  • How many do you think you got correct?
    • 155 to 160
  • What is your advice to future aspirants?
    • Figure out which branch you are interested in and plan your strategy accordingly. Work hard, very hard, but more importantly work smart. In ambiguous questions with uncertain answers in guides do not answer against the guide answers unless the error in guide is very visibly gross. Better to lose a mark with the mass than mark something else and lose a mark alone.
  • Please give your suggestions / commentsregarding PG Blazer. (What you think about the service and how to improve it.)
    • I should thank PG Blazer for the online group as it proved out to be very useful for my preparations and also I could interact with people from all over country and figure out how others are preparing. You are doing a great job. Hope you continue serving pg aspirants
  • That brings us tothe conclusion of the interview. Best of luck for your future endeavors!
    • Thanks a lot
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