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Interview of Dr Nitesh Silwal with Online PG Nepal
Dr Nitesh Silwal
CEE MD/MS Entrance-2077
MBBS: IOM, Maharajgunj
OPN: Congratulations Dr. Nitesh.
Dr Nitesh: Thank u very much ☺️ .
OPN: How does it feel to be a topper of such tough and competitive exams? How much hopeful were you for such Rank?
Dr Nitesh: it feels very nice. I am really happy and relieved. It was a difficult battle in many terms, for all aspirants. I want to congratulate all the achievers and wish luck to all aspirants.
OPN: Who would you like to share your credit of success with?
Dr Nitesh: God for sure! My family and my friends. Like I mentioned ago, and everyone will echo on it-- this exam was very different in multiple aspects. And my family and friends stood like rock for me during this phase.
OPN: Please share your brief story after internship till the PG success day.
Dr Nitesh: Nothing extraordinary. Very much like all of us. 2 years bond was memorable. After the bond ended and I started preparing for the entrance exams, I was really nervous at first. "Kina padhdina maile" vanne thought was affecting me. And of course this global pandemic; the exam shifted. We all know kk vayo yo bich ma. Reservation controversies dekhi exam ko mukh ma postpone vayeko dekhi; following the court events daily and uncertainty till the very end of the Mangsir. I salute to all my dear participants-- it was indeed a tough tough time. And it will make us stronger only.
OPN: How tough are entrance exams these days?
Dr Nitesh: Definitely it's getting tougher and very competitive. And with rural points and seats reservation, it's going to be tougher and tougher only. But we have to sink in that: this will be tougher for all of us and not only me. When we generalize this problem, it will help us become stronger mentally.
OPN: How is Common entrance examination different from previous year’s test?
Dr Nitesh: Very different and unique. 200marks questions with CPD topics. Half question was quite easy, but the remaining half was very tough. There weren't many past questions, and it forced us to dive into the basics. All the participants found this question tougher than the previous years. We were not sure of the answers even after coming home and web surfing. Sounds cliché, but fits perfectly---questions were easy but the answers were difficult.
OPN: What are the books and other resources you used for entrance preparation?
Dr Nitesh: Not different. All similar to what we all read. USMLE Step 1 First Aid, Mudit Khanna, Sharad Chandra, Complete Review of MD/MS by Dr Sujit Jha. I gave the exams conducted by Online PG Nepal quite regularly and that helped me a lot. Minors from ROAMS are helpful. Notes of Uworld of USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 CK were very helpful. Also I watched Unacademy PG, Marrow and Prepladder videos in YouTube. It's available for free and I suggest all my dear aspirants to go through them once and check if it's of help to you.
OPN: What advice would you like to give to future PG aspirants?
Dr Nitesh: Trust yourself. Because if u don't, no one will. Hajur le garna nasakne kunai reason nai chaina. Select the books properly and back your instincts. Exams are difficult, so we need to be tougher. Let's throw away all insecurities and doubts and prepare for the upcoming exam. Online PG Nepal is a go to place to put your doubts, Ask questions and get help. Please make sure you use this platform adequately.
OPN: 1 month before exam, what shall students focus on?
Dr Nitesh: Nothing extravagant. Nothing will help but your notes and your go to books. Make sure you communicate with yourself, Talk to yourself and find out your weak points. Do not miss any topics and do not get into unnecessary depth. Last one month is a tricky time. Polish your knowledge and more importantly--your mental strength, because that matters. THE MOST.
OPN: How can aspirants parallel their PG preparation and job together?
Dr Nitesh: I should be the last person to comment of this, because I was not doing any job during the preparation times. If we can manage time, that is even better; because essai pani we don't read for more than 6-8hrs in regular days
OPN: How can an aspirant prepare smart to excel competitive exams? Any tips about reading habit, memorizing and practicing technique?
Dr Nitesh: Developing the concept is very important. There are few topics that we have to memorize but basically, understanding the core concept matters. All of us who took this exam will agree to me on this-- there were many books with thousands of MCQs, but when we saw the question paper, everything looked new. It appeared easy at first. But when we saw the options, they were super confusing. Also, it is important not to take long breaks from studies. It destroys the routine and makes it even difficult to pace up. 1-2 days break a week is okey, but 1 week break in a month can be expensive. When we don't read, we don't want to read. When we keep reading, and it becomes the habit, we will come across many confusing topics and it will motivate us to read even more. Also, don't forget to enjoy life in between.
OPN: You ranked always high in our regular Model Tests. How much helpful was Online PG Nepal services to you?
Dr Nitesh: It was really helpful. Thank you very much.
OPN: Anything you would like to share more?
Dr Nitesh: Nothing much. Stay healthy, physically and most important-mentally.
OPN: Thank you for your precious time. Congratulations once again.
Dr Nitesh: Thank you very much. I wish all my dear friends best of luck.