How To Prepare For NEET 2021?

Kick start your preparation for NEET. Know how to start preparing for NEET, the exam pattern, syllabus, basically a complete guide to preparing for NEET 2021. It is always recommended to start preparing for NEET well in advance and this is the best time to start. Without much ado, let’s get started.

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Highlights – NEET 2021 Preparation

  • NEET, from the academic session 2020-2021 is considered to be a centralized medical entrance test for candidates seeking admissions to undergraduate medical courses, thus replacing all possible state-level and other entrance tests
  • NEET 2021 took place on 12th September 2021
  • NEET shall be conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA), the application forms for NEET 2021 were made available from 13th July onwards
  • It is typically taken up by students who have cleared class 12 board exams with majors in Physics, Chemistry and Biology streams
  • Successfully qualifying candidates can seek admissions to undergraduate medical courses across the country for medical programmes such as – MBBS, BDS, AYUSH courses and also admissions to AIIMS and JIPMER institutes
  • Duration of the exam is 3 hours, a number of questions – 180 and total marks – 720, where 4 marks are awarded for every correct response, and 1 mark is deducted for every incorrect response. No marks are deducted for a question that is left unattempted
  • 45 questions are asked from Physics and Chemistry sections, while 90 questions are asked from Biology

See: NEET Exam Pattern

What’s New In NEET 2021?

In NEET 2021, there is a slight change in the pattern where each subject has 2 sections – Section A (35 questions), Section B (15 questions). Only 10 questions need to be answered out of 15 questions from Section B. So, 35+10 questions = 45 questions in total from each of the subjects (Physics, Chemistry, Botany and Zoology). This change is in the view of rationalizing the decision taken to reduce the syllabus by different boards.

This time, the registration process is taking place in 2 phases – the first set should be filled and submitted by the date specified while in the second phase, students are required to be filled before the declaration of results or downloading score cards.

Further changes, if any, shall be updated as and when available. Watch this space for the latest on NEET 2021.


Approach For NEET 2021 – NEET 2021 Preparation Strategy

Hands down, NEET is deemed as one of the most challenging competitive exams in the country. Students must follow a proper schedule, have set strategies and an efficient study plan to clear NEET in the very first attempt. Here, we bring to the step-by-step guidelines you can follow to prepare for NEET 2021.

1. Know the exam pattern and syllabus for NEET from the official website for NEET –

2. Go through previous years’ question papers to get an idea of exam pattern, marking scheme, etc., to get acquainted with NEET thoroughly.

3. Take printouts of chapter-wise weightage for all subjects – a blueprint and prioritize chapters accordingly

4. Prepare a schedule, an effective study planner, which includes equally divided slots for all subjects

5. Know the right mix of study material to learn from. Master NCERT syllabus for classes 11 and 12 first and then move to relevant sources.

6. Prepare your own notes. This is a good time to start preparing notes. Study from NCERT and form concise notes in your own words. Make use of highlighters, mind maps, mnemonics, flow charts, diagrams, etc. to ensure that NCERT terminologies are intact while framing notes.

7. Focus on gaining conceptual clarity at this stage, get your doubts cleared.

8. Solve one question paper every day to enhance time management skills

9. Take up one mock test every day to improve levels of speed and accuracy

10. Set daily targets and achieve them

11. Revise exhaustively, practise rigorously

NEET 2021 Syllabus

The value of time in students’ academic life is precious. It has been taken into consideration time and again with various measures. This time around too, in view of the COVID-19 situation, candidates preparing to appear for NEET 2021 were most likely to have a reduced NEET syllabus. But, the exam pattern was changed slightly considering the syllabus. The details of the syllabus for NEET 2021 is available on the official website. Visit the official website for NEET, to get the latest information on the same.

