Toppers Tips & Tricks to Crack NEET-PG: Dr. Priyadarsini M

Dr. Priyadarsini Rank 1 DNB-CET

Dr. Priyadarsini M 

Govt. Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram

DNB-CET November Rank #1  |  NEET-PG Rank #37 |  AIIMS MD/MS November Rank #54


We congratulate Dr. Priyadarsini M on this amazing feat. Wishing her all the very best in her life and career. 


1) EduLanche: According to you, what would be the best strategy for the NEET-PG and other exams? Is a complete subject-wise study possible within a period of 8-12 months?

Dr. Priyadarsini: A subject-wise study is always better, atleast for the high yielding ones like medicine, pharmacology, pathology etc. Short subjects like dermatology, anesthesia, radiology etc may be read from the guides. Prioritizing is an important aspect in Entrance study.

2) EduLanche: Did you attend any coaching classes? Were they useful?

Dr. Priyadarsini: I had attended IMA coaching classes held at Trivandrum. They were very useful for me. They help in orienting us towards the Entrance (MCQ type) exams, and also help us in comparing ourselves with the other aspirants. Also, I had attempted an online test series. They again make us familiarized to the new system of online exams, apart from mentally preparing us to face different toughness levels of various exams.

3) EduLanche: Can you please list the books you studied for each subject?

Dr. Priyadarsini:                                                                            

Medicine- Harrison, Notes

Surgery- Bailey, Notes

Pediatrics- O.P.Ghai

O&G- Sakshi Arora

SPM- Park, Vivek Jain

Ophthalmology - Notes

ENT- Notes

Pathology- Robbins,Sparsh Gupta

Pharmacology- Sparsh Gupta

Micro- Rachna Chaurasia

Anatomy, Physiology, Biochemistry, Forensic and other short subjects- Notes                                                                            

4) EduLanche: When did you start preparing seriously for the entrance test? In your opinion, how much time does a student need to spend a day/week to prepare for NEET-PG?

Dr. Priyadarsini: Serious preparation for entrance began from April, 2013. According to me, a student should prepare for atleast 6 months before the exams. Each day he/she should spend atleast 8-10 hours  effectively for studying.

5) EduLanche: Did you have a time table to organize study time?

Dr. Priyadarsini: Having a time table is definitely useful, because even if you can’t strictly follow it; makes you aware about the time left, and the portions you have to cover within that time. A timetable may be set for a day, or for a week, depending on individual comfort levels.

6) EduLanche: One of the confusions every PG aspirant has to tackle is regarding how Harrisons Internal Medicine should be read. How did you deal with this?

Dr. Priyadarsini: I read only important topics from Harrison. Meaning, most repeated topics from previous question papers. Reading the entire Harrison would be a tedious task, as time is a limitation for all aspirants. But having the latest edition of Harrison at hand, will be helpful not only for Medicine, but for almost all other subjects as well.

7) EduLanche: How important is "revision" during preparation and how frequently did you revise?

Dr. Priyadarsini: However strong a memory one can claim, without revision, one cannot succeed in a PG entrance exam. As all aspirants must have experienced, topics that we read are very much volatile and only repeated reading can ensure their sustenance till the exam day. I used to do weekly and monthly revisions, apart from the final round of revision just before exams.

8) EduLanche: Most PG aspirants have this dilemma about self made notes, whether it is a waste of time or whether it will be useful for revision. Did you make self notes during your preparation and how helpful has it been for you?

Dr. Priyadarsini: Each person may have a different style of learning things. Many a time we may find it difficult to understand a fact described in a textbook. When we come to such a point, we should make self notes regarding that part, so that next time we read it, we can understand it without much effort

9) EduLanche: How did you approach Park for SPM? We as PG aspirants have always found SPM very difficult to memorise.

Dr. Priyadarsini : SPM is one subject we usually tend to ignore during UG days, but unfortunately a big chunk of questions are asked from the subject for all entrance exams. The most important aspect is to update yourselves on the latest modifications in the health programmes and other such things. For that, latest edition of Park is a must. I used both notes and guides to study SPM and Park was used in a retrospective matter, in order to read the frequently repeated questions.

10) EduLanche: The new pattern of questions contain image based questions like ECG's, CTscans, USGs, instruments and histology. What is your tip to PG aspirants to tackle these?

Dr. Priyadarsini: My personal belief is that one should not waste too much time for these kind of questions, as their number will be limited. But one can definitely look up for the typical ones asked for MBBS exams from the UG books itself, and moreover some centres have put up sample questions of these kind, which may be useful.

11) EduLanche: There are several candidates who have spent more than 10 hours a day for preparation, but have failed to secure a good rank. When you look back, there might be possible mistakes in the preparation that you were fortunate to avoid. Please give your take on the possible mistakes aspirants can make during PG entrance preparation.

Dr. Priyadarsini: How we prepare is much more important than how much time we spend for preparation. We should learn to differentiate between topics which need more and less importance. That we can make out by going through previous question papers. Then, as told earlier, how much ever we study, preparation will not be complete without a proper revision. The time which we spend for studying must be used most fruitfully, ensuring that there are no distractions, and that our mind is fully clear to concentrate on what we are reading. And most importantly, on the day of the exam, try to stay coolheaded!

12) EduLanche: Since the new NEET-PG exam is a multiple day exam, PG aspirants are apprehensive about the toughness of the test on their exam day. Can you give few tips for your juniors on how to overcome this pressure during preparation?

Dr. Priyadarsini: This is a tough one, as I myself has experienced the same fear. I can just tell that, once we have done our maximum, we should just believe in ourselves. Even if the paper turns out to be difficult on our exam day, it will affect everyone who attempted on the same day equally, so in the end it will not change the result, if the scoring is based on percentiles.


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Thanks Dr priyadarsini for sharing your ideas and thoughts.Congratulations on your achievement. it was very inspiring and useful.


Amazin what you achieved. Thanks to edulanche for sharing this interview

Thank you!

Congrats and thank you for the realistic answers. 


Is it helpful if u just solve 10year sample papers n revise dem thoroughly??

very inspiring!!

thanks Dr priyadarsini for was very inspiring.and congratulations on your phenomenal achievement.

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