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Ultimate guide to prepare for NEET

by Shruti Pandey
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It’s exam season and students are busy preparing for a number of examinations, including entrance examinations for different courses. Soon after the Class XII exam is over, they get burdened to prepare for many entrance examinations. One such entrance exam is NEET (National Eligibility cum Entrance Test). It is one of the most prominent entrance examinations for medical aspirants. Conducted annually, the exam is conducted for admission to MBBS/BDS courses at leading medical/dental colleges in India run by the Medical Council of India/Dental Council of India.

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NEET – A stepping stone

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) is the sole body that organizes NEET exam every year. It is surely a stepping stone for all the medical/dental aspirants in India. Based on their performance in the exam and their All India Rank, the students get admission to top medical/dental colleges in India. Here are few important facts about the examination that every student should be aware of –

The examination for this year will be conducted on 6th May 2018 for which the applications were received between 8th February 2018 and 9th March 2018.

The test will comprise one paper containing 180 multiple-choice questions.

The time duration for the test will be 3 hours.

The question paper will be available in English, Hindi, Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Kannada, Oriya, Marathi, Tamil, Telugu and Urdu languages (students can choose their preferred language as per their selection of examination centres).

There will be a provision of negative marking too for every wrong answer.

What topics students should cover?

As recommended by the MCI, the NEET syllabus for UG admissions to MBBS and BDS courses covers topics from three major subjects – Physics, Chemistry and Biology. Here is a detail of what a student need to prepare in these subjects –

Physics – This section covers questions from Laws of Motion, Kinematics, Physical World and Measurement, Electrostatics, Optics, Thermodynamics, Gravitation, Work, Energy & Power, Electronic devices etc.

Chemistry – This section covers topics such as Basic Concepts of Chemistry, Thermodynamics, Classification of Elements and Periodicity in Properties, States of Matter, Hydrocarbons, Electrochemistry, Surface Chemistry, Haloalkanes and Haloarenes, Organic Compounds containing Nitrogen, Biomolecules, Polymers etc.

Biology – The section of Biology comprises questions from Diversity in Living World, Cell Structure and Function, Structural Organisation in Animals and Plants, Plant Physiology, Human Physiology, Reproduction, Biology and Human Welfare, Genetics and Evolution, Ecology and environment and Biotechnology and its applications.

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How to prepare?

Before heading-on towards the studies, here are some key tips and tricks for the students to follow for efficient preparations –

Make a preference for good study material. The students are advised to not only stick with the NCERT but also refer to some good reference books too.

Prepare an efficient study plan. Giving significant importance to the time, the students need to set realistic goals for themselves without compromising with the syllabus.

Take help from technology as well. With so many open source mediums of study available online, the students can gather handful information, if utilised it properly.

Guesswork will not at all pay. In fact, it can bring the students in deep waters when it comes to scores.

Also keep a check on the progress by regularly attempting mock tests.

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