Words from people who excelled...
Short interview of Dr Devraj Kandel with Online PG Nepal
Dr Devraj Kandel
NAMS MD/MS Entrance-2019
MBBS: UCMS, Bhairahawa
OPN: Congratulations doctor.
Dr Kandel: Thank you so much.
OPN: How does it feel to have such esteemed Rank in such tough and competitive exams? How much hopeful were you for such Rank?
Dr Kandel: It really feels good. To be honest, I hoped for a decent rank but hadn't expected Rank one.
OPN: Who would you like to share your credit of success with? Any role models in your life?
Dr Kandel: I would like to share the credit to my parents, parents in law, my dear wife who always helped me in my studies as well as inspiring me to do the best. My hospital team at Argakhanchi and Gulmi deserve to be credited. Last but not the least I am indebted to my dear colleagues, friends, seniors and juniors who are involved directly or indirectly in this journey.
OPN: Please share your brief story after internship completion till the PG success day.
Dr Kandel: After completion of internship, I started working in Pipara Hospital, Kapilvastu for a year and then Shringa PHC for around 4 months under scholarship contract. After joining Loksewa, I worked in Gulmi Hospital, Tamghas for around 19 months and currently I am working in Argakhanchi Hospital, Sandhikharka since Kartik of last year. So its more than four years of working as a government medical officer.
OPN: How tough are entrance exams these days? How should an aspirant choose a smart way to excel?
Dr Kandel: Entrance exams are never easy. As they are merit based, with increasing number of aspirants, they seem to be getting tougher. I think results in entrance exams are not the reflection of a few months' output. It reflects our knowledge and attitude since we get enrolled in MBBS. But still there are lots of grounds we can improve during preparation phase. Some topics are actually first read during the preparation phase only. Selection of proper study materials, frequent self assessments, improving one's weak points and finally the patience are the key.
OPN: What are the books and other resources you used for entrance preparation?
Dr Kandel: Most of us go through the same materials like First Aid, Mudit Khanna, AIIMS Essence, past questions collection by Dr Sujit Jha, Sharad Chandra, Online Pg Mock tests, ROAMS (though i never touched it 😁). Resources are similar but to what level of understanding of the subject we are into decides the rank. The best way to prepare is to revise, revise and revise!!!
OPN: What advices would you like to give to future PG aspirants?
Dr Kandel: PG preparation requires few sacrifices (traveling, parties, movies, etc.), 8-10 study hours daily (which is quiet boring), and lots of patience. But what we should understand is that PAIN IS TEMPORARY AND SUCCESS IS PERMANENT.
OPN: What is adequate period of study and daily study hour?
Dr Kandel: Study hour and effective study hour are different things. Effective study hour of 6-8 hours a day for around 6 months can cover majority of subjects for Nepalese exam pattern. Absolute study period and hour is difficult to say.
OPN: 1 month before exam, what shall students focus on?
Dr Kandel: This is the time to spend on revision, taking more self assessment tests and studying the high yield. Do not spend time for controversies.
OPN: How can aspirants parallel their PG preparation and job together? How difficult is it being a government officer?
Dr Kandel: This is the main challenge to most of the government doctors. I worked in district hospital for the whole preparation time and managing time for study was not that easy. I used most of my leaves which I had saved for the final hours. Our Medical Superintendent, my colleague brother and sisters were always supportive and encouraging , my wife (who is also my colleague) did my part of work as well to give me time for study without which it would be a nightmare to allocate quality study time.
OPN: How can an aspirant prepare smart to excel competitive exams? Any tips about reading habit, memorizing and practicing technique?
Dr Kandel: First thing is studying the frequently asked topics first. Next is understanding of the subject rather than just memorizing the answer for a question. For improving the quality of study and increase the study hour per day, there are different videos in youtube which may help you like pomedoro techniques. One thing is for sure, there is no short-cut to success.
OPN: You ranked always high in our regular Model Tests. How much helpful was Online PG Nepal services to you?
Dr Kandel: Yes, Online PG Nepal mock test always helped me to know my weaknesses and strength. Practicing MCQs regularly prepares you for the final show time.
OPN: Anything you would like to share more?
Dr Kandel: Congratulations to all the successful candidates and all the best for the next exam to all those who couldn't make it this time.
OPN: Thank you for your precious time. Congratulations once again.
Dr Kandel: Thank you so much for giving me space to share my experiences. Happy Tihar to everyone.