Interview with Dr. Deepmala Karmakar Rank 11 in MH PGM CET 2016

Dr.Deepmala Karmakar has secured Rank 11 in Maharashtra PGM CET 2016 and rank 672 in AIPGMEE 2016. She has done her MBBS from LTMMC, Sion.


Q. In what year did you pass out your MBBS (Completion of Internship)?

Ans. 2016

Q. What were your MBBS percentage marks (aggregate or final year)?

Ans. 72.85

Q. What ranks had you secured in any previous PG medical entrance exams you gave?

Ans. first attempt

Q. What is the secret of your success?

Ans. Hard work is of utmost importance, revise as much as possible, be focussed especially if you want to crack it in the first attempt.

Q. How was your internship?

Ans. Very bad. it’s very hectic. In some postings, I couldn’t study much.

Q. When did you seriously start preparing for the entrance exam?

Ans.  From February 2015.

Q. How many hours did you study each day? How long do you think students need to prepare for cracking PG medical entrance exams?

Ans. Hours as such I can’t comment because some of the postings were very bad. I used to study whenever possible. Time management is very important. Keep some time for revision every day. Sometimes it may happen that one is able to study only for 2 hours in a day, but that doesn’t matter, give your 100 % in those 2 hours.

Q. Which books did you read for the theory part?

Ans. I read standard books during my MBBS days which has helped me a lot to build my concepts.I would recommend that Bailey and love is a wonderful book, and people should read it.lot of MCQs directly asked from the tables given in it.

Q. Which books did you read for MCQs revision? Which revision books were the most productive and which were least?

Ans. almost all the books were Arvind Arora
except for Pathology and Pharmacology, I read Garg
and for PSM – Vivek Jain
Medicine and surgery – AA
micro-Rachna chaurasia

Q. Which subjects did you focus on?

Ans. 1st and 2nd-year subjects and short subjects.I had revised from Ananthnarayan during my internship because micro has lots of MCQs and it’s a very volatile subject.

Q. What were your study methods? How many revisions did you do for each subject? Did you make any changes in your study methods in your recent attempts?

Ans. I had notes for few subjects.but mostly I read from MCQ books.

Q. Did you do any special preparation for image-based questions?

Ans. No

Q. What was your strategy for the exam day? How many questions did you attempt and why? How many do you think you got correct?

Ans. My strategy was to remain calm for 3 hours and read each and every q and option properly.

Q. Do think there should be a different strategy for preparation of different entrance exams like AIIMS-PG or PGI?

Ans. yes because topics asked are a little bit different from aipg and mhtcet and there is negative marking.

Q. Did you join any classes or test series? Was it useful?

Ans. DAMS classes,extremely useful.

Q. Who or what influenced you to take up Medicine?

Ans. parents

Q. In which field do you want to specialize in? why?

Ans. MD medicine.

Q. What seat have you been allotted in counselling? Did you join?

Ans. counselling has not yet started.

Q. What is your advice to future aspirants?

Ans. Read regularly, whatever time you get just utilise it properly.


We are ending this interview with our hearty congratulations and best wishes for future to this talented person, Dr.Deepmala Karmakar.


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