NEET has the highest number of candidates appearing for it as compared to any other exam in our country. Every aspirant of the medical field earnestly strives to crack the NEET exam. However, not everyone passes it.
Are you too hoping to get admission in India’s top MBBS and BDS colleges? Are you wondering if you have what it takes to crack the NEET exam?
If you are ready to put in the hard work, then we have some preparation tips for you that will help you crack the NEET exam in the first attempt itself even if you consider yourself an average student.
- Establish a deadline:
Ideally, a year-long preparation works the best for the NEET exam. So if you are just beginning your 12th standard, you have the perfect time limit to prepare for the NEET exam. Know in which month does the NEET exam happen usually and set your deadline to a month before that. This is the deadline by which you must be done with your preparation by hook or by crook.
Also, since you are a new Class 12 student you have a clean slate when it comes to the 12th standard syllabus. As you must be aware that the syllabus for the NEET exam consists of both the Class 11 as well as Class 12 syllabus. So all you need to do is brush up on your Class 11 syllabus and study whatever you learn in Class 12 keeping the NEET preparation in mind. Just focus on the deadline that you have established and work accordingly. Stick this deadline written in bold somewhere in your room so you can look at it every day and feel motivated.
- Schedule a timetable:
Now that you have a deadline set, the next step is to make a study plan. Your timetable should accommodate both the Class 11 and Class 12 syllabus suitably. You already know your strengths and weaknesses for the Class 11 syllabus. Prepare your timetable accordingly. The topics that seemed difficult to you in Class 11; give them more consideration. You may aim to finish one chapter from Class 11 and a few recently learned topics from Class 12 daily.
Understand your requirement and prepare your timetable. You should have a broader timetable aiming to finish the entire syllabus before the deadline that you have set. In addition, you should have a monthly target to complete a set number of chapters. You must also have a daily objective of studying a set number of hours diligently. Remember to make your timetable practical as you will have to follow it sincerely for the entire year.
- Know the exam pattern
Knowing the exam pattern helps you approach the topics more suitably and profoundly. The syllabus for the NEET exam consists of Class 11 and Class 12 subjects of Chemistry, Physics, and Biology (Botany and Zoology). Biology carries the highest weightage of all the subjects. You get multiple-choice questions in the NEET exam. You are awarded 4 marks for a correct answer and 1 mark is deducted for every wrong answer. There is no negative marking for the unanswered questions.
- NCERT must be the focal point
Do not get confused concerning the study material for the exam. Focus extensively on the NCERT textbook. If you attend some coaching, then study their materials along with the NCERT textbook. Biology in particular requires no extra book other than the NCERT textbook. For Physics and Chemistry, you may use a few other books to help you practice the numerical and reactions more extensively in addition to the NCERT textbook. You may opt for different books for Physical, Organic, and Inorganic Chemistry.
- Solve loads of question papers:
Solving question papers has two broad advantages. Firstly, it gives you an idea about the kind of questions that appear in the NEET exam. It can happen that students have studied well but when they see the question paper in the exam, they get confused because the questions that are not that direct. So go through the question paper to understand the kind of thinking and application-based questions that can be asked in the exam. Secondly, when you sit down and solve previous years’ question papers and mock tests, you give yourself the much-needed practice for the actual exam. You prepare yourself mentally and physically for the NEET exam this way. There are tons of question papers available from previous years online that you can simply download and practice from. The past 5 years’ question papers should be enough for you to collect. For instance, you can simply download the NEET Question Paper 2019 PDF or question papers from any other year and collect them right at the beginning of your preparation.
- Analyze mock tests
This is an area where most students make mistakes. They practice a lot from question papers and also give many mock tests but fail to analyze their performance. Hence, they still do not have a clear idea about the progress they have made. Experts recommend that you should set a time for solving the question papers. This time should correspond with the actual time when the NEET exam will happen. Give the mock tests in those hours every alternate day or daily during the revision period. This trains your mind to work more proficiently in those exact hours. Once you are done giving your mock tests, do not just get a casual look at the answers. Scrutinize your paper well. which questions did you get wrong? Why did you get the question wrong? Has your timing and performance improved since the last mock test? What could you have done better? Which areas do you need to work on more? An hour or two must be given for mock test analysis specifically.
- Hone your speed and accuracy
You are now aware that there is a time limit as well as negative marking in the NEET exam. Henceforth, you must work to improve both of these. For this, you must also work to improve your calculation speed and accuracy as well as your ability to read and process the questions faster.
- Schedule a month-long revision timetable
Your one year of preparation means nothing if you do not perform exhaustive revision of the entire syllabus. Ideally set aside a month for nothing but revision. Going over notes, giving mock tests, solving question papers, and analyzing test paper performance must be your daily target for the last one month.
- Say no to distractions
You can set a timetable, make a study plan, and have all the right resources but if you do not keep away from distractions you will never be able to follow your plan. Just for one year, bid farewell to social media, outings, long conversations on the phone, etc. Great dreams require equally great sacrifices. If you see yourself as a future doctor then the time to prepare for that life is now. Do not let a few fleeting moments of leisure take away this dream from you.
- Have a determined but positive mindset
Stay determined and focused but do it with positivity. Do not overwork yourself that you lose your productivity. Do not compromise on sleep and healthy eating. More importantly, do not get over-anxious. A little bit of anxiety and nervousness is normal but do not let these emotions get the better of you and interfere with your focus.
We hope to see you ace the NEET exam in the first attempt itself. These tips might just contribute to your becoming a future doctor. So follow them sincerely and thank us later, doctor!