AIIMS MBBS 2016 Topper Interview: Revise concepts and take mock tests regularly, suggests Mridul Sharma, AIR 5
Mridul Sharma secured All India Rank (AIR) 5 in AIIMS MBBS 2016, the most coveted medical entrance exam in India. The meritorious boy from Kota, who aspires to do something different in the field of Medical Science, has secured an MBBS seat at All India Institute Medical Sciences (AIIMS) Delhi.
In a candid chat with Careers360, the victor says that determination, perseverance and passion to achieve his dream are the propelling factors in his journey towards success. Besides these elements, his preparation strategy included analysis of previous years’ question papers, taking mock tests, and revision.
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Excerpts from the interview:
Careers360: Congratulations on your outstanding performance in AIIMS! Are you surprised?
Mridul Sharma: Thank you! Though I was confident about cracking AIIMS, but AIR 5 comes as a surprise for me. The feeling of being one of the top rankers is altogether different. I have been receiving congratulatory messages from umpteen people. I am into a different world.
Careers360: What are the key factors behind your spectacular success in AIIMS MBBS 2016?
Mridul Sharma: I attribute my success to hard work, focus and determination that I have put over the last 2 years. My teachers and parents played a vital role, which helped me in achieving this feat, as guidance in the right direction is necessary for cracking an exam of this level. Though I encountered various highs and lows during my preparation phase, but never let myself bog down. I continued preparing for the exam with the same spirit and excitement that I had initially.
Careers360: What made you choose medicine as a career? How did you start your preparation?
Mridul Sharma: My fascination towards Biology and passion for doing something exceptional in the field of Medical Science drove me to choose medicine as a career. I started preparing seriously for MBBS since I was in class XI. Later on, I joined coaching and started preparing sincerely for MBBS entrance exams.
Careers360: Which field of medicine, would you like to pursue your career in after MBBS?
Mridul Sharma: I would like to pursue higher studies in Neuroscience after completing my MBBS.
Careers360: Did you have any preparation strategy for AIIMS? Would you like to share some of the names of books you have studied from?
Mridul Sharma: Yes, I had a plan in place where the important elements of my preparation for AIIMS included routine studies, revision, and taking regular mock test. I used to religiously devote 8 to 10 hours for my studies daily. While taking mock tests, I would put in some additional hours for preparation. In the process, I also learned to work upon my weak areas, which helped me to a great extent. As AIIMS paper carry reason assertion based questions, it becomes essential to have firm command over concepts in order to solve them. Along with revision, I devoted my time in practising sample papers and taking mock tests to strengthen my exam taking ability.
I would study from NCERT books. Way ahead of AIIMS entrance exam, I had covered all the topics of class 11 and 12 from NCERT books. However, to bring more clarity of concepts and in-depth studies, I would study other reference material like notes from coaching institutes, books from different authors, etc. I found Physics by DD Mukherjee and Chemistry book by Balaji Publishers very helpful. For Biology, NCERT books are really good.
Careers360: On the day of exam, did you have any plan of action in your mind to follow while attempting AIIMS question paper?
Mridul Sharma: I started with the questions which I was sure about. As Physics is my favourite subject, I began with it followed by Biology, Chemistry, General Knowledge and English Comprehension respectively. There was no planned strategy which I had in mind. I kept shifting from one section to another while solving the paper. On the one hand, this way of attempting the paper saved me a lot of time, on the other, I was able to maintain good speed in completing the entire paper.
Careers360: According to you, how was the overall difficulty level of the exam? Which subject was the easiest and the toughest in AIIMS MBBS?
Mridul Sharma: In my view, the overall questions were of moderate level. As Physics is my favourite subject I found it easier than Chemistry and Biology. However, many of my friends found the questions from Physics and Chemistry to be tough as compared to Biology and General Knowledge.
Careers360: Do you think coaching is necessary to crack entrance exams like AIIMS MBBS?
Mridul Sharma: Yes, I think coaching helps us to a greater extent in all preparation related areas. I enrolled myself in coaching so as to get expert guidance on how to prepare for entrance exams. Mock tests and study materials provided by the coaching institute helped me boost my performance level and exam taking strategy gradually, which I feel can’t happen in self-study. Though there are students who crack AIIMS MBBS without classes, but still I would say it helps a lot.
