When To Start Preparing For NEET 2021? Learn All About It Here

Aspiring to become a medical professional, looking forward to the upcoming medical entrance test and have no clue when to start preparing for NEET 2021? Fret not, we have got you covered. With this article, candidates will understand how to start off on the journey to becoming successful healthcare professionals. Read on.

NEET or National Eligibility cum Entrance Test is a medical entrance test conducted under the superintendence of NTA (National Testing Agency) representing the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Directorate General of Health Services, Government of India. The role of the NTA is, however, restricted to inviting online applications, conducting the test, declaring results and then passing on the All India ranks to the aforementioned authorities.

Qualifying NEET by clearing NEET cut-off that is officially released is crucial for admissions by which students can avail seats in medical institutes across the country. Candidates must be aware of the fact that NEET is a one-tier, national entrance test enabling admissions to various medical courses including MBBS, BDS, AYUSH courses. In addition, NEET has also replaced entrance tests carried out by JIPMER and AIIMS for admissions.

NEET 2020 saw the participation of nearly 16 lakh students for admissions to not more than 1.5 lakh seats. These figures can give you a good idea of the fierce levels of competition. Preparation hence for the most coveted entrance tests must be par excellence.

Also see: How To Prepare for NEET 2021?

Start Preparing for NEET 2021 – Preparation Strategy

The right time to start preparing for NEET 2021 is now. If you are passionate about achieving a feat in the field of medicine and have just cleared your class 10, 11 exams, there is no better time than starting now. Hence, it is suggested to judiciously use this time.

NEET 2021 Preparation – Knowledge of Exam Pattern

Before attempting to prepare for any test, test-takers must be thoroughly aware of the pattern and the format of the test. The primary focus should be on understanding the exam pattern, which only helps familiarize with the examination and helps overcome the initial fear. Take a look at the pattern below:

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

NEET 2021 Preparation – Familiarize With NEET Syllabus

Next step in line is getting acquainted with the syllabus for NEET. One must go through each line of the syllabi copy and ensure to cover it. This provides an idea regarding the overall structure of the exam in addition to the topics to be covered under each section. In addition, candidates must also base their preparations on the weightage of each chapter. Take a look at the table below for complete details provided subject-wise.

Check out: NEET Syllabus

NEET 2021 NEET Syllabus


Topics Weightage(%)
Thermodynamics 9
Current Electricity 8
Dual nature of radiation and matter 6
Semiconductor Electronics: Materials, Devices and Simple circuits 6
System of Particles and Rotational motion 5
Electromagnetic waves 5
Ray optics and optical instruments 5
Wave optics 5
Electric charges and fields 4.5
Electrostatic potential and capacitance 4.5
Work, Energy, and Power 4
Electromagnetic induction 4
Alternating current 4
Laws of motion 3
Kinetic theory 3
Moving charges and magnetism 2.5
Magnetism and matter 2.5
Physical World, units and measurements 2
Gravitation 2
Mechanical Properties of solids 2
Mechanical Properties of fluids 2
Thermal properties of matter 2
Motion in a straight line 1.5
Motion in a plane 1.5
Oscillations 1.5
Waves 1.5
Atoms 1.5
Nuclei 1.5


Topic Weightage (%)
Coordination chemistry 9
Thermodynamics 8
Equilibrium 6
Chemical Bonding 5
Solutions 5
d-and f-block elements 4
Alcohols, Phenols, and Ethers 4
Aldehydes, Ketones and Carboxylic acids 4
p-block elements (13 14) 3.5
p-block elements (15 16 17 18) 3.5
Redox reactions 3
Hydrogen 3
Hydrocarbons 3
Chemical Kinetics 3
Haloalkanes and Haloarenes;Amines 3
N containing organic compounds 3
Polymers 3
Biomolecules 3
Structure of atom 2
Periodic table 2
States of Matter 2
s-block elements 2
Organic chemistry some basic principles and techniques – 1 2
Organic chemistry some basic principles and techniques – 2 2
The Solid state 2
Electrochemistry 2
Surface Chemistry 2
General principles and process of isolation elements 2
Environmental Chemistry 2
Chemistry in everyday life 2


