"I learnt how to manage time through PrepLadder tests" says Dr. Ankesh (AIR 29, AIIMS PG: May 2018)

PrepLadder congratulates Dr. Ankesh Gupta on securing Rank 29 in AIIMS PG May 2018. We wish him all the best for his career and future ahead.

In this exclusive interview with PrepLadder, he shares the plan that worked best for him to help you achieve your dream PG seat.

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Hello, please tell us something about yourself.

My name is Ankesh Gupta, I graduated from Baroda medical college, Vadodara.

My AIIMS PG rank is 29.


What do you think is the correct approach to study for AIIMS PG? Only MCQ’s or Theory+MCQ’s?

The correct approach is to follow standard textbooks (only imp topics), MCQ practice and previous 3-5 year papers of AIIMS, PGI, JIPMER are very important.


When should the preparation ideally be started?

I finished my USMLE exams on 30th Jan 2018. I started studying for AIIMS from 2nd Feb 2018.


Please list the books you studied for each subject.

My story is bit different since I started as USMLE student

ANATOMY- Grey’s Anatomy flash card, Uworld and Qmax, neuroanatomy from vishram singh.

Biochemistry– Uworld, first aid, kaplan, rebacca , PrepLadder

Physiology– First Aid(FA) and Uworld

Pharmacology– Gobind Rai Garg

PathologyDevesh Mishra, Uworld , FA

Microbiology– Uworld, FA, PrepLadder

FMT– Sumit Seth

ENT– Dhingra, AIIMS, JIPMER papers.


PSM– Vivek Jain

OBGYN– Punit bojani, Uworld and PrepLadder

Pediatrics – AIIMS papers, IMNCI booklet, Coaching notes

Medicine– Deepak Marwah sir’s book and notes and Uworld

Surgery– Uworld, AIIMS, JIPMER, PGI papers and Pritesh Singh

Orthopedics – Apurv Mehra

Psychiatry – FA, Uworld

Anesthesia– Arvind Arora

Skin- Neena khanna for images, past years’ papers and Coaching notes

Radiology – Arvind Arora

Qmax and NBME 1 to 19

Uworld Form 1 and 2

PrepLadder for daily image based Questions and Practice test


Have you attempted any PG exam previously?

No, this is my 1st attempt.

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How big is the role of practice and revision while preparing for AIIMS PG and how much time should be dedicated for it?

Once basics are strong then 90 days are enough for AIIMS, for me dedicated AIIMS prep started from 2nd Feb and continued till 5th May.

Last revision of all subject within 10-15 days plays a great role.


Did PrepLadder play a part in your success? If yes, how?

Yes, PrepLadder helped a lot to understand Indian PG entrance pattern. Specially AIIMS grand tests.

I also learnt how to manage time through PrepLadder tests.


Did you use a time table/study plan to keep your preparation on track?

Yes, I dedicated 4 hours daily for AIIMS, JIPMER and PGI papers, 4 hours for clinical science and 4 hours for basic science.


Were you a topper or a mediocre student during MBBS?

I was an average student.


List the most difficult and easiest subjects for you.

Most Difficult- Ophthalmology

Easy- Pathology, Medicine, Pharmacology


One mistake that you believe everyone must avoid while preparing for AIIMS PG.

Not going through previous year papers is the biggest mistake you can make. While you’re going through previous year’s papers, also try to explore the incorrect options in them.


How many questions did you attempt in AIIMS PG?

I attempted 192 questions in the exam.


Some last tips for our readers preparing for PG?

Enjoy your studies, work hard, believe in yourself, fight till the last Question of PG entrance test.


We thank Dr. Ankesh Gupta for sharing his success story

Also Read: Success tips from Dr. Mahammad Samim Mondal (Rank-1, NIMHANS)


Best Wishes for PG entrance.

With Love, Team PrepLadder

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