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1 All India PG preparation Tips, add yours on Wed Jan 20, 2010 8:28 am


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All India PG preparation Tips:

(As Written by a experienced pg aspirant)

There are no shortcuts. Competition is quite fierce these days and a
casual approach to exam is not going to help. But if u plan properly
and keep your cool during exam, there is no reason that you cant make
it. I will try to give some tips. I hope some of you can benefit from
it. All the views expressed here are my own and true and helpful to the
best of my knowledge!!

Basic books:

- All India Pevious years' solved papers by Mudit Khanna

- AIIMS solved papers by Amit and Ashish

- Tehalaka by Dr. Rajesh Prasad (it contains solved mcqs of anatomy,
physiology, biochemistry and forensic medicine)...Must read book
according to me
- Sure Success By Ramgopal

- Chauthary For PGI (not that useful for all india)

These are the basic mcq books that should be done thoroughly. If u done
with them, than you can do salgunan. In my opinion, this book is not
necessary for all india. atleast i didnt read it

Regardless of what i write here, you must follow your own plan
according to your strengths and weaknesses. Spend more time on the
subjects in which you are weak. This is the kkey to success. You have
to identify which subjects made you suffer during your profs or during
your previous attempt(s). Its always a good idea to finish them first.
You can follow any order in doing subjects as u like. Try to finish all
subjects atleast2-3 months beforte the main exam so that you can have
adequate time to give the revisions.

For each subject, you have to do the previous years' questions(AIIMS
and All India), corresponding theory book and Ramgopal sure success. I
also would recommend to keep Harrison alongside as a referance while
doing any subject. It will always come handy.

I also recommend you to take a small notebook and start taking notes of
difficult to remember points, some important flow charts and tables.
These come really handy for last day revision before the exam. You have
to make sure that you don get too carried away with writing more and
more as it will just waste your time and you may not be able to revise
the whole things in one day before the exam. You ma do it subjectwise
(if u have the patience)...or you can just write the points randomly
(just like me).


This is the subject i never did all through my preparation! Indeed it
seems too much for an effort to read through all volumes of chaurasiya
and still not able to solve the mcqs.

Recommended Books: Chaurasiya (all 3 volumes), Sure success by Ramgopal(big book), Tehalaka by Dr. Rajesh Prasad(for mcqs)

If u ae short on time, i would suggest to read the anatomy pages from
ramgopal's book and do mcqs from tehalaka...this way you should be able
to answer more than half the questions from anatomy, which according to
my opinion is quite good. you should concentrate on nerve injuries,
nerve entrapment syndromes, muscles nerve supply and actions(especially
upper limb), various type of joints(asked many times!), various fossa
and there contents and cranial nerves. anyway one should not be
spending too much of time on anatomy as itsa low yielding subject.


Recommended books: Ganong (very good book), Guyton (only for referance), Tehalaka.

Here tehalaka comes in very handy. if you read all the mcqs with
explaination from this, you would be able to solve majority of the
common questions from physiology. supplement it with ganong with
selected reading with special emphasis on general physiology topics


Recommonded books: Harper, Tehalaka, lippincott (as an alternative)

lot of people will say that lippincott is very good, but i never found
it that good. I would recommend reading Harper. The newer editions of
Harper have been progressively trimmed, so it should not take more that
10 days to read on the first go. Topics that should be stressed are
genetics(obviously!), chapters at the beginning(like enzymes, amino
acids and some general chapters), regarding metabolism, it would
certainly help, if you take notes of some important points on a note
book for quick revision before exam. It will certainly help.. Tehalaka
is nice for revising the facts quickly

Forensic Medicine:

Recommended books: Pareikh, Tehalaka, forensic SARP

Here again Tehalaka comes in very handy. you can solve most of the mcqs
from this book. Also forensic SARP is not bad at all for poisonings
(especially do lead, mercuary, arsenic and others commonly asked). I
would suggest you to make small notes of important features of common
poisonings for quick revision later on. From Pareikh, do only selected
reading. Always spend some time on ballistics...they need to be
understood properly to solve the related mcqs.


Recommended books: Robbins(big)

This is the only book thats needed...and of course, i am not including
harrison, because i persume that you keep it alongside for referance
while doning any subject. This in my opinion is the most important
subject(even more than medicine, surgery). If u have good grasp of
pathology, it would certainly go a long way to improve your chances in
PG exams. I recommend you to read this book thoroughly with more
emphasis on blood, GIT, kidney and general pathology...things that you
can probably skip or do selectively are: CNS, Musculoskeletal system
and other chapters towards the end of the book. I you have read this
book during your prof, it would certainly help.


