COMEDK PGET 2016 Topper Interview: How Rachel Sequeira secured AIR 1
None, 06 Feb 2016, #NEET PG
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Rachel Althea Sequeira outperformed as many as 16,577 test takers to bag All India Rank 1 in the COMEDK PGET 2016 Result. In this exclusive interview with Careers360, Rachel, who also secured an AIR of 79 in AIPGMEE 2016, and Rank 42 in AIIMS PG 2016, shares her success strategies for different medical entrance tests that she prepared for.

A first doctor in her family, Rachel gives credit to her systematic preparation and balance between studies and recreational activities for her perfect result. She told Careers360 that after completing her MBBS from Kasturba Medical College Mangalore, she took year-long gap to concentrate on her PG medical entrance tests.

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After grabbing top slots in all prestigious PG medical tests, Rachel now wishes to pursue MD in General Medicine.  Read this interview to know how the Mangalore girl kept hooked to her studies; and what was her stress buster during her PG medical entrance exam preparations; and more…

Careers360: Congratulations for your AIR 1 in COMEDK PGET 2016? How are you celebrating?

Rachel: Thank you. I am very happy and can’t believe that I am a topper of COMEDK PGET 2016. Though, I was confident about my preparations but this result came as a pleasant surprise to me.

Careers360: Apart from COMEDK PGET 2016, which other medical entrances did you appear for?

Rachel: Apart from COMEDK PGET 2016, I appeared in AIPGMEE 2016 and AIIMS PG 2016 and secured Rank 79 and 42 respectively.


Careers360: What are your future plans?

Rachel: I would like to pursue MD in General Medicine from one of the best college in India.


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

Rachel: To be honest, I started preparing after my internship was completed in March 2015. I used to spend at least one week for difficult topics subject, and then I would spend 2 to 3 days on easy topics. This helped me to keep motivated and complete the milestones that I had set for preparations. Since my strong area is clinical, therefore after completing the basic syllabus, I used to spend about 5 to 6 hours a day studying pre and para clinical subjects. Also, I used to revise theory and subsequently solve MCQs to check my preparation level.  I always tried to convert my weak areas into my strong one.

Careers360: One of the confusion that every medical PG student goes through is regarding theHarrison Internal Medicine. What is your take on the importance of this book for PG preparations?

Rachel: To me, the book is helpful. Though, Ihad read this book during my final year of MBBS and that benefitted my preparation also. I had made notes from the book and studied them during my PG entrance test preparations. This book helped me in building a strong concept base. Personally, I think PG aspirants must use Harrison as key reference book for topics or questions. However, if a student has a short time period for preparations, it is advisable not to read this book.

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?

Rachel: I did not prepare for image based questions separately. I believe it’s like finding a needle in haystack. If your concepts are strong, you can easily solve these questions. Most of the times, the clue is in the question itself.

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

Rachel: Whenever I used to get tired of studies, I used to watch Bollywood movies which have always helped in relaxing my mind. Rajkumar Hirani’s ‘Three Idiots’ is my all-time favorite movie. I also love it’s ‘All is Well’ song, which boosted my confidence during my stress time.

Careers360: What about your family. How they have supported you in preparations?

Rachel: My dad is a Chartered Accountant and my mother is a homemaker. My dad lives in Riaydh, Saudi Arabia and my mother stays with me. She has always supported me and stood by me during my preparation. I owe my success to my parents.  

Careers360: What message would you like to give to Medical PG exam aspirants?

Rachel: What made me a topper is my hard work coupled with a focused and passionate approach. You may not be able to crack it with a half-hearted approach. Put your 100% efforts. Ultimately, success will follow you!

We wish you all the best for future endeavors!


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