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Short interview of Dr Ashish Singh with Online PG Nepal
Dr Ashish Singh
(Rank 2, BPKIHS MD/MS Entrance-2018)
MBBS: KIST, Kathmandu
OPN: Congratulations Dr Ashish.
Dr Ashish: Thank you
OPN: Who would you like to share your credit of success with?
Dr Ashish: I would like to share my success with my family and my friends who supported me and believed in me in this testing time.
OPN: Please share your brief story after internship till the PG success day.
Dr Ashish: I did my MBBS from KIST Medical College. After my internship I worked at Patan hospital in the Emergency and General Practice department for a year. Due to hectic duty hours I couldn’t give much attention to my PG preparation. After a year at Patan I started doing a part time job in another hospital so that I could give time to my PG entrance preparation. After a year of part time job I completely focused on PG preparation.
OPN: How much dedicated time you paid for preparation? Was it a self-study?
Dr Ashish: I gave my dedicated time for about a year and a few months for the preparation. I joined PG preparation class. I was taking the classes and doing part time job simultaneously. After the completion of the course I left my job and completely focused on preparation. Of course I had to give a lot of self-study time as well besides the classes.
OPN: How tough are entrance exams these days? How should an aspirant choose a smart way to excel?
Dr Ashish: PG entrance exams of Nepal are very tough. Given the limited number of seats and the overwhelming number of candidates, it’s very tough to secure a good rank and get the subject you want. Even a single mark makes a huge difference in your rank. While preparing you should make a good base of the subjects. And another important part is to practice a lot of MCQs.
OPN: What are the resources you used for entrance preparation?
Dr Ashish: I studied my preparation class notes and First Aid for theory parts. And for the MCQs I used Triple A book, and a few selected topics from Sharad Chandra and Mudit Khanna and of course a lot of mock exams.
OPN: What advices would you like to give to future PG aspirants?
Dr Ashish: Study theory from any PG preparation books and do a lot of MCQs. From my experience doing MCQs of Sharad Chandra and Mudit Khanna will be enough for Nepal PG entrance exams. Revise them as much as you can.
OPN: 1 month before exam, what shall students focus on?
Dr Ashish: Its all about revision at that time. No matter how much you’ve studied, its of no use if you cannot revise them. The things that you revise at the last moments are the things you remember the most and can confidently choose the right answer.
OPN: Any special attention while taking exam? Are silly mistakes unavoidable?
Dr Ashish: Special attention should be given to study the questions completely. Sometimes we tend to read the questions incompletely and choose the answers only to realize later that the question was asking for a completely different answer. Difficult questions are difficult for most of us but silly mistakes like these can seriously compromise our rank. Sometimes no matter how much we try these silly mistakes do happen. We should try our best to reduce them as much as we can.
OPN: How can aspirants parallel their PG preparation and job together?
Dr Ashish: It’s very difficult to study while doing a full time job. So it’s better to do a full time job for about 6 months to build your confidence in clinical practice and start a part time job with more focus on PG preparation.
OPN: How much helpful was Online PG Nepal services to you?
Dr Ashish: Online PG Nepal has been a massive help in my preparation. I used to give almost every mock exams conducted by them. The explanations they provided added on to my knowledge of the subject matter. It’s a very good way to practice the type of questions that are asked in the real exam.
OPN: Anything you would like to share more?
Dr Ashish: This PG preparation time is a very difficult phase in every doctor’s life. The key is to give consistency to your studies. There will be times when you’ll feel down and the results don’t go as expected. But don’t get disheartened. Believe in yourself. Your hard work will ultimately pay off.
OPN: Thank you for your precious time. Congratulations once again.
Dr Ashish: Thanks a lot.