Common Entrance Exam for Post-Graduation (MDS) in Dentistry in India now has a name, NEET-MDS. The word NEET (National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test) holds the same meaning like for NEET-PG exam for medical (MBBS) doctors. NEET-MDS holds a good topic of interest and discussion for being the One-Exam for all MDS seats across the nation, viz. in Government and Private dental colleges (except AIIMS), including colleges of Andhra Pradesh and Jammu & Kashmir.
Almost everyone is discussing many things regarding this exam, but How to Crack it in first go and that too with flying colors, is the need of the hour. Let us now focus on this integral part, and strategise ourselves in a schematic and smart way for upcoming NEET-MDS exam to be held from 30-Nov thru 3-Dec’2016.
“FIVE-Point Plan for Cracking NEET-MDS Examin 15 days” would go like this:
- Plan your daily Hours precisely: and stick to the plan till the exam.
An ideal preparation day would include studying for atleast 12-14 hours for next few days if you really want a good MDS seat this time. This would comprise of reading both 1-dental and 1-medical subject on daily basis.
- Time Your Studies per Subject: as per the weight age of each subject, allocate a specific time frame. For example, maximal weight-age is allotted to Oral Pathology and Oral Medicine and Radiology (15 MCQs for each), and ironically, these two subjects are read very much in unison. Also, since these two subjects are very extensive and volatile, I’d suggest you to devote atleast an hour on daily basis reading them till the exam.
For all other subjects, schedule according to your daily plan-up as discussed above, like studying Periodontics and Microbiology same day for 2-3 days, and then selecting another pair of subjects.
- What to Study from Where? the answer lies within the question itself, i.e. STUDY WHAT YOU HAVE STUDIED BEFORE, FROM WHERE YOU’VE STUDIED MOST.
The thought process behind this goes like this: any and every student, who has the SELF-MADE notes for each subject ready at this stage, will find it easier to revise the entire syllabus twice/thrice before the exam. These self-made notes could be the Class-Notes prepared at the college/coaching/thru self-study; and the content must cover the standard textbooks in too.
- Dental v/s Medical Subjects: the dental subjects will constitute 170-MCQs (including Anatomy) which make a whopping 71% of the paper. Hence, it genuinely makes the selection easy for those students who have a strong grip on dental subjects. And, it’s any day easier for a BDS student to be thorough in dental subjects than medical ones.
- The 3-Ps of Success, Practice-Practice-Practice more: The biggest challenge with this exam would be attempting 240 MCQs in 180 minutes time slot. Trust me, most of us have been used to 180-200-MCQs in 3-hours, hence this time, the only thing which would help is: TIME-MANAGEMENT and A LOT OF PRACTICE. Also, giving a test on paper is way too different (read: easier) than on a computer screen.
- Take good sleep in last one week and be light headed on the D-day to perform 100 percent.
The author of this article is Dr.AmitLall, having 10+ years’ experience in teaching, guiding, and mentoring 4500+ BDS doctors for various MDS entrance exams across India. He’s Academic and Country Head of DBMCI MDS-Experts, dental division of the prestigious Dr.Bhatia’s Medical Coaching Institute, No.1 PG Coaching in India since 1996.
DBMCI has started its MDS course with specialised programs in the form of Face-2-Face Classroom batches as well as Online-Test-Series to avail maximal practice sessions before the actual exam.
You can check out their details by clicking on the following link