Doctors are real life heroes who save many lives every day. The profession is regarded with respect and lakhs of aspirants dream to become one. Only a few make it through.
Qualifying NEET UG is an achievement in itself but only a truly dedicate aspirant can qualify NEET PG. As NEET PG Topper Amay Banker sums it up, the intention to help others and save lives is what helped him prepare well for the exam. Read his entire interview with Aglasem, where the topper talks about his achievement, preparation strategy, success formula, and more.
Heartiest congratulations to you! In the first attempt, you have got an amazing NEET PG result. How are you feeling and whom do you give credit for your success. ?
Thank you, I am really satisfied that in my first attempt, as I managed to secured 850 marks and AIR 30. All my hard work and sacrifices have paid off. As far as the credit goes, most of all it is to my family, who have supported me throughout my life. They have raised me to be the person I am today. I also give huge credit to my teachers at BJMC and DAMS who have helped me and guided me during the demanding year.
You belong to a family of doctors. Has this fact influenced in choosing your career was it your inner calling?
No, not to the slightest. I never had family pressure to pursue medicine. It was my own decision. Of course, my parents did inspire me. Their dedication and work ethics made me realize that no other job can give as much satisfaction as being a doctor will. I guess, it is the challenging and dynamic nature of the field which attracts me the most.
When did you pass MBBS and how was your life at BJ Medical College?
I gave my final MBBS exam in January 2017, my internship just ended on March 15, 2018. My experience at BJMC was fantastic. I came across so many brilliant and hard working students. They inspired me to be a better student, doctor, and person. I met some of the most amazing friends and colleagues and in general had an incredible experience. A typical day at BJMC would consist of clinics till 11:00 am and lectures till 3:00 pm. After that, we were free to pursue whatever we liked. All in all, it was a good time at BJMC.
What do you do in your leisure time?
Most often, I like to spend my free time playing tennis or football. Playing any sport is the best relaxation for me. I also spend a lot of time hanging out with my friends, going for movies or just relaxing at home listening to music.
Did you appear for any other PG medical entrance exams?
No, I did not. I regret not appearing for JIPMER though. I now realize that there is no harm in appearing for multiple examinations.
About Preparation For NEET PG
Since you did not appear for any other exam and NEET PG was your only shot, how did you prepared for the exam? Did you take any coaching?
Yes, I took DAMS Delhi coaching classes. I started preparing a little for NEET-PG because i was confused between NEET-PG and USMLE. I seriously began studying from March. My strategy was to attend the classes and finish the noted on priority. Then, I used to solve the MCQ’s from various available books. The one thing I made sure was to have only a single book per subject at the end of my first reading!
What according to you is the ideal time to start preparation? What should be the study plan?
There is no ideal time to start studying. NEET-PG rank depends on how you have spent the last 4 year throughout your MBBS and not one last preparation year. What I feel, it is a big mistake to read guidebooks during your MBBS because you miss out on many major concepts given in the textbooks. Start reading guide books only after giving the Final MBBS exam. Finish the first reading by September. Second, reading by 15th October and attempt the DAMS CBT. Third reading before JIPMER and one more before NEET-PG. Repetition and revision is the key to success.
Which books did you referred for preparation?
The books that I referred to for each subject were:
|Subjects||Book Name (Reference Book)|
|Anatomy||AA (AK Dutta)|
|Pathology||Devesh Mishra (Robbins)|
|Microbiology||Apurba Shashtri (Ananthnarayan)|
|Forensic Medicine||Sumit Sheth (Nandi)|
|Medicine||Deepak Marwah (Harrisons)|
|Surgery||Pritesh Singh (Bailey)|
|PSM||Vivek Jain (Park)|
|Obs and Gynae||Sakshi Arora (Dutta and Shaw)|
|Pediatrics||Taruna Mehra (Ghai)|
|Dermatology||AA (Neena Khanna)|
|Image Based||DAMS Material|
Which, according to you, is the toughest section and should not be ignored?
For me it was Pathology. I was weak at it during my second year. The Histology images always confused me (and still does). It is a very important part, especially in all the central exams. I also struggled with remembering all the facts, the Monoclonal Antibodies in Pharma. Reading all the latest Drugs in pharma requires special attention since it is often a neglected topic by the students. But, it should be ignored.
What did you do to gain speed with accuracy as attempting 300 questions is no cake walk.
Dividing and utilizing your time properly is the key. While solving sample papers or attempting the mock test, I targeted to solve 120 MCQ’s within an hour. The middle hour was tiring to me. So, to avoid making silly errors I used to attempt only 80 MCQ’s in an hour. I used to rest for a couple of minutes and then start again. The target in the last hour was to finish the paper. Hence, I used to save 30 minutes for going through the marked questions. I used to finish that in 20 minutes. In the last 5 minutes, I used to go through the entire paper as a final overview to see rapidly if I had made a blunder.
What do you think is your success formula?
I studied so that I could maybe save a life and not so that I could pass a test. The intention help, drove me to read deeper into every topic. It made it easier for me to miss a couple of parties and sit down for a date with Harrisons. It pushed me to be better than what I was yesterday.
Any message or tips for those who will be appearing for NEET PG in future?
Yes, before asking ‘HOW’ to study for the exam, ask yourself ‘WHY’ are you studying. As Mark Reid said,
“Student, you do not study to pass the test. You study to prepare for the day when you are the only thing between a patient and the grave.”
The approach you have for this year will set the foundation. If you begin the year with the goal to just get a seat and just to mug up the thousands of ‘most commons’ this will be the most difficult year of your life. If you begin the year with enthusiasm that you will learn more in a year than you did in the entire MBBS, you will finally co-relate the boring biochemistry cycles with inborn errors of metabolism and so on. You will enjoy the year and the preparation. NEET-PG marks are just pixels on the screen. They do not determine what kind of a doctor you will be. So, relax, and and study for NEET-PG because you want to and not because you have to.
About NEET PG
What is your analysis of the NEET PG exam?
It was a balanced paper, slightly on the tougher side. It had a few absolute basics, a few concept based questions and some factual ones. When i left the exam hall, I felt it was a very fair assessment of all the reading I had done over the last 5 years. I enjoyed giving the paper.
Any tips for the D-day?
Just Relax!! Look at things from a larger perspective. NEET-PG is a stepping stone. It does not decide how successful you will be in life. This perspective takes the pressure off and you will be able to give your 100% in the test.
What are your future plans? Which specialization are you willing for choose and why?
I will opt for General Surgery and as I am inclined towards Neurosurgery. It is a relatively young branch of medicine with tremendous potential. The constant evolving and the challenging nature of this field which draws me. There is so much about the brain that we are not sure of and it opens ample of doors for future research and breakthroughs.