NEET preparation tips: Fully detailed guide with strategy


There are so many competitive exams in India like JEE, KVPY (to know about KVPY click here), CET, etc. but today we are going to talk about NEET and NEET can be a pain in the neck and yes I agree cause I have been a NEET aspirant myself too. There were some mistakes I made whilst preparing for NEET and just that you guys do not commit the same mistakes like I did I'm here to help you so keep reading further to know how to manage your time, schedule and how to prepare for each subject. 

For the preparation of NEET, it is important to be clear with your PCB (Physics, Chemistry and Biology) course. It can be a task to complete numerous chapters in a very short time and hence I'm writing this post in order for you to understand your problems and give time to each of your subjects and chapters properly. 


Importance of NEET after 12th:

NEET stands for National Eligibility cum Entrance Test. This is a pre-medical test previously held by CBSE and now by NTA (National Testing Agency). This test lets you take admission in any medical field you desire. There 2 types in NEET as in NEET-UG (undergraduate) and NEET-PG (postgraduate). NEET-UG helps you to get admission in undergraduate colleges for your bachelor's degree whereas NEET-PG is usually given for postgraduate courses or your master's degree. 

NEET is important as it is the only test which is considered for some of the medical fields and there are many options you can choose after you have appeared and cleared your NEET examination. It is better to be sure about your career and your little R&D about the course you really are interested in.

Career option for a student after 12th:

NEET provides you with numerous options to go into after you have cleared it and in all of these streams the NEET cut off varies.

Just when we think about the options we can choose after NEET examination, we end up thinking only about MBBS/BDS courses but we don't understand the fact that there are wide range of choices you can make and here is the list of all the career options you can choose.

1. MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery):

MBBS is an undergraduate degree for students who want to learn about medicine or the basic human body. Basically, there are two degrees in this course which is for medicine and surgery but is referred to as one. 

The duration of this course is of about 4.5 years which 6 months of internship. Sometimes even there are rural posting (which a lot of students try to avoid). Students who want to be a surgeon, gynaecologist, a medical director, etc. 

You need at least 50% marks in the subjects Physics, Chemistry and Biology in your 12th examination. English is also considered. 

2. BDS (Bachelor of Dental Science):

For those who opt to be a dentist and be an expert in the field of dentistry should definitely go for BDS. The degrees which can be achieved are:

  • Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS)
  • Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD)
  • Doctor of Dentistry (DDent)
  • Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS)
  • Bachelor of Dentistry (BDent). 

This duration of this course is of 3 to 5 years.


You need 50% in the subjects Physics, Chemistry, Biology and English in your 12th examination. 

After you have got your bachelor's degree, you can also apply for MDS (Master of Dental Science).

3.  BHMS (Bachelor of Homeopathic Medicine and Surgery):

In BHMS, a student gets to study about the homoeopathic system, which let's you gain in depth knowledge about the human body (anatomy), biochemistry, physiology and medicine. As homoeopathy is now widely used in India this career option has more and more openings.

The duration of this course is of 5 and a half years with 1 year of compulsory internship. You need 50% aggregate marks in the subjects Physics, Chemistry, Biology and English in your 12th examination. 

4. BAMS (Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery):

If you have an interest in medicine as well as in Ayurveda you should definitely go for this course as BAMS is a mixture of both Ayurveda and modern medicine. This course gives you knowledge about the human body (anatomy), physiology, history of Ayurvedic system, toxicology, pharmacology, surgery, skin, gynaecology, obstetrics and ENT (Ear, Nose and Throat). 

The duration of this course of 5 and a half years with compulsory one year of internship with live practical.


You need 50% marks in the subjects Physics, Chemistry, Biology and English in your 12th examination.  

5.BUMS (Bachelor in Unani Medicine):

BUMS has a similar course to that of BAMS. Though Unani is performed in India it was derived by the medieval Muslim physicians from Byzatine Greece. Along with Allopathy, Ayurvedic and Homeopathic medications even Unani is widely practised in India.

The duration of this course is of 5.5 years with compulsory one year of internship.


You need 50% marks in the subjects Physics, Chemistry, Biology and English in your 12th examination. 

