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Undoubtedly, NEET is the most important exam if you are an ambitious medical aspirant. Lakhs of students register to take part in NEET every year, where just over a lakh students successfully make through it to get admitted to undergraduate medical courses across the country. Competition is fiercer than ever and preparation in full swing. So, brace yourselves!
India has a highly competitive environment, and precisely when it comes to admissions to UG courses, competition is cut-throat. If there is any time to kick start your preparation for NEET, it is now! Any further delay can be late. NEET 2021 is just months away. However, with the right strategizing and execution techniques, cracking NEET becomes less of a hassle and more of an exhilarating experience. With such competition, students are bound to need direction and guidance. Here are a few tips that can help you crack NEET 2021.
Preparation Strategy To Crack NEET 2021
To crack any competitive exams, especially NEET, you first need to understand the prerequisites for the examination. Before you appear for NEET, a thorough review of the syllabus, various subjects, chapter-wise weightage must be understood so that you can plan your study accordingly. A look at the previous years’ questions papers of the exam may also help you to get an idea about the exam pattern. Follow these simple steps to devise a fool-proof strategy:
1. Start now!
How early you start will have a big impact, making a big difference to your journey. This has a direct influence on the time you would be left with to learn new topics and surplus time to cover complex questions. Start with the same intensity and seriousness you would have otherwise.
2. Design a realistic study planner
Make a practical plan that can be achieved. Set short-time goals and long-term goals. One can inculcate time-based goals to understand how much time would be required and how to go about preparing for the exam. Try covering 2 subjects per day, a combination of biology and chemistry on day 1 and a combination of biology and physics on day 2. Remember, Biology carries 90 marks, so allocate time slots accordingly. Stick to the time table, follow it religiously.
3. Know the ground rules
It is important to understand the vitals of NEET, such as NEET syllabus, NEET exam pattern, marking scheme, chapter-wise weightage, etc. If possible, maintain a hard copy of this. Take a look at the exam pattern and scheme of marking:
|NEET Exam Pattern 2020|
|Number of Questions||180 MCQs (45 questions each from 4 subjects)|
|Subjects||Physics, Chemistry, Biology (Botany and Zoology)|
|Type of questions||Objective type ( 4 options with 1 correct answer)|
|Language||English, Hindi, Urdu, Bengali, Oriya, Tamil, Kannada, Telugu, Marathi, Gujarati and Assamese.|
|Mode of exam||Offline mode only (Pen-paper based)|
|Duration||180 minutes (3 hours)|
|Marking scheme||Correct +4, incorrect -1|
Syllabus for NEET
NEET syllabus comprises 97 chapters from both NCERT classes 11 & 12 – Physics, Chemistry and Biology.
NEET Syllabus – Physics
|Class 11th Syllabus||Class 12th Syllabus|
|Physical world and measurement||Electro statistics|
|Laws of Motion||Magnetic effects of Current and Magnetism|
|Work, Energy, and Power||Electromagnetic induction and alternating currents|
|Motion of systems of particles and rigid body||Electromagnetic waves|
|Properties of Bulk Matter||Dual Nature of Matter and Radiation|
|Thermodynamics||Atoms and Nuclei|
|Behaviour of Perfect Gas and Kinetic theory||Electronic Devices|
|Oscillations and wave|
NEET Syllabus – Chemistry
|Class 11th Syllabus||Class 12th Syllabus|
|Some basic concepts of Chemistry||Solid state|
|Structure of atom||Solutions|
|Classification of Elements and Periodicity in Properties||Electrochemistry|
|Chemical Bonding and Molecular structure||Chemical Kinetics|
|States of Matter: Gases and liquids||Surface Chemistry|
|Thermodynamics||General principles and Processes of Isolation of Elements|
|Equilibrium||P Block elements|
|Redox reactions||D and F block elements|
|s-Block elements (Alkali and Alkaline earth metals)||Haloalkanes and Haloarenes|
|Some p-Block elements||Alcohols, Phenols and Ethers|
|Organic Chemistry – Some basic principles and techniques||Aldehydes, Ketones and Carboxylic Acids|
|Hydrocarbons||Organic compounds containing Nitrogen|
|Environmental chemistry||Biomolecules, Polymers and Chemistry in everyday life|
NEET Syllabus – Biology
|Class 11th Syllabus||Class 12th Syllabus|
|Diversity in the Living World||Reproduction|
|Structural Organisation – Plants and Animals||Genetics and Evolution|
|Cell Structure and Function||Biology and Human welfare|
|Plant Physiology||Biotechnology and its applications|
|Human physiology||Ecology and environment|
See More: NEET Chapter-wise weightage
4. Right mix of study material
Once you have followed the above steps of getting acquainted with the exam pattern and syllabus know from where to study. NCERT is the holy grail for NEET. One must master NCERT books from both classes 11 and 12. Once that is covered, students can approach other relevant sources as mentioned below:
Best Books For NEET
(For reaction mechanisms)
Also check: Study Material For NEET
5. Draft your own notes
Once you have followed all the steps, go through the chapter with utmost attention once, start preparing your notes. Maintain a separate notebook for this, where you concise the information while maintaining all the terminologies used in the NCERT textbook. It is important to not fiddle with the tone of the book as questions appear in the exam with the same terminologies.
