With just around six months before the NEET exam commences, aspirants must be in a fix as to how to go about preparing for NEET. Fret not, as we have got you covered. This post will help you plan your course of action to excel at the country’s biggest and most challenging exams, the medical entrance exams.
If you are here, you know that there are only 6 months left for NEET. You can always start your preparation, it is never too late. But along with keeping the time frame in mind, one should not forget the importance of smart work over anything else. With close to 15-16 lakh students anticipated to participate in NEET, the competition is higher than ever, alerting students to brace themselves in order to qualify and then after qualifying, entering into the best medical colleges in the country.
Preparation strategies must be your go-to at this point, and we at BYJU’S are here to provide you with exactly that, a steadfast, foolproof strategy to crack NEET.
First and foremost, aspirants need to get a clear difference between clearing NEET and cracking NEET with a competitive spirit. Your drive to become a doctor must be so intense that it should reflect in your preparations, your mindset should get aligned accordingly. Once you set your mind with these thoughts, half the battle is won. The rest half is the preparation, more of which we discuss here.
You are going to be handling patients on a daily basis, dealing with life-threatening cases every other day, you think you cannot tackle this study stress? One can. These strategies are a great head start in the process of NEET preparation with just 6 months left. The good part about this program is that you can customize it accordingly.
Get A Good Hold Of NEET Syllabus
You need to understand the exam you are about to take up, for which comprehending the syllabus is manifested as an aspect. Split topics, get to the details of each topic, understand its importance by referring to the blueprint of the NEET question papers from previous years, and the chapter-wise weightage, so you can know which topic to focus on and which one which requires less of your attention.
The syllabus basically comprises NCERT syllabus for class 11 and class 12, other state syllabi. Focus on topics not covered in NCERT after you have jotted down the common topics from different syllabi.
Also Check: NEET Syllabus
Get Acquainted With The NEET Exam Pattern
Aspirants have to be thorough with the latest NEET exam pattern with features such as the distribution of marks for each section, marking scheme – 4 marks awarded for the correct answer, and 1 mark deducted for every incorrect response. Have a look at the table below for more.
|NEET Exam Pattern 2021|
|Number of Questions||180 questions (MCQs)|
|Exam Mode||Offline mode only (pen and paper-based mode)|
|Type of questions||Objective type questions with 4 options and 1 correct answer|
|Duration of Exam||The exam duration is 180 minutes (3 hours)|
|Subjects||Questions are asked from Physics, Chemistry, and Biology (Botany & Zoology)|
|Language||The question paper is asked in 11 languages – English, Hindi, Urdu, Bengali, Oriya, Tamil, Kannada, Telugu, Marathi, Gujarati, and Assamese.|
|Marking Scheme||4 marks are awarded for each correct answer.|
|Negative Marking||1 mark is deducted for each wrong answer|
Pick The Best Books For NEET
Selecting the right book to prepare for NEET 2021 in 6 months is equally challenging, as mere studying/referring won’t take you anywhere, but the right study material can. For this, NCERT Books are mandatory. Aspirants must know every line of the NCERT books, there is no other way out. NCERT books are the base for NEET exams, solving numerical from these books, working on equations, referring to diagrams must be an integral part of your preparation.
Refer to books recommended for engineering entrance exams for physics numericals, in the chemistry section – take up every section (physical, organic and inorganic) with a different strategy. To have the finest preparation for the Biology section, you can approach different competitive books and cover all types of questions.
Apart from NCERT, if you aim to get a good NEET score to enter into a good medical college (which should be your aim), one has to refer to other relevant books. Listed below are books to refer to if you have a window of 6 months for NEET preparation.
Design An Efficient Study Timetable
One must prioritize having a study schedule with feasible goals. When you start to make tangible goals and achieve them, it would give a sense of confidence and prepare your mind to achieve goals for the next day. The following tips may help in the same:
- Set realistic goals, allow your brain to understand topics/concepts rather than mugging up
- Try to cover small parts of all 4 sections every day. This can be done by dividing your syllabus into chunks beforehand
- After completing concepts for the day, take up mock tests, questions from previous years from the concepts you just studied
- Towards the end of your day of studying, revise once, and make note of all important points in a separate notebook. These notes will be extremely handy in the last few days.
- Make sure you introduce breaks in between your timetable. Make use of the break to go for a walk or to indulge in your favourite sport/ watching your favourite series for a brief period of time.
- Remember, health is the most important aspect. One must eat well and get a sound sleep.
Familiarize With NEET Material
One of the most common approaches, which students take up when they have 6 months to prepare for NEET is that they quickly grab the syllabi and start studying, which actually should not be the undertaking. Before getting to the nitty-gritty, aspirants should run through the question papers/sample papers to get a gist of the level of questions. This proves to be a good tactic to kick-start your preparations.
Candidates must learn and practice mock tests, work on mistakes all at once. Studying from previous years’ papers/sample papers/mock tests will help candidates in solving objective type questions, understand the topics from which questions appear, and most importantly, getting habituated with cracking the paper within three hours.
As per experts, try solving as many as 15 question papers from previous years, mock tests, etc. Read related topics of the questions asked while solving papers, that way you cover all possible concepts around it, leaving no topic unread.
Lastly, aspirants should be aware that NEET is one of the most prestigious exams of the country, hence the preparation also needs to be of that level. Be confident with your preparation, stay focused, and strive to achieve your high aims. Just stick to your study plan, achieve your daily goals, and don’t stress much.
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