JIPMER MBBS 2017 Topper Interview: Confidence can do wonders, says AIR 2 Abhishek Dogra
Team Careers, 15 Jun 2017, #JIPMER MBBS

The prestigious JIPMER MBBS 2017 results were declared by the Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education & Research (JIPMER), Puducherry, on June 9. Abhishek Dogra emerged as the second ranker in the highly competitive medical entrance, securing 99.85117 percentile. Given that a total of 1408 candidates secured above 99 percentile from the more than 1.5 lakh aspirants who appeared for the exam, this is an achievement worth applauding.


Update: This JIPMER MBBS Topper interview was conducted before the AIIMS MBBS 2017 Results were published on June 15. Abhishek Dogra has also secured the 9th Rank in AIIMS MBBS 2017 (Score: 99.9972264) out of more than 2 lakh candidates who appeared for the exam on May 28.


In an exclusive interview with Careers360, the Pune boy shares his thoughts on his success. In his opinion, regularly interacting with his teachers while remaining confident in his own ability were the key elements contributing to his achievement. Abhishek advises future medical aspirants to follow the NCERT syllabus rigorously for their preparations and to also focus on time management to enhance their chances of success in the exam.


Read the full interview below:


Careers360: Congratulations! Being one of the JIPMER toppers must have been a proud moment for you and your family. How are you celebrating your success?

Abhishek: Thank you so much. I am not celebrating much right now because my eyes are on the NEET 2017 and AIIMS MBBS 2017 results. However, me and my family did visit a sea food restaurant in Pune to celebrate on the result day. People have also been sending their congratulatory messages and best wishes to us so that’s a nice feeling.


Careers360: Being among the JIPMER 2017 toppers is definitely not an easy achievement. Were you expecting such a high rank?

Abhishek: To be honest, I was so surprised when I got to know that I have secured AIR 2. I gave my best performance and I was expecting a good rank, but AIR 2 exceeded my expectations.


Careers360: What about your family, how did they react to your result?

Abhishek: They are very happy. My parents have always been my main support apart from my teachers. They constantly supported me throughout my preparations and they feel happy to see their efforts have paid off. My father is very proud of me. They feel that their efforts in helping me prepare have paid off. It is also a proud moment for me too.


Careers360: How did you prepare for the exam? Did you follow any specific strategy?

Abhishek: The main concern for me was time management. Initially, to manage time, I used to solve previous years’ JIPMER question papers and try and finish them with the intention of leaving some time in my hand. Also, the exam was not so tough as most of the questions were straightforward and logic-based. For the last two years, I was with the regular classroom program at Aakash Institute which also helped me a lot in my preparations, especially the NCERT portions which are very crucial. Their weekly tests also helped me stay focused on my preparations.


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

Abhishek: There was no fixed schedule. I studied whenever I felt like as I am good with Physics, Chemistry and Biology. In Class 11, I was weak in Physics, so I paid more attention to this subject and took help from my teachers. I paid more attention to the topics which needed to be revised more frequently.


Careers360: What made you choose medicine as your future profession? What exactly would you like to pursue in the field?

Abhishek: I had the privilege of having around me the most intellectual, educated and capable people to observe and look upto as role models. The person who changed my life, and who I genuinely feel is my role model, is Dr. Vaman Khadilkar, who is a Pediatric Endocrinologist. So, it was thanks to their influence that I decided to pursue medicine as a profession and I have never regretted it in the last two years.


Medicine is a vast and never-ending field and I would like to either become a doctor or a researcher. I have observed many doctors who while engaging in practice also research a lot in their respective fields. So that prospect of doing both also attracts me.


Careers360: What do you enjoy beyond the world of medicine?

Abhishek: I enjoy reading novels, playing badminton and watching movies. To relax my mind during the preparation phase, I used to read novels.


Careers360: Did you appear for any other medical entrance exam like NEET or AIIMS? If yes, how were they for you?

Abhishek: Yes, I did appear for NEET and AIIMS entrance exams. They went quite well for me. I am expecting to get under AIR 10 for NEET exam. In my opinion, the NEET exam mainly focuses on concept based questions while AIIMS mainly focuses on theory (Abhishek secured the 9th Rank in AIIMS MBBS 2017, the results of which were published after this interview was conducted).


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

Abhishek: According to me, there is no such thing as as a topper or an average student. I consider myself as an average student who observed and learned from other students. I believed in distinguishing myself from my peers through hardwork and consistent efforts. In my view, aspirants should interact with their teachers as much as possible and follow their advice. Most importantly however, candidates should have faith in themselves as confidence can do wonders.


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