Let your notes be :
- Simple, easy to understand
- Well-structured, sequentially arranged
- Brief (point-wise)
- Covering important points, list of formulae, shortcuts, etc
- Highlighted sections
Tips to be followed while making notes:
- Concise notes, simple and easy to understand language to be used
- Information at a glance – use shortcuts
- Jot down points, chapter-wise, sequentially
- Highlight points with different colours to divide based on priority
- Log the recurring mistakes you commit. Focus on sharpening them
- Chances of misplacing are high, so make notes in a book rather than sheets.
- Avoid replicating the content of the textbook
- Try searching for information for the same topic from different sources, so that your notes have the best set of information on that topic
6. Gain conceptual clarity, get your doubts clarified
This is often undermined and compromised. Aspirants must be well-aware of the fact that NEET is not a test to measure your memorization skills rather it assesses your knowledge of topics as to how well you have understood concepts and your ability to apply learnt concepts to solve questions. If your aim is to crack NEET 2021, you must start with building your basics and getting them right. Understand the concept. It is reasonable to come up with doubts, get them cleared by teachers, senior or online assistance. Nowadays, with technological advancements and exposure, nothing seems impossible. Visual media is an excellent way to understand concepts and stays in the memory for long. Opt that if need be.
Check out: NEET Coaching
7. Mock tests, Revision and Practice from previous years’ question papers
Mock tests are the most effective tools to analyze performance and in retrospect reflect on one’s mistakes and strive towards converting them into strengths. It can be a challenging concept in Physics numerical or getting a chemical reaction right. Focus on making weaknesses into plus points by taking up at least one mock test a day. Along with providing the ambience of the exam, it enlightens students with a diverse set of new questions. Ensure mock tests are taken up in the same spirit as the actual NEET exam would be taken. Time it for 3 hours exactly, and take it up in a secluded place of your home.
One must indulge in exhaustive revisions once all chapters are covered. Set a slot in your day dedicated entirely for revision. Practising as many as previous 20 years’ NEET question papers is something one cannot miss. It gives information about repeated questions and hence important topics, weightage of chapters, and in addition also helps one come with various techniques to deal with a set of questions. All in all, the importance of practising previous years’ papers cannot be stressed enough. However, we have listed down a few, take a look.
Benefits of practising from previous years’ questions papers:
- Acts as a precursor to the actual exam
- Sets the tone of the exam
- Help hone time management skills. Improves the level of speed and accuracy
- The best tool for self-assessment
- Great tool for a new set of questions
8. Few other essentials
- Ensure your study planner has enough breaks, stipulated ones
- Indulge in a favourite activity of yours occasionally through the day, a 15-minute walk perhaps
- Ensure to maintain a healthy lifestyle with a blend of making healthy food choices and a sound sleep
- Avoid distractions from social media
- Stay focused and motivated always
- Most importantly, have an aim. Aim to top NEET, your course will follow suit.
These were some strategies to help you crack NEET 2021. Hope these were helpful. For more such engaging content on NEET, visit BYJU’S.