The National Eligibility cum Entrance test was erstwhile known as the All India Pre-Medical Test. The exam is an all-Indian level entrance test conducted each year. The exam has been conducted by the National Test Agency since 2018. Students who wish to pursue undergraduate courses in medical and dental streams. Those who clear the exam can get a seat in various government and private institutions in India as well as abroad. The exam is conducted online and you have to complete the exam in 180 minutes.
A total of 180 questions are asked in the entrance test. The questions are asked from only 3 subjects namely, Physics, Chemistry, and Biology. To complete this vast array of questions one must be not only familiar with the content but also have to develop their time management and guessing skills. As millions of students aspire for the exam, the competition every year is increased significantly. How should I cover the entire syllabus and perform well in the exam is a question that often comes to the mind of young aspirants.
The chances of an average but serious student clearing this exam are similar to the probability of a topper clearing the exam. It doesn’t matter how well you performed in your school exams. What matters is how well prepared you are for the NEET entrance exam. If you have completed the syllabus of the exam, have worked on your time management skills, and can answer a significant number of questions correctly, you will make it to the list.
This article is written keeping in mind the various questions that arise in the minds of the aspirants. Several tips are given below that will assist you in your journey and will reduce the hardships you are or might be facing.
- Awareness of the Syllabus
The first step for any aspirant should be to understand the syllabus of the entrance exam. You can download the syllabus from the internet and go through it before you start a topic. Read the syllabus multiple times to get a basic idea of the topics that comprise the syllabus. This will help you filter the relevant topics from the irrelevant ones.
- Analyze the previous years’ question papers
The next step should be to download and go through the previous years’ entrance papers. Get a simple understanding of the pattern of the exam. Try to analyze the pattern and the trend of exams. This will ensure that you can separate the important topics and give them some of the priority that they deserve. Go through NEET PYQP with answer keys for 2019 Code P1..
The syllabus along with the PYQs will give your preparation the necessary direction and guidance. Whenever you feel uncertain about the importance or relevance of a particular topic, utilize these resources to arrive at a decision.
- Formulate a strategy
After you have completed the first two steps, formulate a strategy. Keeping in mind the date of the exam, set a deadline for completing the syllabus. The range of the syllabus you cover is equally significant as the quality of the preparation. Focus on both aspects to ensure that you can cover answer maximum questions correctly in the exam with confidence at a good pace.
Divide the strategy into your weekly tasks. Devise the daily strategy of all the tasks that you plan and wish to complete the night before. Make a list in a notebook or on the laptop to keep a record of the topics and concepts that you have finished. This will ensure that your preparation stays on track. If and when you want, you can modify this track record sheet accordingly.
- Stick to the textbooks
Your primary and only source of preparation should be your class 11th and class 12th textbooks. The concepts from which the questions will be framed in the entrance exam are given in your textbooks. Do not refer to any supplementary material. Go through the textbooks again and again to get a better understanding of the concepts, terms, etc. The amount of the sources will not matter on the day of the exam and thus it is important to keep your sources limited.
- Make short notes
When you are studying, make notes in short sentences in simple language. Use mind maps, tables, flow charts as well as sticky notes and highlighters. Writing down something on a piece of paper helps you understand a topic better. It also makes it easier for you to recall and reproduce the information in the exam.
- Mock tests
In your entire duration of preparation write mock tests frequently. This will enable you to assess your level of preparation. This will also help you realize whether you can complete the paper within the time limit of 180 minutes. The mistakes that you make in the tests will prove to be helpful in the exam given that you work on them and try to rectify them. Go through the topics that you feel you do not understand completely or the areas you fall in your weak zone.
The last few months and weeks before the exam, your emphasis should be entirely on revising the notes and the mock tests you wrote. Going through them will give you confidence and consequently you will feel prepared on the day of the exam. Multiple cycles of revision will enable you to mark the right answer quickly and will help you eliminate the seemingly correct-incorrect options with ease.
- During the exam
To get the maximum questions right and as a result, high scores, first attempt those questions that you feel confident about. In the second phase, attempt questions where you can remove at least 2 options. Determine the number of questions that you will attempt by trying to gauge the difficulty level of the exam.
When you feel stressed and anxious, spend some time talking to your family and friends. Eat a healthy breakfast on the day of the exam and keep a water bottle with you. Keep calm, keep confident.