How to prepare for NEET Exam?

What is NEET?

NEET stands for National Eligibility and Entrance Test, it is an entrance exam for students who have completed 12th grade and wish to join any medical course such as MBBS, BDS, and for any undergraduate who would like to crack MS, MD in any government or private institution. The students are expected to pass this exam to be eligible to apply for medical college counseling. This examination is conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE). It was initially proposed in the year 2012 but came into effect by 2013 for the students who want to secure a medical degree, be it Post graduation or under graduation all over India. This year NEET has been compulsory even for all indigenous system of medicine.

What is the eligibility to apply for NEET?

  • The candidate is expected to clear all the electives in class 12, which is physics, chemistry, and biology or biotechnology and English.
  • The student must have a minimum or total of 50% for FC, BC etc, 40% for ST, SC, OBC etc and 40% for SC, ST, OBC handicapped.
  • The candidates can apply for the examination in the coming year with a class 12 completion certificate.
  • The marks secured in mathematics will not be considered for the admission of MBBS, BDS or MD.

What are the quotas available for NEET?

  1. State quota : 85% of the seats are reserved for the students of the respective states. They are expected to bring a proof that they reside in the state and the certificates of class 10 and class 12 completion in schools in the state.
  2. All India Quota : 15% of the seats of medical studies are reserved for the students from the country. The criteria for this quota is that the student has to be a citizen of India. The students must be of 18 years of age on or before 31st December of the respective year. And the upper age limit is 25 years on or before 31st of that year.

How will the NEET exam be conducted?

The exam will happen in a pen and paper mode. And students will be given corresponding exam centers to which they are expected to report on time. They are expected to abide by the rules and regulations stated by the board of examination. Negative marking will happen, for every wrong answer, one mark will be deducted.

How many questions will be asked in the NEET exam?

The students will have to answer a booklet of 180 which will be taken from every subject that is Physics, Chemistry, English, and Biology. The questions will be MCQ’s. The students will be tested on 45 questions from each subject. The question paper will be bilingual. It will have questions in both Hindi and English.

What is the syllabus for NEET?

The NEET UG will have questions from the books of Central Board of Secondary Education. Following are the books to refer

Physics

The following books are to be referred for Physics

  • Concept of physics by H.C. Verma
  • NCERT physics for class 11 and class 12.
  • D.C Pandey objective physics
  • Problems in general physics by I.E. Irodov

Biology

The following books are to be referred for Biology

  • Pradeep publication for biology
  • Objective biology by Dinesh
  • NCERT biology for class 11 and class 12
  • Trueman’s biology vol.1 and vol.2

Chemistry

The following books are to be referred for Chemistry

  • NCERT chemistry for class 11 and class 12
  • Physical chemistry by O.P. Tandon
  • Dinesh chemistry
  • Modern’s ABC of chemistry class 11 and class 12

The NCERT books of all the subjects are considered to be the good books for the preparation of NEET.

Tips for NEET UG Preparation

Know the syllabus

Everyone would have come across NCERT exams during your high school days and that is going to serve the basic syllabus for the NEET exam. All you need to study is your biology, physics, the chemistry of your syllabus from class 8th to 12th. You might think that this is a vast ocean but when you analyze it thoroughly you can realize that the syllabus can be put in nutshell under few categories. Segregate all the common topic first in all the subjects, then classify them according to the importance start preparing.

Plan a good time schedule

There is a saying that time is priceless, and time and tide wait for none. We all know this, yet many aspirants fail to make the proper use of time. A proper Goal setting will help the aspirants bring positive changes in their life. In order to implement the setting of a goal, make sure to ask oneself some questions: What is my goal? Is my goal realistic? How much effort has to be put in to fulfill my goal? Until and unless you make a complete and thorough schedule of the way you want to study, you will not be able to complete the syllabus. Plan for the week in advance and figure out chapters that you need to prepare from the beginning.

Work for the areas you think you’re weak

It is possible that you are very strong in one subject and weak in the other. Do not get discouraged by the same. Try and work hard more in the weaker areas to strengthen them. If required, take help from a friend or senior or take extra classes on the subject. It will help in overcoming the fear of your weakness effectively.

Practice many sample papers

The greatest challenges for a candidate during NEET UG exam is to maintain his or her time limitation. One should follow a good time management and for that, a good number a practices of sample papers will give hand in help. The candidates have to finish 180 questions in 180 minutes. It literally means that they can give a minute time to each question. Time management must become mandatory skill during this exam practice.

