The National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET) is one of the most popular competitive exams in India. It is the doorway for aspiring medical students to get admission to the most prestigious medical institutions in the country. It conducts entrance exams for various undergraduate and postgraduate medical courses as well as admission to MBBS, BVSc and BDS courses. Around 20 lakhs of students appear for the exams every year making it also one of the toughest exams. Studying for this exam itself requires maximal hard work and perseverance. But, don’t fret! Aspirants can surely achieve their goals with the correct strategy and proper guidance. In fact, there are some easy tips that one can follow throughout their preparation, which will surely make a difference during the exam.
Be Thorough With The Syllabus
Take a printout of the entire NEET syllabus and stick it in your study place. Knowing the syllabus will keep you aligned in the correct direction throughout your preparation days. NEET syllabus is very vast which requires proper time management and devotion to cover all the topics and the subtopics. Make sure you tick the points or topics which you have completed as this process will give you an idea about the parts left to cover. Give importance to all the chapters but try to focus more on important topics of every subject which carries maximum marks weightage. For example;
Chemistry– Chemical bonding, Coordination chemistry, Equilibrium, Thermodynamics
Physics – Current electricity, Rays Optics, Dual Nature of Radiation and Matter
Biology– Animal Kingdom, Molecular Basis of Inheritance, Reproduction of flowering plants
Get Proper NEET Study Material
If you want to score well in the exams, choosing the best NEET study material is an essential tip. With a lot of options available in the market for NEET preparations, choosing the right books becomes a difficult task. To start with, always go with the NCERTS and NCERT Exemplars since NEET covers their syllabus and they will be good to start your preparation with. The language used in NCERT books is simple and understandable, which will build a strong foundation. Once done with NCERT you can move to standard books. Proper studying aids for NEET will help you to conceptualize facts and get a proper learning experience. Always try to explore the internet and get solutions from there immediately whenever in doubt.
Prepare A Timetable And Follow A Healthy Routine
Scheduling a proper timetable and following it religiously will help you stay focused. The timetable will keep you on track and will help to maintain a balance between your study hours and relaxation time. Plan your timetable according to your exam date so that it actually gives you a brief idea about how much time you will actually need in completing the entire syllabus and also have time to revise the topics covered. Set your study priorities and deadlines for task completion. Also, have time allotted for a break and recreational activities which will freshen you up to start your studies again feeling fully charged up. Take proper sleep of eight hours or else you will feel sleepy while studying. Avoid junk and fatty food which brings laziness. Instead, go for a healthy diet. Practice meditation as it improves concentration.
Avoid All Sorts Of Distractions
Deactivate all your social media sites, avoid attending functions, partying with friends, or anything that brings disturbance to your NEET preparation. You need to stay focused throughout the exam preparation days and work wholeheartedly towards achieving your goal. Try to stay isolated from gossiping with family or friends or else the topic of discussion will be stuck in your mind, not allowing you to concentrate on your lesson.
Be Aware Of The Exam Pattern
Better knowledge of the exam pattern will ensure better results for you. Having a prior idea about the nature of questions asked in the NEET examination will help you to prepare with the correct strategy and execute well. Work smart along with hard work and focus on key points. Understanding the framework of the question will build your confidence. Always read the question more than once and try to comprehend what it is actually being asked from you. Also, know about the marking scheme and time allotted so that you attempt the sections likewise.
Here is a brief outline of the NEET question paper pattern.
- Exam mode-offline(pen and paper-based only)
- Total time allotted-Three hours
- A total of 180 multiple choices questions with 4 options having 1 correct answer
- Questions are framed from the following subjects; Biology, Physics, and Chemistry
- The question paper will have two sections;
Section A -35 Questions (Compulsory)
Section B-15 Questions (Out of which a candidate can attend only 10 questions)
- Marking scheme- 4 marks allotted for every correct answer and a negative marking of 1 for every incorrect answer, unattempted questions will be given 0
Revision Is The Key
Revision is a must in order to score well. You are likely to forget things over time. You might have studied a number of bulky books and study material for your exams and it is sometimes not possible to remember everything. But if you do not revise your texts at regular intervals you may not be able to recall the answer on your final day of the exam either. Always try to highlight the important points using a highlighter pen or underline with a pencil which will be helpful during your revision. The revision will build your confidence over your own preparation and will help you to stay away from stress.
Practice Mocks And Previous Year Questions
As the English proverb goes, practice makes a man perfect. Similarly, aspirants should regularly practice mock tests after completing each topic which will help them in the revision of the chapter completed. Aspirants will also be able to locate their mistakes and analyze their performance working towards improving it. Previous year papers will make students familiar with question format highlighting common questions asked in past years. You will also get an idea about the nature of questions asked from a particular chapter and you can prepare likewise.
Create Self-Study Notes
Self-study will lead to critical thinking and better exploration of topics. Self-study will inculcate a sense of responsibility within and will allow you to tackle problematic situations. Make handy notes of every topic, like one can make a flowchart diagram of Animal Kingdom or just a mind map by adding some additional points apart from the text. Making self notes will also help to summarise the topic and have a quick overlook during the last minute of preparation.
Tips provided by NEET 2020 topper Guthi Chaitanya Sindhu
- Maintain regularity
- Avoid distraction
- Stick to basic concepts
- Set weekly targets
- Work hard
- Stay positive
- Do self-study
- Stay calm during the exam
Follow the above-given tips and try to abide by them. Be confident and do not lose hope. Remember, it is the quality of your study that will matter and not quantity. Work hard and give your best shot.
All the Best!!