Although the study strategy should be individualized and varies from person to person. The general points that should be considered are:
1. The syllabus should be finished at least once (with crisp study material for final revision, mostly notes) around one month before the exams.
2. Keep last one month for revision only.
3. An average of 6 to 8 hours (focused) per day is sufficient for studies. There should be no use of facebook, WhatsApp like social network or any other distraction during these hours. Take small breaks after every 1.5 to 2 hours of study.
4. Keep ONE DAY OFF EVERY WEEK. It increases the productivity of remaining 6 days.
5. Most importantly give around HALF AN HOUR FOR REVISION DAILY for the topics you have studied in that particular day. Revising same day help in incorporating that topic in long term memory.
6. Try to practice around 100 MCQs daily WITHOUT SEEING THE ANSWERS. You should match the answers after solving these. Seeing the answer side by side is likely to miss many concepts which are unlikely if you answer using your memory and concepts.
7. The most important part of the preparation is to remember so many facts and concepts. One of the very effective methods for this is DISCUSSION. Keep on asking (the fact or concept which you feel is difficult) to everyone you meet. If you ask 5 people the same question, you are sure to remember this as you have revised it 5 times.
8. Another common mistake students tend to do is to target all the questions asked in previous years. You must be knowing, that even toppers never get 100 percent of marks in any competitive exams. So just keep in mind that if you know 80 to 90 percent of the questions in any competitive examination, it is good enough. The reason I am specifically focusing on this is that I have seen many students wasting time on many topics which are useless but have been asked once in some examination.
E.g. once a question was asked about speed of some mosquito, it is totally illogical to remember the speed of all the mosquitos because once it was asked on Anopheles, so it can be asked on Culex next time. In every exam, around 20 percent questions are asked which are unlikely to be repeated again ever. So, concentrate more on those topics which are frequently repeated and know them thoroughly and such type of questions should be just crammed.
9. One more area where most of the students waste a lot of time without any gain is regarding CONTROVERSIAL QUESTIONS. For some questions, different books mention different answers. Please don’t waste time on these questions and just remember any one which seems logical to you. Students keep on searching n number of books for these questions and still are confused. Even if you are able to find out some source, you still
won’t be sure that whether the examiner has made a question from that book or not. Remember, that’s why these questions are controversial. So, I will suggest not to waste time on these questions.
10. In any competitive examination, even if there is negative marking, attempt all the questions in which you have zeroed down to 2 options.
11. Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time. Certainly GIVING UP IS NOT AN OPTION one must have.
12. BOOKS AND NOTES recommended are:
Anatomy: PhyBians by Dr Vivek Jain and class plus class notes
of Dr Rajesh Kaushal
Biochemistry: Phybians or Biochemistry by Dr Rebecca James
Pathology: Review of Pathology and Genetics by Dr Gobind Rai
Garg and Dr Sparsh Gupta
Pharmacology: Review of Pharmacology by Dr Gobind Rai Garg and Sparsh Gupta and classes of Dr Gobind Rai
Microbiology: Microbiology made easy by Dr Akhilesh or Book by Dr Apurba shastry
Forensic Medicine: Sumit seth book plus Dr Akhilesh Jhamad classes
PSM: Dr Vivek Jain book + Class + Class notes
ENT: Dr Manisha Budhiraja or Dr Sakshi Arora
Opthalmology: SARP series ophthalmology by Dr Gobind Rai Garg and Dr Sparsh Gupta CBS Publishers
Medicine: Dr Thameem class notes plus selected topics of Mudit
Surgery: Class notes of Dr Deepak Guliani plus minus Dr Pritesh
Obs and Gynae: Dr Puneet Bhojani
Orthopaedics: Dr Apurv Mehra Plus Ortho dhoom dhadaka
Radiology: Dr Sumer seth
Psychiatry, Anaesthesia, Dermatology: PROAFS by Dr Vivek Jain
Suggestions by: Dr. Gobind Rai Garg