AIAPGET 2017 topper Dr Nihla P K shares her success story and exam strategy with IHMA News

Revisions a must says IHMA CECP student Dr.Nihla.P.K (AIAPGET HOMOEOPATHY RANK 1)

IHMA SCHOOL OF HOMOEOPATHY congratulates Dr.NIHLA.P.K. on securing Rank 1 AIAPGET HOMOEOPATHY 2017.We wish her all the best for her career and future ahead.

In this exclusive interview with IHMA NEWS KERALA, she shares her methods, ideas & plan of preparation which earned her the covetous position.

Hello Dr, Congratulations for your amazing performance in the National PG entrance test
Thank you very much.

Will you please introduce yourself.

I am Dr.Nihla.P.K. I graduated from Government Homoeopathic Medical College Calicut(passed out in 2014) with the Gold medal from University of Calicut.

Now working in National Health Mission Dispensary, Nenmara, Palakkad district, Kerala.

Parents- Prof.Abdunazer & Naseeba.N

Married to Dr.Sajjad Hussain.M

Having 2 kids- Fathiha(3&half year) & Adhaan(1year)

What do you think is the correct approach to study for AIAPGET? Only MCQ's or Theory+MCQs?

As for any exam goes, having a clear knowledge of concepts by studying the theory of that topic becomes very important. That said, applying those concepts by solving a variety of MCQs also as important. So theory plus MCQs is the must.

Here the “Applied concepts” which IHMA CECP(Competitive Exams Coaching Programme) classes were focussed, helped me a lot.

Studying a book from page 1 to the last page is the wrong approach. You should prioritize topics based on how frequently they come in exams.

When should the preparation ideally be started?

Ideally, you should start as you enter your internship. So that at the end of it when you give your first AIAPGET attempt you'll realize where you stand.

You should ideally build your concepts in UG days, rather than solving MCQs.

Please list the books you studied for each subject.

Materia medica –A to Z Allen’s Keynotes, Boericke common names and important italics symptoms, IBASIC(IHMA BOOK for ADVANCED STUDIES IN COMPETITIVE EXAMS)

Repertory -A to Z Essentials of Repertorisation Book by Dr.S.K.Tiwari

And IBASIC for theory part.Rubrics part and Comparison

Chart from iBASIC.

Organon -A to Z Dudgeon text including Introduction ,Aphorisms ,Footnotes etc.

Philosophy part ( H.A.Roberts ,Stuart close ,Kent,

Richard hughes ,Dunham) and life history of Master and pioneers from


Pharmacy -Purely IBASIC only

Non Homoeopathic -IBASIC Completely

Salguna previous Question papers

I also used handy comprehensive guide available in book stalls like

Sure success majic and V.K.Chauhan sir’s guide

Have you attempted any MD (HOMOEOPATHY) ENTRANCE TESTS previously?

No, this is my first attempt for PG entrance.

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

I think AIAPGET needs Planned Smart Work than Hard work. First of all an AIAPGET aspirant must analyse this year’s(2017) question paper and note down that the four core Homoeopathic subjects[ Materia medica , Organon , Repertory and Pharmacy] weigh only 45% of total questions. Remaining 55% was from Non Homoeopathic subjects. So never neglect Non-Homoeopathic subjects.

Revision is the key to success in this entrance preparation.

Without revision, it becomes very difficult to remember all the subjects.

Practicing MCQs by solving previous papers like UPSC ,PSC ,PG ENTRANCE ,IHMA MODEL PAPERS and giving mock exams will boost your confidence, and also helps you rectify your mistakes.

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

Yes, most definitely. It lightens my ways always. The CECP classes ,Class notes ,Weekly exams and Online model exams helped a lot in my preparation.

I attended all the classes by IHMA CECP.Each class had a class test based on previous class. Those tests were having very important MCQs fom each subject. This really did boost my confidence.

I have given all the mocks(4 ONLINE MODEL TESTS IN JULY 2017) conducted by IHMA SCHOOL OF HOMOEOPATHY, they very much simulate the actual exam. The questions have a very good standard.

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

Being the mother of two little children I didn’t use any specific plan.The Younger child was about 3 months when I stared attending IHMA CECP Classes.

Studied better on some days and weaker on some other days.

Anyhow, I tried to complete all fundamental theories before exam notification.After exam notification ,I studied maximum possible hours.

List the most difficult and easiest subjects for you.

Most difficult were memorizing Allen’s keynotes and some confusing Rubrics.

Easiest was Pharmacy.

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

Concentrating only on Homoeopathic subjects.

Try to study CECP class portions before next weekend CECP class and prepare accordingly to face WEEKLY REVISION TEST. It is very crucial.

So to get a good score you need to revise all subjects equally.

Some last tips for our readers preparing for AIAPGET?

Keep aimful and hopeful prayers.

Don't underestimate your caliber. Aim high and work honestly towards it.

I wish all the Juniors and AIAPGET aspirants the very best.

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