“90% of NCERT and state boards’ syllabus is same,” says Brajesh Maheswari of ALLEN Career Institute
Kritika Tyagi, 30 Nov 2018, #NEET
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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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Can we join any reputed coaching institute for 6 months for neet 2020?

Aditya kumar Student Expert 15th Oct, 2019

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I am extremely sorry to tell you dear but there's no reputed Institute who provides 6 months course for neet preparation.  For example,  if i tell you about reputed institutes like Aakash and Allen Institutes then they don't provide admission for neet preparation just six months before neet.  Similar is the case with other institutes , so they no coaching institute will provide you admission now.



Is it worth to join crash course for 3 months for NEET 2020 exam for scoring good in reputed institutes?

Aditya kumar Student Expert 14th Oct, 2019
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Yes , test series worth it for neet . Test series are nearly similar to the actual exam and help you know what really happens during the real test. The difficulty level of the questions, the pattern of questions, the marking scheme, and the allotted time are kept identical so this will allow you to get a hands-on experience of solving the questions in exam . Practice not only makes you perfect but also builds confidence. Giving more tests during test series will help you manage time and performance with great confidence. The more tests youll give, the better you'll understand your strong and weak areas, test series also give you the opportunity to solve every question with a positive attitude. Test series for NEET 2020 will help tremendously in this respect for you.


Is there any 6 months coaching program available for NEET 2020 exam in reputed institutions?

Aditya kumar Student Expert 14th Oct, 2019

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I am extremely sorry to tell you dear but there's no coaching who provides admission for neet preparation just six months before neet as syllabus is wide and it's really difficult for coaching centers to cover the complete neet syllabus in six months time and yes there are not many students wanting to take admission just six months before neet and so they can not start a new batch with you only , so there are numerous reasons because of which you can not get a coaching right now.  You need to focus on self study and believe me you can crack meet with flying colours and fulfil your dream of becoming a doctor with self study.



Can I join now in any reputed institute for neet 2020, only 6 months remaining, I am 1st year dropper. Which course is available now and which is best institute available for admission?

Rehan Alam Student Expert 14th Oct, 2019

Dear Aspirant,

You will not be able to join any main course now as most of the institutes have their last batch starts in the month of August. Certainly many institutes can offer you to join their batches but in most of them atleast 20% of the syllabus is done, and in some cases even 50%(April batches).

So if you're aiming for a fresh batch no good coaching have a fresh batch for you now. However, you could do self study and join crash courses in the month of March-April next year. All good coaching institutes have crash courses .

Hope this helps. Thank you.


I am weak at organic chemistry i.e remembering reactions, how to score good in neet 2020?

Aditya kumar Student Expert 14th Oct, 2019

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First of all you need to learn name reactions,  name reactions are just like your formulas in maths for solving maths problems , similar is in Organic Chemistry with name reactions a number of products can be made with the help of name reactions and many times , even questions are directly asked from name reactions,  first of all to learn any reaction in Organic Chemistry,  you need to go through its mechanism so that you are able to understand everything and it will make memorising thing easy and first of all complete organic chemistry from ncert and after completing each chapter you should go through the solved and examples and then go through every single unsolved questions as ncert questions are really good for building concepts and questions in neet are mainly based on ncert and once you are done with ncert go through past 30 year question papers of neet -aipmt , then go for mock tests and then you will be ready to kill the neet 2020 . Best of luck for preparation,  do follow these tips ...


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