Analysis of organon of medicine questions from previous AIAPGET papers

Dr Mohammed Salih MA

Abstract
Organon of medicine and Homoeopathic philosophy is an important subject when any homoeopathic competitive examination is concerned. An average of 11.33% of questions was from Organon of Medicine and homoeopathic philosophy in the history of AIAPGET. This article aims to analyze the Organon questions from the question papers of AIAPGET exams of 2017, 2018 & 2019 systematically, which will provide a clear understanding to any serious aspirant of the upcoming AIAPGET 2020 exam about the pattern of questions from the subject Organon of medicine and Homoeopathic philosophy.

Key words: Aiapget, Organon, Homoeopathic philosophy, Chronic diseases, Aphorisms, MCQs.

Introduction
Striving for success without hard work is like trying to harvest where you haven’t planted – David Bly.¹

When it comes to any competitive examinations, hard work alone is the ultimate Mantra for success, and there are no shortcuts. A proper understanding of the exam, its syllabus and pattern of questions asked in the previous exams will ease the preparation in every stage.

Dr. APS Chhabra in his article, ‘Analysis of AIAPGET Homoeopathy Exam 2019’² outlined about the mode of the test, change in pattern and markings of AIAPGET exam 2019 from the years 2017 and 2018. He also mentioned about weightage of questions for each subject in the AIAPGET examinations. His article ends with opinions of students who appeared for AIAPGET 2019 where they analyzed the pattern of questions and difficulty level of choices for the MCQs.

This article aims to analyze the Organon questions from the question papers of AIAPGET exams of 2017, 2018 & 2019 systematically, which will provide a clear understanding to any serious aspirant of the upcoming AIAPGET 2020 exam about the pattern of questions from the subject Organon of medicine and Homoeopathic philosophy.

Organon of Medicine and Homeopathic Philosophy in AIAPGET

Table 1 summarizes the weightage of the Organon of medicine & homoeopathic philosophy in AIAPGET. 34 questions out of 300(the total of 3 years AIAPGET questions) were from Organon of medicine & homoeopathic philosophy, which is 11.33%.

Table 1: Weightage of Organon in AIAPGET
Year 2017 2018 2019 Total
Number of questions 10

out of 100

14

out of 100

10

out of 100

34

out of 300

Percentage 10% 14% 10% 11.33%

Table 2 lists out the topics under the subject Organon of medicine & homoeopathic philosophy along with the number of questions from each topic, from where questions were asked. 16 out of 34 i.e., 47.1% of the questions were from Organon of medicine aphorisms (especially 6th edition). 17.6% of the questions were from History of Organon and appendix part. 5.9% of the questions were from Chronic diseases. 11.7% from Kent’s Lectures on Homoeopathic Philosophy, 11.7% from H.A.Roberts’s The Principles and Art of Cure by Homoeopathy and 5.9% from Stuart close’s The Genius of Homoeopathy. 

Table 2: Topics in AIAPGET where questions asked from Organon of medicine & homoeopathic philosophy
Year 2017 2018 2019 Total Percentage
Aphorisms 4 6 6 16 47.1%
History of Organon 1 3 2 6 17.6%
Chronic disease 1 1 2 5.9%
Kent 2 1 1 4 11.7%
H.A.Robert 2 2 4 11.7%
Stuart close 2 2 5.9%
Total 10 14 10 34

In Table 3, an attempt is made to grade the level of difficulty of Organon of medicine and homoeopathic philosophy questions asked in AIAPGET examinations. Easy level questions (29.4%) are those with simple multiple-choice options and answerable with a superficial knowledge and reading of the subject. Neutral level questions (41.2%) are the ones which are repeated from previous competitive exams question papers and they are mostly the basic information of a session.

Difficult level (20.6%) needs a thorough reading and repeated revision with utmost care while selecting the answer from multiple options. Very difficult questions (8.8%) are the ones which required an in-depth reading of the subject from source books and references.

Table 3: Level of difficulty of Organon of medicine and homoeopathic philosophy questions in AIAPGET
2017 2018 2019 Total Percentage
Easy 2 6 2 10 29.4
Neutral 3 6 5 14 41.2
Difficult 3 2 2 7 20.6
Very difficult 2 1 3 8.8

How to prepare for AIAPGET 2020?

Make the concepts clear
AIAPGET is an examination with 100 multiple choice questions from all subjects in BHMS syllabus. Most of the questions are designed in a way such that to test a clear understanding of the candidate regarding the concept. A superficial knowledge in any of the subject will only help the candidate in answering the easy level questions alone. Where ‘neutral, difficult and very difficult level’ questions will remain confusing and any attempt to answer it may end up in an ultimate loss by being tricked by the intelligently set multiple choices.

So, one who aims to get a top rank in the exam needs to strengthen their subject knowledge with a clear understanding of concepts. Subjects with greater weightage should be given more time in preparation.

Prepare a time table and stick to it
Preparing a time table and follow it religiously. Devote at least 8 hours in a day for AIAPGET preparation. Make quality study sessions of around 30-40 minutes length with short breaks. Avoid getting distracted. 

Make notes and highlight important information
When reading a topic, make your short notes and highlight the points that you feel are important and can be asked in the examination. This habit will help you save time during revision. You can quickly go through the points that are important and skip the rest.

Regular revision
Revision is the key to success. Allocate time for revision in your time table. Candidates usually start with revision after they complete the entire syllabus, but this practice is not effective. Devote an hour for revision every day. This will keep the wheel moving and you can complete more revision cycles by the time you finish the syllabus.

References 

  1. https://www.wiseoldsayings.com/exam-quotes/
  2. https://www.homeobook.com/analysis-of-aiapget-homoeopathy-exam-2019/
  3. https://www.homeobook.com/
  4. https://www.homeobook.com/how-to-prepare-for-competitive-examinations/ – How to prepare for competitive examinations, Dr K R Mansoor Ali

DR.MOHAMMED SALIH.M.A
Convenor, IHMA School of Homoeopathy
MD (Part 1- Organon of medicine and Homoeopathic philosophy)
Government Homoeopathic medical college, Bengaluru

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