Important tips for NEET-UG preparation

NEET-UG [National Eligibility cum Entrance Test] is Medical entrance test to get admission into MBBS course across India.

There is no doubt that the competition will be intense and students will have to prepare each subject in depth. According to experts, NEET-UG competition will thoroughly test strengths and weaknesses of students in all 3 sections namely Biology, Chemistry & Physics.

Here are few tips to crack the NEET-UG 2013 exam, which will held on 5th May, 2013. See all NEET-UG updates here.

Plan your preparation

“First plan your work and then work on your plan”. Nobody can undermine the importance of planning when doing any important task, and if it means preparing for the NEET-UG exam, you should be even more careful. Students should prepare a weekly study plan, and assign some chapters to study every week so that you are able to complete your syllabus in time.

Also, along with covering theory, keep practicing questions. NEET-UG will have multiple choice questions (MCQ). And practicing MCQ type questions are necessary. You can refer to previous year papers, test series, text books to find out and practice test in each subject area and subtopics. Read How to prepare for ‘multiple choice questions’ (MCQ) based exams?

So put solving papers/ questions in your plan. Don’t forget that only learning chapters will not guarantee good score, it is questions that you need to answer in the exam. So practice, practice and practice till you are perfect each chapter and then move on.

Know your Strengths and Weaknesses

You can plan the journey to the destination well if you know the starting point. You need to understand your strengths and weaknesses for any test preparation, like you can be strong in Biology, average in Chemistry and totally clueless in Physics. This is important because then you will create your plan to turn your weaknesses into strengths and ignore certain weaknesses if they are not important from exam point of you and improve your strengths.

Know your NEET-UG exam well

1. See the syllabus and compare it with your board syllabus. The full syllabus is here.

2. Note down important chapters as per the exam and your strength/ weakness.

3. Know the exam pattern well in advance, see this.

4. Keep yourself up to date with changes/ notifications on NEET-UG.

Beyond Studies

It is important to study hard and spend few hours daily on preparation but an hour or a half in your daily timetable demands to be just for yourself.

Your physical and mental health is too important to be ignored during preparation time. So take care of yourself. Keep doing some relaxing activities, eat light and healthy, drink enough water and do some light exercise (may be just an early morning walk). This will keep your body healthy and mind refreshed. You will feel energetic and positive.

Breathing exercises should be included in this regime in order to relieve the stress and be ready for intellectual challenges. Food is also a very important aspect that needs to be taken care of when preparing for entrance examinations. Stay away from fried, fatty and high sugar foods and eat more fresh fruits and vegetables.

Expert’s Advice for Students

Below mentioned are some important tips when deciding what chapter to study on any given day:

* If you have enough time for the exam, pick a chapter you are weak in and one that is important from the exam standpoint.

* If you have enough time for the exam, pick a chapter you are weak in and one that is important from the exam standpoint.

* Or if you do not have enough time, pick a chapter that you are comfortable, have not practiced enough and that is an important chapter.

* Any day give priority to important chapters if you have not revised them or not practiced enough questions on them.

* If exams are just approaching, leave out any new chapters because it will create a lot of stress and anyway you cannot master it enough for the exam.

* Keep in mind important milestones coming up, like mock tests or school exams, festivals or family functions.

7 stars for the final day:

1. Attempt questions carefully as there is negative marking system.

2. All questions are multiple choice types (MCQ), so practice MCQs from previous year papers, test series, text books. Also, note that sometimes you can solve MCQs by constructive elimination if you do not know the exact answer. Eliminate those answers which definitely are not correct and then go for the option in rest which you feel is close. As sometimes in tensed situation we forget the exact scenario but our conscious mind has a blurred reference of when we came across such topic.

3. Start exam with the section which is your strength, this will give you confidence while answering the questions and also you have to save time for tough sections. As per our experts, medical aspirants are more comfortable with Biology compared to Chemistry & Physics. So if that’s the case for you – start with Biology.

4. If chemistry is not one of your strengths, concentrate more on Organic chemistry, because there is a chance to get close to 20 questions from this topic out of total 45 questions in Chemistry section. Organic chemistry questions are likely to be easier, if you are prepared.

5. Take the weakest section towards the end, for which you would have saved more time. Many medical students feel Physics is a tough subject, so if that is the case for you, spend more time to answer the questions.

6. Physics will have calculations involved in many questions, so improve your basic maths skills, in order to solve the physics problems quickly.

7. Even if you are not comfortable in Physics don’t neglect it during preparation and in the exam – as theory based questions will be easy to answer.

… above all don’t panic in the exam as if you feel the paper is set very tough, it’s the same for everyone taking the test. So the cut-off will go down but still your number of correct answers will define your percentile and all India rank.

Keep us posted on how your preparation is going on.

Good luck.

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