6. BVSc & AH (Bachelor of Veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry):

If you are an animal lover or maybe you want to do something for those cute little creatures made by God you should go for this course as this gives you detailed knowledge about the anatomy of all animals, to treat them, to take care of them, to study the behaviour, psychology and a lot of things which are included in BVSc & AH.

The duration of this course is of 5 years with one year of compulsory internship.


You need 50% marks in aggregate in the subjects Physics, Chemistry, Biology and English in your 12th examination. 

7. BSMS (Bachelor of Siddha Medicine and Surgery):

 BSMS is also a study of the ancient knowledge and medicine with a mixture of modern science. It is a Siddha system study of medicine. Just like any other medical course this course also has a lot of openings like you can have your own clinic, be a doctor in private or government hospitals, be a lecturer, help in clinical research, a medical consultant or a medical officer.

After BSMS, if you want to know more about this particular field or master it you can further study to become a M.D. The duration of this course is of 5.5 years and compulsory one year of internship.


You need to score 50% marks in subjects Physics, Chemistry, Biology and English in your 12th examination.
   

Are you eligible for NEET ?

After you have known about the career options and vast scope in this examination you might surely be wondering that if you are eligible for NEET or not ? Well, me being a NEET aspirant, gave my NEET and scored 60 marks (NEET marks do not matter for Veterinary). That's not much of good marks I scored there and i wished i would have prepared a little more harder for my NEET and hence I will be sharing with you all the tips and tricks and time management in this post. 

So the eligibility criteria is some what same to any other competitive examination in India. As India has reserved and not reserved categories here I will be giving you guys the eligibility criteria based on your category.

Now you might be wondering if you have biology as your additional subject are you eligible for NEET ? Yes, you are.

According to the old rule you basically weren't but now if you have biology as your additional you are eligible to apply for NEET examination.

Eligibility criteria for NEET:

Here i have three different categories such as General, SC (Schedule Caste)/ST (Schedule Tribe) and OBC (Other Backward Caste). There are some eligibility criteria which are similar in all the categories. 

Students who take a drop to prepare for NEET and students who want to give it in one go (like i did!) are both eligible for NEET but there are some complications for students who took a drop for this competitive exam. 

General: 

Let me start off by saluting you mate as you have made all this time so far by just being in general category I can totally understand your pain (I'm one as well). For general's it is going to be a little tough clearing NEET compared to other categories because of the marks needed to be obtained to qualify for your desired course.

Firstly, let me break it to you that you need 50% marks in aggregate in your 12th examination (if you have appeared for your 12th examination before). There is an age limit to appear for NEET which is of 17 years. If you are below 17 you are not eligible to apply for NEET.

OCI (Overseas Citizen of India)/NRI (Non-Resident Indian)/PIOs (Persons of Indian Origin) who belong to general category are also eligible to apply for NEET. Physically handicapped students belonging to general category are also eligible to apply for NEET but need to score 45% marks in aggregate in your 12th examination.

SC/ST:

Don't want to hurt you SC/ST folks and you guys do get some special treatment. I have a friend who belongs to SC and I'm so jealous well sometimes when marks don't work in your favour so do use this as an advantage. This is a huge advantage given to you guys so don't let it go waste like another friend of mine did this foolishness and left me wondering that this is an amazing opportunity for you still you end up doing such foolishness so use this opportunity very carefully and smartly.

The eligibility criteria does not vary so much from the general category. The only thing which varies is marks. If you belong to SC/ST you will have to score 40% marks in aggregate in your 12th examination (if you have appeared for you 12th examination before). Again here the age limit is same as that of general that you have to be of 17 years of age to appear for NEET.

OCI/NRI/PIO students who belong to SC/ST category are eligible to apply for NEET. Physically handicapped students belonging to SC/ST are also eligible to apply for NEET and you need to score the same marks which is 40% marks in aggregate.

OBC:

Even here the eligibility criteria does not vary so much from the other two. You need to score the same as that of SC/ST in you class 12th examination if you have appeared before which is 40% marks in aggregate and the age limit is same which is the candidate should be of 17 years of age.

