My Journey as a Medical Student in India

My Journey as a Medical Student in India

November 13, 2019 - Shubham Anand

Contrary to popular belief, you do not have to study 24/7 as a medical student. I usually get in about 4-5 hours of study per day and have found it to be sufficient enough to acquire a great deal of medical knowledge. While stress and anxiety can arise around examination times, this is true for every other field of education.

Now that I have gotten into medical college, I’m no longer uncertain about my career path. This is a big relief, as I’m better able to focus on my goals. I have everything I could ask for, including a diverse social life. It’s all about finding the right balance and using the right tools for guidance.

All that being said, I have to admit that cracking the NEET-PG and getting a branch of my choice still runs through the back of my mind. Having a structured plan in place is probably one of the most important factors for success.

What’s been helping me most is doing a self-evaluation to identify areas of weakness so I can make a plan of action to tackle them. Making a full commitment to prepare for NEET-PG and familiarising myself with the questions and paper format is also something I’ve found useful.

I generally try out various NEET-PG prep resources, such as question banks, online tests and others that are available on coaching platforms like Kaplan. This not only helps me to practice and better prepare for the exam, but I’m also able to gain valuable insight on which areas I need to focus on to get the score I want.

If you’re a NEET-PG aspirant like myself, check out some tips below that may help you on your journey:

  1. Work hard, as this is key to being successful.
  2. If you are well versed with the basics in MBBS, it’s possible to get a PG seat, even with 5 to 6 months of preparation.
  3. Have a complete and clear understanding of all subjects. This will help you to complete your revision in an efficient and smart manner.
  4. Create a timetable that is planned in accordance to the weight-age for each subject. Never leave any subject in your preparation, at least try to cover the important topics.
  5. At least 2 revisions will be necessary to get a good PG seat.
  6. Spend a considerable amount of time for questions during revision.

Getting a medical seat in India is tough as there is tremendous competition, however stay focused and start planning. No preparation is complete without a little bit of anxiety, just remember that consistency is key. My journey has been like a roller coaster ride so far. There continues to be many ups and downs, but one thing is for sure - it’s an enjoyable ride and will be very worth it in the end!

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