NEETQuest: Sourabh Singh

From consistent effort to conquering the exam - Insights from Sourabh Singh on his journey of cracking the NEET UG exam.
Sourabh Singh, MBBS from All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Bhopal, India (Admission year: 2018)
Sourabh Singh, MBBS from All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Bhopal, India (Admission year: 2018)

Name : Sourabh Singh (MedBound handle: @Sourabh Singh)

Birth Place: Kaithal, Haryana, India

Academic Qualification:  MBBS from All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Bhopal, India ((Admission batch: 2018)

Languages: English, Hindi and Punjabi

  1. Why did you choose this profession?

    I chose the medical profession due to a deeply personal experience. When I was younger, my grandmother was diagnosed with cancer that required frequent medical attention and specialized care. I saw how the doctors, nurses, and medical professionals not only treated my grandmother's physical needs but also provided emotional support to my family during a challenging time. Seeing the positive impact that medical professionals had on my family's life, I developed a strong desire to make a difference in the lives of others through medicine.

  2. When did you actually start preparing for NEET?

    I started preparing for NEET in 2016 during my 11th class.

  3. Did you take any coaching? Do you think coaching is necessary for clearing NEET?

    Yes, I did take coaching. I believe medical entrance coaching is crucial due to the exams' competitiveness and complexity. Coaching offers structured materials, expert guidance, mock tests, and real-world simulation. It enhances subject knowledge and problem-solving skills, improving chances of medical school admission and success as a healthcare professional.

  4. How did you balance your school and NEET preparations? Was it the same, or did you study separately for NEET and the school examination? I did not study separately for boards; coaching material was proven to be sufficient as I was able to secure a decent 95% in boards.

  5. What were your sources during preparation for Biology, Physics, and Chemistry?

    My main sources of preparation were coaching material, and additionally, I used MTG fingertips, Dr. Ali for biology, and HC Verma for physics.

  6. Are NCERTs sufficient for cracking NEET? What's your opinion on this?

    While NCERTs are an essential starting point, a well-rounded preparation strategy for NEET should include a mix of NCERTs, additional reference books, coaching materials, mock tests, and practice papers. This approach will help you thoroughly understand the topics, practice different question types, and build the problem-solving skills necessary to excel in the exam.

  7. What are the major challenges that you faced during preparation? How did you tackle them?

    Facing intense competition, study fatigue, and isolation in Kota for medical entrance prep, I tackled challenges by setting personal goals, maintaining a balanced routine, and building a support network. Breaking down the vast syllabus, managing performance anxiety, and communicating openly helped me navigate pressure and expectations, fostering a positive outlook.

  8. Is it true that when you prepare for this exam, you have to devote longer hours or burn the midnight oil? Did you have time to attend family functions or festivals or were you always studying?

    Yes, preparing for medical entrance exams often requires long study hours and dedication. Balancing studies and personal life can be challenging. While I dedicated extensive hours to studying, I did make time for family functions and festivals, albeit in a controlled manner. Finding a study-life balance was crucial for maintaining focus and well-being.

  9. How did you keep yourself motivated during your entire journey?

    I stayed motivated during my journey by setting clear goals, using visual reminders, taking breaks, and rewarding myself. An inspiration board, support from friends and family, reflecting on progress, maintaining health, practicing mindfulness, and visualizing success helped me maintain a positive mindset and focus.

  10. Did you use technology like social media or a phone during your preparation? How did you prevent yourself from Doomscrolling?

    Actually, I used a keypad phone during my time, so, yes, eliminating the main distractions is the best option. However, I don't think this is an option nowadays with all online coaching and digitalization.

  11. Nowadays, coaching for NEET has started from an early age (even 6th or 8th grade). What is your opinion on this?

    In my opinion, early NEET coaching can be beneficial for students who demonstrate a strong interest and aptitude for medicine. However, it's crucial to strike a balance, ensuring that students have a well-rounded education and time for personal growth and development. Early coaching should be a choice made with consideration of the individual student's abilities and needs.

  12. What do you think is the right time for starting preparation for NEET?

    I think the 11th grade is still a good time to start preparation.

  13. How many attempts one should take at this exam if one does not succeed?

    The number of NEET attempts depends on individual factors. Assess your preparation level, analyze past performance, consider your mental well-being, and explore alternative paths. Seek guidance to make an informed decision based on your personal goals and improvement. Adapt your approach if needed, balancing persistence with realistic expectations.

  14. The cost of pursuing an MBBS degree from a private university in India is very high, and not everyone can afford it. What do you suggest someone do if unable to secure admission in a government institution? Should they take a gap year or seek admission abroad for the same course?

    If unable to secure government MBBS admission in India, consider a gap year for better preparation or explore private institutions abroad with recognized programs. Look into scholarships, allied health fields, or alternative career paths. Seek advice for an informed decision that aligns with your goals and financial circumstances.

  15. Your mantra for success?

    "Continuous learning, resilience in the face of challenges, and a clear focus on your goals."

  16. What advice would you like to give to the NEET aspirants?

    "Stay committed to your goals, but also prioritize your well-being. Maintain a balanced study routine, seek help when needed, and stay positive. Remember, success is a journey, and every step counts. Keep learning, adapting, and believing in yourself."

  17. Do you believe that relationships hamper your selection? If yes, why? If no, then why not?

    No, relationships themselves do not inherently hamper your selection in exams like NEET. However, the impact of relationships depends on how you manage them. Supportive relationships can actually enhance your chances by providing emotional stability and encouragement. It's essential to strike a balance between your studies and personal life, ensuring that relationships don't become a distraction from your goals. Open communication and time management are key to maintaining a healthy balance.

  18. What is your spiciest opinion that most people disagree with?

    I like to practice Stoicism when people don't agree with me by just remaining quiet and preventing myself from building negative emotions and wasting my time.

  19. How would your parents describe what you do?

    My child is currently doing an apprenticeship at AIIMS Bhopal, which is a prestigious medical institution.

  20. What do you hope the world will look like in 10 years?

    In 10 years, I hope the world will be more sustainable, equitable, and technologically advanced. I hope to see significant progress in addressing climate change, improved access to education and healthcare, greater global cooperation, and the responsible integration of AI and technology for the benefit of all.

    (NEETQuest/Sourabh Singh/PB)