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- This guide has been made by EduRev experts by referring to the strategies & interviews of the toppers including Nalin Khandelwal (NEET 2019, AIR 1), Nishita Purohit (NEET 2017, AIR 11), Bhavik Bansal (NEET 2019, AIR 2).
- Study pattern, schedule and strategy of the toppers have been studied deeply while making this document so that students get the right way towards the preparation.
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- Since students waste a large amount of time, effort, and money while preparing for NEET just because of a lack of the right direction. We believe it will be very very valuable for every aspirant.
- This guide was made to teach in a guided way so that you can clear your NEET with the least amount of time, effort, and money spent, by just making sure you Study What Actually Matters for the preparation for the exam.
How to Prepare for NEET?
This section aims at helping you devise a well-planned preparation strategy for the upcoming NEET exam. Let’s have a look at the fool-proof STEP by STEP preparation strategy for preparing NEET exam.
Step 0: What to do Before you begin your NEET preparation?
The best thing you can do for yourself for your NEET preparation is to time to read this guide and then check at different steps to see if you are in the right direction in achieving your dream. So, as you prepare for NEET, keep in mind that the most important thing you can do is believe in yourself. Believe that every bit of effort you put in will pay off in the end.
Remember, becoming a doctor is a dream worth pursuing, and with the right mindset and dedication, you can make it a reality. So, keep pushing yourself, stay focused, and trust that you have what it takes to succeed!
- Understand the Syllabus: It is recommended that you obtain a physical copy of your syllabus and keep it close to your study area instead of solely relying on a digital version. This will aid in visualizing your progress more effectively. As you finish each chapter or subject, mark it off on the printed syllabus to have a clear understanding of how much is left to cover out of the total 100 chapters. This will not only keep you motivated and responsible, but it will also assist you in assessing your pace and advancement. With a precise goal and a strategy in place, you will be on your way to achieving success in NEET.
- Set goals and devote time effectively: Before starting your preparation for NEET, it is important to prepare yourself mentally and physically for the examination. Set goals and devote time effectively.
- Analyze and chart a plan: Analyze how you would devote time for studies and chart a plan. Today, with technology like the internet, it is possible to balance your life and preparation with ease.
- Make a Timetable: To become a doctor, it is necessary to be organized like a doctor with a strategic daily routine and patience. Set proper deadlines, and you would work better and complete the syllabus of NEET faster and with better retention.
- Focus on Micro Planning: Planning is equally important as studying. Plan how to study. Focus on micro-planning i.e. make daily plans, set weekly targets, and make a broad vision for your entire month. This planning of months will shape your future as a NEET Aspirant.
- Avoid Distractions: One of the main distractions is technology, including your phone, laptop, and tablet. To avoid temptation, try leaving these devices in another room or giving them to your parents while you study. If you're studying online, turn off notifications or disconnect from the internet while you're watching a video or recording.
- Stay Motivated: Lastly, ask yourself why you want to be a doctor because this will become the most important step by the time you reach Step 6.
Step 1: Start your preparation by reading NCERTs
- Start with NCERTs: You must thoroughly go through NCERT books which form the base for every question. These textbooks actually create the foundation of topics on top of which building more important knowledge and facts will stand. EduRev provides you with an NCERTs for NEET course that includes NCERT books PDFs, NCERT solutions, NCERT exemplars, NCERT based topic-wise Tests and much more for each and every chapter.
Completing the syllabus of NCERT books is just like laying the foundation for a building. You cannot build anything on the ground unless there is a strong foundation underneath it. NCERT books are designed to help a student understand the concepts in a step-by-step manner. These books help understand the basic concepts, which is essential for rock-solid preparation.
- You must understand each and every line written in this book. From a single line of NCERT, questions are framed in NEET, drawing inference from each and every line.
- In Biology, NCERT summaries, tables and examples are very important to memorize because you get direct questions from them.
- For Physics, though NCERT lines are not that important, NCERT in-text questions and exercise questions must be solved thoroughly. You can practice and analyze NCERT questions on EduRev also.
- Like Biology, in Chemistry, NCERT is more than sufficient for your Inorganic chemistry preparation. However, Exercise questions + Theory is important for Organic and Physical Chemistry as well.
- Memorize Standard Formulas: Physics and physical chemistry formulas must be learnt by heart and should be at your fingertips. EduRev has compiled the formula list for you, click here to check.
