JIPMER-AIIMS MBBS 2016 topper interview: How Kushagra Pandey chased his dream with focus and passion
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A double delight was in store for Kushagra Pandey of Mumbai, who exceeded his own expectations to secure top All India Ranks in both AIIMS and JIPMER- two of the toughest medical entrance tests in India. While he bagged AIR 1 in JIPMER MBBS, his performance in AIIMS MBBS pushed him into the group of top 10 rank holders.

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The topper, who aspires to be the first doctor in his family, attributes this feat to his systematic preparation, passion for perfection and a lot of support from his parents. When routine study became tedious, the Saina Nehwal fan would play a game of badminton to calm his stressed mind.

In this interview with Career360, Kushagra advises future medical aspirants to follow NCERT syllabus for their preparations and to smartly utilise their time by ensuring that there they are not distracted by social media or gadgetry temptations. 

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Careers360: Congratulations! You have not only topped JIPMER but also rank among the best 10 in AIIMS? How are you celebrating?

Kushagra Pandey: Thank you so much. I am very happy. Based on my preparations, I was expecting a good result but this is beyond my expectations. I am planning a family outing to Lonavala to celebrate my success.

Careers360: Single digit ranks in both the tests is an incredible feat. Where you expecting such high rankings?

Kushagra Pandey: My AIIMS paper was really good. I was expecting to get a good rank. However, a single digit rank even exceeded my expectations.  The JIPMER result was again very surprising. I was definitely not expecting to get the first rank!


Careers360: What about your family? How are they reacting to your results?

Kushagra Pandey: They are very happy. They have supported my throughout my preparations and I am glad that my results have brought smiles to their faces. This is actually my biggest achievement. My dad is a scientist and my mother a home maker. I am an only child. They put in all their efforts to help me succeed. Even when I would stay up at night to study, my parents would stay awake with me. It was a huge moral boost for me.


Careers360: Tell us how you prepared for the tests? Did you follow any special strategy?

Kushagra Pandey: I strictly followed my coaching expert’s guidance and advice. I used to revise every topic being taught to be in school and the centre. I prepared thoroughly from NCERT books. I think it is important for every medical aspirant to be thorough with the NCERT syllabus as it helps in the long run. In fact, most of the questions in AIIMS and JIPMER were directly from NCERT books. Solving MCQs and past years question papers also helped me a lot. Rest was all focus and passion towards my dream.

Careers360: How did you manage you time? Did you have any fixed schedule for your studies?

Kushagra Pandey: To be honest, I used to study for 10 to 11 hours every day. I have always focused on completing the syllabus and then revising the concepts.  I never decided for how many hours I had to study, but I used to decide what topics I had to prepare and revise. For me, revision is the key to success.


Careers360: Tell us what made you choose medicine as your profession?

Kushagra Pandey: Since my childhood,I have been very keen and passionate about being a doctor. I always wanted to learn medicine and Biology is my favorite subject too. Also, it’s a profession which is highly respected and noble. Besides, there is nothing else I want to be in this world!

Careers360: Now we know why you want to become a doctor, but tell us what do you enjoy beyond the world of medicine?

Kushagra Pandey: Yes, I am very much active in extracurricular activities as they support in maintaining a study discipline and also keep your mind relaxed. Even back in school, I used to play badminton. I am huge fan of Saina Nehwal!


Besides, whenever I would get bored during my preparation period, I would watch TV or read newspapers. In fact, as JIPMER and AIIMS also consisted of questions on General Knowledge, I used to convert my free time learning about current affairs.


Careers360: Did you also appear for NEET Phase 1?  Many students were left confused after the Supreme Court’s order on NEET. What kind of impact did the decision have on your preparation?

Kushagra Pandey: Yes. I appeared for NEET 1. I was a little bothered as I was also preparing for the state level medical exam. My main focus, however, was AIIMS and JIPMER. Therefore, I concentrated on these two examinations without caring much about what was going on. I knew that it was the time to put on efforts which would lead me towards my goal and bothering about those would lead me nowhere.

Careers360: Will you also appear for NEET Phase 2? 

Kushagra Pandey: I will not appear in NEET 2 as I have achieved my dream of getting admission in AIIMS, New Delhi.

Careers360: Do you want share anything from your experience with future medical aspirants?

Kushagra Pandey: What made me a topper is my hard work coupled with sharp focus and passionate approach. Whatever you study put in your 100% efforts to understand the concepts. Don’t’ cram anything ever. Many students think that only staying at hostels will help them in their preparations as there will be no family distractions and as such. That is absolutely not true. What you should keep in mind is that the time which we keep for studies must be fruitfully utilised, ensuring that there are no distractions of social media or electronic gadgets. Remember, this is no short cut to success.

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Is Jipmer exam conducted twice a year for MD/MS?

Aditya kumar Student Expert 15th Oct, 2019
Hello there!
Yes, JIPMER which is the entrance exam held for admission to the MD/MS/ MDS programmes offered at Puducherry campus is held twice a year for post-graduate i.e. ms / md admission ; in two sessions namely January and july session. . Jawahar Lal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research (JIPMER), Puducherry will conduct JIPMER PG 2020 January session on December 8, 2019. The test is a computer based one for admissions to 100 MD/MS seats offered at JIPMER Puducherry.

what is the date of CAT and jipmer exam application fill-up date and last date

Papeya Dubey Student Expert 14th Oct, 2019


CAT registration for 2019 started from 7th August and was opened till 25th September. So, it's concluded.

Secondly, you've tagged JIPMER MBBS, I'm presuming you want to know about its application dates. So, let me tell you now onwards there shall be only one entrance test for admission of MBBS and that is NEET. Earlier, AIIMS and JIPMER used to conduct their own entrance test which no longer will take place.

From 2020-2021 session onwards, NEET remains the sole entrance exam for admission for MBBS.


model question papers previous year

Anupam Kumar Student Expert 10th Oct, 2019

Hey there

Jipmer previous year questions sample question are in the link


But from 2020 neet will be solely conducted and AIIMS and jipmer will be merged in it. So pattern of neet is expected to be changed.

Good luck


is aiims and jipmer exam cancelled

Aditya kumar Student Expert 10th Oct, 2019

Hello there!


Yes dear,  now there is no more AIIMS and Jipmer entrance exam,  now only neet exam is there for getting admission in medical colleges.  Even admission in AIIMS and Jipmer will be through neet only , so medical aspirants need to prepare for neet only now. So NEET score is valid for

admission to all medical colleges in India now.



In 2020 aiims and jipmer exam is included in neet so which on the basis nta provide medical college my mean which student get aiims collgae and AFMC collgae.

Priyaanka Sarkar Student Expert 7th Oct, 2019
Dear Ashok, it is yet to be known as how AIIMS and JIPMER would conduct their admissions. They might follow CMC Vellorr process where in Candidates are asked to apply for their College and separate merit list is prepared based on pre set cut offs. Or it might be the way IITs, NITs and GFTIs conduct their admissions based on JEE scores. It is still unknown how it might happen. Everything will remain the same for AFMC. AFMC will release its own cut offs, shortlist Candidates based on TOeLR, Psychometric Test and Final Interview. Nothing will change on that front.
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