OCI/NRI/PIO students who belong to OBC category are also eligible to appear for NEET. Physically handicapped students belonging to this category are also eligible to appear for NEET exam and you need to score the same marks which is 40% marks in aggregate in you 12th examination.

Category Percentile required to qualify Qualifying score
General 50 percentile 701-134
SC/ST/OBC 40 percentile 133-107
General-PH 45 percentile 133-120
SC/ST/OBC-PH 40 percentile 133-107

How to prepare for NEET?

It is going to be tough to prepare NEET in a very short time and in order to do that you need to do a little analysis for that but don't worry since i have it already for you and you can have a glance at it and get ready for this bully (NEET).

First, understand your situation:

First you need to understand your situation and how much time is left in your hands and accordingly you need to understand what you need to do in those situations. If you are appearing for NEET either you are alternatively appearing for NEET with your boards or you took drop and this is your second try to appear for NEET. We'll discuss all the situations and i will be telling you how you need to manage your time.

If you are appearing for the first time along with boards:

If this is your first time appearing for NEET I'd suggest you first decide what course you want to take up and then prepare according to it. For eg, I chose veterinary and marks obtained from NEET do not matter so likewise prepare for NEET.

Another thing is that if you are preparing for NEET and you have your boards up the next month I suggest you get cleared with your board's concept which will also help you in your NEET preparation.

Your boards will be in the month of February/March and if you have your boards in February you will be having 2 months to prepare for your NEET and if your boards are in March you will be having 1 month preparation time. We'll discuss both these situations in detail.

2 months left for your NEET:

So, you've finished with your boards and now it's time for you to get going for you NEET. You've prepared for your boards and now you have a basic understanding of the concept and the derivations and formula from Physics and molecular formulas from Chemistry now it's time for you to revise your previous year's studies which is class 11th.

Now you must be wondering that how are you supposed to read all those books in 2 months as they are so vast? Firstly you don't have to understand and learn everything again all you have to do is just go through your notes which you must have prepared whilst you were in 11th and just quickly refer to them.

As you guys are having 2 months in your hand you can quickly glance through your class 11th notes and if you don't understand anything you can simply open your youtube search for that particular topic have a brief understanding and you are ready to go.

You can do this with the theory part for a month and the other month you can solve your 11th sums and derivations if that's your weak point.

1 month left for your NEET:

If just one month is left for your NEET then it's going to be very tough for you to cope up with everything and revision but one thing you guys need to keep in mind and know is that you don't have to stress about it as there are many attempts but don't try to cut down on your food and relaxation time. Just so you don't stress out about how will you be able to do everything in just one month so I have a suggestion for you.

Now, lets divide this 1 month into 15-15 days, see you are already prepared with your 12th syllabus because you had to study for it for your boards and now the only thing is you have to go through your 11th course. Just like i suggested before use the first 15 days for your theory section as it is pretty easy to understand and you just have to revise it because at some point it must be in your memories and for the next 15 days be dedicated towards solving sums and derivations.

Now these hardship of 30 days are over you have last 2-3 days left for your NEET, there is excitement, nervousness, panic attacks, anxiety, etc. but don't stress out so much that you forget the stuff you have prepared. In those 2-3 days try to be as calm as possible play games like chess or scrabble which will increase your concentration and help you stay focused.

If you want to know more about how to manage your time in these 2 or 1 month keep reading this article further as time management is important. 

If you took a drop to appear for NEET:

If you took a drop to prepare for NEET I appreciate your dedication mate! If you took a drop then you have a lot of time on your hands so that doesn't mean you waste this time carelessly. 

Since you have a lot of time in your hand assuming 1 year. So it would be easy for you divide this 1 year which is 12 months into half which is 6 months. Now you have so many chapters to study including your 11th syllabus and 12th revision which you have to do in these 6 months and if you are not going to any coaching classes i have an idea on how you can divide your time here.

Now, you have PCB from 11th and 12th to study and we have already divided 12 months into half which is 6 months, now what we're going to do is simply divide these 6 months into half again which will be 3 months. So, for the first three months you are going to study your 11th notes and syllabus. For the next 3 months you are going to solve your sums and derivations which will take 1.5 or 2 months. The remaining one month make sure you solve a lot of last years NEET papers and keep taking mock test to see how much time you take to solve those paper.