- Named Reactions and their Mechanisms: Practice named reactions and their mechanisms of NCERT in Organic chemistry as they are very important from an exam point of view. You can go through the standard formulas for Chemistry through this link.
- Practice NCERT Questions: You must keep in mind that NCERT questions practice is the best way to start with practising questions. EduRev has compiled NCERT Exercise questions and Exemplar docs with solutions for every chapter, click here.
- Attempt tests: EduRev offers 1000+ tests including chapter tests- Class 11 & Class 12, topic-wise tests, Subject wise tests, Mock tests & PYQs, which is a blessing for you as you have to do the continuous practice of the MCQs.
Step 2: Prepare for Biology, Chemistry and Physics productively
After you've finished analyzing the syllabus and reading the NCERT, you can begin subject-wise preparation.
NEET exam is divided into 3 subjects:
So, let's begin by assessing each subject's preparation strategy.
Step 2.1: How to Prepare for Biology?
- Start with NCERT: First of all, you should start studying NCERT Biology, which is one of the best sources for Biology NEET. 98-99 percent syllabus comes from NCERT in Biology NEET.
- How to read the NCERT book for Biology: Every line published in this book should be clear to you. NEET questions are created from a single line of NCERT, with inferences drawn from each line. Don't overlook the summaries in the NCERT book, as questions have been asked from them in the past. Understanding numerical values given in NCERT biology is also key, so make sure to review them carefully. Also, It's important to solve NCERT back exercises and interpret questions that may not have a direct answer in the text. EduRev provides you NCERTs of all the chapters, to check them out click here.
- Use Flowcharts: Biology processes can be complex, so try using flowcharts to visualize processes. To simplify your studying, use sticky notes, color pens, and highlighters also.
- Revision of NCERT Biology: To ensure that topics are well-understood, you should do NCERT revision several times (20-30 times).
- Short-Notes based on NCERT: After you are done with the NCERTs thoroughly, now is the time for revision with short notes. Make your own notes and ensure they're strictly NCERT oriented, including all the keywords. For revising concepts and short notes which are entirely based on NCERT, you can check out the course of class 11 and 12 Biology on EduRev by clicking here Class 11 Biology and Class 12 Biology. In these courses, you will get the proper notes based on NCERT for revision.
- Regular Practice and Continuous Improvement: You must keep attempting practice tests regularly and analyzing the mistakes that you make to improve them. This will improve your accuracy & speed and helps you avoid silly mistakes. Biology is a scoring subject, if you practice hard, you can score well. You can attempt tests after revising notes from EduRev. PYQs can also be used to analyze and practise questions. Check Practice tests here.
- Chapterwise Test Practice: While preparing chapters in Biology, you can give chapter-wise tests as well as topic-wise tests for a better understanding of your weak and strong areas. EduRev has approximately 200-300 questions compiled in its tests for each chapter.
On EduRev, you can practice previous year biology chapter-wise questions from the past 31 years.
- EduRev has compiled all types of questions for you that are important from an exam point of view (whether it is Truman's Objective Biology Book or NCERT). EduRev offers 1000+ tests including topic-wise tests, chapter tests, mock tests & PYQs. It is recommended for you to practice at least 2 tests a day to strengthen your practice. You can start your practice by clicking here.
- Books other than NCERT: You can attempt Truman’s Objective Biology - Tyagi & Goyal for the strong preparation of questions, but NCERT must be done entirely before going to any other book. Also, NEET Exemplar contains well-framed questions that are based on complex NCERT concepts. By solving these questions, you can prepare yourself for anything that might come your way in the exam.
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Step 2.2: How to Prepare for Chemistry?
(i) Organic Chemistry
- Start with NCERT: You must cover the NCERT thoroughly and take notes to revise the chapter every now and then.
- Named Reactions: In organic chemistry, it is very important for you to learn named reactions with their mechanisms.
- It's also important to really understand the reactions, not just memorize them. It's like cooking - you can follow a recipe and get a good result, but if you know the chemistry behind it. So, all the reactions covered in the NCERT should be at your fingertips.
- Important Topics: IUPAC, GOC, and isomerism are very important topics. These topics must be practised more and more. GOC (General Organic Chemistry) is like the foundation of a house - you need to have a solid foundation before you can build anything else on top of it.
