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RxPG Interview with Dr. Ajit Goenka, 1st Rank, AIIMS May 2007; 14th Rank, AIPGE

Author: RxPG_Team, Posted on Sunday, March 11 @ 00:23:15 IST by RxPG  

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Dr. Ajit Goenka (RxPG Nick: bestmedstud; scrapbook) scored 14th rank in highly competetitive All India Post Graduate MD/MS/Diploma Entrance Exam (AIPGE) 2007 (Update: Dr Goenka also secured the much coveted 1st Rank in AIIMS May 2007, Congrats!!) . With this grand success, he became a star in the hall of fame for AIPGE rankers from RxPG. Our overworked staff member Archana contacted him and managed to piece together some of the secrets behind his huge success in this wonderful interview. According to her, he came across as an immensely positive and highly motivated person in this interview. His open attitude towards sharing his insights about cracking the (arguably) most competitive 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 AIPGE exam?

Dr. Ajit Goenka: Strategic planning, result oriented study pattern, creative visualization and a resolute will power to succeed in the face of all odds. Most of all, it was the goal directed efforts that helped me to perform well in this competitive examination.

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

Dr. Ajit Goenka: My parents have a strong faith in my abilities to make the right decisions about my career. That gives me an added sense of responsibility. They will persistently plead my case with God as long as I play my part to the hilt. My friends have always been understanding of my schedule and have encouraged me to persevere towards my aspirations and ambitions. When one has such a robust support system, one just has to do the simple things right and success always follows.

RxPG: How would you visualize your success? Whom do you attribute your success to?

Dr. Ajit Goenka: God has not fulfilled my desires but he has taken care of my needs. He always does. This accomplishment for me is a testimony to the maxim that if you aim for the stars you will at least land on the moon. I managed to stay afloat owing to the prayers of my well-wishers. In addition to my disciplined work, I owe my success to my mentor and guru Shri Bhavarlalji Jain (Bhau), the Chairman of the Jain Group of Industries, Jalgaon, who has stood by me like a rock and who has loved me like his son. It will be my perpetual endeavour to prove worthy of all his blessings in me. Besides, I always try to apply management principles to my work ethos and try to take calculated risks in my career.

Dr. Ajit Goenka

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

Dr. Ajit Goenka: I would not have been surprised at the result even if I had a rank in excess of 1000. This exam was the most terrible of all the tests that I had given during the past one year as part of my preparations. There were innumerable amateurish mistakes I made in this paper. In fact, I did not check my result until the evening because I was quite disheartened by my performance in it. Though in the end things worked in my favour, it will be difficult for me to shed off the regret of getting a rank owing to the under-performance of my peers. I was mentally prepared for a low rank and hence, I was contemplating waiting for another year. In fact, I was quite excited that I would get one year’s of free time to pursue research and my extra-academic interests! I was even prepared to consider alternate career options if things may not have worked well in next year as well!

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. Ajit Goenka: Yes, many times, every time I would get a less-then-expected rank in any of the mock tests I would go into an introspective mood. Besides, odds were against me, there were not many examples of interns doing well in AIPGE due to the less time available at their disposal. So, that always stimulated me to try a little extra.

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

Dr. Ajit Goenka: If you read all the right books during your Under Graduation (UG) days, you can get a decent rank even during your internship. If not, then you should be able to do it in the next attempt by all means, beyond that it is not advisable.

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

Dr. Ajit Goenka: There was not much time to read theory for the standard subjects during my internship at KEM hospital. So, I read the subjects that I had not prepared well during UG. Anaesthesia – Yadav, Psychiatry – Ahuja, few topics from Harrison and Schwartz and others. In my opinion, what really makes the decisive difference is the manner in which you the process the information from any of the authentic books.

RxPG: Which books did you read for Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) revision? Which revision books were the most productive and which were least?

Dr. Ajit Goenka: I had managed to solve quite a lot of the 5 volumes of the past papers of the Aditya Publishers. Besides, I appeared for a lot of mock tests during the year. But its difficult to guarantee a rank with only MCQ books and trying to learn the matter provided in them only adds to your stress. Also, you do not get the requisite confidence by solving them alone. So, I would periodically brush up my concepts from standard books. The notes that I had prepared from various books helped me the most.

