by Ravi Kumar
National Eligibility cum Entrance Test-Under Graduate (often abbreviated as "NEET-UG" or "NEET) is a medical entrance examination for students in India who, inter alia,
wants to pursue undergraduate medical education (MBBS or Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery) in a medical college or university approved by Medical Council of India (MCI),
the only statutory authority in India responsible for granting accreditation to medical universities and colleges and granting certificate of medical practice
to eligible healthcare professionals.
For all the Indian students who want to pursue MBBS in India/ Abroad, NEET is mandatory.
As per the recommendations of the NITI Aayog, a policy think tank of the Government of India,
Medical Council of India (MCI) is being replaced with National Medical Commission (NMC) by February 08, 2020.
NEET 2019 was held on May 5, 2019. NEET 2020 shall also be held on the first Sunday in the month of May, i.e. May 3, 2020.
Every year, more than a million students appear for the exam, while only about 50% of the students qualify the exam.
Since the competition is getting tough every year, due to the increasing number of students fighting for medical seats in India,
a solid and well-planned strategy is the key to not only get through but score high in this competitive medical entrance examination.
To help you prepare better for NEET 2020 and set for all success, we, in this post on "NEET 2020: Preparation Tips & Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)," will discuss the tips, tricks,
and strategies for better NEET preparation. Let's do it now:
NEET 2020: Academic Preparation Tips
Understand Exam Pattern
Before putting any other efforts in NEET preparation, go through the previous year question papers of NEET to develop an understanding of the NEET exam pattern.
If you take the time to browse the previous question papers of NEET and draw your own analysis and understanding of the exam pattern and the type of questions asked in NEET,
you can make your NEET preparation a lot easier.
Focus on Core Material of NEET
Choosing the right study material for NEET is one of the starting yet very important step to qualify this entrance exam.
The best way to select the right study material for every subject is to hold a discussion with subject experts in your school or circle.
If you know students who have qualified NEET in the previous attempts and have secured good marks, ask them about their study plan, how did they study, and books they referred to.
Since students who have qualified NEET with soaring marks have already been where you want to be, they are in the best position to give you the best advice.
Also, while preparing, focus more on the core material in comparison to elaborative material.
As per the analysis of the previous NEET questions, about 80% of the questions are asked from the core material.
While elaborative material is also important since it helps you better understand the core material and also covers 20% of the NEET questions, core material should be your priority.
Make Suitable Subject + Time Combinations
Who likes to study one subject for hours? Well, the answer is "nobody." Once you start studying a subject and study it for an hour or two, you are bound to get bored.
To avoid single-subject fatigue, plan studying different subjects every day in balanced combinations so that when you are bored with one subject, you can pick another and so on.
Also, select the appropriate time slot for each subject. For example, some students like doing math in the morning while others prefer physics.
Similarly, some students do math at night, while others prefer studying physics at that time. You should make the combination of time and NEET subjects that works best for you.
Understand NEET 2020 Syllabus & Make A Written Timetable
All the questions in NEET are asked from your syllabus in the 11th and 12th. That means you study the entire syllabus of NEET 2020 in your school as well.
So, if you plan well, there is nothing to be worried about. All you need to do is take care of what you study in XI and XII class and learn how to apply that knowledge to NEET Questions.
Once you understand the NEET syllabus, you can estimate how much time you need to prepare for that and make a timetable accordingly.
We recommend that instead of making a rigid schedule, prepare a flexible timetable that can adjust with unforeseen circumstances.
Also, the preparation of some NEET subjects can take more time than you initially estimated, and so, you will need to make suitable changes to your NEET timetable.
Attend NEET Mock Tests
Practice makes you perfect, and what's the better way to practice for NEET than attending NEET Mock Tests.
These days, thanks to the internet, lots of free, full-length mock-tests and online NEET test series are available that you can access on your smartphone, tablet, or computer.
"The more you sweat in training, the less you bleed in combat."
