With over six lakh candidates competing for around 50,000 MBBS/ BDS seats, securing admission through national-level medical entrance exam, National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) is a tough proposition. With few days left for NEET 2017, Careers360 brings you preparation tips from experts and toppers who suggest that a right preparation strategy followed with a disciplined approach and consistent study schedules can lead to success.
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As per the Supreme Court’s decision in 2016, NEET has replaced All India Pre Medical Test (AIPMT) as well as state and institute level entrance exams across the country.
Tips to crack NEET
To help aspirants, the top rankers of NEET 2016 share their insights on preparations, importance of NCERT books, mock tests, revision and ways to optimise performance to get high marks.
Read below the preparation tips on ‘How to crack NEET’
Het Shah, AIR 1 in NEET 2016 & AIR 4 in AIIMS MBBS 2016
The topper from Nadiad, Gujarat, Het Shah, outsmarted nearly eight lakh candidates to secure AIR 1 in NEET 2016. He believes that his consistent hard work of two years helped him to achieve success. He says that he religiously followed the visualisation method, which was also the trick not to lose calm during the exam. He also shared the importance of studying thoroughly from the NCERT books.
NCERT Books are the key to strong foundation: Het emphasised on strengthening basic concepts by thoroughly studying from the NCERT core books. He shares that he does not believe in marathon studies, instead followed a strict routine of studying four to six hours from NCERT books. He believed that following a regular schedule and intensely studying from the NCERT books played a major role in his success in the medical entrance exams.
Advice to aspirants: He suggests aspirants to start their preparations early, join a good coaching institute as it helps to polish their knowledge and gives them an edge over other aspirants.
Ekansh Goyal, AIR 2 in NEET 2016 & AIR 9 in AIIMS MBBS 2016
Calm and composed with extraordinary intelligence and possessing a passion for football, Ekansh Goyal, followed one simple strategy and achieved AIR 2 in NEET 2016. In an interview with Careers360, he unveils the secret to be among top rankers in one of the most coveted entrance exam.The Odisha boy had also secured AIR 9 and 8 in AIIMS MBBS and JIPMER MBBS 2016, respectively.
Regular studies: The only strategy he adopted was to stay relaxed and study regularly followed by small breaks. He shares that his success mantra was 12 hours of study everyday. However, he discourages sitting for long hours at one-go. He says, he focused on revising the syllabus repeatedly.
Recreational activities are important : According to Ekansh, it is important to balance studies and recreational activities. During the preparation phase, he would play his favourite sport, football. As they say, a healthy mind resides in a healthy body,”occassional outdoor games help you rejuvenate your spirits,” he says.
Nikhil Bajiya, AIR 3 in NEET 2016 & AIR 2 in AIIMS MBBS 2016
Nikhil did not find too many surprises in NEET 2016 as he was confident about his preparation. He scored AIR 3 in NEET and AIR 2 in AIIMS 2016. The aspiring neurosurgeon believes that self-study is equally important along with guidance from coaching mentors. Along with it a systematic preparation plan plays an important role. He adds that mock tests and practice papers helped him identify his weak areas.
Balance all subjects: He shares that medical entrance examinations are subject and topic specific. Some topics are lengthy and time consuming. Nikhil says that he divided time equally among all the three subjects. First, he revised all important topics and made notes of each of them. Second, to improve question solving speed, he had set a deadline to solve 10 questions per day within the stipulated one hour
Advice to aspirants: He shares the success mantra; make a plan and follow it religiously without fail. Practice well till you accomplish your aim. Drawing an anology from the ‘tortoise and rabbit ‘ story, Nikhil suggests to follow the tortoise and not rabbit to win the race.
Arushi, AIR 5 in NEET & AIR 10 in AIIMS 2016
Arushi, who secured fifth rank in NEET 2016, gives complete credit to her parents and teachers, who ironed whatever obstacle she faced. In this interview, she shares how her focused strategy made her crack medical entrance examinations and come out in flying colours.
Hard work is the key: She shares that following coaching expert’s advice and guidance is of utmost importance. Revise each and every thing taught to you in coaching classes as well as in school. She says that hard work and perseverance is the key to success. Also, it is important to remind yourself about the goal, which you wish to achieve and work hard towards it.
Improvise on weak areas: The topper shares that her preparation strategy revolved around strengthening fundamentals and improvising on weak areas. She tried to convert her weak areas into strengths by devoting extra time to concepts where she lagged.
Never get demotivated by failures: It is important to give your 100 per cent, while preparing for the competitive examinations. Her advice is to never get demotivated by failure. Rather, one should try to analyse the obstacle between you and your success and work hard to eradicate it permanently.
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