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RxPG Interview with Dr. Aditya Soral, 3rd Rank, AIIMS May 2006

Author: RxPG_Team, Posted on Saturday, June 24 @ 16:45:47 IST by RxPG  

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Dr. Aditya Soral (RxPG Nick: draditya) scored 3rd rank in highly competetitive All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi's National MD/MS Entrance Exam in May 2006. With this grand success, he became a celebrity in RxPG AIIMS forum. As there were persistent requests by RxPG community members to have his formal interview on the website, our staff member Archana contacted him and managed to extract some of the secrets behind his huge success in this wonderful interview. An alumnus of 2004 batch of SMS Medical College, Jaipur, he came across as an extremely humble and generous person in this interview. His open attitude towards sharing his insights about cracking the (arguably) most difficult PG entrance exam in India clearly exemplifies the RxPG community spirit and core values of mutual help and collective intelligence. Read on...

RxPG: What is the secret of your success in AIIMS exam?

Dr. Aditya Soral: I think the biggest plus point I had in this exam, was, that I had already scored a rank in AIPGE and Rajasthan entrance. So, I was absolutely tension free and I think that showed in the way I attempted the paper.

RxPG: How did your parents; family and friends contribute to your success?

Dr. Aditya Soral: I would grab this opportunity to acknowledge the support I got from all these people; it was instrumental in my success: Dr. Samridhi Nanda (my study partner), Mr. M. M. Mehrishi (my grand dad), my parents, my brother Kartik, my senior Dr. Gaurav Srivastav and my mama and mami. These people, helped me keep my cool and recover from those bouts of depression (a frequent thing during preparation)

RxPG: Had you not been successful in AIIMS, what would have been your reaction? Did you have a backup plan?

Dr. Aditya Soral: In fact, I never really thought I would make it. I had given up studying after my Rajasthan pre-pg entrance, all I can say is, I was lucky.

RxPG: How would you visualize your success?

Dr. Aditya Soral: Hand of god :-)

RxPG: We appreciate the fact that preparing for an extremely competitive exam must be really challenging. During your preparation, did you ever doubt your ability to succeed in it?

Dr. Aditya Soral: Always, getting through in these competitive exams needs a lot of luck, over and above your preparation (of course an essential part)…so you know; it’s a tough call.


Dr. Aditya Soral


RxPG: How much time do you think one requires for serious preparation for this examination?

Dr. Aditya Soral: I think it is pretty subjective. It depends a lot on the way you have studied during MBBS. If you have got your concepts right, I don’t think it needs a lot of time, the person, Debajyoti (coolmed) has scored rank 34 with just two months of intensive studying. Having said this, I think a year of regular preparation is more than enough.

RxPG: When did you seriously start preparing for this exam?

Dr. Aditya Soral: I had made AIPGE my target. I started off seriously, in January last year (2005)

RxPG: Which books did you read for the theory part?

Dr. Aditya Soral: Anatomy (ACROSS), physiology (only questions), biochemistry (Rana Shinde), Pharmacology (KDT), Pathology (Robbins), Microbiology (Panicker), Forensic Medicine (ACROSS), Medicine (Harrison’s), Surgery (couldn’t figure out till the last moment), Orthopedics (Maheshwari), Ophthalmology (none), ENT (Dhingra), Gynecology (Shaw), Obstetrics (Dutta), Anesthesia (ACROSS), Radiology (ACROSS), Skin (ACROSS) and Psychiatry (ACROSS).

RxPG: Which books did you read for MCQ revision? Which revision books were the most productive and which were least?

Dr. Aditya Soral: Mudit Khanna and Amit Ashish; I think were the highest yielding as far as my preparation was concerned. Salgunan is a brilliant book, but unfortunately, I picked it up very late. AAA didn’t help me much.

RxPG: How important you think is Internet in preparation?

Dr. Aditya Soral: Not much, in fact for me it was more of a stress buster.

RxPG: What do you think is the better way of preparation between selective, intensive study and wide, extensive study? What did you choose as your style of studying?

Dr. Aditya Soral: I think a highly selective and directed study plan is the key to success. The real idea is to prepare topics rather than entire subjects. Year after year, a lot of questions are repeated from the same topics, so mastering these topics certainly gives you the edge. Extensive study, although prepares you better for exotic questions but my personal opinion is that, it is a gamble, and remember the stakes are high.

RxPG: Cramming for Indian PG entrances is often taxing for the brain and many people struggle with retention of facts. Did you face this problem as well? If so, how did you deal with it?

Dr. Aditya Soral: I think I will take up research in AIIMS regarding “memory retention”. It is the most difficult thing to do; it gave me a lot of nightmares. I cannot advice anything regarding that, I am sorry.

RxPG: Did you attend any coaching? Were they useful?

Dr. Aditya Soral: No, I didn’t attend any coaching classes. I think self-study is good enough for PG entrance, but I would suggest everybody to take mock tests. They are very helpful, in the sense that, they help you to develop the exam taking strategy.

RxPG: What was your daily timetable during the preparation? Why did you decide on such a timetable? Were you able to stick to the timetable strictly?