Careers360: Would you like to share a little about your family? How supportive were your family members in your preparation phase?
Mridul Sharma: My father and mother are government employees. My family has been incredibly supportive. My parents provided me all the required support and resources, while motivated me whenever I felt low. Apart from providing me the best education, they have taken care of every comfort of mine at all levels of my preparation.
Careers360: This year, there has been lot of confusion surrounding AIPMT and NEET. Did the ongoing NEET row affect your preparation?
Mridul Sharma: I hardly bothered about it. Though it did distract me intermittently, but could not hold my attention for long and I would bounce back to my preparation quickly. As I longed for top medical colleges for pursuing MBBS, therefore my only focus was AIPMT/NEET, AIIMS and JIPMER.
Careers360: What are your hobbies? How often could you pursue them?
Mridul Sharma: Apart from playing badminton and cricket, my hobbies include listening to music. Listening to music is something which relaxes my mind. Beatles and Morone are my favourite music bands.
Careers360: Would you like to share any message for medical aspirants who will be appearing for the entrance exam next year?
Mridul Sharma: Devise a study plan based on analysing question papers of last 3 years. It will help you in understanding the weightage given to different chapters and topics in actual question paper, thereby helping you in preparing for the exam accordingly. Aspirants must thoroughly cover the entire syllabus without missing NCERT books. Though all are have their own study plan, but consistent hardwork and passion for achieving your dream without getting demotivated is an essential element to crack medical entrance exams.
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Questions related to NEET
Can a student of Bangla Medium get 650+ marks in Neet?
How do I know which MBBS college I have to apply for after NEET?
Every candidate who qualifies NEET Cut-off is eligible to take part in counselling process. Now, there are broadly two types of counselling process for NEET qualifiers, first one is All India counselling conducted by DGHS on behalf of MCC for 15% All India Quota seats in government medical colleges and all seats in different central Institutions including AIIMS, JIPMER, AFMC, ESI, Delhi University (DU), BHU, AMU and other deemed universities . The second one is the state counselling held by each individual state medical council for the rest of the 85% of the seats in the government colleges, state run universities and the private medical colleges of the state.
Note that there are some extra eligibility criterias for state counselling like domicile, residency and so on.
For more details about cut-off and NEET counselling do visit the links given below :-
I am enlisting down top medical colleges in which you can pursue MBBS programme based on your NEET score :-
- All India Institute of Medical Sciences New Delhi
- Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi
- University College of Medical Sciences, University of Delhi, Delhi
- Institute of Medical Sciences Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi
- King George's Medical University, Lucknow
- Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research Puducherry
- Christian Medical College, Vellore
- Kasturba Medical College, Manipal
- Christian Medical College, Ludhiana
And many more. For complete list do visit the link given below :
I hope this information helps you.
When is the right time to start revising class 11th portion for NEET 2021?
Hello Aspirant ,
As per my experience ,Class 11 syllabus contains the basics which you'll need to understand the 12th syllabus. So it's very important and should not be skipped at all.
Refer the NCERTs for Biology and Chemistry. Organic chemistry basics are given elaborately in 11th textbooks.
In my opinion, before starting the 12th syllabus, you should go back and take a quick look at its basics in the 11th texts, so as to understand and better. And also take a quick revision at the end so that you fully understand each and every thing.
Try to also solve daily questions and numericals, to retain your knowledge and gain mastery over the topics.
hope this helps.
All The Best !!!
I scored in neet abhyas test continuosly 570 to 600 in 7 test how my performance
It's really good and the appreciative one. Good
Maintain the consistent till your final exam.
Always try to build an increasing graph of this cycle or the constant one but be careful overconfident sometimes cause a crisis stay calm stay confident and maintain this accuracy.
Definitely one day you will hit the topper list. If you maintain the same accuracy.
All the best dear
Have a bright future.
What is the next date for NEET form NEET form
the NEET exam is scheduled to be held on 13 september 2020 and the admit card will released right before 15 days of examination , the correction window of NEET exam re opened on july 4 and was opened till today 5:00 PM
for more information kindly go through the link
all the best!