NEET (National Eligibility cum Entrance Test), previously and famously known as All Indian Pre-Medical Test (AIPMT) is a pre-medical exam for aspiring medical students. NEET helps you get admission in courses like MBBS, BDS and AYUSH (BAMS, BUMS, and BHMS).
It was started in 2013 after the much thought of the Supreme Court which recognized the stress and pressure students have to undergo when they have to prepare and appear for numerous state conducted medical exams. Apart from it, the application fee that has to be paid for every entrance is an added burden.
As such, to scrape off all the trouble medical aspirants have to go through, a single entrance test was started, which came to be known as NEET.
The National Testing Agency (NTA) conducts NEET every year and its score is accepted by more than 500 colleges including both government and private institutions. After the merit is announced, every student is allotted a rank that helps him get admission. The 15% seats are allotted by MCI for the state, central and deemed universities.
For the rest of 85% of seats, the state medical board releases their own merits for various private institutions. NEET is conducted for over 66000 seats in which government institutes have a share of 27590 seats across India.
NEET is conducted in 1 phase for 3 hours in an offline mode. All students appearing for the NEET exam need to have Physics, Chemistry, Biology / Biotechnology as their subjects and should have passed in these subjects. The exam pattern of NEET (UG) is based on these subjects.
It has 180 multiple-choice questions divided into three parts. Part 1 has 45 questions of physics; Part 2 contains Chemistry and Part 3 sums up Biology. The syllabus for the test is thus 96 chapters of PCB from both class XI and XII with an exception of the physical world, Frog, Earthworm.
Every correct answer will fetch you 4 marks and 1 is deducted for every wrong one. The maximum marks thus are 720 for 180 questions.
Every year lakhs of students appear for this exam and with such limited seats, only a few get a chance to pursue their dream. To excel, students need rigorous preparation with proper study schedules. A student has to have a thorough knowledge of the pattern of the paper.
What’s also important is to have the right study material that will help you sail through this exam with a breeze. As such, read on to know what you’ll be needing to prepare for your NEET exam.
Subject Books from trusted authors
The role that books play in your preparation can not be underestimated. No matter how many notes, or study material you are equipped with. For NEET, being equipped with biology books is very important as this subject constitutes the maximum part of the exam i.e. 80 questions out of 100. As such, you must choose only the right books, especially your biology book.
The suggestion is to start with NCERT. Make sure you complete the NCERT book before moving on to additional resources. Students are often terrified of Physics because of its calculative nature but ignoring it will do no good as it carries marks of 45 questions. Some of the reference books that you can go through are-
- Concepts of Physics by H.C. Verma
- Problems in general physics by IE Irodov
Next comes Chemistry. It is quite liked by many but dreaded by others as it is divided into organic, inorganic, and physical chemistry, which need to be aced in order to score highly in this exam. As such, in order to score well in the Chemistry part of the exam, you must prepare from your NCERT and a good reference book like Physical Chemistry by OP Tandon.
Revision Notes of each part
Making revision notes during self-study is very important while preparing for the NEET exam. Biology is a subject that requires a lot of mugging of names and terms. Physics and Chemistry have nomenclatures, periodic tables, formulae, etc, that require constant revision.
Notes become a great source of recalling everything especially when your exam date is close. They help students in revising the already studied topics easily and efficiently.
Daily Practice Papers
It is a well-known saying that” Practices make one perfect”. It is normal to forget something that we have studied only once. However, if you read what you’ve read, or practice daily, it will help you retain it better and recall it whenever you want. As such, make a habit to do practice papers daily, as it will help in giving you a solid understanding of the concepts, formulae, etc.
On top of that, doing these papers regularly will help you evaluate your performance. Not to mention, these papers will also help you familiarise yourself with the exam pattern, and all types of questions that may be asked, and would also boost your confidence.
Previous Year Question Papers
Previous year question papers are a must while preparing for the NEET exam as they will give you a gist on how to prepare for an upcoming exam. NEET sample papers with solutions will help you evaluate your performance and will help you in increasing your speed. These can be accessed easily on the internet. Look up NEET Sample Question Papers and Solutions and you’ll get ample material.
Before starting with your preparations, it is important to equip yourself with all the necessary study material, research papers, previous year question papers, notes, and basic stationery. Prepare a study schedule in advance giving each topic a particular day. Stick to this plan and do not break the routine. It is important for all the students to follow the prescribed syllabus and from books that have study material of quality.
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