Regular spaces for refreshments

We are all human and not robots. We need a timely rest after all even a machine or a robot will require charge or boost ups after long hours of work. Hence, we need some rest to get back to working efficiently. Hence, it is essential to realize that one can’t maintain an optimum level of concentration without taking an optimum break to recover. But beware that you don’t bring the breaks to a higher priority than studies. Breaks can be in the form of a ten-minute walk, a trip to the gym, having a chat with a friend or simply taking a small nap.

Health is everything

It’s crucial to evaluate yourself both physical, mental spiritual and emotional health. Instead of complaining “I never get enough sleep” or “I’m eating too much convenience food,” take control and plan for bringing in the balance. This will help you to be happier and more productive. Avoid junk and oily foods and switch to healthy diet plans. Do meditation and yoga exercise aids for a better concentration.!

Positivity is imperative

Your attitude will decide the effectiveness of the learning process. Therefore possess a good positive approach and keep muttering to yourself that you will crack NEET and be successful. The moment you start thinking positively, your brain will show greater activity. A right frame of mind also makes you feel less anxious and more open to new ideas.

If you are a UG student preparing for you post-graduate NEET you can start taking classes to your juniors so that at one point you get thorough with the topics you handle. That is because once you teach others that stays evergreen in your mind.

Concentrating while studying can be hard, especially when the study material isn’t one of your favorite topics. While studying has never been the most exciting aspects of the school, it doesn’t have to be the drag that it is made to look like. With a sense of determination and by implementing some effective study techniques, even the dullest subjects can be conquered with increased concentration during a study session.

Find an appropriate study environment

Generally, it is a good idea to eliminate distractions as much as possible while studying, so you can concentrate on what’s in front of you. You want to find a place that is aesthetically pleasing and comfortable for you.

Find a quiet area, such as a private room or a library. If you like fresh air, go outside to an area that is reasonably free of distractions and somewhere you can still connect to the Internet, if necessary.

Keep in mind that everyone has their own studying environment preferences. While some prefer to study in quiet, others thrive in a bustling environment that mimics white noise.

Always believe in yourself.

If you don’t know your studying preferences, experiment in different areas, studying in a group or studying solo, studying with or without music, etc. Your ability to concentrate and be productive in different environments will reveal itself rather quickly.

Gather all of your studying materials.

Your studying materials include things like notes, textbooks, study guides, papers, highlighters, or anything else you might need to concentrate and be productive while studying; this includes a snack like a granola bar or nuts, and a bottle of water.

All your materials should be within arm’s reach so you don’t disrupt yourself by going to retrieve your things when you’re in the zone, studying.

Clear the study space

Clear away materials you don’t need to study and keep your space organized to reduce stress and allow for better concentration. Having any materials around you that don’t directly contribute to your concentration only serve as potential distractions.

This includes throwing away food containers, paper garbage, and other miscellaneous items.

Unplug from unnecessary electronics

Turn off any electronics that you don’t need, especially cell phones, music listening devices, and perhaps computers (provided you don’t need a computer to study your material).

Your laptop or computer could serve as a huge source of distraction when you’re trying to concentrate.

Be aware of your energy levels throughout the day. Are you more energetic (and therefore more able to concentrate) during the day or nighttime? It may help to study your harder subjects when you have the most energy.

Once you know the time of day that you’re more energetic, you can make sure you study during those times, increasing your ability to focus and concentrate on your work.

Find a study partner

Sometimes reviewing material with someone else can help break up the monotony of studying, clarify confusing concepts by bouncing ideas off of someone else, and see things from a different perspective. This partner can help you keep on track with your studies, and concentrate on the task in front of you.

Some people may find study partners distracting. When looking for a study partner, try to find someone who is sensible and focused, maybe even more of an active student in class than you are. That way, you are always pushing yourself to stay matched with them.

Think of an incentive

Before you start studying, think of something that can serve as a reward for you successfully studying. For example, after reviewing your history notes for 1 hour, talk to your roommate about your day, make dinner, or watch your favorite upcoming television program. An incentive can motivate you to concentrate on studying for a specific amount of time, and then you reward yourself for your solid block of time concentrating on your work.

For bigger projects, develop a bigger incentive to reward yourself for your extra hard work.

