While preparing for PG entrance examination, I myself realised that most of the PSM MCQs, related text and even the referenced answers given in books were invariably unable to satisfy me as a student. Most of the times, there were questions from ‘topics not given in standard textbooks’ (for example, nested case control study, case series report, statistical errors, probability, odds and likelihood ratios, health legislations, water washed diseases, golden rice, COPRA, Punnett square, Dixon’s Q-test, Evidence based medicine, etc.—all together are just the tip of an iceberg of such MCQs). Every year there were ‘new unheard questions from unexplored fields’, overlapping choices of MCQs from other fields of medicine accompanied with futile search for ‘recent most data of Public Health Statistics’, etc. This all made me realise that PSM is a vast and varied subject to conceptualise and memorise. Elaborate books also confused me regarding the relative importance of each topic in the subject. I also realised that students face maximum difficulty in understanding the concepts of ‘Biostatistics’ and in obtaining precise, concise and useful data from ‘National Health Programmes of India’. Also, PG entrance examinations have a sizeable chunk of direct MCQs from PSM subject (Just 1 subject out of 19 total subjects), ranging from 10 to 14% of total (20–25% in CMS-UPSC). Moreover, PSM helps in solving several allied questions (partly or totally) of Paediatrics
, Obstetrics, Pharmacology, Medicine, Microbiology, Ophthalmology, etc. So, there is no denying the fact that ‘PSM is of paramount importance’ to successfully tackle any PG Entrance Examination. Thus, I have written this book keeping a student’s, a teacher’s and an examiner’s perspective in mind. Each chapter has been divided into topics and sub-topics, Theory and MCQs have been arranged section-wise for more comprehensive understanding of topics. In Theory, Important previous years MCQs have been highlighted (asQ) and MUSTKNOW facts have been given separately. Book includes PG Entrance Examination MCQs of AIIMS (1991–2014) and AIPGME (1991–2012 + ‘Recent MCQs’) with referenced, authenticated, full explanatory answers. Solved explanatory MCQs from DPG, PGI, JIPMER PG Entrance Examinations (2000–2011) have been added to help students grasp subject better. Over 2500 solved MCQs from UPSC CMS and Several State Medical PG Entrance Examinations (Rajasthan, MP, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Bihar, DNB, JIPMER, Kolkata, Karnataka PGMEE) have been added for wider coverage. Recent most changes in National Health Programmes with updates in Communicable and Noncommunicable diseases provided for competitive edge. Many answers have been followed by a section on ‘Also Remember’—A compilation of various important noteworthy points based on previous questions from several fields. Golden Points (Five sets) have been included for a quick revision just before the examination. Several Annexures (Incubation period and modes of transmission of diseases, important days of public health, instruments of importance in public health, important health legislations and programmes in India, Vectors, NHP 2002 and NPP 2000, proposed BMW guidelines and public health related statistics of India) have been included towards the end of the book to give the student an edge over others. Please remember there is no substitute to theory books, but hopefully you will find all relevant theory in this user-friendly book.