Dr. Aditya Soral: Although I had made an infinite number of plans, I must say, they were not followed at all. I would say that for any given plan, even if you were able to follow 80%, consider it a success.

RxPG: Which subjects did you focus on?

Dr. Aditya Soral: That is where I messed up. I put a lot of stress on medicine; in fact I did medicine for well over 2 months…shear waste of time. I personally feel that one should put more stress on smaller subjects rather than never ending subjects like medicine (I didn’t do it, but it is my suggestion)

RxPG: What was your strategy for the revision? How many revisions did you do?

Dr. Aditya Soral: i messed it up, I seriously did and it was all because of aimless studying in the initial 4 months (including 2 months of Harrison’s). In the end, I was able to revise just the questions and answers (without explanations), twice.

RxPG: What was your strategy for the exam day? How many questions did you attempt and why?

Dr. Aditya Soral: My strategy was pretty simple; I just kept my cool and “thought” about every question. The reason I highlighted thought is because, this is exactly what I didn’t do in November AIIMS. I attempted 189 questions. I think it is always better to attempt on the higher side, because an additional 20 to 30 questions you do, acts as a buffer for negative marking (which is inevitable).

RxPG: After the exam, you must have checked your answers with textbooks and the community prepared answer key here at RxPG. What was your approximate calculated score?

Dr. Aditya Soral: I forgot my paper at Delhi, so couldn’t evaluate.

RxPG: What is your impression of the AIIMS exam? Is it fair?

Dr. Aditya Soral: Ah! The AIIMS paper was fantastic; I think it is always easier to crack the AIIMS paper as compared to the AIPGE paper. The AIIMS paper has a lot of concept-based questions, where you can actually think (unlike AIPGE 2006 paper).

RxPG: Is the pattern of the examination appropriate? Would you recommend any improvement?

Dr. Aditya Soral: The only thing I would suggest is, the AIPGE paper should be made like the AIIMS paper. Although, no paper tests all the skills required to select the best, the AIIMS paper does more justice to your hard work.

RxPG: What do you want to specialize in, why and where?

Dr. Aditya Soral: Earlier I had planned to take up orthopedics, but now because I have scored a decent rank, I am pitching for M.Ch. Neurosurgery (integrated course). The reason being my passion for everything “neural”.

RxPG: RxPG is the largest and most active community website for medical students. How do you visualize the role of RxPG in molding the careers of the medicos?

Dr. Aditya Soral: I came across this site during the AIPGE crisis and believe me; I was completely taken in by the marvelous idea. I think RxPG is instrumental in developing a sound database of information, which would have been unthinkable, had this site not been there. Other than that, I think one of the under stated beauty of the site is, it’s ability to bind the person and bond him to the others of his own ilk, support is very essential in the formative years and this is exactly where RxPG strikes.

RxPG: How did RxPG help you in your preparation?

Dr. Aditya Soral: I was unfortunate; I didn’t come across the site during my preparation.

RxPG: When did you join RxPG and how did you come to know about it?

Dr. Aditya Soral: I joined RxPG during the AIPGE crisis; I came to know about it through my friends who were already members here.

RxPG: What is your opinion about RxPG?

Dr. Aditya Soral: It’s a brilliant site. Thanks a lot guys for such a wonderful venture.

RxPG: As we see on RxPG website, most of the doctors and medical students Are somewhat disillusioned by medicine as a career and some seriously Think about a career change. What would you like to say to them?

Dr. Aditya Soral: Hang on guys, there is nothing better than being a doctor, trust me.

RxPG: What is your advice to the future aspirants?

Dr. Aditya Soral: Keep your approach focused, don’t loose your confidence and you will win.


Note: Dr. Aditya Soral stood 3rd in AIIMS MD/MS entrance exam, May 2006, 468th in AIPGE 2006, 22nd in Rajasthan PrePG 2006. Apart from studies, he likes reading, writing and badminton.

RxPG Interviewer: Archana Desai

If you know of someone whose achievements can be inspiring for medical community in any way, please go ahead and interview that person for RxPG or let us know so that we can put someone on their trail! If you are a ranker (any rank) in any of the medical competitive exam and want to help the medical community by sharing the secrets of your success, please get in touch with us by using the feedback form.

Comments on the above interview can be left in RxPG AIIMS exam forum in this thread http://www.rxpgonline.com/postt52724.html



