NEET, one of the most coveted and anticipated exams is just around the corner and candidates are preparing for it like there is no tomorrow, and why shouldn’t they? After all, they are chasing their dreams of becoming successful medical professionals, ultimately saving lives. When the stakes are huge, naturally the course that would follow would be challenging.
This year around, NEET is all set to see nearly a whopping 16 lakh students participating in the exam, as these many candidates have already registered for the test. This pen and paper test is carried out annually by the NTA (National Testing Agency) for students keen to take up medical courses after class 12 across the country.
With exams just a couple of weeks away, we have jotted down a list of some golden tips, collated from toppers over the years that one can blindly follow and see how it takes them towards scoring 160+ at NEET Chemistry. Read on.
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I. Plan Wise
One of the first steps that should be followed is the devising of a robust plan and executing it. Customize a study plan with feasible goals and have it around you. This will remind you of your course of action.
If one is aiming at securing a government seat, it is imperative to score above 600 marks. To score that, cracking NEET chemistry is inevitable as it is said to be the least complicated section consuming the least time if prepared well.
In chemistry, if one has to score above 160 marks, one has to answer at least 40 questions out of 45 correctly. Set your aim at this, it would be a breeze from thereon.
II. Master The Pattern
One of the common traits that have been noticed in the top 100 candidates and even in toppers over the years is that they understand the pattern thoroughly.
Chemistry section can broadly be classified into
- Physical chemistry
- Organic chemistry
- Inorganic chemistry
In general, around 15 questions are asked from each of these sub-sections. More than 50% of the questions appear from Class 12 while the rest from class 11. It is important to know these statistics and set preferences accordingly.
III. Right Books
Let’s admit, picking the right book to prepare for any exam is the most challenging step, as we are in a fix as to which book questions would be asked from. But once you have the right mix of books, you have won half the battle. Hands down, NCERT is “the” book for NEET chemistry. Just referring to this book alone for chemistry is sufficient, comfortably paving your way towards achieving 160+ in chemistry NEET.
Apart from this, refer to previous years’ question papers for NEET chemistry extensively. There are books in the market which have collated previous years’ papers, chapter-wise. Solve and practice from this.
In addition to this, you can have these reference books:
- Physical Chemistry by O.P. Tandon
- Physical Chemistry by P. Bahadur
- Organic Chemistry by Morrison and Boyd (For reaction mechanisms)
- Organic Chemistry by O.P. Tandon
- Organic Chemistry Objective by Arihant (for practising problems)
- Inorganic Chemistry by O.P. Tandon
- Concise Inorganic Chemistry (For Chemical Bonding, Atomic Structure, and Coordination Chemistry)
Also See: NEET Chemistry Syllabus
IV. Important Concepts
After being equipped with the study plan and mastering the pattern and knowing the books, the next and most important tip in-line is knowing what is important and focusing on it. Time and again the importance of smart studying over hard are not stressed enough, especially in competitive exams, it becomes indispensable. Here we list down some-important, not-to-be-missed topics:
- Chemical bonding and molecular structure
- General organic chemistry (GOC)
- Mole concept
- Coordination compounds
- Aldehyde, Ketone Carboxylic acids
- Block elements
- Atomic structure
The first few topics listed here are from class 11, and the rest from class 12. Questions from the topic Aldehyde, Ketone, Carboxylic acids generally comprises reactions.
V. Work Smartly
Apart from referring to the best books, devising a plan, mastering key concepts and pattern, there are other vitals which contribute towards smart studying which are as follows:
- Practice from previous years’ papers. Once you have read a chapter, practice all possible MCQs asked in that chapter from previous years, sample papers, etc. This way you are covered
- Students are asked to practice paper for many reasons, mainly to understand and decipher the pattern of questions being asked, recurring topics. Focus on questions that are appearing in the paper often and decode its pattern. Understand the recurring theme of the question being asked, once that is cracked, chemistry would be sorted. This would only come with practice. Exhaustive revisions can help you decode the pattern, so keep practising
- Solve as many questions as possible in a day. Try to hit at least 150 questions every day
- Follow the pattern of questions, most important concepts from which questions appear and concentrate on them
VI. Take Up Mock Tests
- Regular practising of mock tests will help students to understand which questions are easy and which are not, therefore, allocating time accordingly
- It is always recommended solving mock tests in the ideal NEET exam scenario. Setting up a timer and solving within the stipulated time
- Here, with mock tests, our brain interprets and masters the pattern of the exam thereby getting acquainted with it. We tend to recognize questions, their frequency, interlinking concepts from different topics, and much more. This propels our speed. It is noteworthy that what sets others apart from the top 100 students is their accuracy and speed. There is no shortcut to this except that one has to keep practising papers.
These were some points you can follow and definitely ace the NEET Chemistry section. Watch this space at BYJU’S for more on NEET.