The same thing you are going to do with your next 6 months is you are going to divide them the same way we did for 11th syllabus and the remaining 3 months for sums and derivations, also mock tests.

Understand what you need to do:

Now that i have told you so many options you can choose after appearing for NEET make sure you are ready for it and prepare likewise. Give it your all, be dedicated towards it if you took a drop year because there might be times where you would want to give up and just take a step back so give it a thought before you step in the game.

Top 5 common career options after 12th biology stream and NEET marks needed for them: 

I have already mentioned above the career options you can have after NEET examination but here I will be mentioning about the top 5 common career options students tend to take. 
  • MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery)
  • BDS (Bachelor of Dental Science)
  • BHMS (Bachelor of Homeopathy Medicine and Surgery)
  • BAMS (Bachelor of Ayurveda Medicine and Surgery)
  • BVSc & AH (Bachelor of Veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry)

Marking system and syllabus to cover for NEET preparation: 

Now you know about what you want to do and how much time is left for you to prepare for NEET. Lets take a look at the number of questions asked and the marks they carry for each subject.

Physics:

The topics for the subject Physics for NEET are as follows:

Topic Number of questions Marks
Mechanics 13 52
Circular Motion 1 4
Elasticity and Viscosity 1 4
FLuid Mechanics & Properties of Matter 1 4
Relative Motion 1 4
Rigid Body Dynamics 3 12
Unit and Dimension 1 4
Work, Power and Energy 1 4
Modern Physics 8 32
Electromagnetic Waves and Communication 1 4
Gravitation 2 8
Newton's Law 1 4
Rectilinear Moton and Vector 1 4
Electrodynamics 10 40
Capacitance 1 4
Current Electricity 2 8
ELectro Magnetic Field 3 12
Electro Magnetic Induction 2 8
Electrostatics 2 8
Head and Thermodynamics 5 20
KTG & Thermodynamics 3 12
Heat Transfer 2 8
Optics 5 20
Wave Optics 3 12
Geometrical Optics and Physics Optics 2 8
SHM & Waves 4 16
SHM 2 8
Sound Waves 2 8

Chemistry:

The topics for the subject Chemistry for NEET are as follows:

Topic Number of questions Marks
Organic chemistry-I 3 12
Organic chemistry-II 3 12
Organic chemistry-III 13 52
Alkyl Hallide, Alchol and Ether (Reaction Mechanism) 2 8
Aromatic compounds 1 4
Biomolecules 1 4
carbonyl compounds 4 16
Chemistry in everyday life 1 4
Enviornmental chemistry 1 4
IUPAC and isomerism 2 8
Practical organic chemistry 1 4
Inorganic chemistry-I 8 32
Inorganic chemistry-II 8 32
Physical chemistry-I 7 28
Physical chemistry-II 6 24
Chemical bonding 5 20
P-block 1 4
Periodic table and periodicity in properties 1 4
S-block 1 4
Coordination compounds 4 16
D and f block elements 2 4
Metallurgy 1 4
Qualitative analysis 1 4
Atomic Structure and Nuclear Chemistry Chemical Equilibrium 1 4
Chemical Equilibrium 2 8
Ionic Equilibrium 1 4
Mole concept 1 4
Thermodynamics and thermochemistry 2 8
Chemical kinetics 2 8
Electrochemistry 1 4
Solid states 1 4
Soluction and colligative properties 1 4
Surface chemistry 1 4

Biology:

The topics for the subject Biology for NEET are as follows:

Topic Number of Questions Marks
Biological classification 3 12
Kingdom Monera 2 8
Virus 1 4
Ecology 6 24
Biodiversity 1 4
Biosphere Reverse 1 4
Ecosystem 1 4
Stratification 1 4
Envionmental Issues 1 4
Population Growth Model 1 4
Cell Biology 4 16
>Prokaryotic Cell 1 4
Cell Division 2 8
Mitrochondria 1 4
Genetics 5 20
Genetic Disorder 2 8
Blood Grouping 1 4
Mendel's Biography 1 4
Mendel's Selected Characters 1 4
Living World 1 4
Taxonomic Aids 1 4
Molecular Basis of Inheritance 6 24
RNA Processing 1 4
DNA Packing 1 4
RNA Replication 2 8
Genetic Code 1 4
Genetic Material 1 4
Morphology of Floweing Plants 1 4
Fruit 1 4
Morphology 1 4
Root Modification 1 4
Plant Kingdom 6 24
Angiposperms 1 4
Algae 2 8
Life Cycles 1 4
Gynmosperms 1 4
Mycorrhiza 1 4
Plant Anatomy 3 12
Wood 1 4
Secondary Growth 2 8
Plant Morphology 9 36
Photosynthesis 2 8
Stem Modification 1 4
Root 1 4
Cellular Respiration 1 4
Plant Growth and Development 1 4
Mineral Nutrition- Biological Nitrogen 1 4
Water Transport 1 4
Water Transport- Water Potential 1 4
Reproduction in FLowering Plants 5 >20
Embryo Sac 1 4
Endosperm 1 4
Pollination 3 12
Topic Number of questions marks
Reproductive health 2 8
Artificial fertilisation 1 4
Contraceptive method 1 4
Human reproduction 1 4
Male reproductive system 1 4
Human health and disease 3 12
Immune system 2 8
Infectious disease 1 4
Human phsiology 16 24
Circulatory system 1 4
Digestive system 3 12
Excretory system 2 8
Nervous system 2 8
Endocrine system 4 16
Respiratory system 2 8
Skeletal system 2 8
Sense Organs 1 4
Microbes in Human Welfare 3 12
Bioprocessing 1 4
Industrial products 1 4
Sewage treatment 1 4
Strategies for enhancement of food production 2 8
Artificial selection 1 4
Animal husbandry 1 4
Biomolecules 4 16
DNA 1 4
RNA processing 1 4
Enzymes 1 4
Lipids 1 4
Animal Morphology 1 4
Frog 1 4
Animal phsiology 1 4
Frog reproductive system 1 4
Biotechnology 3 12
Artificial Vector 1 4
PAGE 2 8
Evolution 1 4
Horse Evolution 1 4
Animal Kingdom 3 12
Chordates Hemichodates 1 4
Mammals 1 4
Porifera 1 4

After understanding the the number of questions asked and how much marks they carry let's not forget there are negative markings as well. 

For each correct answer you are rewarded with 4 marks and for each wrong answer -1 mark will be deducted. 

Must do chapters to qualify NEET:

In NEET it is important to understand each and every concept as you don't know what might be asked in your exams so it's better to understand all the concepts and nothing should go untouched. 

Here is the list of some important topics you need to study from each subject and those which carry maximum weightage: 

Physics:

  • Electrodynamics 
  • Wave optics 
  • Semiconductors 
  • Modern physics 
  • Rigid body dynamics
  • KTG & Thermodynamics


Chemistry: 

  • Chemical bonding 
  • Coordination compounds 
  • Carbonyl compounds 
  • Organic chemistry 1

Biology:

  • Plant Anatomy 
  • Pollination 
  • DNA replication 
  • Photosynthesis 
  • PAGE theory 
  • Endocrine system 
  • Excretory and nervous system 
  • Digestive system 


How to manage your time for NEET preparation:

As I have told you about first you need to get clarity about what you want to be and likewise prepare for NEET, then we spoke about the situations that could be possible and now it's time where I give you a little more idea about how you should manage that time which we have divided above more.

Minimum time required to qualify NEET exam:

Earlier, we spoke about this and i told you that you can give NEET in the first go or you can take a drop and also discussed that if you took a drop or if you are giving it in one go then how much time is left for you.

Well, not going to lie here, students sometimes don't get the desired marks and they go for a second try and i'd say this again if you are going for a field like veterinary where NEET marks are not considered you can still prepare for it in 1 month and it's more than enough.

How much time is left for you?

Just like we discussed earlier i'm going to give you a detailed time management advice here if you want to follow the above suggested method. 

