NEET UG is a medical entrance exam conducted by NTA, an independent and self-sustained testing organization. NEET is an all-India qualifying exam for courses like MBBS and BDS in government and private institutions at an undergraduate level. For post-graduate students, NTA also conducts NEET PG which is an entrance exam for admissions to various MD/MS and Ph.D. programs.
Millions of medical aspirants appear in this exam for getting admission to various prestigious medical institutions. NEET is the only major medical entrance examination in India that has huge competition. To qualify for NEET in the first attempt students should start their preparation from class 11 only, but many students take a year drop or decide to give NEET a year after.
In past years, it was not so difficult to crack NEET on the first attempt. Students used to clear NEET in the first attempt by studying from schools and self-study only, they didn’t require any kind of coaching. But today self-study and quality education for NEET are important as the competition is much bigger as compared to past years. Studying with the right technique and approach, and student’s honest hard work are equally important. The rising competition has increased the need for coaching institutions and experienced teachers.
Some important details regarding NEET-UG are given below:
Eligibility criteria – For All India and state quota seats, the minimum age of candidates eligible to sit in the exam is 17 years and the maximum is 25 years. 5 years of relaxation is granted for categories like SC/ST and OBC. In addition to it, students are required to pass in physics, chemistry, and biology by a minimum of 50% from a recognized board.
Paper pattern – The NEET question paper is divided into 3 sections- Physics, chemistry, and biology that carries 180 marks each and makes up a total of 720 marks. For the correct answers, 4 marks are awarded and for the wrong answers, 1 mark is deducted. NEET follows the CBSE syllabus only, therefore studying from NCERT is best recommended.
Some Important topics to prepare for NEET-UG -;
Physics- Optics, Mechanics, Nuclear Physics,
Biology– Genetics, Ecology & Environment, Cell Biology, Morphology,, Reproduction, Physiology of Animals & Plants
Chemistry- General Organic Chemistry, Periodic Table, Coordination Chemistry, Chemical Bonding
Some Important tips to crack NEET-UG in 1 year are:
1. Get familiar with the syllabus – The first step towards preparation for any competitive exam is getting familiar with the huge syllabus. Exams like NEET cover the whole syllabus of both classes 11th and 12th. Students who only have 1 year for preparation should cut down on low-scoring chapters and should focus more on high-scoring chapters.
2. Follow a study timetable – Students who follow a fixed timetable stay focused on their goals during their NEET preparation. Students preparing for NEET in 1 year should devote equal time to both the 11th and 12th syllabus. Students should dedicate long hours to effective studying. Students should follow their timetable strictly and should modify it if necessary.
3. Make proper notes– Students should always take proper notes during lectures. It is considered the best way to improve memory skills. Students should always note down important definitions, terms, and keywords. Making notes are also a helpful aid for revisions before an exam.
4. Solve previous year and sample papers – Solving sample papers is an important step for NEET-UG preparation. Practicing papers help students grasp concepts and also gives them a chance for improvement. Students should try to solve sample papers in the time limit given in NEET.
All subjects are very important for qualifying NEET. The syllabus of NEET covers the whole syllabus of classes 11th and 12th as prescribed by CBSE, therefore students are required to cover the syllabus of the whole 11th and 12th in 1 year.
Here are some subject-wise effective strategies which can benefit students during their NEET UG preparation.
1. Physics – This is the most numerical and mathematical subject in NEET-UG syllabus. Students should ensure to give enough time to prepare for NEET physics. Some important tips to prepare physics well are:
Study from one book – Students are advised to do their preparation from NCERT books because NEET follows the CBSE syllabus only and NCERT books are best for the CBSE syllabus. In addition to that for getting a deep understanding of concepts students are advised to study from a reference book. Books like D. C. Pandey will help the students a lot.
Clearing all the concepts – Physics is a conceptual subject. To crack the NEET examination, students should understand all the concepts well. If concepts are clear students can easily solve numerical questions that will help them in scoring well.
2. Chemistry – It is the most scoring chapter for NEET-UG amongst physics and biology. Chemistry NEET syllabus is huge as it comprises 29 chapters in total. Some tips to score well in NEET chemistry are:
· With one year in hand students should focus more on high-scoring chapters. If studied well, chemistry can help students secure a good rank in the NEET exam. Students should give equal time to organic, inorganic, and physical chemistry.
· Students should practice questions regularly to remember all the important theory and numerical parts. Students should practice questions from NCERT for sure and should also practice from reference books like O P Tandon. NEET Chemistry Important Questions with Solutions are also available on the Internet for easy preparation.
3. Biology – This subject is divided into two parts- zoology and botany and hence contains the most number of questions among physics and chemistry. Some tips to score well in NEET biology section are:
· Students should avoid studying from multiple books and should stick to one book only. Students should understand all the concepts well from NCERT first before moving to reference books. It is important for students to revise NCERT books as much as possible because most questions asked are NCERT based only.
· Students should practice mock tests as much as possible. As the number of questions asked in the biology section is more and time is limited, therefore it is important for students to improve their speed of attempting questions.