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Comments
Comment #1 by RxPG_Team at 24/06/2006 at 16:58;
rxpg interview with dr. aditya soral, 3rd rank, aiims may 2006 date: saturday, june 24 @ 16:45:47 ist topic: aiims dr. aditya soral (rxpg nick: draditya) scored 3rd rank in highly competetitive all india institute of medical sciences (aiims), new de...read more
Comment #2 by lazybonezzz at 24/06/2006 at 19:57;
hey team, this is definitely a much awaited interview a lot of ppl on this site r helpful but i wud like 2 reiterate that dr aditya goes all out 2 genuinly help each & every1 of us & that too as many times as we may approch him wishing him lotsa lu...read more
Comment #3 by superashdoc at 25/06/2006 at 11:16;
well,not much substance in the interview.aditya has been much more open in his own thread regarding preparation. i think its better to refer to his aiims thread for guidance....read more
Comment #4 by RxPG_Team at 25/06/2006 at 14:46;
well,not much substance in the interview.aditya has been much more open in his own thread regarding preparation. i think its better to refer to his aiims thread for guidance. thanks for the feedback superashdoc. do you think there could have been othe...read more
Comment #5 by harshadbhai at 25/06/2006 at 15:12;
hello team and friends, three cheers for aditya first :up: the interview is good but i think superash is correct in saying that aditya have provided us lotsss of tips and suggestions in his thread.. team, i think u shud make an interview les...read more
Comment #6 by RxPG_Team at 25/06/2006 at 15:59;
it shud be like a story rather than a formal interview... suggestion noted. thanks! for everyone, can we have a good discussion/get some more feedback here about what you want in an interview of a successful candidate. cheers...read more
Comment #7 by dkcoolmed at 25/06/2006 at 17:25;
i too agree with harshadbhai......a bit of humor would have made it better.......i still think its a fantastic effort from rxpg......a big cheer for rxog team.........read more
Comment #8 by dkcoolmed at 25/06/2006 at 17:27;
goodness me....i meant to type rxpg team :(...read more
Comment #9 by doctorakash at 25/06/2006 at 19:11;
i think u left out whether he studied alone or in group...read more
Comment #10 by harshadbhai at 26/06/2006 at 18:55;
it shud be like a story rather than a formal interview... suggestion noted. thanks! for everyone, can we have a good discussion/get some more <a href="http://www.rxpgonline.com/modules.php?name=feedback">feedback</a> here about what...read more
Comment #11 by gayathri10 at 28/06/2006 at 05:54;
where is interiew? i could not find....read more
Comment #12 by RxPG_Team at 29/06/2006 at 12:39;
where is interiew? i could not find. http://www.rxpgonline.com/article1758.html...read more
Comment #13 by superashdoc at 03/07/2006 at 10:51;
dear team, kindly make the interview more case specific i.e modify the questions as per the person.for eg:there were many areas where aditya didn't answer like his time-table.here he felt he had messed up.however he has stood 3rd.this means that the time...read more
Comment #14 by bjps at 09/07/2006 at 23:19;
well,not much substance in the interview.aditya has been much more open in his own thread regarding preparation. i think its better to refer to his aiims thread for guidance. ----superashdoc... hi, may i know where exactly in aiims thread for gui...read more
Comment #15 by RxPG_Team at 10/07/2006 at 05:03;
hi, may i know where exactly in aiims thread for guidance...i am not been able to trace it,please give me a link to that. http://www.rxpgonline.com/postt50333.html...read more
Comment #16 by staphlococcus at 11/10/2006 at 19:16;
if aditya mentioned about high yielding topics of different subjects it would be very helpful...read more
Comment #17 by tahelkaatmanipal at 12/10/2006 at 08:30;
thankx rxpg............read more
Comment #18 by tahelkaatmanipal at 12/10/2006 at 08:37;
3 things should be noted. coaching wont help much , u ve to study by urself..... 2... everyone ask when should i start study... even 2-3 months of sincere prepration can bring a good results.... 3... what u ve done during ur ug day...read more
Comment #19 by madhavanranjit at 05/11/2006 at 16:01;
could sm1 tell me how many colleges in india offer such integrated courses as neurosurgery...read more
Comment #20 by madhavanranjit at 05/11/2006 at 16:01;
could sm1 tell me how many colleges in india offer such integrated courses as neurosurgery...read more
Comment #21 by madhavanranjit at 05/11/2006 at 16:06;
could sm1 tell me how many colleges in india offer such integrated courses as neurosurgery...read more
Comment #22 by cingulate_gyrus2006 at 05/05/2007 at 21:38;
best wishes for dr. aditya soral...read more
Comment #23 by cingulate_gyrus2006 at 05/05/2007 at 21:49;
best wishes dr. aditya soral...read more
Comment #24 by cat07 at 07/05/2007 at 12:24;
gr8 interview :lol: :lol:...read more
Comment #25 by Dr_Ashu at 06/07/2007 at 12:37;
ya..the interview lacked heart...it's disappointing.......read more
Comment #26 by galib20 at 20/08/2007 at 00:20;
i think a formal structured interview is always better because it is unambiguous and covers the essential points. the objective is not know about the whole personality of the doctor but the mode and depth of preparation. question can be like this when ...read more
Comment #27 by samdear at 23/08/2007 at 20:03;
congratulations to aditya... really insirational interview!!!!!!!1...read more
Comment #28 by ryma890 at 23/08/2007 at 22:54;
i do not think that interview was disappointing, we can say it was formal but then it depends on d relation between d person and interviewer u can take an informal interview very nicely only when u r connected that fellow informally. dr rachana has done ...read more
Comment #29 by Ash2087 at 26/12/2007 at 17:06;
thanx 4 that wonderfull interview...read more
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