Recommended books: Tripathi, Katzung (Referance), Goodman & Gilman (only for referance, not at all essential!), Tumors SARP

Agian this is a very important and productive subject. In tripathi,
more stress should be on ANS and CVS. Tumors SARP is also quite
good...just to be read selectively


Recommended books: Ananthnarayan(very good book), jawetz(review), chatterjee(parsitology), SARP microbiology

Jawetz (review, not the text book) i recommend for reading the
immunology part. it will help you understand the basics of immunology
in a very easy manner. For rest, Ananthnarayan is good enough...special
emphasis should be on general microbiology. Virology can be done
selectively like doing common ones like hepatitis, rabies, AIDS, rota
virus, polio and from parts you see the questions...never forget to do
general virology. Bacteriology has be done thoroughly in my view. For
mycology, ananthnarayan is good. you may also look at SARP for
mycology. For parasitology, although chatterjee is the recommended book
but it consumes much of time..i would suggest just reading it from
jawetz and doing mcqs. that should be enough for only 1-2 quesions are
asked from parasitology.


Recommended books: Park (what else!), High yield biostats by tyagi or Mahajan

SPM is the subject thats often said to decide matters. If prepared
properly, it can be quite scoring subject as well hardly anything
is asked outside Park. Important topics are first 116 (or something
like that) pages. I mean up to the chapter about screening. Learn all
the concepts properly. this will help you solve more than half the mcqs
of SPM. Diseases should be done selectively. Do the more important
diseases like tuberculosis, polio, leprosy, rabies, AIDS, syphilis,
respiratory infections, rickettsial diseases, dengue, yellow fever(who
cares it doesn’t occur in India!), diptheria and as you see the
questions. From the remaining chapters, you should do environment and
health chapter, contraceptives, health and nutrition and disease
control programmes, health goals and about the health workers and their
population can be done selectively.

Biostats you can do from high yield biostats. Its quite good. and you
can do it in just one day. Nowadays some questions may even be out of
that book. Ypu can also do Mahajan for biostats. Its better but
consumes more time


Recommended books: Khurana, kaski (referance), parson(referance)

Khurana will do for most of the questions. for some really hard
questions, kanski comes in handy . important topics are... Cataracts,
ocular injuries, uveitis, corneal ulcer, refractive errors,
tumors(retinoblastoma, melanoma), retinitis pigmentosa, optic atrophy,
papiloedema, chalazion.


Recommended books: Dhingra

Nothing much to say. Dhingra will do for most of the questions. read
selectively. more impotant topics acoustic neuroma, facial nerve course
and palsy, otosclerosis, CSOM and its complications, layrngeal polps,
nodules and cancer, DNS, sinusitis, epistaxis, abscess in reation to
pharynx, tonsils.


Recommended books: Ghai, Nelson(referance)

Sometimes questions seem to be set from nelson and ghai seems to be
insufficient. while thats true, but thats not a reason to read nelson.
you cant gain much by reading nelson(its too huge a book). rather
reading some selected topics may be useful. In Ghai, more stress should
be on nenatology part, also CVS in quite good. also dont forget
metabolic diseases and genetic diseases. Use nelson for refreance
purpose as and when required. If u can spare some time, try to read the
kidney part..that is cysts, dysplasias and vesicoureteric reflux.

Gynae and Obs:

Recommended books: Shaw(Gynae) and Dutta(Obs.)

Both very good books. in gynae, more stress should be on oncology,
endometriosis, menstural disorders, infertility, fibroids. In Obs., do
all the tables and flow charts. that makes it very easy to understand
and most of the questions can be solved quite easily. And dont forget
chapter of population dynamics and birth control.


Recommended books: Bailey & Love, Sabiston pretest, Schwartz (reference)

Bailey has to be done selectively according to the topics from which
mcqs appear. More stress should be on GIT and genitourinary system.
Schwartz can be useful for referance especially in GIT


Recommended books: HARRISON or CMDT(depending upon what u have already
read), Harrison pretest, Medicine self assessment guide by Amit Ashish

Both books are good. Do the one that you have read during your profs.
If u read Davidson during profs, i would suggest to do important topics
from CMDT and less important topics from Davidson. As for Harrison, if
u have read during your profs, it would certainly give you an edge.
Some high yielding topics in Harrison are: CVS, Kidney(especially
glomerulonephritis, renal failure), acid base imbalance, Hematology,
Genetics, Viral Hepatitis. Important thing is not to get lost in
reading medicine alone. Its huge subject and will never finish. So do
selectively. Keep more stress on previous years' papers and the topics
asked there. Medicine self assessment guide by Amit Ashish come handy
for reading selectively from Harrison in retrograde manner

Skin: Harrison, Sure Success Ramgopal, Roxberg (referance)

Harisson and previous years, mcqs will do for most of the questions. Do
it from sure success(ramgopal) also. Roxberg has to be used for
referance as and when needed.