- Practice PYQs: Analyze and practice questions through PYQs of Organic Chemistry. PYQs can help you to understand the type of questions coming in Organic chemistry in past few years.
- Books other than NCERT: Once you've got a good grasp of the basics, it's time to level up your game. For Organic Chemistry, MS Chauhan's book is a great resource to help you deepen your understanding.
(ii) Physical Chemistry
- Solve Practice and NCERT Questions: In Physical Chemistry, questions are really important. It is important that you solve NCERT intext questions and exercise questions properly before jumping onto PYQs.
- List of Formulas is important: You must prepare a list of all the formulae and revise them regularly.
- NCERT may not serve the whole purpose so you can also refer to some good books like Narendra Awasthi.
- Do or Die Chapters
- It involves topics like Mole Concept and Redox Reactions, which should be understood well before moving on to other chapters. Practice plenty of questions to become familiar with the concepts and prepare for related questions in other chapters.
- For Atomic Structure, focus on electronic configuration, Aufbau rule, and Pauli exclusion principle.
- Memorize formulas for Gas Laws and Thermodynamics.
- Equilibrium requires more focus, especially with ionic compounds.
- Simplify Redox by understanding exceptions in oxidation state.
- Visualize Solid State with animated videos and be aware of void placement.
- Electrochemistry requires understanding of electrochemical series and plus/minus signs.
- Chemical Kinetics requires lots of practice to tackle tricky questions.
- Surface Chemistry should be read over multiple times with key points highlighted to improve recall.
- Practice PYQs: Analyze and practice questions through PYQs of Physical Chemistry. PYQs can help you to understand the type of questions coming in Physical chemistry in past few years.
- Books Other than NCERT: Once you've got a good grasp of the basics, it's time to level up your game. For Physical Chemistry, you can solve problems from NK Awasthi's book as it is a great resource to help you deepen your understanding.
(iii) Inorganic Chemistry
- NCERT is Important: NCERT is more than sufficient for your Inorganic chemistry portion. NCERT must be followed; good questions are framed from it; questions do not come from outside of NCERT; only NCERT-based questions are asked.
- Basic Chapters: Before moving on to the more advanced topics, it's really important to master the basics like Chemical Bonding, the Periodic Table, and Quantum Numbers. These might seem like simple concepts, but they are the foundation for understanding everything else.
- Do or Die Chapters: Chemical bonding and the periodic table account for half of the inorganic chemistry syllabus; revise them thoroughly through NCERT. Direct questions are asked from chapters like S and p blocks. You must learn their examples by heart.
- Practice PYQs: To Analyse and practice questions through PYQs of Inorganic Chemistry click here. PYQs can help you to understand the type of questions coming in Inorganic chemistry in past few years.
You can practice Previous Year questions of Chemistry chapterwise of past 31 years on EduRev, check it out here.
- Chapter-wise Test Practice: While preparing chapters in Chemistry, you can give chapter-wise tests as well as topic-wise tests for a better understanding of your weak and strong areas. EduRev has approximately 200-300 questions compiled in its tests for each chapter. You can practice from the links given below in concept building.
- Concept Building: For concepts and revisions of Chemistry, you can check out the content on EduRev by Clicking here on Class 11 Chemistry and Class 12 Chemistry.
- Books other than NCERT: Once you've got a good grasp of the basics, it's time to level up your game. For Inorganic Chemistry, try VK Jaiswal's book as it is a great resource to help you deepen your understanding.
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Step 2.3: How to Prepare for Physics?
- Determining factor: Physics' difficulty level determines your rank because it is more difficult than other subjects.
- Derivations are important to understand: It is important to focus that how things are derived in physics instead of cramming derivations.
- What to read in NCERT: It is important for you to go through NCERT summary points and points to ponder in blue boxes.
- Practice Questions
- Solving NCERT Examples & questions is a must. For your ease, EduRev provides all Solved Exemplar and Exercise questions. To check out please click here.
- Attempt to answer as many questions as accurately as possible within a given time limit, rather than attempting to solve all questions in that period.
- You can also practice from H.C. Verma and D.C. Pandey which are very good books for practicing questions from the exam point of view. You can also practice questions at EduRev as we have compiled all the questions and solutions for all the chapters of H.C. Verma and D.C Pandey, you can check out H.C. Verma Solutions & D.C. Pandey Solutions for NEET Physics.
