Medical PG Image MCQs : 7 steps to master prior to exam

Image based MCQs have been on the rise. Medical PG image MCQs have created a huge interest in the examination board and among candidates alike, with some good reasons. Computer-Based Exams opened up the new options of objective-style multi-media questions. The beginning of this is marked by the rise of the image based multiple choice medical PG objective questions. For the time being this is far from happening. Some Image-based MCQs are peer reviewed before being used in NEET PG, AIIMS or DNB exams. This opens up certain advantages to candidates along with the challenges. 

Tips for Medical PG Image Based MCQs

  1. 1. Have an exam map of medical PG exam you are preparing for. E.g AIIMS, NEET PG and DNB. Map out the areas of usually asked image based questions (MCQs).

Eg. Medicine
> Chest X-rays
> Pleural Effusion

> Add More +
> Atrial Fibrillation
> Add More +

Make sure that you add all 19 medical subjects. Radiology itself is a major area but there is a lot of crossover. You should bear in mind that many X-rays and contrast studies are contributed by this department for examinations. It is worth thinking during your internship postings. Each time you come across an image based MCQ, note the topic under the map. This will help you to google image search the topics near to your exam. No two medical PG images are exactly repeated! That’s just a wish, if not an anomaly.

  1. Be systematic when you analyse an image on your NEET PG or AIIMS exam day. E.g. See the colour of the stain in a microbiology slide image before looking at the structure details. This needs to be practiced. Do not look at the answers first when you learn. You fail to analyse the details if you know the answer first. Learn the method to answer, not the answer by heart. Read more about systematic approach to ECG image MCQs here. Note down 5-7 steps for a systematic approach to each type of image MCQs for NEET PG, DNB CET & AIIMS PG. E.g. Image MCQs for X-rays, slides, surgical instruments, dermatology, CT scan etc.
  2. The problem: Look for the single most important idea that is being tested. There is usually one main problem to solve. But the solution to the problem requires more than 1 step. Hence there will be distractors in the choices that needs to be eliminated. A ‘common misconception’ is often used as a distractor for medical PG entrance exams. Think twice when the answer is too obvious!
  3. The distractors: The distractor are strategically designed to attract candidates who haven’t fully mastered the medical PG exam topic. There are usually 2-3 distractors in a good medical PG image MCQ. A distractor can be correct but may not be the answer for the question.
  4. Be Testwise: Look for negatives, double negatives, always, never and all. ‘All of the above’ helps because you need to know only 2 of the choices are correct! Look for biased cueing like ‘long choices’ and grammatical cues. ‘often’, ‘sometimes’, ‘frequently’ ‘might’ and ‘rarely’ can help spot the answers.
  5. Tease out the process-oriented and result-oriented medical PG image questions. In a process oriented image question you will be expected to know the steps. E.g. which stain is used to identify the organism in this microscopy. In a result oriented image question it may be the diagnosis that is expected.
  6. Practice: There is no substitute for practicing the variations of the same question for your medical PG exams. On GateToMedicine platinum access will now add 1 new medical PG image question per day. 1 image question can be expected in each mock test too. Get Platinum Access Here or Login if you already have it. For how to use platinum access, see below. Google Image Search: Once you have mapped out the important image topics it’s time to see the variations. Type each topic in google image search and find similar images. You can also upload an image to find similar images.

 Read below how to access image based MCQs on G2M. You could attend the online exams for medical PG on G2M to master image based MCQs. It is time to make image based MCQs your strength in the upcoming medical PG entrance exams.

How to Attend Medical PG Image MCQs on G2M? 

Step 1: Login to

Step 2: Open Study panel

Step 3: Select Platinum access and *Image Questions as active package and exam name respectively and Save

Step 4: Open Rapid Test / My Topics to attend MCQs. Using my topics you can save your progress and continue when you need.


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