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Books To Prepare For NEET 2021

  • NCERT (Textbook) Physics – Class 11 & 12
  • Concepts of Physics by H. C. Verma
  • Objective Physics by Pramod Agarwal (For practising problems in mechanics and rotational dynamics.
  • Fundamentals of Physics by Halliday, Resnick, and Walker (For optics, waves, and electromagnetism)
  • D. C. Pandey Objective Physics
  • Problems in General Physics by I. E. Irodov
Chemistry Physical Chemistry

  • Physical Chemistry by O.P. Tandon
  • Physical Chemistry by P. Bahadur
  • NCERT (Textbook) Chemistry – Class 11 & 12

Organic Chemistry

  • Organic Chemistry by Morrison and Boyd

(For reaction mechanisms)

  • Organic Chemistry by O.P. Tandon
  • Organic Chemistry Objective by Arihant (for practising problems)
  • NCERT (Textbook) Chemistry – Class 11 & 12

Inorganic Chemistry

  • Inorganic Chemistry by O.P. Tandon
  • Concise Inorganic Chemistry (For Chemical Bonding, Atomic Structure and Coordination Chemistry)
  • Trueman’s Biology – Vol 1 and Vol 2
  • Dinesh Objective Biology
  • SC Verma Biology books
  • Biology Books by Pradeep’s Publications
  • NCERT (Textbook) Biology – Class 11 & 12
  • Biology by GRB Bathla’s Publications

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Subject-wise NEET preparation 2021


  • Gain conceptual clarity. Understand topics rather than memorizing
  • Develop theoretical knowledge to be applied to solve numerical problems
  • Solve a diverse set of questions covering various topics, to get an idea about the type of question, formula to be applied and steps to be executed as soon as you encounter the question. This is to improve your reflexes as technically 1 minute is allocated to solve 1 question in the NEET UG exam
  • Practise numerical problems, regularly focus on enhancing speed and accuracy, which also helps to increase analysing power and the will to find the solution to the problem
  • Make a list of all formulae, revisit them once every morning. Try to solve numerical on every formula
  • Follow coaching material in addition to the suggested books for Physics. These modules are specially designed for entrance exams, setting the tone of the exam
  • Refer NCERT exemplar questions for more relevant questions


  • Understand, memorize and practice is the drill for NEET Chemistry
  • Master NCERT and then move to relevant sources
  • Refer to coaching modules in addition to exposure to a diverse set of topics
  • Practise and attempt new questions
  • Study reaction-mechanisms. Learn named reactions
  • Prepare own notes while studying for speedy reference


  • Read NCERT line by line. Then move to modules from coaching institutes, lecture notes etc. Collate information from all possible sources for a topic and master the topic
  • Move to solve questions on that topic. The market is flooded with books providing questions, topic wise, chapters wise. Use them.
  • Revise rigorously, solve as many papers as possible
  • Practise diagrams along with labellings, they are important
  • Prepare your own notes, use mnemonics, flowcharts, graphs, etc.

Read: How To Score A Perfect-360 In NEET-2020/2021 Biology

NEET 2021 Preparation At Home – Self Studying For NEET 2021

NEET has been cracked by students with self-studies as well. One just needs to be disciplined and determined enough. Strictly following a schedule for NEET Preparation, studying for 12-14 hours a day for NEET exclusively, setting an aim, prioritizing gaining conceptual knowledge rather than mere memorization, selecting the right study material, taking up mock tests, revising and practising more and more, most importantly, getting all your doubts clarified by seniors, experts, teachers or through online assistance. If one follows these steps, he/she is sure to achieve the feat of cracking NEET through self-studies.

What sets a coaching attendee apart from students studying at home is the fact that they are “mentored” under expert guidance. One can easily keep a check on self with the help of various apps in the market, tracking progress and constantly being motivated by rewarding oneself.

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Remember to aim high and stay motivated and dedicated. With smartly working hard, one can top NEET and get entry into the medical college of your choice. Hope these steps were helpful to fuel your journey to start preparing for NEET. The upcoming topic for NEET preparation is – time table for NEET preparation in 1-month pdf. Stay connected for it and for more such engaging content on NEET, visit BYJU’S.

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Frequently Asked Questions on NEET 2021 Preparation

What is the best time to start preparing for NEET?

While there is no right time to start preparation, it is always better to start preparing for NEET much in advance to have a strong grip on concepts, ample time, plan and implement strategies at least a year or two prior to NEET-UG exams for best results.

Can I prepare for NEET in one year?

Covering and mastering the NEET syllabus of 2 years, i.e., classes 11 and 12, that too NEET level preparation is certainly challenging in one year. It would demand utmost consistency and discipline clubbed with smart strategies. With this in place, one should be able to crack NEET with one year’s preparation; it is not certainly not impossible.

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