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

NEET is a national level medical entrance exam carried out every year for students to get admitted to medical colleges, hence becoming successful medical professionals after completion of respective medical courses. It is such a coveted exam, that the number of students participating is exponentially increasing every year. With such a fierce level of competition, chances of students qualifying the exam are slimming.

One must be aware of the fact that question papers of competitive exams are framed in a way wherein only a handful of aspirants are able to crack through the questions within the stipulated time. In that case, what happens to the other candidates who are not as perfect? Well, authorities do not expect students with cent percent perfection, but smart techniques. That is the factor that would set them apart. Smart aspirants are the ones who manage to clear exams without having to necessarily attempt all the questions of the paper.

The competition in such exams is not about who knows how much, since it is an MCQs based exam, rather it is a race against time. Here, time management skills are put to test, this strategy of the students is the clincher. So those with better strategies revolving around effective time management takes away the rank. With that as a ground-rule, let us further get down to know how to score well in the exam and some beneficial tips to assist you in strategizing your move.

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Firstly, get this fact, it is possible to secure the perfect 360 in NEET Biology. It has been secured in the past, it is achievable by you. Set your mind to the goal – 360 at biology and not lesser. NEET has 180 questions in total with the maximum marks that can be scored is 720, where Physics and Chemistry have 45 questions each while Biology carries 360 marks, with 90 questions in total. Hence, for you to score 360 in biology, you must get all 90 questions from Botany and Zoology subsections right. Read on to know some points we collated for you to assist in your endeavour of securing your dream score.

Broadly, the topic of discussion can be understood under these three categories:

1. Strategy

2. Collection of Books

3. Prioritizing topics

1. Strategize

Each to his/her own. This correctly justifies what your plan of action should look like. Primarily, your focus must be on smart studying over hard. This comes from rigorous revisions and practising papers. We have listed some sub-points which can help you strategize your move:

  • Know where the questions are coming from, jot down the important topics, recurring concepts
  • Predict the most probable questions that could appear by closely analyzing the past 10 years’ papers. There is a pattern, follow it.
  • Plan in a way such that at least 10-11 hours in a day is purely dedicated to NEET preparation
  • After reading a chapter, solve all previous years’ question papers on the topic. There are many books out there which offer at least 20 years’ past question papers organized subject wise, topic wise.

See more: NEET Preparation

2. Collection of Books

Factually speaking, you do not require tons of books, fat-ones (resembling telephone directories), fancy ones, eye-catching ones, none of it. Your one and only basic source of information must be NCERT. Time and again, the importance of NCERT books have not been stressed enough. It is the holy book for NEET aspirants.

More than 80% of the question paper comprises questions picked from NCERT (either directly or indirectly). Questions are framed from literally any line of the textbook. It is the best way to gain conceptual clarity. One must have complete command over NCERT books first, so much so that every bit of information must be at the tip of your fingers. After taking up regular tests, if you are consistent with a score of 600+ only, in that case, move to other reference books, not before that at all. This must give you an idea of how important NCERT is for NEET. That being said, there must be this one question occupying your mind of how-to? That is being answered in the next section, read on.

How to study for NEET from NCERT and other sources?

  • Firstly, while you sit down to study, stack all the sources from which you would study. Ideally, this would be NCERT books, modules (from coaching institutes) and your lecture notes
  • Take up a topic, say genetics. So first cover everything from NCERT provided on genetics. Read it 3-4 times. Information provided in NCERT for topics is concise.
  • Next, refer to your modules for genetics topics. Study all about genetics from your modules
  • Finally, study all about genetics that is provided in your lecture notes
  • Collate new information (if you find any and is important) from these sources and make concise notes in your own words in the NCERT textbook. This way, NCERT becomes your go-to book. You do not have to refer to these sources again but just NCERT.
  • This way, not only are you revising 3 times, but are also learning possible information from lecture notes and modules which was perhaps not available in NCERT
  • Now solve all questions on genetics that have appeared in the previous years’ question papers. This also helps you to analyze which of your source (NCERT, module or lecture notes) was critical in helping you answer the question
  • After rigorous revisions following this, you have mastered the chapters.
  • Make note of your weak areas in the chapter, underline them and jot them down at the front page of the chapter. So that next time you visit the chapter, you focus on revising them first and then solving all MCQs on it
  • Also, solving papers help you to attain new information which perhaps you would not have been aware of. Make note of the same in your NCERT textbook, the same way you noted from lecture notes and modules when you read for the first time

Pro Tip: Do not forget to study the “summary” section provided at the end of each chapter. It has some points which students usually tend to miss out on.

Here is a list of some other books you can refer to for NEET Biology:

  • Objective NCERT at your fingertips – MTG
  • NCERT Exemplar
  • Trueman’s biology
  • Arihant
  • Cengage

Also see: NEET Books

3. Prioritizing topics

After being equipped with the right strategy and the right mix of books, having knowledge of important topics is the most important measure. If you just read from anything and everything, you are just wasting your time. Rather, having the knowledge of where questions are asked from most would be a smart move.

Here is a list of chapters collated for you on the basis of the volume of content and the number of questions recurring in previous years’ question paper. So, the critical section has chapters with lesser content, but most questions being asked, while the “normal” section has an equal ratio of the number of questions being asked and level of content, while the “low” section has a vast syllabus and comparatively lesser number of questions being asked.

Note: All chapters must be studied. Do not skip any topic. The table only helps you get an idea of how you should prioritize chapters while still studying them. Also, these are headings, all chapters under these heading must be covered.

Critical Normal Low
Human physiology Biology in Human welfare Plant Kingdom
Biotechnology Living world Animal kingdom
Reproduction Structural organization in plants and animals Plant physiology
Genetics & evolution Biological classification
Cell biology

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