Find an effective study method

Finding an effective study method that suits you can help you stay concentrated while studying. Again, every person studies differently, so you will have to experiment and find a method that works best for you to maintain focus. Essentially, the more ways you can experience and interact with what you’re learning, the better your chances will be of staying on task and absorbing what you’re reviewing. Sometimes, simply reviewing readings, notes, or quizzes can serve as an effective way to study, but some other study methods includes the following

Making notecards

For vocabulary or academic terms, making notecards and flashcards and repeatedly reviewing them can help with memorizing words, terms, and concepts.

Drawing

Some studying requires reviewing structures and diagrams. Copying those diagrams and structures, and drawing them yourself allows you to create and visualize what it is you’re trying to study, therefore making it more memorable.

Creating an outline

Creating an outline may help with mapping out bigger concepts including the smaller details. It can also help create visual sections and groupings of information that may help to recall details when exam time approaches.

Using elaborative interrogation

Elaborative interrogation is basically producing an explanation for why something you’re learning is true. It’s like you coming up with a defensive reason for why a fact or statement is important. You could also use this method to talk about concepts out loud and make yourself more familiar with the material by justifying and explaining its significance.

Be an active learner

When reading or listening to a lecture, try to engage with the material. This means instead of just being present with the material, challenge it and yourself. Ask questions about what is being lectured, connect the material to your real life, compare it with other information you have learned throughout your life and discuss and explain this new material to other people.

Actively participating in your studies makes the material more meaningful and able to hold your interest, which, in turn, makes concentrating on it easier.

Practice some mental concentration strategies

Working on improving your concentration takes time and patience. After practicing some of these strategies, you’ll probably begin to see improvement within days. Some concentration strategies includes the following.

  • Be here now. This simple and effective strategy helps bring back your wandering mind to the task at hand: When you become aware of the fact that your thoughts are no longer in your studies, say to yourself, “Be here now,” and try to reign in your wandering thoughts, and focus back on your study material.
  • For example, you’re in class and your attention strays from the lecture to the fact that you’re craving coffee and the last bagel at the café is probably gone by now. As you say to yourself, “Be here now,” you fix your attention back to the lecture, and keep it there for as long as you can.
  • Keep track of your mental wanderings. Markdown every time you catch your mind drifting away from what you should be concentrating on. As you get better and better at bringing yourself back to the present task, the number of times you break concentration should be less and less.
  • Allow for some time to worry. Research has shown that when people put aside a designated time to worry and think about things that stress them out, people worry 35% less within four weeks. That proves that when you let yourself worry and think about things during a certain amount of time, you spend less time worrying and getting distracted when you should be concentrating on other things.
  • If you ever find yourself worrying about something while you’re trying to focus and concentrate, remember that you have a special time to worry about things. You can even try the “be here now” method to bring yourself back to concentrating.
  • For example, give yourself a half hour before you start studying to worry about upcoming exams, your family, or whatever else is on your mind. Worry during this elected time so when you have to study, you can put all your attention and focus on doing that.
  • Set study goals. While the subjects you need to study might not be the most interesting topics, you can shift your perspective while studying to make concentrating easier. By setting goals for yourself, you change your studying experience from having to “get through,” the subject, to reaching checkpoints and continually succeeding in progressing with your study session.
  • For example, instead of having the mentality of, “I have to study all of chapter 6 tonight,” set a goal for yourself with something like, “I will study sections 1-3 by 4:30, and then take a walking break.” That way, conquering a study session transforms from a large, daunting task, to a smaller, more achievable portions. This sectional break up of study time increasing your willingness to concentrate and reach your studying goal.

Below are some of the most common mistakes that candidates must neglect during the preparation of NEET UG:

  • Not going as per the set time table: Candidates must sincerely go as per the timetable they had set for the exam.
  • Hectic timetable: Candidates must not follow a very hectic timetable or study for long hours as it can adversely affect their health & retention ability.
  • Taking NCERT for granted: About 70% of the questions come from NCERT textbooks, so candidates should not avoid practicing NCERT books.
  • Practicing too many reference books: Candidates should ignore following too many books at one time as this will only create confusion and mess up your preparation.
  • Avoiding subjects: Aspirants should not leave a single page of any subject from the syllabus unturned especially when it comes to competitive entrance exam like NEET UG.

So students keep in mind how you have to work on in this couple of months to crack the NEET UG and best wishes to you. Hope this article serves you worthy.

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