- Richard Marcinko, Former United States Navy Officer
If you want to prepare better and check weak areas of your NEET preparation, there is no better way than attending a NEET Mock Tests Online.
Once you complete a Mock Test, you can check which of your answers are wrong, and then you can go in the details of the right answer so that you don't repeat the same mistakes in the real exam.
See, no matter how many mistakes you make in your Mock Tests, the real catch is that the same should not be repeated in your NEET exam.
As Richard Marcinko, Former United States Navy Officer, famously said, "The more you sweat in training, the less you bleed in combat.
" So, prepare well enough for your NEET exam so that there is no room for failure.
Revise Syllabus and Notes
If you don't revise, you don't remember, and if you don't remember, all the efforts you put in your studies have gone in vain.
Whatever new you learn, you must revise it within 24 hours; else, you are most likely to forget about 80% of what you learned.
Quick revision within 24 hours takes a few minutes, and it can save you hours by helping you remember better everything new you learn.
So, make revision an important element of your NEET preparation plan.
Do Not Underestimate Self Study
Now, most of the students prefer coaching classes to learn from the expert faculty members and in the hope of cracking NEET with their best score.
Well, there is no doubt that coaching classes help, and if you can, you should join coaching for the subject in which you need support.
However, what concerns us about some students is that once they enrolled in coaching, they think that they don't need to study or revise anything at home.
Let us tell you that such a careless approach will not ensure anything but a failure. While coaching classes help, they don't eliminate the need for self-study.
Pay full attention in the class, revise the syllabus at home, and clear your queries during/ after each class, on a daily basis.
We are sure that you have seen students who start their preparation in the last month, and few in the last week, to clear a competitive exam like NEET! And guess what?
This kind of students hope that in one week or one month of preparation, they are going to make it.
Well, Best of Luck! This can be the case only of either extraordinary minded students or students who don't care at all.
Being consistent from day one goes a long way in helping you prepare as well as remember better. If you are consistent, you don't need to stress on any day.
Your mind stays calm as you know that with every passing day, you are moving one step further in your plan. With a calm mind, whatever you study, it stays better with you. So, be consistent.
Start your NEET preparation today with a thoughtful plan and never miss a day unless it is necessary.
NEET 2020: Non-Academic Preparation Tips
Keep Stress Away
Many students study all year. They read every book in the market.
They take all the tests available, and they keep proper notes; still, when the results come out, they seem to get unpredictable results? Why?
Well, one of the important reasons for this kind of unexpected result is unnecessary stress.
See, your duty as a student is to prepare well, appear for the exam with a sound mind, attempt the exam with concentration and see what happens next? Nothing more. Nothing less.
If you have prepared well, there is no reason to stress at all. While we all feel nervous during exams but don't let that control your head.
If you are feeling stressed, think that all you can do to qualify NEET is preparing better. Do prepare well, and you will feel better. Besides, each of us has our own tactics to burst stress.
Follow the tactic that works for you.
Eating Only Healthy Food
Diet is one of the most ignored factors when it comes to preparing for exams.
We often see students eating junk food to save a few minutes to study or just for the sake of good taste!
Well, let us tell you that the taste of success is much more delicious than the taste of whatever junk food you like, and giving up the fast food in favor of healthy food will pay you well.
Healthy food will not only keep your brains and body in good shape but also make sure that you stay away from most of the diseases caused by not-so-good food! So, eat mindfully.
That's a part of your NEET preparation. We recommend that you give up all kinds of fast food at least a month before the day of your NEET exam.
Active learning needs an active mind. Also, in the examination hall, to properly recall what you prepared and to solve questions at the required speed, your mind needs to be healthy and active.
If you are not taking proper sleep before or during the exam, you yourself may be hurting your own success.
Most students think that by making a cut on sleep, they are saving time for their studies. Unfortunately, what they don't realize is that with a sleepy mind