How to Prepare for NEET Exam?
About NEET: National Eligibility cum Entrance Test or NEET UG is the must-clear competitive exam for admission to undergraduate medical courses in India. The exam which was earlier conducted by CBSE (Central Board of Secondary Education) and is now being conducted by National Testing Agency. So if you are preparing to choose medical as career option then get set for the next sessions of NEET.
Just before or after the board exams are over there is a natural state of panic experienced by most students and much of this is due to the pressure of getting the right score for the next stage which is admission to MBBS or BDS streams. The stress and panic is natural, give yourself some time and explore details of NEET thoroughly and make notes with important highlights based on your strength and weaknesses. After crossing that first step, all you have to do is focus on preparing for the exam.
In the year 2012, All India Pre Medical Test (AIPMT) got renamed to the National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET).
Candidate must clear this test to get an admission in Medical and Dental Colleges in India for MBBS and BDS courses. To be eligible for this test, you need to pass your class 12th with minimum 50% marks in PCB subjects. This test is tough like any other competitive exam and it takes a lot of hard work from the student to clear this exam. Every year there are plenty of candidates applying for NEET Exam for a prospective career in medical science.
Let’s understand a few basic details about the NEET examination which will help you to prepare for the same:
Age criteria: Age Limit is minimum 17 years as on the date of admission or on December 31 of the year of admission to the MBBS/BDS Course. The upper age limit is for general category candidates is 25 years and for SC/ST and for OBC candidates, it is 30 years.
Educational Qualification: Applicant must haves passed in Physics, Chemistry, Biology, and English. All the students in general category need to have 50% marks in Physics, Chemistry, Biology. For the students in reserved categories, the required percentage is 40 percent.
Subjects and Pattern: There are 3 main subjects which are Chemistry, Physics, and Biology (Botany & Zoology). Total exam duration is 3 hours and there will be 180 MCQ’s (multiple choice questions) in a paper. For every correct answer, the student will get 4 marks and 1 mark is deducted in case the answer given is wrong.
If you have a clear preparation strategy and plan then no one can stop you achieving success at NEET.
Here are some tips and tricks you can use to clear NEET & fulfill your dream of becoming a medical professional one day.
1) Make a study timetable you can still client to: A well-prepared study timetable is must to crack NEET. If you don’t plan your study days and hours then before the exam you may find it difficult to clear this test. There are plenty of students who are good in studies but they lack smart planning which results in poor scores. The well-planned timetable will allow you to focus on topics which need more attention and evaluation. Here are a few steps the you can follow to create your NEET study timetable:
- Get a calendar or diary
- Designate time to each subject according to its strengths
- Write down small daily goals
- Make sure you list cover both easy and tough topics for every day study
2) Know Your syllabus well: A candidate must know the latest NEET Syllabus and prepare according to it. There are few common topics in NEET and Board syllabus. Understand the topics which are not in the board syllabus but are equally important for the entrance test.
- Few important topics for NEET 2024:
- In Physics: Optics, Thermodynamics & Mechanics
- In Chemistry: Mole Concept, Chemical Bonding & General Organic Chemistry
- In Biology: Cell Biology, Physiology of Plants and Animals, Morphology, Biotechnology, Genetics
3) Quality study material: The choice of your study material becomes very critical to clear NEET. If you don’t have proper study material then it becomes tough to clear this exam. If you confused in selecting the right one then you can consult with teachers, online experts or simply by reading NEET toppers interviews. In this digital world, you don’t have to depend on just books to complete NEET syllabus. Make sure you also solve previous year papers and give mock tests to improve your speed and accuracy.
Here are some best books for NEET preparation which candidate can follow for NEET 2024.
|Problems in General Physics by I.E. Irodov
|Modern Approach to Chemical Calculations – R. C. Mukherjee
|Objective NCERT at Your Fingertips for NEET
|The Feynman Lectures on Physics Vol. II & Vol. II
|Organic Chemistry – MConcise Inorganic Chemistry – J. D. Leeorrison and Boyd
|Books by T.L Rayar
|Concepts of Physics Vol I and II by H.C. Verma
|Physical Chemistry for Medical Entrance by OP Tandon
|Trueman’s Elementary Biology Volume – I and Volume – II
4) Concentrate on Weak Topics:
This one is the pro tip for your NEET preparation 2024. You don’t have to get demotivated if you have a weakness in some subjects but just plan and study a bit more to overcome this challenge. Regular mock tests help you to understand the areas you are weak in. To overcome this, you can take help of your teachers or can discuss the concepts with your batch mates. You can also solve NEET previous year question paper and sample papers. So start giving more time to your weak sections and you will get better at them.
5) Give many Mock Tests: Mock tests will help you in improving your speed, understand the paper pattern and the type of questions asked. This will ensure you are comfortable with the paper flow at the time of real exams. Time management is an all important skill you must learn to solve the entire paper. You should know that you get just one minute for each question. So to attempt the maximum number of questions in the given time mock test is the only way to make sure you get the max out of your efforts. Don’t wait for your study to get completed to attempt a mock test – keep doing so at regular intervals. Once you have attempted a mock test analyze it properly. You can also consult with your teachers and get valuable feedback. After solving a handful of tests, you’ll get enough experience to complete the exam in the allotted three hours time.
6) Prepare notes for revision: Reading complete books every time may not be possible for every student. It’s not important also when you have already gone through the complete syllabus. Make a habit of highlighting & preparing notes while studying. Start noting down important points, formulas in a notebook and go through every day before sleeping. This is the best way to improve the memory skills of the candidate.
7) Be Confident and Positive: To get success in NEET, you need to have a positive and proactive attitude. You have to eliminate anxiety and keep focusing on your goal. There are students who do all the hard work but they get fail because of their lack of confidence. When you think positive, things start showing positive result. So you have to keep giving your best, rest will fall in place.
8) Avoid common mistakes: After doing a lot of hard work, few students can fail to crack NEET due to some common mistakes. Here are few mistakes every NEET candidate must avoid.
- Not following the timetable
- Following too many books
- Skipping some topics
- Not giving enough mock tests
- Improper scheduling
The above tips will definitely help you to make a solid plan for your upcoming NEET Exam. So follow these NEET preparation tips to secure a good rank in the exam and get started on your medical career.
We wish all the best for your NEET.