2 months left for NEET:

So now you have only two months left. Well! this is less time to prepare for NEET well at the same time it's enough for you to score good marks as well. Confused?

Well let me get you a clear idea, 2 month is far less time if you think it as a competitive exam and maybe you are not even able to complete your whole PCB syllabus also but here's where working smartly comes into play.

NEET is a competitive exam and as we have discussed the syllabus and important topics above. You will notice that they are the same topics which you have already studied in last 2 years which is in your 11th and 12th standard.

So you already know some of the concepts already and there is no need to go all over that stuff again it's just some revision and you are good to go.

What I would recommend for you is instead of going through all the reading simply revise again and solve last year question and NEET level question for each subject. By doing this you will get a clear idea of types of question you are going to tackle.

Well in case your concept and basics are not clear even after referring notes then it can be a possibility that you have not studied well during your 11th and 12th class. Well don't worry we got your back on Student Baba you will find concept clearance post and in case of notes or any other study material, you can mail us (Email-id is provided on About Us page).

1 month left for your NEET:

Just as 2 months are not enough to qualify for your NEET well thinking about 1 month makes me giggle (I've been through this and when someone looks at you feels like you are in a trauma).

NEET can be a tough one to crack but in 1 month let's not lose hope? That's what I'd suggest in the first place and for now, just keep revising all the notes you must have prepared like I suggested above.

Well in case your concept and basics are not clear even after referring notes then it can be a possibility that you have not studied well during your 11th and 12th class. Well don't worry we got your back on Student Baba you will find concept clearance post and in case of notes or any other study material, you can mail us (Email-id is provided on About Us page).

How to distribute your time to complete preparation:

Time distribution is a lot important for studying and for all others works as well. Here, I'm just going to tell you how to distribute your time evenly so you get enough time in those 2-1 months or in your drop year. 

Time distribution for 2 months:

You might be thinking that if 2 months are left you have to study for 10-12 hours straight, but that's not how it works because it gives a lot of pressure on you and you might end up messing it all up. Just studying for 3-4 hours a day is fine and you can adjust those 3-4 hours according to you. Let's understand this with an example. 

Now, if you wake up at 9-10am, get yourself all ready by 11am have your breakfast by 11:30 and have a relaxed time of 30 mins before you sit to study. In this time you can meditate, listen to songs, play a game just to feel at ease or anything you are comfortable with and by 12pm sit to study. If you are not able to concentrate while studying i would suggest you meditate for 10-15 mins each day. 

After you start studying at 12pm take a break at 2pm have your lunch and by 2:30pm you can get back to studying till 4:30pm or 5:00pm and then the rest of the evening you're free. 

PS - This was just an example and make sure you create your own timetable according to you. 

Time distribution for 1 month:

Now that you have 1 month left for your NEET again there is no need for studying for 12-14 hours a day and just because you have 1 month left for it so I'd advise for you to at least study for 4-5 hours a day and you can adjust these 4-5 hours a day as you need or according to your routine.

I've explained in the above paragraph about how you should distribute your time and so you can refer to it here as well. Remember, the timetable I provided you with in the above paragraph is just for reference purpose and you can create your own according to your routine.

Time distribution for drop year:

If you took a drop to clear NEET you certainly have a lot of time in your hands and I don't think I need to provide you with an example of how you should design your time table as you have a lot of time left there is no pressure on you and just studying for 3-4 hours is fine.

You can distribute this time however you want like distribute those 3 or 4 hours in a day like a study for an hour or so in the morning and then use those remaining hours of studying anytime in a day. Basically, it's up to you how you want to adjust your timings.

F.A.Q:

How many attempts available for NEET ?
Ans: In total you can attempt for 3 times until the age of 25.

How many questions from Biology are asked in NEET ? 
Ans: 90 questions are asked from Biology which have 45 from Botany and 45 from Zoology

How many questions from Physics are asked in NEET ? 
Ans: 45 questions are from Physics.

How many question from Chemistry are asked in NEET ? 
Ans: 45 questions are asked from Physics.

From where can i apply for NEET ?
Ans: You can apply for NEET on the official site of NTA.

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