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. Ajit Goenka: Wide, extensive study during your UG days, intensive study during internship and if you are giving this exam another attempt then again extensive study for the first six months of your preparation. Intensive worked quite well for me.

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. Ajit Goenka: You really do not have to cram a lot if you keep you keep a sense of perspective about what is asked in the exam. I did not face this problem because I would always discus such facts with my colleagues in the college. Besides, I had appeared in and won a few competitive exams during my UG days so many of these facts were already very well registered in my mind. I believe it is important to try to think like an MCQ examiner while reading our stuff so that we can have fewer things to remember. One can develop this knack with practice.

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

Dr. Ajit Goenka: Only the tests of IAMS, Bhatia and Vidyasagar classes. All of them were quite useful in giving the final touches to my preps. They also gave me an idea of where I stood amongst the aspirants. I always managed decent ranks (in the first 20) in them so that gave me a lot of confidence.

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

Dr. Ajit Goenka: As I have mentioned, usually one year of internship is enough if you were good during the UG.

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. Ajit Goenka: I had not set myself any rigid timetable. As such, you do not have much control over your time during internship. But I used to divide my residual time between past papers and new reading equally. Besides, I would study everywhere and anywhere during the working hours in my hospital. The important issue is one should not lose the enthusiasm and the momentum gained during the initial months of the preparations. Also, I would always try to gain maximum output from the time that I would get for preparations. Periodic evaluation of my efforts guarded me from any complacency. As they say, work that gets measured gets enhanced.

RxPG: Which subjects did you focus on?

Dr. Ajit Goenka: Short subjects, basic sciences and Para-clinical ones. There was not much time for final year subjects. Besides, I was reasonably confident about my clinical sciences so I did not devote much time to them.

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

Dr. Ajit Goenka: I would prepare a skeleton of the topics that I had read and I think this way I was able to get a bird’s eye view of everything that I studied. There was not much time for formal revisions. I would also reserve time for online discussions with my friends (Apurva, Nikhil and Avinash). All three of my friends were extremely disciplined and professional in their approach to such discussions and hence, we benefited a lot from such interactions.

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

Dr. Ajit Goenka: To stay focused and to concentrate on every word of the question. But I was a little nervous in the initial half-an-hour and as a result I messed up a lot of simple questions in this exam. I must have attempted around 285 questions. I did not know much about the remaining questions.

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

Dr. Ajit Goenka: Yes, I did, the score must have been something like 220 right. Though I must add that there were lot of questions where I differed from the consensus opinion. I guess the examiners were in agreement with me on these questions and that must have made the difference to the score!

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

Dr. Ajit Goenka: Its pretty fine. The paper has good combo of conceptual and factual questions thought in the recent past the balance has been shifting towards factual ones which is a little disheartening. I am told that every question that appears in the paper is pre-validated and the paper as a whole is very scientifically set – perhaps, we still have a long way to go in understanding the purpose of the examiner in asking us the questions that they do.

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

Dr. Ajit Goenka: The questions (i.e. the information provided in the question) should be more elaborate so that somebody who understands the concept should be able to rule out the competing options with certainty. There should not be any ambiguity in the language of the question. That is very frustrating. Further, some modification in the system is warranted whereby students who do well in their first attempts get the recognition for it. There should be a level playing field.

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

Dr. Ajit Goenka: I have opted for MD (medicine) at the Maulana Azad Medical College (MAMC), New Delhi. Absence of bond, better living conditions, moderate work load and an opportunity to make a mark in a new academic community are few of the many reasons why I opted for this hospital rather then my parent institution (KEM Hospital). Medicine offers me the widest range of options after my post graduation and this is the specialty where I will have time to pursue multiple interests in the near future. Perhaps, I may even be able to contribute something worthwhile to the field itself!

RxPG: How important you think is internet in preparation?

Dr. Ajit Goenka: It does not add to your knowledge that is required for the entrance exams. But it keeps you updated of what is happening around so that you are not caught unawares. One has to guard against spending too much time browsing things that do not matter in the long run.

RxPG: How did RxPG help you in your preparation?

