NEET 2022 Aspirant? Make The Most Of The Lockdown

NEET or the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test is a medical entrance test supervised by the NTA (National Testing Agency). It is a known fact that the journey of NEET 2020 aspirants has been filled with ups and downs when it comes to delays. NEET 2020, in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic, was rescheduled twice from 3rd May to 26th July and then finally was concluded on 13th September 2020, with all the precautionary measures in place.

Following the pandemic, a nationwide lockdown was declared. It is a no-brainer that the most affected sector was the education domain. At the underlying levels, it had a direct impact on students and their academic sessions. While those appearing for NEET 2020 got ample time for furthering their preparedness, the lockdown sent across an “awakening-message” to NEET aspirants across students at different levels. NEET 2021 is all set to take place on 12th September 2021.

So, how can one judiciously use this time to prepare for NEET 2022?

Read on to find out:

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NEET 2022 Preparation During Lockdown

Students who have just cleared class 10 and looking forward to appearing for NEET 2022 can follow this guide:

1. Understand the format of NEET

Before preparing for any test, acquiring knowledge of the pattern of the exam and its format is imperative. The table below highlights some important facts about NEET:

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, Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Odia, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu, and Urdu.
Marking Scheme 4 marks are awarded for each correct answer
Negative Marking 1 mark is deducted for each wrong answer

2. Know what syllabus is to be covered

With ample time before NEET 2022, students can take this time to carefully examine the syllabus for NEET. NEET syllabus comprises the NCERT content of class 11 and 12.

NEET 2022 aspirants can start off by studying the Class 11 syllabus for NEET. It is highly recommended avoiding the class 12 syllabus. Devote time to comprehend basics and thereby lay a strong foundation.

3. Subject preference

NEET covers three major subjects – Physics, Chemistry and Biology. Since NEET is carried out for admissions to medical institutes and biology is a prime subject, it is suggested to start off with reading and comprehending Biology first. 50% of the NEET question paper comprises Biology, i.e., 90 questions out of 180 appear from the Botany and Zoology sections. Emphasize comprehending the basics of Biological concepts.

4. Frame a timetable

While it is suggested to start with Biology, equal importance must be given to the other two subjects as well. Prepare a realistic timetable and allot equal time to all subjects during this lockdown. A minimum of 5-6 hours a day must be dedicated to NEET preparation from now onwards.

Check more: Study time table for NEET

5. Skim through previous years’ question papers

One of the best resources to understand the format of the paper, typology of questions and other details is by glancing over the papers from previous years. Every incorrect response causes the deduction of 1 mark, and every correct response draws 4 marks.

6. Enrolling at coaching centres

If self-study is not your cup of tea, take this opportunity on carrying out some research to find out the best coaching for NEET at your convenience and enrol for it. Some classes are conducted online. Enrol and get started with your preparation. If offline coaching is your calling, get details of the best centre, register and meanwhile cover basics until the lockdown is uplifted.

7. Books for NEET

When starting to prepare for NEET, one must pick the right mix of study material. NCERT is the holy book for NEET. Apart from NCERT for all subjects for class 11 and 12, one can refer to these books after mastering NCERT.

  • 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

8. Prepare notes

Utilize this time to start making notes. Start with one chapter each day. Ensure that notes are concise and crisp while retaining terminologies used in the NCERT textbook.

Also see: How to prepare revision notes for NEET?

9. Staying determined and focused

A 2-year long journey before a competitive test demands discipline and complete dedication, regardless of whether you have enrolled for coaching or not. Your driving force must be your goal and that envious NEET score, which will enable you to secure a seat in your dream medical college.

This was a detailed guideline that can be followed by NEET 2022 aspirants during lockdown to prepare for NEET. Learn all you need to know about NEET, at BYJU’S.

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