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How to Prepare for NEET?

Are you genuinely interested in the service of fellow humans by caring for and treating people with health conditions? Do you see yourself working in a health care setting in a doctor’s coat? If yes, then medicine is “the” field you should consider as your prospective career path.

Not only this career is immensely satisfying and rewarding, but it also offers the highest-paying jobs once completed.

Every year, millions of aspirants apply for the UG NEET exam to secure their place in some of the best medical institutes in India and become a licensed medical practitioner. Since the level of NEET is extremely difficult, only a few make the final cut.

However, the good news is that you too can be one of them! If you believe you have what it takes to make it in this field, keep on reading this article.

Overview of NEET 2020

Under Graduate National Eligibility cum Entrance Test or the UG NEET is a national level competitive exam for entry into the top medical colleges in India. Conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA), this exam takes place annually and allows for admissions into two courses – MBBS and BDS.

The usual mode of testing is MCQs, which covers three subjects- Physics, Chemistry, and Biology. A total of 120 questions, each carrying four marks, are to be attempted in three hours. A negative score of one is awarded in case there is a wrong answer.

Best Tips & Strategies for UG NEET

Now that you know the pattern of the UG NEET exam, it’s time to get yourself moving and start preparing. Whether you are applying for the NEET exam next year or are sitting for the upcoming 2020 UG NEET, here are some tips and strategies to help you prepare for this exam.

1. Time Management

Medical entrance exam or the UG NEET is one of the toughest exams, which requires an immense amount of time dedicated solely for preparation. In order to ensure that you manage your time well, it is important that you first take stock of your everyday schedule and figure out how much time you are left with and how much time you think you can invest in each subject (i.e., Physics, Chemistry, and Biology). Also, while you designate a time for a particular subject (say, Biology), make sure that you are not going back to another subject (say, Physics or chemistry) during that hour. Jumping back and forth from one subject to another would take away so much of your time, which you instead have invested productively in learning one subject.

2. Know Your Strengths & Weaknesses

As the exam is highly competitive, it is very important to know your syllabus inside out, so that you do not miss out on any topic. As you will start preparing, you will realize that there are certain topics that have a good command over. Similarly, there will be other topics in which you are less confident. Thus, emphasize on your weak areas and work on them regularly. If possible, take as many mock tests as possible after going through each topic- instead of taking mocks after reading the entire chapter.

3. Good Study Material

There is a common misconception among students that the more books you have in your bookshelf, the better your chances are at qualifying NEET exams- or any exam for that matter. This notion is clearly very wrong. In fact, the more you are flooded with books, the less clue you will have about your preparation, and you may even end up jumbling up all the basics.

Therefore, it is advisable to choose a good study material and stick to that one only, instead of juggling between two books.

4. Previous Year Question Papers and Mock Tests

In order to get the hang of how a typical NEET question paper looks like, make sure that you go through the last year’s question papers. This will give you an idea about mostly asked concepts, repetitive questions (if any), the pattern of the NEET exam, the nature of questions asked, etc. Moreover, taking full-time NEET mock tests on a regular basis will help you analyze your performance better. For instance, your strength or weakness in a particular area,  or the amount of time you are consuming while attempting a question, etc.  This will consequently help you enhance your speed and accuracy as well.

5. Formulas, diagrams, and graphs

Learning science becomes tenfold easier when you make use of diagrams and graphs to understand those concepts. Many experts advise students to visualize those concepts by drawing graphs and diagrams. Likewise, it is always a wise idea to make a list of formulas that are important in a separate notebook. This will allow you to revisit those formulas quickly when you are stuck in solving a problem.

Right Strategy In Essential

With the right strategy, dedication, and direction, clearing the NEET exam is not much of a mammoth task. If you think you still haven’t prepared well, do not fret. There is still so much time to introspect and figure things out. Just pull up your sleeves and start studying. Like any competitive exam, all you need to do is be focused and believe in yourself that you can do it.

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