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National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test [NEET] is an UG exam after which a medical aspirant gets admission into Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery [MBBS]. In the year 2020, 13.66 lakh candidates appeared and only 7.7 lakh students cracked the exam in which 3.43 lakh scored 650+. Is it really tough to score 650+ in NEET? Not at all. It is just a myth that scoring 650+ is impossible. NEET is all about applying the right strategies and preparing yourself with confidence. So, what are the strategies we can apply? Let us first study about the subjects, their weightage and how to study them.
A student should qualify in English, chemistry, biology and physics in the board exams. A 50% in physics, biology and chemistry is compulsory in order to qualify for NEET.
Physics, Chemistry and Biology are the three subjects included in the exam with a total of 97 chapters. 4 marks is awarded for a correct answer and there is a -1 for a wrong answer. There are 45 questions of physics with a total of 180 marks, Chemistry has 3 sub-sections- Organic, Inorganic and Physical chemistry, 45 questions and marks being equally distributed among them, Biology has a total of 90 questions and a weightage of 360 marks. The most important thing for a perfect score is classifying the chapters according to their weightage. After classification one should mark the chapter, he/she have been finding difficulty in. And after that one should watch video lectures, make flashcards, short notes of the required chapters.
Know the weightage:
|Genetics and Evolution||18%|
|Diversity in living organism||14%|
|Ecology and Environment||12%|
|Heat and Thermodynamics||9%|
|Current and Electricity||8%|
|Electromagnetic Induction and Alternating Current||8%|
|Alcohols, phenols and ethers||8%|
|Chemical bonding and Molecular structure||5%|
A perfect strategy with a perfect planning can make it all to the goal. Let us look at the preparation tips for each subject.
Preparation tips for Biology:
For Biology, which has the most weightage in the test, you should consider NCERT as bible as biology NCERT needs to be by-hearted and should be on your fingertips so that you have a stronger grasp in the subject. After that when you are done with the NCERT, you should go for quick revisions. Moving ahead, you should appear for mock tests for a stronger hold in the subject. When you think you are prepared, you should revise them regularly so that you can break the forgetting curve. Remember, smart work is always more efficient than hard work.
Preparation tips for physics:
Physics is all about concepts and numerical. But for NEET one should give much attention to chapters that have a lot of concepts and theory and also serves higher weightage. NCERT physics won’t suffice, for a grip you need to get yourself cleared with the concepts, theories and numerical and then you should get yourself started with previous year papers and you should be able to crack most of the questions. The questions you find new, mark them, note them and try to solve similar types of them. Physics by H.C Verma should also be solved as you will get many new types of questions for a better cause.
Preparation tips for chemistry:
Chemistry, subdivided into Organic, Inorganic and Physical chemistry. Physical chemistry consists of numerical and you should practice them as much as you did in physics. Organic chemistry is all about logics and the correct way of remembering the reactions, their names, states, types, etc. In this, there are many indirect questions off the way which have simple answers that you study but typical questions you need to crack. And at last, for inorganic chemistry, you need to just mug up the things written as there are tons of exceptions which comes out to be impossible to be understood. NCERT of chemistry is equally important.
Best books for your preparation:
These are some of the best books which should be referred for a better score.
- Concept of physics- H.C Verma
- Concise Inorganic Chemistry: J D Lee
- Oxford’s Organic Chemistry: Jonathan Clayden, …
- Physical Chemistry: O P Tandon
Summing up the strategies, one should make short notes for each subject, mark the topics you find to be tough, practice previous year papers with a sitting of 3 hours as of real exam with an environment matching the exam one, give much importance to the weightage and practice accordingly, 10-15 years of papers will suffice and will easily grab you a score of 650+. If you are a student of class 11, start preparing from today as 11 and 12 both are important for been able to crack NEET.
Last minute strategy:
When only 15-20 days remain for the test, stop learning new things and start revising whatever you have learnt as learning new will lower your confidence. If you have confidence on whatever you have studied and applied the right strategies, no one can stop you from getting a score 650+. There is nothing called impossible, the will to do it matters.
Summary of the tips and strategies:
- Study NCERT thoroughly
- Prepare on tip notes
- Study with the weightages
- Practice as much questions as possible
- Practice papers with 3 hours sitting
- Regular revision
Practicing these strategies, you will easily be able to crack the exam and score the best.
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