The introduction of the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) in the year 2016 attracted mixed reactions from medical aspirants across the country. While a section of the aspirants welcomed it as a transparent move, others, especially, those who come from state boards are still uncertain whether they are ready to compete on a national level, which follows a different curriculum. The clarification by the authorities that NEET syllabus has been compiled after the review of various State syllabi as well as those prepared by CBSE, NCERT and COBSE has not completely removed the perception of NEET being CBSE oriented. In fact, the majority of the state-level students are facing a challenge on which strategies to adapt while preparing for the medical entrance exam and are unsure of how they would cope with a changed curriculum.
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To bring clarity on all the major questions that students might be facing at this point, Careers360 brings an exclusive interview with Brajesh Maheshwari, Director, ALLEN Career Institute who clarifies doubts regarding the change in syllabus. The Director also offers some effective preparation quick tips to boost the confidence level of aspirants during the NEET 2019 preparation.
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Read below the interview excerpts:
Careers360: How does the implementation of NEET benefit candidates? Please share your insights.
Brajesh Maheswri: Implementation of NEET exam has provided a common platform for various medical exams. This has certainly helped candidates to focus on a national curriculum, unlike AIPMT, where candidates had to appear for number of exams with different programmes of study. Now, as all the colleges are under one umbrella, the chances of obtaining admission to MBBS course for deserving candidates are extremely high.
Careers360: How an aspirant who is re-appearing in NEET 2019 should strategize their exam preparation?
Brajesh Maheswari: As all the medical aspirants across the country will be competing with each other for a hand full of seats, the competition has become fierce. The main emphasis should be on a quick revision of the syllabus. Whatever books or notes, a student has been reading, same should be continued. There is no need to buy new books. Take as many mock tests possible to check your preparation level and areas where you are lacking. It is also important to solve sample papers and last year’s question paper to test time management and problem solving skills.
I would also like to add that a common national level examination is not only a battle of knowledge but it is also recognized as a battle of nerves; only confident candidates can score high in this examination.
Careers360: How challenging would it be to appear in NEET 2019, for the candidates who are from State Boards?
Brajesh Maheswari: No doubt, it is a tough fight for those candidates who are from State Boards and have only focused on the respective syllabi. For such candidates, the preparation has to be systematic and tailor made because henceforth, they have to follow the NCERT curriculum, a little different to what they were reading in the past 2 years.
Careers360: What should be the preparation strategy for candidates who were only focused on state-level exams earlier?
Brajesh Maheswari: I would like to recommend the following preparation strategy for state board students
Focus on the question-based study.
Brush up all the important formulas and derivations.
Carefully observe all the figures in the Biology textbook and make an image of the same in your mind.
To understand the basic concept of the question, read the important derivation carefully.
Do not waste time writing the theoretical statement on paper again and again. Rather one must learn to understand the logic behind it.
Practice and solve as many questions as you can. Try to understand the logic behind the questions you have attempted wrong.
Proper time management and developing a strong problem-solving strategy with accuracy is required to score more in the NEET 2019 exam.
Careers360: The state board syllabus is quite different from NCERT or that prescribed by CBSE. To what extent is NEET justified for those who have appeared their 10+2 exam through state boards?
Brajesh Maheswari: NEET has streamlined the process of admission by saving medical aspirants from taking a number of medical entrances. The competition is tough for all candidates irrespective of their boards. Hence, candidates must not worry as more than 90% of NCERT and state boards’ syllabus is same.
Careers360: Any messages which you would like to share with NEET 2019 aspirants who are appearing for the first time.
Brajesh Maheswari: Practicing more and more questions improve the speed and accuracy for the exam. Practice previous year medical entrance exam questions as these questions provide the exact idea of the exam pattern. While attempting the paper, the aspirants should attempt Physics in the last after Chemistry and Biology. Also, NEET exam has a negative marking of -1 mark for each incorrect response; candidates are advised not to attempt those questions in which they are not confident enough.
The official NEET admit card 2019 date has been fixed as April 15, when aspirant will be able to download the admit card online. A candidate will be allowed entry inside the exam venue only upon display of the admit card; NEET 2019 exam is slated to be conducted in offline mode on May 5. The result of the exam will be declared on June 5.
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