This is Dr Mohamed Abdul Latheef, (RxPG nick:
marfan_hi) on behalf
of RxPG bringing an interview with Karalla PGMET-2006 first rank holder Dr.
Mohamed Ashif P.A., from Government Medical College, Thrissur. We friends call
him Ashif; he is a good friend of everyone in our college. He was the best
student of our college for the best part of his MBBS course. A man who got gold
medal for almost all the university exams he wrote. Very active in curricular
and extracurricular activities, he was also the best actor in English drama in
our college. The team comprising of him grabbed the first prize of All India
medical quiz conducted by Apollo hospital for two consecutive years. He is a
good actor, orator and above all a very good human being. A perfect gentleman
attracts everyone who comes across him with his humbleness.
Abdul Latheef: What did you feel when you came to know
that you got the first rank in Kerala PGMET?
Ashif: I felt very happy as it was totally unexpected.
Abdul Latheef: What is the secret behind your success?
Ashif: Main factor is God's grace. Secondly I feel that I
have prepared for an entrance exam as such, but I was going through my MBBS
course with utmost sincerity and learned well during my MBBS period which helped
me finally in the PGMET.
Abdul Latheef: What all books did you read for the
preparation of PGMET?
Ashif: I primarily aimed for AIPGE. So I prepared from
Ashish Gupta and Mudit Khanna. I joined for the CME in Thrissur after my Final
MBBS university exam is over. During that time I had no touch with AG and MK,
but I was in regular touch with CME topics and classes. I started learning
Ashish Gupta and Mudit Khanna during my late house surgeoncy. For the old
questions, I went through Cross Section. I also learned SARP (comprising of
Skin, Anaesthesia, Radio, and Psychiatry), Doctors PGI by Chaudhary and CME
question papers. I haven't gone through all the pages of all the text books. But
I referred few topics in Robbins, Davidson, and Park and also the MCQs in
Dr. Mohamed Ashif, Rank 1, Kerala PG 2006
Abdul Latheef: When did you start studying seriously for
PG entrance? How much time do you think is enough for a serious preparation?
Ashif: I don't really think that we need 1 or 2 years for
PG preparation. Especially when after being passed out. Because what I learned
from my experience is that, what we learned in the earlier part of our
preparation is usually lost from our memory towards the fag end. It is actually
the 4-5 months just before the entrance exam which would really help us. And
what ever we have been learning from the beginning should be intensified during
this late period with revisions.
Abdul Latheef: Tell us something about your family?
Ashif: My father, Mr. Abdul Majeed, is an Engineer in UAE
telecommunication department. Mother, Misiriyya Majeed is a house wife. I have a
brother and a sister. Brother, Mr. Afsal Majeed is doing his B.Tech. in
electronics and communication in NIT Calicut. Sister, Shahada, is studying in
Abdul Latheef: Getting first rank in any exam is quite
an unpredictable thing. Did you expect this result?
Ashif: I never expected a first rank in the exam. But after
the exam is over and we went through the recollected questions, I had a feel
that I would come in the First 20s.
Abdul Latheef: What is your dream specialty?
Ashif: I am very much interested in General Medicine MD. I
am actually fond of a conventional MD physician, also very much interested in
teaching profession as such. Presently I have not fixed any super specialty
which I would like to take, may be I would know the preference when I go through
my PG course! Anyway I would like to return to Thrissur Medical College as a
Abdul Latheef: Can you tell us something about your
style of study?
Ashif: I am a person who believes in repeated learning when
going for an exam. After our house surgeoncy, I got ample time for preparation.
I targeted at AIPGE and started my work with previous question papers with a
little bit of back references, when I came across any doubts. I worked nearly an
average of 14-15 Hrs a day before AIPGE. I could satisfactorily complete the
questions of previous papers as well as my CME papers. During AIPGE, I was over
cautious and could not attend more than 259 questions. That really upset me. For
the Kerala PGMET, I learned nearly 10hrs/day starting 1week after AIPGE and went
through all pre and Para clinical subjects and selected CME papers leaving
behind newer questions which I had gone through before AIPGE.
Abdul Latheef: What is your comment about this year's
Ashif: This years Kerala PGMET was very easy one. Scoring
75% is not a matter for any recently passed out student. There were only 60-70
questions which actually stood as deciding factors. And in effect that was a
question paper of 60-70 questions for those who carefully attempted the rest of
the question paper!
Abdul Latheef: How did RxPG website help you?
Ashif: RxPG website is a very good site because it helps
all the PG aspirants to interact among themselves. I think this is the only such
site which keeps necessary information regarding various entrance examinations
at the apt time and though which we can discuss with others about the exams and
Abdul Latheef: What is the role of your friends, family
and your college in your success?
Ashif: My family, friends, my college... all had a real
independent significant roles behind my success. First of all my mother was a
real encouraging force behind all my success still now. Her prayers and her help
were always with me. Other members of my family always supported me. My friends
really were a driving force for me. My batch (19th of GMC, Thrissur) has already
proved that we excel in all activities, both curricular and extra curricular.
And each one of us influences each other for the major achievements this year in
various PGETs. Our college has such good teachers from every department who
taught us, guided us, inspired us and was been very friendly to us all these
Abdul Latheef: Your message to those who are preparing
now for PG entrances?
Ashif: For entrance exam, your prime objective should be to
go through and familiarize with all the questions which have been asked for the
previous exams, so that we wont make mistakes if those questions are repeated.
That completes 70% of you job and rest 30% lies on your extra reading,
preparation from the text books, what has been intrinsically present in you from
your teachers and course. And from the analysis of 2006 exams, it is very clear
that the ditto repeated questions are gradually giving their way out to either
modified questions from the same topic or other areas of importance. So for the
next year aspirants it is always better to keep your text book ready with when
you go through and prepare each subject separately. Find out the topics which
has been repeated regularly and read this from your text books which should help
you to memorize the questions as well as easily answering modified questions.
And after all good preparations keep this strongly in mind that the God almighty
is above all preparations sand pray to him for your success.
RxPG Interviewer: Dr Mohamed Abdul Latheef. T. K. (Rxpg
nick name: marfan_hi)
Note: This interview is part of RxPG's year long series of interviews featuring rankers in various PG entrance exams held this year. If you have scored a rank in any PG entrance exam and want your interview to be featured on RxPG, please get in touch with Dr. Priya at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you want to interview someone, like marfan_hi did in this interview, please let us know. Please note that the actual rank is not a discriminatory factor for us to consider your interview as we want to feature interviews from a wide cross section of all ranks (high or low) in PG exams to give our visitors a balanced view of what it takes to crack a PG exam.
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