National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test is an entrance examination in India for students aiming to be a doctor and study undergraduate and postgraduate in medical courses. They can study MBBS, MD, MS and dental courses like BDS and MDS in government, private and dental colleges of the country. This test was earlier known as AIPMT that is All India Pre Medical Test and was conducted by CBSE( Central Board of secondary education ) but from 2019 it is conducted by NTA that is National Testing Agency. The result is provided to Directorate General of health services at the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. NEET-UG is the sole examination in India for admissions in more than 66,000 MBBS and BDS seats across the country. Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate medical education and research (JIPMER) and All India Institute of medical science (AIIMS) conduct their independent exams because they are outside the horizon of NEET as they are set up by separate laws. This year 15.19 lakh candidates have appeared for NEET and are awaiting their result.
Exam Pattern and structure
- The questions are asked from Physics, Chemistry, Botany, and Zoology.
- Each section contains 45 questions each
- Each section carries 180 marks making the total paper of 720 marks.
- There is negative marking of -1.
- The right answer will result in +3 marks.
- The total duration of the examination is 3 hours
- No marks are deducted if the candidate has not attempted any question.
- The syllabus contains everything taught in standard 11th and 12th.
- Each question will have four options out of which only one will be the correct answer.
- The questions are asked from subjects taught in MBBS
- The paper is divided into 3 sections
- Section A contains 50 questions, section B contains 100 questions and Section C contains 150 questions.
- Right answer results in 4 marks
- The wrong answer will have a deduction of -1 mark.
- The total duration of the exam is 3 hours 30 mins.
- No marks are deducted if the candidate has not attempted any question.
- The syllabus contains Preclinical, Para-clinical and clinical subjects studied during MBBS.
- This exam is also known as the Common Entrance Test ( CET).
Tips to crack NEET
NEET is a very difficult exam and aspirants should prepare a proper strategy to crack this immense popular examination to secure their seat in medical colleges. Cracking this exam not only include hard work but smart work as well. Dedicated practice and revision are the two main aspects in cracking this prestigious examination.
1. Know the syllabus
- The first and foremost thing is to know the syllabus of the examination really well
- The syllabus of NEET is really vast so try to divide the syllabus into sections so that it becomes easy to differentiate the part which needs to be given more focus and other parts which can be done easily.
- In physics focus on mechanics, nuclear physics, optics, thermodynamics, and Electrodynamics.
- Divide chemistry into Inorganic chemistry, Organic chemistry, and Physical chemistry and focus on topics like Mole concept, Periodic table, General Organic Chemistry, Coordination chemistry, and Chemical Bonding.
- Study zoology and botany separately and focus on topics like Genetics, Environment, and Ecology, Cell Biology, Basics of Biotechnology, Morphology, reproduction, and physiology of plants and animals more specifically human physiology.
2. Study Material
- Study material is really important when fighting exams like this thus good study material is important as well.
- Try joining an institute where they provide with their own study material which will also include previous year question papers.
- Solve as many questions as possible and try to focus on the weak part because there is negative marking.
- Join online coaching to have the experience of studying in your own comfort level, many coaching institutes provide study material offline as well.
- Make self notes and use them when revising the entire syllabus.
3. Mock Test Papers
- Practice mock test papers and see where you have scored less and focus on those areas.
- There are 180 questions and you have to finish it in 180 minutes ( 3 hours) allotting 1 minute to each question which becomes difficult so practicing the maximum number of papers will help a lot in this.
- Keep the time limitation in mind when practicing this at home.
4. Self Analysis
- When preparing for NEET, self analyze your performance and see where you make more mistakes.
- Work hard on your weaker areas and strengthen them.
- If you feel you are facing more problems in the subject or particular topic then try to attend it’s doubt class or take help from a senior or teacher.
- You can also take help from Guides or books.
5. Set Deadlines
- Suppose you have to complete p block in 4 days then make sure that you complete that in the given time frame decided.
- Set shorter and longer goals this will also help in revising the entire syllabus in the end.
- This will also help in completing the syllabus in time.
- Revision is the most important step while preparing for any exam because without revision human brain intends to forget things easily.
- Never forget to revise the weaker areas properly this will help in boosting your confidence as well as attempting the questions in the exam.
- In the end when you have studied everything sits and solves the mock question paper at the time of your examination so that your brain functions that way during the actual examination as well.
7. Comprehensive study
- Make notes but also focus on good books for cracking NEET.
- NCERT textbooks of class 11th and 12th are the best to make the base of the subject.
- NCERT books should be studied thoroughly.
- After you have properly studied Ncert then switch to other books like Arihant, RS Agarwal, etc.
Meeting NEET cutoff is more important to focus on the important topics like focus on 11th standard’s syllabus more in physics and 12th standard syllabus more in biology Optics, semiconductors, wave optics, rigid body diagrams, KTG are other important topics other than what is mentioned above. In chemistry master organic chemistry because more questions have been asked from organic chemistry rather than inorganic chemistry since the past few years. In biology, NCERT is the best book to study because most questions asked from this subject is there in this book itself, Anatomy, Pollination, DNA Replication, PAGE Theory, Digestive system, endocrine system are the topics to focus in Biology.
Centers for NEET examination is there all over the country and the question paper also comes in various languages like Hindi, English, Telugu, Bengali, Gujarati, Kannada, Marathi, Tamil, Assam and Oriya so it is best to attempt the paper in the language you are well versed to have a better understanding of the questions.
Avoid guesswork in the exam because most of the flukes attempted to happen to go wrong and attempt only those questions you are confident about and have fully solved the answer as there is negative marking in the exam as well and you have to avoid that at all cost. Most of the students are not able to clear the examination because they attempt questions in guesswork and that becomes the other way around for them to try and attempt questions you are confident about even if the number of questions you are attempting is less.
At the end of the day be positive, do not panic and be healthy and drink lots of water to become the best version of yourself.