NEET or National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test for undergraduate courses is conducted by National Testing Agency (NTA) every year for admission to Medical and Dental courses in approved/recognized Medical and dental colleges across India. Many of the universities in Russia, Ukraine, China, etc also consider NEET results for admission into their universities. So, NEET is the gateway for an aspirant for Medical or Dental related courses.
This year the exams were supposed to be conducted in July 2020, however, due to the COVID situation, it has been postponed to 13th Sept 2020 by NTA. Even this date is not final, as there is a petition by a group of parents and students in the Supreme court to further postpone the exams on account of the COVID pandemic. The hearing was on 17 August.
Whatever be the outcome of the supreme court decision, NEET will be held for sure and students should not shift their concentration from studies as it is an important milestone for preparing for their medical career.
Thanks to COVID, most of the classes have gone online and students need not move out of their homes during this pandemic for getting tuitions for preparing for the NEET.
About 14 lakhs students aspiring to be doctors and the competition will be tough as usual. Further, the cut off percentile would be higher than the previous year, and the minimum would be around 50 percentile. However, with a good study plan and proper coaching, it is not difficult to qualify with a good percentile in the NEET.
A few time-tested methods adopted by successful students are listed below, following which will enable students to clear NEET with good scores. As the syllabus for the NEET is very vast the preparation should be done methodically;
- Prepare a proper timetable with time allocated for each subject and topics which are in the latest syllabus for NEET. More time should be allocated for tough topics, and lesser for the areas where you are strong. However, no topic should be left out as overconfidence is always bad. Share the day equally with tough and easy topics so that you do not get tensed up. Do not leave any portion pending for the next day as backlogs keep on increasing and as the time for exam nears, you will not be able to complete the portions.
- Study as per the latest syllabus, as the topics are vast, there is no point in studying more than what is required. Refer to previous years’ question papers through which you will also realize as to how many questions come from each topic. Concentrate more on topics on which more questions have been asked.
- Several resources are available online which the students can refer to preparing for the test. Also, refer to books written by good teachers which provides you with plenty of solved and unsolved questions for practice
- Make short notes of important points and formulas as you study. This helps during the revision before the final exam. Also, bookmark important and difficult topics that have to be revised before the final exam.
- The key thing in NEET is to be able to complete the paper within the allotted time of 180 minutes. Speed is very important as only 1 minute is available for answering each of the questions, 180 questions to be answered in 180 minutes. The best way to achieve this is to answer mock test papers at home within the 180 minutes time limit. This will help you to pace your answers in such a way that you can complete the pace within the allotted time.
- Solve all the past year’s question papers. Taking up mock tests also helps you in identifying your weak areas. Plan more study time for those topics where you have not fared well in the mock tests.
- Getting negative marks for the wrong answers is one of the pitfalls in NEET. The best solution for this is not to attempt to answer a question if you are not sure of the answer. Guesswork is very dangerous and can pull down your marks substantially.
- All studies and no relaxation will lead to mind becoming clogged and your concentration will reduce. Take periodic breaks during your studies. Use it for relaxing your mind by listening to good music, taking a small walk, or just sit down and practice meditation.
- Not only mental health, but physical health is also very important. Spent at least 30 to 45 minutes doing exercise and yoga every day. Eat a healthy and balanced diet, avoid all types of junk food. Have a good sleep for 6 to 7 hours at night. Being healthy is very important.
- Finally, do not lose hope at any point in time. Keep yourself positively motivated and be confident about clearing the exam.
That’s all folks, prepare well and all the best. For more details, you can always get in touch with ITCS, the best study abroad consultants in Bangalore.