Dr. Ajit Goenka: I was able to keep myself updated about the exam notifications, results, new books and also got to know few interesting people through the medium of the website. Browsing RxPG is now an addiction for me!

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

Dr. Ajit Goenka: RxPG is an excellent platform for any aspirant to have healthy exchange of information with other students. RxPG helps one to know about the latest happenings on the entrance circuit so that one does not have to waste time searching everywhere. The efforts that must be involved in maintaining such a colossal website is beyond the realms of imagination.

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

Dr. Ajit Goenka: Joined it around a year back when a friend suggested to me about this versatile site. In retrospect, it was one of my shrewdest decisions.

RxPG: What is your opinion about RxPG?

Dr. Ajit Goenka: An enormously friendly succour for all the sincere and hard-working PG aspirants.

RxPG: RxPG is developing the website to be able to cater to the needs of students who are doing post-graduation and super-specialization. Can you suggest a few features you would like to see in RxPG which can be useful to you during your post graduation?

Dr. Ajit Goenka: There is acute need for streamlining the voluminous information that is put up on the site by the students. Also, the site may perhaps recruit expert individuals who can accurately answer the queries based on their knowledge and experience. I would like to see a section where opportunities for participation in co-curricular events are notified by the members.

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. Ajit Goenka: To each his own. There is nothing wrong in considering alternate options if you feel that you can better serve the interests of the people in some other position. It’s purely one’s choice and there should not be any regret in doing so either. One should try to give one’s best to whatever one may undertake. Though I personally believe that there is no better profession then medicine.

RxPG: What is your advice to the future aspirants?

Dr. Ajit Goenka: Smart work is the name of the game. Strategic planning and working within one’s limitations is very important. Try to modulate your study style as per the demands of the examination rather then investing time into blaming the system. If one is incredibly focused on where one has to go then nothing and no-one in this world can retard your progress. As Paulo Coelho says, when you deeply aspire to achieve something, the world conspires to get it for you.

Note: Dr. Ajit Harishkumar Goenka is currently completing his Internship from Seth GS Medical College and KEM Hospital, Mumbai. He opted not to appear in his State CET this year as he was not very keen on taking a seat in home state. In addition to the top rank in AIPGE, his CV is full of extraordinary achievements e.g Best Medical Student of the State (Maharashtra) 2004-05 from the State Medical University MUHS in recognition of all-round performance during MBBS; Gold Medal – 18th National UG Quiz Competition of the Indian Academy of Paediatrics (IAP); Recipient – The KVPY Fellowship of the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India (2002-07); Rank 2 in the UG State CET for admissions to the medical courses in Maharashtra (2001); Recipient – National Talent Award at the All India Youth Festival (Indore) 2002-03; Editor – Student section of the Journal of Post Graduate Medicine (JPGM) 2005-07.

He likes reading motivational literature and a variety of other books written by the admirable authors and the personalities. His special interests are in patient-oriented research and innovations in medical education. He considers himself as a workaholic and doer.

RxPG Interviewers: Archana Desai; Proof reading and formatting: Dr V. Yelamanchili; Photo Adjustments: Dr V. Sharma