Sure Success Ramgopal, Lee(referance), Yadav

Nothing much to say. Mainly concentrate on previous years, questions.
Yadav is said to be very good. But personally I never read it.

Ortho: maheshwari

This is the only book you should do. even though these days some
questions are asked which have referances from PG level books. You are
not expected to answer that. Remember you don’t need to score 100%. A
score of around 65% actually will give you a very good rank

Sure Success Ramgopal, Ahuja, High yield psychiatry.

Concentrate on schezophrenia, mood disorders, substance abuse, sleep cycle and disorders, autistc disorder

Radiology : No books needed here in my opinion. Just do previous years, mcqs and also do from Sure Success Ramgopal.

Time to spend on each subject: It depends upon how strong(or weak) you
are in a particular subject. also you have to spend less time on
subjects from which less questions area asked. anyway, i will try to
give a rough idea...


Physio- 5 days


Forensic- 2days

Patho- 30days

Pharma- 10days

Micro- 10days


ENT- 5days

SPM- 20days

Gynae & Obs.- 20days



Paeds- 7 days

SARP- 5 days

Ortho- 5days

This roughly comes out to be a little more than 6months. You may take
some more or some less time depending upon your level of preparation.
Its very important not to get stuck at one subject for too long.


1) Should i join a coaching class?

It depends upon yourself. If u can sit and study urself., there is no
reason to join any coaching classes. all what coaching classes do, is
they help you to get oriented towards your study. It has some
advantages but it has some disadvantages tests they take
are oten out of reality, course management is usually a mess and you
have to follow there programme ion your study. So think and decide!

2) Where should i study?

Wherever you can concentrate without undue interferance. For me, at home.

3) How many hours should i study?

12hrs a day should be the goal.
make sure dont let any day go by without studying atleast an hour. Most
imporant is to keep maintaining the continuity

4) Should I study alone or in a group?

Its always said to be good to do group study. But it depends upon your
nature. I have always studied alone. If u are studying alone, make sure
that you keep track of this forums. it can also serve as an
effective group and help you to get the focus right in difficult times.

Best of luck to every hardworking doctor. If these tips can help even a
single doctor, i would think that i was successful in my effort.

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2 Re: All India PG preparation Tips, add yours on Sat Feb 12, 2011 1:46 am


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3 Re: All India PG preparation Tips, add yours on Thu Apr 07, 2011 8:17 pm


My suggestions for very High Merit/ Good Rank
Books Recommended :

My team for World Cup AIPG 2012
Anatomy: BD Chaurasya (all 3 volumes), *PG Entrance* notes
Physiology: Ganong
Biochemistry: Lippin cort, *PG Entrance* notes,
Forensic Medicine: Pareikh,SARP
Pathology: Robbins, Sparsh
Pharmacology: Tripathi, *PG Entrance* notes
Microbiology: *PG Entrance* notes
SPM: Vivek, Park Last Edition
Eye: Across , *PG Entrance* notes
ENT: Dhingra , *PG Entrance* notes
Paediatrics: Ghai,
Gynae and Obs: Sakshi Arora
Surgery: *PG Entrance* notes, Recommended books: Bailey & Love, Sabiston pretest, Schwartz (reference)
Medicine: Mudit Khanna
Skin: Across , *PG Entrance*
Anaesthesia: Yadav, Lee
Ortho: maheshwari, *PG Entrance*
Psychiatry: High yield psychiatry. *PG Entrance*
Radiology : Dugga

4 Re: All India PG preparation Tips, add yours on Fri Apr 08, 2011 7:45 pm


I was reading AAA. BUT STUDENTS ARE READING *PG Entrance* NOTES. In the above post you mention *PG Entrance* notes for many subjects. What about smaller books for Med, Surg, obs.

5 Re: All India PG preparation Tips, add yours on Sat Apr 09, 2011 12:21 am


Just Entered
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So Many books
SARP Series, shukla
Mudit khnna\AAA/*PG Entrance* notes/roams/ramgopal/sure succss/speed
miq/sparsh/ vivek
Lots of them. Many more coming

6 Re: All India PG preparation Tips, add yours on Sun Apr 10, 2011 7:12 pm


can anyone point mistakes of AAA and provide key.
it would be helpful at this stage

7 Re: All India PG preparation Tips, add yours on Thu Oct 06, 2011 10:56 pm


come on people i urge other ppl to join in and contribute

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