Topic Weightage

(in percentage)

Animal kingdom 7
Molecular basis of inheritance 6
Morphology of flowering plants 5
Sexual reproduction in flowering plants 5
Principles and inheritance and variation 5
Plant kingdom 4
Biomolecules 4
Chemical Coordination and integration 4
Digestion and absorption 3
Human reproduction 3
Human health and disease 3
Biodiversity and conservation 3
Biotechnology: Principles and Processes 3
Biotechnology and its applications 3
The Living world 2
Biological classification 2
Cell: The unit of life, Biomolecules 2
Cell cycle and cell division 2
Anatomy of flowering plants 2
Structural organization in animals 2
Photosynthesis in higher plants 2
Breathing and exchange of gases 2
Excretory Products and their elimination 2
Neural control and coordination 2
Locomotion and movement 2
Reproductive health 2
Evolution 2
Organisms and populations 2
Microbes in Human welfare 2
Ecosystem 2
Environmental issues 2
Strategies for Enhancement in Food production 2
Transport in plants 1
Mineral nutrition 1
Respiration in plants 1
Plant growth and development 1
Body fluids and circulation 1
Reproduction in organisms 1

*Weightage is as per average taken from previous trends and subject to vary

NEET 2021 Preparation – Study Material

Preparation for NEET can go horribly wrong if the right mix of resources is not picked. To ace preparatory levels, go for slightly advanced versions of information while mastering NCERT content for class 11 and 12.

The table provides a list of books you can refer to for NEET 2021 preparation.

  • NCERT (Textbook) Physics – Class 11 & 12
  • Concepts of Physics by H. C. Verma
  • Objective Physics by Pramod Agarwal (For practicing 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 practicing 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

NEET 2021 Preparation – Get Planning

Now that everything regarding the syllabus, books, pattern of exam is in place, chalk out an efficient plan and vow to stick to it all through. Allot equal time for all the subjects in your schedule. Design a plan so as to have daily/weekly/monthly assessments and review your performance. Devote ample time for revision and practice sessions. Take up enough mock tests and solve question papers.

Your first step must be to learn and understand topics, gain conceptual clarity and then move to revising topics over and over to finally cement your learning. Master NCERT content for classes 11 and 12 as the question paper for NEET is majorly based on this syllabus.

NEET 2021 Preparation – Prepare Notes

If there is any time to start making your own notes, it is now. Maintain a separate book where you make concise and crisp notes for all subjects. Dedicate a separate section to important formulae for NEET, chemical reactions, diagrams and other underlying essentials from each subject and revise it everyday. These notes are extremely handy, especially in the last few days before NEET. You can use some simple shortcuts, highlighters, mnemonics, mind maps, diagrams and illustrations, to make learning easier.

There are 4 known note-taking methods –

  • The Cornell Method
  • The Outlining Method
  • The Mapping Method
  • Box and Bullet Method

Get to know more about it, choose your style of note-making and make learning interesting and all the more engaging.

See more: How To Make Revision Notes for NEET?

NEET 2021 Preparation – Revise, Practise and Repeat

NEET requires complete dedication. Dedication to your goals and how focussed you are, determine your success at NEET. Revising concepts thoroughly and practising all possible questions from all sources can be extremely helpful. By solving more NEET question papers and taking up mock tests, one can only improve their levels of accuracy and speed, the two most important factors in a test like NEET.

With these tests, one must identify weak areas and strive to get better at them.

NEET 2021 Preparation – Other Tips To Note

  • NCERT is the holy book for NEET. Master it
  • Focus on attaining clarity of concepts. Ditch rote learning methods
  • Understand the nuance of question-planning
  • Learn shortcuts and other time savers
  • Get enough breaks in between. Avoid marathon study sessions
  • Avoid social media engagements/gatherings as much as possible
  • Focus on class 11 topics, build a strong foundation so as to make room for advanced topics covered in class 12
  • Get enough sleep and stay healthy

Hope all of you budding medical professionals found this article helpful. For more on NEET, visit us at NEET BYJU’S.

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