How To Prepare For NEET PG
Medicine is undoubtedly one of the most important and scoring subjects in all Medical PG Entrance exams. Medicine is the core of MBBS and thus it requires a fair amount of study-time for best results in NEET PG.
Almost every PGMEE exam comprises at least 30-40 questions that are around 120 marks from Medicine thereby making it an extremely significant subject from NEET PG perspective.
If you look at NEET pattern questions (recall-based), you’ll find that medicine questions are clearly divided into
- Very hard
- Extremely hard
You shouldn’t even think about extremely hard questions. These are so hard that you can’t prepare for this. Attempting them gets you plenty of negatives
Your preparation should be enough to get the easy and most of the hard questions right. The very hard questions are the ones that decide your rank. These questions are also the ones that test your concepts in Patho, Pharma, and Micro along with medicine
Questions on diagnosis are mostly asked in PGMEEE. So covering the entire differential diagnosis of topics and respective differences between topics would be essential for the preparation. Charts and tables from Harrison are very important for exams.
Transitioning from paper to computer-based entrance exams has greatly facilitated the delivery of image-based questions in the medical post-graduate entrance examinations.
The recent increase of such questions in NEET-PG papers, in particular, indicates that the examination boards have also taken a great interest in image questions. They can be illustrations of medical concepts or organisms and real-time photographs including X-rays, CT, MRI, surgical instruments, specimens, or slides.
Most important topics of medicine
Spinal Cord Lesions
Facial Nerve Palsy
Movement Disorders (Parkinson)
Hypothyroidism and Hyperthyroidism
3) Respiratory System
Valvular Lesions (MS, MR, AS, AR)
Cardiac Tamponade and Constrictive Pericarditis
5) Liver and GIT
Subacute Bacterial Peritonitis
Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis
7) Connective Tissue Disorder
Gout and Pseudo Gout
Hyper and Hypo – Na, K, Ca
Respiratory Acidosis and Alkalosis
Metabolic Acidosis and Alkalosis
- Go through syllabus
- The first step in NEET PG preparation is going through the NEET PG syllabus. Now, going through the syllabus does not mean reading the name of the topics. To complete this stage you must know what topics and sub-topics are included in the NEET PG. Also, you must know which topic has the most weightage and which has the least weightage.
- Prepare a time table and stick to it
- It is easy to lose track of time when you are at home. Preparing a time table and following it religiously will help you solve this problem. Devote at least 8 hours in a day for NEET PG preparation.
- Make notes and highlight important information
- When reading a topic, underline/ highlight the points that you feel are important and can be asked in the examination. This habit will help you save time during revision. You can quickly go through the points that are important and skip the rest.
- Regular assessment
- Daily analysis of the progress should be done by the candidates. Unless the achievement level is known the preparation is meaningless. This will allow the candidates to revise their preparation methods. The candidates can assess their performance in the following ways:
- Sample papers: Do NEET PG sample papers regularly to assess your performance and a better understanding of the exam pattern of the test.
- Mock test: Take online mock tests and keep track on the shortcomings and improve the preparation strategies.
- Mock tests give you real-time experience and help improve your efficiency, speed, and accuracy. Target appearing for at least 2 mock tests every week.
- Practicing mock tests and MCQs are crucial to succeed in the examination. You must attempt subject-wise tests after revising a specific topic. It helps in gaining an edge over a topic and to become proficient in your concepts.
- A good revision strategy will recognize your unique strengths and weaknesses and utilize the time available in the most effective way to win against competitors.
Regular revision is key to success
Allocate time for revision in your time table. Candidates usually start with revision after they complete the entire syllabus, but this practice is not effective. Devote an hour for revision every day. This will keep the wheel moving and you can complete more revision cycles by the time you finish the syllabus.
Revision is the most significant part of any exam preparation and it is very important to remember what you have studied. It is imperative to do effective revision owing to the vast syllabus and a lot of information that needs to be memorized.
Revise from notes
Notes are very helpful at the time of revision. Revise from your notes and in case of any confusion, refer to the textbooks. Notes help in
longer retention of the information and also helps in simplifying the revision. At the last moment, the revision should be highly specific and selective.
Preparations tips can be used for tackling image-based questions are:
- Learn information visually:
- When reading medical concepts, ideas, or microorganisms, picture it in your mind. During revision, try to recall the information as images. You can also look up similar images or watch related videos if you have the time. Pictures can reinforce what you have learned and can lead to a longer retention of the concepts.
- b)Identify the high-yield topics:
- Look at previous exam questions and mark the subject chapters the image questions were from. During revision, identify the high-yield topics in those chapters and pay close attention to the images.
- Go through Images from standard texts:
- Usually, the image-based questions might have images similar to the illustrations in standard reference texts – like Harrison’s for medicine.
- Practice regularly: During the internship, look at ECG in case files and get in the habit of making guesses and differential diagnoses. Look up interconnected subject areas when you encounter a new patient case or during the revision of high-yield topics. For example, look at the images under anatomy, medicine, pathology, and/or surgery for a specific topic. This will help strengthen your concept comprehension and facilitate retention.
“Success is not final; failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts.”
Winston S. Churchill
Written by Dr. Md. Ejaz Alam