Interview with our topper Dr. Avik Banerjee
Dr. Avik Banerjee did his MBBS from GMC Patiala & joined DAMS Chandigarh Regular Course
He secured Rank 4 IN Punjab PGET 2012 Exam
DAMS: Congratulations on securing a good ranks. What is the secret of your success in this exam?
Dr.Avik Banerjee: Thank you , the secret of success has been has been a good study atmosphere , both in the college and home , Consistency , Blessings of the Almighty and parents , and finally the tension free study approach .
DAMS: How did y:our parents, family and friends contribute to your success?
Dr.Avik Banerjee: They all made me more and more confident that I could crack the exam in the single go , which gave me the impetus to give my best shot . Especially thanks to Bhupesh, Jasmeet , Anmol .
DAMS: Who influenced you to take up Radio diagnosis?
Dr.Avik Banerjee: The scope , the newly emerging possibilities in super specialities and the unsaturated nature of this branch made me incline towards it . Plus definitely there is the lifestyle factor as an added advantage .
DAMS: We appreciate the fact that preparing for an extremely competitive exam must be really challenging. During your preparation, did you ever doubt your ability to succeed in it?
Dr.Avik Banerjee: Many many times , but I was always reminded that I could crack it , and even if I don’t , whatever results my endeavour produced , it would be well accepted , a fact , especially from my mother , again and again , which made me study the best .
DAMS: Which books did you read for the theory part?
Dr.Avik Banerjee: The Standard Textbooks , for any repeated topic and topics of doubt .
DAMS : Which books did you read for MCQ revision? Which revision books were the most productive and which were least?
Dr.Avik Banerjee: Dams notes and individual books for long subjects , ESP : SPM , SURGERY , PAEDIATRICS , PHARMA , PATHO
Dams notes only for short subjects [ along with across ] : ESP : ENT , RADIOLOGY , ANATOMY , PHYSIO , BIOCHEM , FORENSIC , DERMAT , PSYCIATRY
Some individual books : EYE [ RUCHI RAI ] , ARVIND ARORA : MICRO , Sakshi : OBG GYNAE
Some subjects everyday in the background : Medicine : Amit Ashish .
Plus I want to add , the most yielding topics of every subject , rather than the whole subject , especially at the time of revision is a very very important utility .
DAMS : How important you think was DAMS in your preparation ?
Dr.Avik Banerjee: Dams provided a very comforting atmosphere with a very cooperative teacher student and moderator student environment, where I could ask the doubts , post queries and give my tests and get the results at a very self adjusted pace . Of course to add to that there was the Dams exclusive website which dealt with many a controversial questions and topics which are often a source of confusion and errors .
DAMS: What do you think is the better way of preparation between selective, intensive study and wide, extensive study? What did you choose as your style of studying?
Dr.Avik Banerjee: Selective Intensive study , as I said , I made sure the most important topics of all the subjects , rather than the whole subjects was revised before any exam I gave .
DAMS: Indian PG entrances are highly competitive so to compete them students end up in appearing in multiple PG exams , kindly extend your views on this and also their pros and cons of appearing in multiple PG entrances .
Dr.Avik Banerjee: Pros : a mental backup , time factor , experience of past papers helping .
Cons : Burnt out during the time interval between state pg’s and all India .
DAMS: Which subjects did you focus on?
Dr.Avik Banerjee: Short subjects plus most yielding parts of long subjects .
DAMS: What was your strategy for the exam day? How many questions did you attempt and why?
Dr.Avik Banerjee: Strategy was to simply to go the centre without any tensions or revision on the day of the paper , and to keep an high attempt , …..exams like Punjab don’t give you a choice , but for all india and aiims , if two options can be confidently ruled out , one must eliminate and go for the answer to stay in hunt . For PGI : only attempt choices one is 100% sure of .
DAMS: What do you want to specialize in, why and where?
Dr.Avik Banerjee: After MD Radiology , I want to take up interventional radiology to become an Interventional Cardiologist .
DAMS: Which teachers in DAMS influenced you most and what do you like about DAMS and would recommend to your juniors?
Dr.Avik Banerjee: Dr.Sumer Sethi for Radio, Surgery, Ent, SPM, Physiology & Pharma faculties.