As kids, most of us had fun playing ‘doctor doctor.’ While some children admired how fancy the stethoscopes looked, there were some who had one single dream in their eyes — that of becoming a successful doctor. But we should also not forget that the path to becoming a doctor is not all an easy one. Whether it’s the AIPMT/NEET or AIIMS, medical entrance tests are considered to be one of the toughest exams in India. Every year, lakhs of students compete for the 387 medical colleges in India (206 private medical colleges and 181 government medical colleges), with a total capacity to train 51,979 at the undergraduate level and 24,196 at the post graduate level.
And if you are preparing for boards exams along with medical entrance, then god save you (pun intended). So, for all those who are currently preparing (praying simultaneously) for various medical entrance exams and are slightly tensed and confused over what can they do to manage both medical entrance and boards simultaneously, this article is for you. Read on.
Know the Syllabus Well
Candidates must give importance to those topics and sections, which are scoring in nature. The best way to do is to analyze sample papers and previous years’ question papers. It is also better to draw a matrix of chapters as per their weightage. Firstly, complete the syllabus, then focus on topics as per their weightage in the exam. It is futile to devote time on chapters which are of fewer marks. Studying this way helps in scoring well in boards as well as medical exams. You must understand that the syllabus of class 12th is vast. Make individual topics from each chapter and study. Make weekly plans and reserve weekends to exclusively study for medical entrance exams.
There are many topics in the board and medical exam syllabus that overlap. Identify these topics and mark them out so that once you prepare for them, you do not have to repeat it. Study these topics in such a way that you stay well-prepared for them for both the tests. Attempt to answer the essay-type questions that appear in board exams along with the Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ’s) that appear in the medical exam pattern.
Say Goodbye to Dream-Like or Quick-Fix Solutions
The internet is full of quick-fix methods and hacks to prepare for these tests. Don’t fall for them unless you are quite sure about the reliability of the source. Rather than going through search engines, go for dedicated apps and trusted websites like Toppr, India’s #1 app for medical preparation and a one-stop destination for all your exam needs. The Toppr App can help you with mock tests, immediate feedback, expert recommendations and identifying the concepts that you are weak in. This way, you can have a reliable study partner to help you in your preparations.
Plan the Next Few Months
From now on till you finish both your medical as well as board exams, maintain a planned schedule and stick to it. Devote different time slots for studies of medical as well as board exams. This will ensure that you are paying attention to both. Don’t try to overcompensate if you have missed some slots. While riding a motorcycle, if you miss a bend, you try to turn around and take the same bend coming from the wrong side. Don’t do that for your preparations. If you miss a bend, keep going ahead and take the next one.
Mock tests help develop a time management strategy and recognize your weak areas. It is important to get an idea of the actual question paper before appearing for the exam, and these mock tests help a lot of with that. With the help of technology, you can take mock tests to get familiarized with the pattern of the examination and know the level of your preparation. It also helps you know your strength and weakness, so you can focus more on the weak and difficult topics.
Lastly, don’t fret thinking about how to start preparing for your tests. In between your studies, take time out for a recreational or sports activity to burn away the tension.
That’s all for today, guys. I hope that this article has helped you clear some of your confusions, thereby giving you a rough idea about what to do and what not to do. Wishing you all the very best for both the exams.