- Irodov Book can be preferred for some of the topics for question-solving. Solving Irodov is one of the milestones which most of the students try to cross. You can practice questions of Irodov (with solutions) in an easy way at EduRev; check it out here.
- If you are confident about your preparation now, you can also attempt JEE mains questions/ AIEEE questions to have an edge over others. You can practice JEE physics chapter-wise and topic-wise questions from here. As well as you can practice JEE mock tests for physics, click here.
- After all the exhaustive question practice, to analyze and practice questions through PYQs of Physics click here. PYQs can help you to understand the type of questions coming in Physics in past few years.
You can practice Previous Year questions of Physics chapterwise of past 31 years on EduRev, check it out here.
- Do calculations in your head: Another important tip is to develop a habit of attempting to do calculations in your head rather than relying on a calculator. This will come in handy during the examination as it will save you precious time.
- Concepts building: Understand concepts first from teachers. Then watch videos and after that start doing questions. EduRev provides you with the complete course on Physics which consists of Videos, notes, and tests also, to check, click here for Class 11 & Class 12.
- Chapter-wise Test Practice: While preparing chapters in Physics, you can give chapter-wise tests as well as topic-wise tests for a better understanding of your weak and strong areas. EduRev has approximately 200-300 questions compiled in its tests for each chapter. For practice, click here for Class 11 & Class 12.
- Standard Formulas: You should remember standard formulas properly. Maintain a formula book for yourself. Firstly, create a sheet for each chapter that has all the equations, important facts, units, etc. This will help you review the entire chapter with one reading and be able to answer questions on any topic.
- Revision: For concepts and revisions of Physics, you can check out the content given in EduRev by clicking here.
- Books other than NCERT: Now, when you're ready to move on to practice questions, a great resource to check out is the book by DC Pandey & HC Verma as already mentioned above. It's an ideal book for NEET Exam preparation and you can easily access detailed solutions on EduRev.
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Step 3: After completing each chapter, attempt as many questions as you can
While attempting questions, it is important to include both NCERT exercise questions and Previous Year Questions. Practising PYQs help you in:
- Attempt Previous Year Questions: There is no better guide than previous year's question papers when it comes to understanding the exam pattern. EduRev provides 31 previous years' question papers, check them out here.
- Time Management and Speed: You must solve 180 questions in three hours (180 minutes) and choose 180 questions from 200 questions, implying that you have less than a minute per question, according to the NEET exam pattern. You must achieve this speed in order to attempt the maximum number of questions on the exam day. Previous year's NEET question papers and mock tests are designed to be completed in three hours. Setting a timer while working on these will assist you in reaching this goal.
- Prepares you for all types of questions and topics: PYQs give you a brief idea of what type of questions are asked in the main exam.
Step 4: After covering the syllabus, attempt Mock tests
- Boost confidence: Practising questions make you confident and give a real picture of how much syllabus have you covered precisely.
- Time Management: In the NEET exam, managing time is the most vital task and you can not overlook it. Practising mock tests make your time management skills stronger. You can practice mock tests on the EduRev platform, by clicking here.
- Makes you Proactive: Mock tests come to the rescue when an exam is on the verge. Mock tests give you a complete feel for the real exam and prepare you accordingly. Mock questions are the most effective way to prepare for an exam.
- Train your mind to take practice tests during the same time frame: Give Mock test at the same time as the actual NEET Exam (2-5 pm each day) so that you can get accustomed to being alert during this period of the day. It's like forming a habit, and if you take tests at different times, you may find yourself feeling drowsy during the allotted time period.
- Don’t fall into a cheating pattern while attempting Mocks: Sometimes it may seem like a good idea to collaborate with a friend and split up topics so that you can both get better scores on a mock test. However, this is not a good long-term strategy and will be detrimental as it will make it much more difficult for you to learn the topics later on which you are skipping right now. So, Avoid this type of cheating to make sure you are properly learning the concepts.
- Don’t be scared of less marks in Mocks: When taking mock tests from the comfort of home, it might be tempting to refer to formulas from books or notes. But this approach can lead to an unhealthy state of mind where you're always relying on such formulas, rather than testing your knowledge. Therefore, it's important to give tests without shortcuts and evaluate your knowledge on the basis of what you remember and how fast you can recall the concepts.
