Strategy and booklist for Medical Science in IAS exam

Years back when a medical student took up the civil services exams, he had no option but to change his subject. But seeing the growing numbers the UPSC added Medical Science as a subject in the civil services. Ever since many students have taken up the subject and even topped the exams. Do not alllow people to convince you that the subject is too tough and not scoring as these are the topics you have studied and practiced for five years. 80% of the questions are from what you have studied and like every other subject there are extra portions that are not covered in the graduation syllabus. So you you are at as much disadvantage as any other person.

STRATEGY OF PREPARATION
1) Follow the syllabus, that’s your best guide as matter is not easily available in the market, Also keep your options open for the out of syllabus questions. The previous years question can be your guides in this direction .
2) But you can try and form groups to study with and locate other medicos who have already appeared for the exams .
3) When you choose to focus on a specific topic and leave out others in that group it is better to be very through in that topic and at the same time have a general idea of the topics left out. This will form as your support system in case where your prepration is out of tandem with the question paper.
4) Choosing the right book is important. Our suggested readings section will help you out on that. Being a medical student you are probably used to working hard but remember your competition is only with the hard working and serious lot .

Points to remember (by Career Quest Education)
* Make topic wise notes for mains.
* Study all the cases from previous years' question papers
* Use diagrams and structured format while writing for main exam
* Flow charts, tables are useful to fetch good marks
* Interact with senior candidates.
* Join test series for Pre and Main exam

Booklist is here:
Topicwise Suggested Reading
· Anatomy - Megraper or Snell
· Human Anatomy (3 Vol.) - Chaurasia
· Medical Physiology - Gyston
· Human Physiology - Chatterjee
· Pathology - Muirs or Robbins
· Microbiology - Anand Narayan or Chatterjee
· Principal and Practice of Medicines - Davidson
· Social and Preventive Medicine - Park & Park
· Surgery - Love and Bailey
· Essentials of Bio-chemistry - M C Pant
· Review in Bio-chemistry - Harper
· Heinmann Medical Dictionary - Janife
· Heinmann Dental Dictionary - Lennox

Miscellaneous:
1) Question Banks: Question banks without keys are available across the market. Bhatia has published a book, with keys. But it contains questions till 1999 only, also keys are often wrong. The III volume Bhatia series also have UPSC questions spread over the entire series.
2) AIIMS question bank will be also useful for solving MCQS. Books that are published (like Mudit Khanna) for AIIMS entrance will be also useful for revision.

Suggested Reading for Prelims
· Human anatomy: Chaurasia (III Volumes) and Histol ogy (Inderbir Singh) - Basic Gray and Neuroanatomy (Inderbir Singh) for selected topics.
· Physiology: Ganong
· BioChemistry: Harper
· Microbiology: Anantha Narayan (Introduction to Microbiology), Parasitology (Jayaram Panikkar)
· Pathology: Robbins (Big Robbins)
· Medicine: Harrison (No other book may be useful)
· Surgery: Bailey (No other book may be useful)
· SPM: Park (No other book may be useful)
NB : Latest volumes are more useful.

Suggested Reading for Mains:
Go back to those old MBBS days. If you could get hold of any old notes from medical colleges of those rough professors, it will serve you better than any texts. Also, apply the old logic, draw pictures as far as possible. Go back to selections, and read the topic carefully.
· Human anatomy: Chaurasia (III Volumes) and Histol ogy (Inderbir Singh)
· Physiology: Ganong
· BioChemistry: Harper
· Microbiology: Anantha Narayan (Introduction to Microbiology), Parasitology (Jayaram Panikkar)
· Pathology: Robbins (Big Robbins)
· Medicine: George Mathew (Notes in medicine), Harrison if needed
· Surgery: Bailey (Das will be also useful for some areas)
· SPM: Park

Medical Science ias test series in delhi (Phone Mr sanjeev Kabeer 09811 29 9811)

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