The NEET exam is a highly competitive examination with lakhs of students vying for a limited number of seats in the MBBS and BDS courses across the country (except AIIMS and JIPMER). The syllabus of the NEET exam is similar to the Physics, Chemistry, and Biology syllabus of Class 11 and 12. Also, most students prepare for their board exams along with NEET. In this article, we will offer some tips about how to clear NEET in your first attempt.
Why the first attempt? If you are not well-prepared, then you can always attempt again, right? Technically, you can. However, if you look at the list of toppers in recent years, you might find that almost all of them topped the exam in their first attempts. If you think about it, the reason is simple. As you study for your board exams, you are studying the same topics as you would for NEET. Therefore, by strategically creating a study plan that helps you intensify your preparation is a better ploy than putting it off for the next year.
How to clear NEET in the first attempt
If you are wondering how to clear NEET in the first attempt along with your board exams, then you must remember that your first attempt is your best shot at cracking the exam. Rather than getting intimidated with two major exams in close succession, you must look at it as an opportunity to prepare in a manner that both the exams benefit. Here are some tips that can help:
Assess your level of preparation
The NEET exam includes the Physics, Chemistry, and Biology syllabus of class 10 and 12. Therefore, you are already aware of certain concepts. Hence, before you start preparing for NEET, solve some sample papers or previous years’ question papers or appear for a test series. Assess your performance by analyzing your responses. Find out how many incorrect answers did you choose and why? Do you need to revisit the basics or were they calculation errors? In other words, identify your strong areas as well as areas that need improvement. Once you are clear about these, you can start creating a study plan.
A study plan allows you to approach the preparation in a methodical and structured manner. Once you have identified your weak and strong areas, create a study plan that allows you to improve on your weak areas and build on your strengths. Allocate subjects across different days/weeks and create a timetable with a daily schedule. Spend some time in creating a study plan and ensure that you take all aspects into consideration like eating, sleeping, etc. Also, ensure that you give enough time to each section and also for solving problems.
Work with deadlines
While creating a study plan, create long and short-term goals. For example, you might want to finish the basics of Physics in X days as a long-term goal and have short-term goals for individual topics. Stick to these goals and they will keep you motivated and focused.
Get good study material
While the NCERT books can help you understand the basics of the topics in the syllabus, you will need to refer to some additional books in order to clear NEET in the first attempt. Talk to your mentor/guide or professors and ensure that you have good study material with you.
Many students underestimate the importance of self-written notes. When you are understanding a concept or find a great way to solve a particular set of problems quickly, ensure that you make a note of it in your personal notebook. These notes help you revise efficiently and can be a great asset during the last few days before the exam.
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Evaluate yourself regularly
Keep solving sample papers or taking tests regularly to assess your improvement. Understanding concepts and solving practice-problems is one thing, applying the learning to questions in a test-scenario, quite another. By solving sample papers or taking mock tests, you will be able to assess if you need to revisit certain basics or practice solving more problems.
Stay confident and positive
One of the ground rules of clearing NEET in the first attempt is believing that you can. Staying positive and confident allows you to never give up even if the study schedule seems too much to handle. Further, it allows you to enter the examination hall in a calm and composed manner and attempt the paper without any stress.
While bagging a good score and getting the desired seat with a good medical institute seems like an uphill task, you can achieve it by following the tips mentioned above. Remember, you will never have enough time to prepare for an exam. You must learn the skill of managing your time more efficiently by planning your studies and sticking to the plan. So, gear yourself up and crack the NEET. Good Luck!