EduRev provides All India Rank (AIR) & in-depth analysis after every test that you attempt. You also get to know the average time taken by the students across the country to attempt a particular question. Continuous analysis & improvement is really important for every NEET aspirant.
Step 5: Analyse your performance
- Analyze the test: After taking a mock test, the most important thing to do is analyze it. It is more important to analyze the test than it is to take the test. Taking a practice test will not help you improve your grades. You must figure out your personal error bandwidth, as well as how many mistakes you made while guessing an answer, how many silly mistakes you made, and how many questions you skipped. You will find the solution if you correct these errors. Every step matters, so consider what you should do to improve your score on the next test.
- Look over the solutions: The next step is to thoroughly review the mock test solutions. Surprisingly, after giving a mock test, many students ignore the solutions, defeating the purpose of the test. Don't make the same blunder. Carefully and patiently go over the solutions. While working through the solutions, you will be learning how to apply problem-solving theory, which is a crucial skill for passing the NEET exam.
Step 6: Repeat Steps 2 to 5, at least 8-10 times before the exam
After analyzing your performance, now it's time to start the revision from the top. Start revising the topics, in which you don't feel confident.
- Revise the NCERT and short notes: Revise the NCERT once again as toppers suggest that NCERTs must be covered at least 8-10 times before the main exam. Once you are done with the whole NCERT, pick up the topics or chapters that you feel you need more practice in.
- Analyze and re-attempt the PYQs: Once you are done with the revision, revisit the questions that you found important while attempting the mock tests and PYQs. In EduRev, the infinity members have the option to review their marked questions and even reattempt the tests. Click here to see mock tests on EduRev.
- Analyze the sections where negative marking is on peak: Once you are done with the revision, now it's time to minimize your negative marking. Analyze your tests carefully and see in which sections you are doing the most mistakes. Properly analyze those answers and try to minimize your negative score.
- Avoid wasting your precious hours on revision without a plan: As some students spend 2-3 hours revising a chapter, which is the same amount of time they spent studying it for the first time. Hence, set a maximum time of one hour for each chapter you revise. Maybe you face little bit of difficulty while revising and take more than 1 hour in a chapter initially, but that’s okay you will progress slowly.
Step 7: One month before NEET
Here are the things you should definitely follow in the last month before NEET:
- Mocks, Mocks, Mocks – Put Quality over Quantity:
Try to solve mock tests in an effective way. Don't try to solve numerous questions instead focus on the quality of the questions you solved. After attempting questions, always check for the answers and if your answer is incorrect, understand the answer and see where you were going wrong.
- Revisit the formulae. It does help:
Revisit the piece of paper where you listed all the formulas and short notes and revise them daily, no matter what! Learn all the basics.
- Revise what you have learned. Do not go for new topics:
Now is the time to get better at things that you are already good at and dump the things that you are poor at. Revise the stuff that you are comfortable with and forget about the topics that you hate.
- Take care of yourself: Lastly, take care of yourself throughout the month. Take breathers between your perpetual studying hours and go for a drive, play a sport, or get enough hours of sleep.
Frequently Asked Questions on NEET Preparation
Q.1. When will the NEET 2024 exam be held?
Ans: The NTA will release the official notification for NEET 2024. The NEET 2024 exam will be held on May 2024 (tentative)
Q.2. How many times is NEET held in a year?
Ans: The NTA conducts the NEET exam once every year.
Q.3. What is the mode of the NEET 2024 exam?
Ans: The mode of examination is offline. NEET exam is a pen-paper-based test. Candidates have to mark their responses on an OMR sheet.
Q.4. Are there any limits to attempting the NEET exam?
Ans: There is an age limit of 17 years. You have to be 17 or more by the time of admission. If you do not fulfil this criterion, you cannot take admission to any medical college. Other than this, there are no limitations.
Q.5. Who is the authorizing body to conduct NEET?
Ans: National Testing Agency (NTA) is the conducting body of the NEET exam.
Q.6. What is unique about the NEET exam?
Ans: Earlier, the Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research (JIPMER) and the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) conducted separate exams for medical admissions. But, now NEET is in charge of conducting the medical entrance exam. You have to clear the NEET exam to take admission into any prestigious medical college in India. Candidates qualifying NEET exam will be eligible to get admissions into 76928 Medical, 26949 Dental, 52720 AYUSH, 1205 AIIMS and 200 JIPMER seats.
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