JIPMER PG Topper Interview – Dr. Pritam Singha Roy, 6th Rank, May 2015

JIPMER PG entrance topper - Dr.Pritam Singha RoyJIPMER PG entrance topper – Dr.Pritam Singha Roy

PG Blazer: Congratulations on securing a top rank in the JIPMER PG entrance exam! What is the secret of your success?
Dr.Pritam Singha Roy: Consistent hard work and help of speed class notes.

PG Blazer: Could you tell us something about yourself?
Dr.Pritam Singha Roy: I’m from Hindmotor. I’ve passed my +2 standard from Uttarpara Govt. High school and MBBS from Medical college Kolkata. I’ve passed MBBS with Gold medals in Medicine & Microbiology.

PG Blazer: Who or what influenced you to take up Medicine as a career?
Dr.Pritam Singha Roy: My chemistry teacher Dr. Shovan Chakraborty and my mother.

PG Blazer: What were your aggregate percentage marks for MBBS?
Dr.Pritam Singha Roy: Approx 75%.

PG Blazer: How did you prepare during your internship period?
Dr.Pritam Singha Roy: I used to carry MCQ books in the wards and whenever I got any scope to open book, I used to read. I’ve given special attention to subjects in which I felt myself weak.

PG Blazer: Which were the various entrance exams you wrote in this session? What were the ranks you obtained?
Dr.Pritam Singha Roy: AIPGME: 957
WBPG: 07
PGI: 34

PG Blazer: What ranks did you obtain in your previous attempts? (If applicable)
Dr.Pritam Singha Roy: I’ve completed internship in the current year. All exams I attempted for the 1st time.

PG Blazer: When did you start serious preparation for this year’s entrance exam?
Dr.Pritam Singha Roy: In my final year(early 2013).

PG Blazer: What was your study strategy?
Dr.Pritam Singha Roy: Complete subject wise study to have a generalized good in depth conceptions. Try to remember more conceptually rather than mugging. Then start previous year papers solving from standard books. Study with consistent effort.

PG Blazer: Did you make any notes for helping with your revision? Were they useful?
Dr.Pritam Singha Roy: Yes. Notes on high yielding topics. And on information based atypical topics. They were very useful the day just before exams.

PG Blazer: In your opinion, how much time does a student require for preparing for this exam?
Dr.Pritam Singha Roy: That depends on the candidate.

PG Blazer: How many hours did you study each day?
Dr.Pritam Singha Roy: I have not calculated. Approx 14 hrs.

PG Blazer: Did you have a timetable for preparation? Were you able to stick to it?
Dr.Pritam Singha Roy: Yes, I had. I used to try to stick. But not always able to do so.

PG Blazer: What role did the internet play in your preparation?
Dr.Pritam Singha Roy: No role. I’ve studied totally from books.

PG Blazer: Did you ever doubt your ability to get selected in this entrance exam? If so, how did you overcome your fears?
Dr.Pritam Singha Roy: Try with your best effort & dedication. Don’t think about result. The almighty will gift you the right thing at the right time.

PG Blazer: Did you attend any classroom coaching? Was it useful? Do you think classroom coaching is essential for getting a good rank?
Dr.Pritam Singha Roy: Yes I attended. It was very useful. I think its not obligatory, but a good catalyst in getting a good rank in this tough competition.

PG Blazer: Did you attend any test series? If so, did you find it useful?
Dr.Pritam Singha Roy: Yes. They were extremely helpful in self evaluation, to understand my weaknesses.

PG Blazer: What were the subjects you focused upon?
Dr.Pritam Singha Roy: Anaesthesia, Radiology, Psychiatry, Eye, ENT, PSM during internship. In Other subjects I was confident.

PG Blazer: Which books did you read for theory?
Dr.Pritam Singha Roy: Anatomy – A.K.DUTTA
Physiology –Ganong
Biochemistry –Harper & Satyanarayan
Pathology –Robbins
Microbiology –Paniker
Pharmacology –K.D.T
Forensic Medicine –Reddy
ENT –Dhingra
Ophthalmology – Khurana
SPM -Park
Medicine –Harrison
Surgery – S.R.B
Orthopaedics -Maheswari
Paediatrics – Ghai, Nelson
OBG – D.C.Dutta
Anaesthesia – Across
Radiology – Across
Dermatology – Neena Khanna
Psychiatry – Ahuja

PG Blazer: What was your approach to Harrison’s Principles of Internal Medicine?
Dr.Pritam Singha Roy: Topic wise. Specially hematology, neuro, rheumato.

PG Blazer: Which books did you read for MCQ’s? Which ones were the most useful?
Dr.Pritam Singha Roy: 
Anatomy – Across
Physiology – Across
Biochemistry – Across
Pathology – Garg & gupta
Microbiology – Rachna chaurasia
Pharmacology – Garg Gupta
Forensic Medicine – Across
ENT – Sakshi Arora
Ophthalmology – Across
SPM – Vivek jain
Medicine –Mudit khanna
Surgery – Gupta & Tripathy
Orthopaedics – Across
Paediatrics – Arvind Arora
OBG – Sakshi Arora
Anaesthesia – Across
Radiology – Across
Dermatology – Across
Psychiatry –A cross

PG Blazer: Is there anything specific to keep in mind while preparing for AIIMS?
Dr.Pritam Singha Roy: Solve standard AIIMS related MCQ books, focus on the short subjects.

PG Blazer: How did you tackle the PGIMER entrance exam?
Dr.Pritam Singha Roy: Time management is very important here. Focus on basic concepts.

PG Blazer: How did you prepare for the JIPMER entrance exam?
Dr.Pritam Singha Roy: Time management is the key here.

PG Blazer: How did you prepare for the image based questions?
Dr.Pritam Singha Roy: Nothing special for this type of questions. For derma pictures, one can follow Dr. N. Khanna book.

PG Blazer: What was your strategy for revision on the day before the examination?
Dr.Pritam Singha Roy: Never read anything new. Keep yourself calm, cool.

PG Blazer: What was your strategy for taking the exam?
Dr.Pritam Singha Roy: Yes. I attempted easy questions first. Mark the confusing questions. Concentrate on them later.

PG Blazer: How many questions did you attempt?
Dr.Pritam Singha Roy: AIIMS – 192
PGI – 242
JIPMER – 245

PG Blazer: How many do you think you got correct?
Dr.Pritam Singha Roy: AIIMS – 180
PGI – confused
JIPMER – 235

PG Blazer: Which speciality are you interested in choosing and why?
Dr.Pritam Singha Roy: I want to pursue my career in Medicine because I’ve always been interested in that.

PG Blazer: What is your advice to future aspirants?
Dr.Pritam Singha Roy: Study consistently, give your best effort.

PG Blazer: Please give your comments / suggestions regarding PG Blazer.
Dr.Pritam Singha Roy: It is a great initiative for future aspirants.

PG Blazer: That brings us to the conclusion of the interview. Best of luck for your future endeavours!

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