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Comment #1 by RxPG_Team at 11/03/2007 at 00:26;
rxpg interview with dr. ajit goenka, 14th rank, aipge 2007 date: sunday, march 11 @ 00:23:15 ist dr. ajit goenka (rxpg nick: bestmedstud; scrapbook) scored 14th rank in highly competetitive all india post graduate md/ms/diploma entrance exam (aipge) ...read more
Comment #2 by gunjan83 at 11/03/2007 at 00:44;
thank u rxpg 4 the valuable info u provided with the help of this interview..and thank u dr ajit! wish u luck!...read more
Comment #3 by drani at 11/03/2007 at 16:18;
beautifully written interview and truly a person worth taking motivation from. cheers rxpg team and thanx dr. ajit for sharing ur success, joy and inspirations with us....read more
Comment #4 by docpsyche at 12/03/2007 at 11:29;
good one. congratulations ajit....tell me how sincerely did you do your internship? considering you were in kemh for that...........read more
Comment #5 by abhi_saf77 at 13/03/2007 at 00:10;
congratulation dr. ajit. & also thanx for sharing ur thought to all aipgmee aspirants like us by giving a nice interview. may god fulfill every dreams of ur life. :d...read more
Comment #6 by harshadbhai at 13/03/2007 at 20:28;
its nice to see that team is carying out so much useful things for all pg aspirants.... listen team, i am coming up with this one in just 2 days time "story of a guy rank 51 in aipg" so c you all soon....read more
Comment #7 by phoenix_bhu at 15/04/2007 at 10:52;
congrats dr. ajit may god make all ur dreams true........thanx rxpg team for such an inspiring interview...read more
Comment #8 by passh at 16/04/2007 at 16:36;
congrats, you are inspiration for us...read more
Comment #9 by rmh at 21/05/2007 at 11:59;
congratulations dr. ajit. thanks for sharing ur success with us.... all the best!!!!!...read more
Comment #10 by el_sid at 06/06/2007 at 13:32;
congrats dr ajit!! u r the best!!thnks for sharing such valuable info! best of luck for ur future!!...read more
Comment #11 by rajju077 at 06/06/2007 at 13:48;
congrats dr. goenka. thanks for the valuable interview....read more
Comment #12 by borntowin at 07/06/2007 at 05:58;
kudos to team for coming up with the interview and ajit for answering them all so humbly & genuinely congrats ajit.. for everything..securing top rank in aiims , ur success in aipge and now as a moderator ur nick "bestmedstud " very aptly suits u...read more
Comment #13 by GirijaSavithri at 14/06/2007 at 05:15;
nice one and useful...read more
Comment #14 by vasudha125 at 14/06/2007 at 10:33;
congrats dr.ajit!!....thanx to the rxpg team too for providing us with valuable info thru this interview.....you made my day!!...read more
Comment #15 by turi at 18/06/2007 at 13:15;
congrats :) nd thanx...read more
Comment #16 by helmet at 19/06/2007 at 10:41;
congrats ajit..god bless u...read more
Comment #17 by avinashworld005 at 19/06/2007 at 21:27;
thanks rxpg for interview...read more
Comment #18 by LokeshSharoff at 22/06/2007 at 16:57;
hey thanx alot for d interview dr.ajit n rx .... v ll surely benefit from it...read more
Comment #19 by dopamine at 24/06/2007 at 22:44;
thanx dr.ajit goenka 4 this valuable interview...it`s really helpful 4 forthcomig students(interns like me)1...read more
Comment #20 by munnar at 15/07/2007 at 17:43;
thanx dr.goenka, a very useful interview, for whom who r looking forward for advice.and congrats for your grand success....read more
Comment #21 by ashy at 10/10/2007 at 10:05;
this is a very briliant n inspring article very very well done@! cud u just tel us wht to read n how to revise in the last critical 3 months i wud b waiting! coz its bcumin a bit dicey on wt to study n hw fast to go whether to just rea...read more
Comment #22 by iitdoc at 14/10/2007 at 01:11;
thanks a lot ajit and congrats on your fabulous success...read more
Comment #23 by rizzu at 01/12/2007 at 15:10;
alll the bery best .......read more
Comment #24 by rahulbuddy at 28/02/2008 at 20:22;
thanks , ur views n inputs wil guide many. thanks....read more
Comment #25 by nambiar at 06/03/2008 at 16:04;
thank u for this beautiful int...all the best dr.goenka......read more
Comment #26 by bala007 at 07/03/2008 at 10:13;
good...read more
Comment #27 by jhoom at 30/03/2008 at 15:40;
all the best!...read more
Comment #28 by coolish at 30/03/2008 at 23:00;
terrific article and wht a champion!...read more
Comment #29 by shwetams21 at 26/02/2012 at 15:22;
thanks rxpg, archana. spesial thanks to dr ajit for motivation and guidance. thanx a lot...!!!...read more
Comment #30 by Shameonyou at 25/03/2012 at 23:12;
inspiring talk. thanks a lot...read more
Comment #31 by digvijaychavan_4 at 01/07/2014 at 13:23;
thnx dr. ajit sir n also definately rxpg for giving such valuable advices n guidance... :)...read more
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