How to Prepare for NEET


What is NEET and when it is scheduled?

NEET is the national level entrance exam conducted for admission to medical and dental undergraduate courses in medical institutions across India. This exam covers both government and private medical colleges. NEET 2019 is scheduled for May 5th and students will take it through the offline mode. This highly competitive exam is conducted by the NTA (National Testing Agency).

NEET is amongst the toughest competitive exams held in the country. Over 13 lakhs candidates compete as part of this entrance exam year after year. In order succeed in the NEET exam, it is very important that students put in a lot of hard work in a highly focused and dedicated manner.

Who is eligible for taking up NEET?

Age Criteria

The minimum age for aspirants to apply for NEET is 17 years for both State and All India Quota Seats. The upper age limit is 25 years. For ST, SC and OBC students, there is 5 years of relaxation.

Subjects and Pattern

NEET Exam covers 3 subjects – Chemistry, Physics, and Biology (Botany & Zoology). There are 180 Multiple Choice Questions, to be completed within a time duration of 3 hours. Every correct answer will fetch the student 4 marks and there is a negative marking (1 mark being deducted) for every wrong answer.

Educational Qualification

In the 12th standard board exams, students should pass in Physics, Chemistry, Biology, and English separately. In addition, students falling in the general category need to secure an aggregate of minimum 50% in Biology, Physics, and Biology to be eligible for NEET.

How to score high in NEET?

Click on the links to visit our previous articles on the SLC site on how to score high in NEET Physics, NEET Chemistry and NEET Biology. Please note that these articles give details on the subject-wise syllabus, important topics along with weightage and Refer SLC’s (SMART Learning Centre) Well Structured Study material for NEET preparation

NEET preparation tips

Frame a realistic timetable with ample breaks

It is good for students to spend a minimum of 10 hours per day in NEET preparation. More time to be dedicated for Biology, followed by Chemistry and then Physics. You can come up with a study timetable for about 3 hours at a stretch (per subject), followed by a short break. Going for 4 hours or more at a stretch will be gruelling and might prove to be unhealthy as well. Watch interviews of NEET toppers,learn about their study routine and pick up relevant tips.Play to your strengths and personalize your timetable according to your potential and attention span. Set achievable goals for yourself. Make sure that the entire NEET syllabus gets covered while framing the time table.

During the breaks, treat yourself generously by doing things that you love to do, like listening to music, chatting with your friend or doing any activity that rejuvenates you. But remember to come back from your break as scheduled earlier! Stick to your time table and take only scheduled breaks. Work hard and stay motivated!

Be aware of the NEET Syllabus

Get a complete grasp of the NEET syllabus. Check how it compares with the board exam syllabus. Make sure that you are clear about the overlapping chapters. You do not need to prepare separately for these as you would have prepared for these during the board exams. Be clear on the extra chapters with respect to the NEET exam.Please ensure that you refer to the best books on the subject as well.

Remember that NEET exam requires conceptual clarity. Hence the focus needs to be on getting the concept thoroughly. This will ensure that the application of concepts to problems, formulae and chemical reactions comes easily.

Important topics to focus for NEET 2019

  • NEET Physics – Optics, Mechanics, Nuclear Physics, Thermodynamics
  • NEET Chemistry – General Organic Chemistry, Mole Concept, Periodic Table, Coordination Chemistry, Chemical Bonding.
  • NEET Biology – Genetics, Ecology & Environment, Cell Biology, Morphology, Basics of Biotechnology, Reproduction, Physiology of Animals & Plants.

Focus on your weak areas in NEET

It is natural for students to be strong in a few areas while being weak in certain areas. If the weak areas fall under the important topics, it is important that students devote enough time to understand the topic and come up to speed by taking help from teachers, referring relevant books and watching videos relevant to this topic. Solving NEET sample papers and previous years’ papers, taking mock online tests – all these will help students to understand their weak areas. For example, students find it difficult to understand Genetics in Biology. Investing the required time and effort will ensure that Genetics becomes a relatively easy topic for you.

Make personalized notes while preparing for NEET

It is important to make personalized notes while studying, for remembering the concepts, diagrams, formulae and important tables. These customized notes will come in very helpful while revising, as this will help you recall the main points clearly and quickly.

Practise with sample test papers for NEET

Time management is a key challenge in all competitive exams. When it comes to NEET, students have to complete 180 questions within a time duration of 3 hours. This means that they can dedicate only 1 minute per question. Taking mock online tests and solving previous years’ NEET question papers will give students a clear picture of their level of preparedness. Moreover, taking tests will give students a good feel of the question pattern, difficulty level of questions and weightage of topics in the NEET exam.

It is a good practice to note down the results of the tests taken in a diary and keep reviewing the progress made each time. Learn about your areas of improvement based on the results and focus on improving those areas. Learning and mastering those areas in which you were originally weak, will give you a lot of confidence and this will keep you motivated.

Revise regularly before NEET

Make use of your personalized notes and revise well before the exam.Give priority to the important topics under each subject. Regular revision, combined with sufficient practice of solving question papers will increase the probability of a high score in NEET

Stay positive and take care of your health

After all the hard work, it is important to ensure that you eat well and sleep well before the exam. Approach the exam without any tension.The Internet is flooded with inspirational quotes. Go through them. It is important to have a healthy body and maintain a very positive frame of mind before taking this exam. This will ensure that you can recall all that you have prepared. Remember that staying positive will fetch you the maximum score possible.

Common Pitfalls to avoid

  1. Be sensitive to the clock. Do not get stuck in a single question for more than 1.5 minutes
  2. Classify questions as Green, Amber, Red while going through them the first time. Have 2 passes for each subject. In the first pass – questions you know well(Green questions) can be attempted. In the second pass, you can take up questions that need more thought (amber questions) to be attempted. Red questions are those whose answers are not known by you. These can just be ignored (not attempted at all), keeping in mind the negative marking
  3. In the Amber type of questions, if the answer is not coming out clearly, try to use the process of Elimination, to zero in on the answer i.e., if we are able to eliminate 2 out of the 4 options, then quickly decide on the right answer among the 2 options that are remaining
  4. Make educated guesses and do not make any wild guesses. Always be conscious of the negative marking in order to maximize NEET score.

Here’s wishing you all the very best to ace NEET 2019!

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