AIPGMEE 2016 Topper Interview: How Bhavya Swarnkar secured AIR 6
Updated on Feb 8, 2016 - 7:03 p.m. IST by None
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The Gita verse, ‘You have the right to work only but never to it fruits. Let not the fruits of action be your motive’, proved to be the success mantra for Chhattisgarh girl- Bhavya Swarnkar, who bagged All India Rank 6 in AIPGMEE 2016 Results. The first Doctor in her family, Bhavya cracked AIPGMEE in her first attempt with her dedicated efforts and positive mind frame.


Currently pursuing her internship from J.J Hospital, Mumbai, Bhavya credits her success to her sincere efforts in studies and her mother’s continuous moral support. In this interview with Careers360, Bhavya shares how she strategically prepared for AIPGMEE along with her stressful internship schedule.


A calm and composed Doctor, Bhavya shares the key factors that led her to become a topper, and her plans of pursuing MD in Dermatology.


Edited excerpt of Interview


Careers360: Congratulations for your AIR 6 in AIPGMEE 2016. Did you expect this high rank?

Bhavya: Thank you so much. Based on my preparation, I was expecting a good result but never expected a single digit rank in AIPGMEE 2016. After the results were declared, I was pleasantly surprised, but it really was a ‘dream come true moment’ for me.


Careers360: Where did you complete your MBBS from? Did you appear in any other medical entrance tests?

Bhavya: I completed my MBBS from JJ Hospital in Mumbai.  Now, I am doing my internship in the same hospital. Since, my internship period ends in the month of March 2016, I was not eligible to apply for any medical entrance tests, besides AIPGMEE and MH PGM PGD CET. I am hoping for a good rank in MH PGM PGD CET 2016 also.


Careers360: How did you manage your preparations along with your internship schedule?

Bhavya: To be honest, it was not at all easy to study and work at the same time. It is very challenging, but if you have passion and determination, nothing can stop you. I have always believed in utilizing every single minute. I used to study as much as I could. When the day was much hectic, I used to study at most 2 hours after taking a ‘power nap’, else studied about 6 hours regularly after my duty hours of internship.


Careers360: Please share your preparation strategy for Pre- clinical, Para-clinical and Clinical subjects separately?

Bhavya: As my strong area is clinical; therefore, after completing my basic syllabus, I spent more time on pre and para clinical subjects. I first categorized topics and completed more time-consuming topics first and kept less time-consuming topics for second phase of my preparation. I had divided my time subject-wise; and this helped me to balance my preparation. I focused on reading the theory of the subject and then doing the MCQs related to the topics or subject.


I also found that revision is very important during last stage of preparation. Since, you keep filtering information every time you read; you are left with almost enough matter for a quick revision one day before the exam.


Careers360: What is your take on the importance of Harrison Internal Medicine for PG preparations?

Bhavya: I had read important topics from Harrison. This book helps in better understanding of the topics and building a strong base.  But, reading the entire book would be a tedious task, as time is a limitation for every PG aspirant. 


Careers360: The exam pattern comprises image based questions like ECGs, CT Scans, USG’s instruments and histology. What are your suggestions to tackle these questions?

Bhavya: I believe that one should not waste much time on such kind of questions. However, one should definitely look up for the questions asked in MBBS exams from the UG books.


Careers360: What was the kind of recreational activity that you took during exam preparation?

Bhavya: Whenever I used to get tired of studies, I used to listen to soft Hindi music which helped in relaxing my mind. I also used to go for a walk to change the monotony of studies; this kept my mind fresh and kept me going during preparations. One of the verses from Geeta, I think somehow, made me a winner. My mother used to read this to me-"karmany evadhikaras te, ma phalesu kadachana, ma karma-phala-hetur bhur, ma te sango ’stv akarmani" (translate You have the right to work only but never to it fruits. Let not the fruits of action be your motive). This helped me during my stressful hours of studies, and whenever I felt low.


Careers360: How about your family. How has been their supported during your preparations?

Bhavya: My dad works in COAL India in Chhattisgarh and my mother is a home-maker. My parents are my ultimate source of inspiration and pillars of strength. My mother morally supported me a lot, and asked me not to take much pressure about results rather concentrate on what I was intended to do. She says that our efforts matters, not the end results.

Careers360: What are your future plans?

Bhavya: I first want to successfully complete my internship, and then pursue MD in Dermatology from one of the best available college options in India.


Careers360: Any message for Medical PG aspirants?

Bhavya: Remember one thing;your preparation is incomplete without revision. Unless you revise what you study, you are always one step short to success.The time which we spend for studies must be used fruitfully, ensuring that there are no distractions, and that our mind is fully focused. There is no shortcut to success!


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