How to Prepare for NEET along with Class 12 Board Exam
Tanzim Hazarika, 08 Dec 2018, #NEET

How to Prepare for NEET along with Class 12 Board Exam – The biggest challenge for medical aspirants is preparing for NEET along with Class 12 board exam. NEET UG aspirants are required to perform well in the Class 12 exam along with obtaining a fair score in the entrance examination. This makes NEET preparation along with Class 12 board exam a humongous task. NEET syllabus usually follows the NCERT curriculum of Class 11 and 12 combined. It is ideal to start preparing for NEET from Class 11 so as to dilute the pressure of preparing for with along with Class 12 board exam. NEET eligibility criteria also require candidates to secure a minimum aggregate of 50% (45% for Physically handicapped and 40% for reserved categories) in the subjects of Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Biotechnology in the Class 12 board examination in addition to qualifying entrance exam by securing the cutoff percentile required for each category. Aspirants can check below for important tips on how to prepare for NEET along with Class 12 board exam.

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Strategies on How to Prepare for NEET along with Class 12 Board Exam

What to Study – An aspirant must have prior knowledge of what to study before s/he starts preparing for NEET or Class 12 board exam. The NEET syllabus comprises both the Class 11 and 12 NCERT curriculum while that of board exam includes only the part being studied in Class 12. For the reference of the candidates, the Class 12 syllabus for NEET as well as board examination has been described in detail below.

Syllabus of Class 12 NEET and Board Examination





Topic / Chapters


Topic / Chapters


Topic / Chapters




Solid State



Chapter-1: Reproduction in Organisms



Chapter-1: Electric Charges and Fields

Chapter-2: Sexual Reproduction in Flowering Plants



Chapter-2: Electrostatic Potential and Capacitance

Chapter-3: Human Reproduction


Chemical Kinetics


Current Electricity

Chapter-4: Reproductive Health


Surface Chemistry

Chapter-3: Current Electricity


Genetics and Evolution


Isolation of Elements


Magnetic Effect of Current & Magnetism

Chapter-5: Principles of Inheritance and Variation


p-Block Elements

Chapter-4: Moving Charges and Magnetism

Chapter-6: Molecular Basis of Inheritance


d- and f-Block Elements

Chapter-5: Magnetism and Matter

Chapter-7: Evolution


Coordination Compounds


Electromagnetic Induction & Alternating Current


Biology and Human Welfare


Haloalkanes and Haloarenes

Chapter-6: Electromagnetic Induction

Chapter-8: Human Health and Diseases


Alcohols, Phenols and Ethers

Chapter-7: Alternating Current

Chapter-9: Strategies for Enhancement in Food Production


Aldehydes, Ketones and Carboxylic Acids


Electromagnetic Waves

Chapter-10: Microbes in Human Welfare


Organic Compounds containing Nitrogen

Chapter-8: Electromagnetic Waves


Biotechnology and its Applications





Chapter-11: Biotechnology - Principles and Processes



Chapter-9: Ray Optics and Optical Instruments

Chapter-12: Biotechnology and its Application


Chemistry in Everyday Life

Chapter-10: Wave Optics


Ecology and Environment


Dual Nature of Matter and Radiation

Chapter-13: Organisms and Populations

Chapter-11: Dual Nature of Radiation and Matter

Chapter-14: Ecosystem


Atoms & Nuclei

Chapter-15: Biodiversity and its Conservation

Chapter-12: Atoms

Chapter-16: Environmental Issues

Chapter-13: Nuclei


Electronic Devices

Chapter-14: Semiconductor Electronics

Develop an Effective Approach – Candidates are often caught up in the dilemna of how to prepare for NEET along with Class 12 boards, as there is a difference in the exam pattern of both. The pattern of questions asked in NEET is entirely objective of Multiple choice questions whereas the Class 12 board exam consists of both objective and subjective type questions. To develop an effective approach, aspirants must ensure that they have a thorough understanding of the basics, a method which will help in answering both the type of questions. 

Referring the Right Books – The book to be religiously followed for both Class 12 and NEET exam is the NCERT. As suggested by experts as well as toppers, candidates must be thorough with the book to fare well be it in NEET or Class 12 board exam. NEET aspirants, however, are also required to have a complete understanding of the Class 11 NCERT and can also refer to best books for NEET.

Planning the daily study schedule – Aspirants preparing for Class 12 boards as well as NEET need to prepare a study schedule which includes time for regular classes and self-study. Candidates also need to put in a rigorous effort in terms of studying for both the exams.

What to Practice – Class 12 board examinations require candidates to elaborately depict diagrams, solve numericals, and equations. NEET, on the other hand, asks questions based on schematic diagrams, formulas, and numericals. Aspirants must practice all such questions on a regular basis in addition to studying the theory while preparing for NEET along with Class 12.

Self Analysis – The most important aspect of how to prepare for NEET along with Class 12 is self-analysis. The approach of self-analysis for the Class 12 board exam will differ from that of NEET. While preparing for Class 12 boards, candidates must try and solve full-length sample papers and question papers from previous years. In NEET, however, it is essential that candidates also take up mock tests in addition to solving previous year NEET question papers.

Topper Tips on How to Prepare for NEET along with Class 12 Board Exam

Juggling between NEET and Class 12 boards was never a tough task for NEET 2018 AIR 3, Himanshu Sharma who said, “I had a clear plan in my mind from the very beginning as to how I will study for the exam. I divided my time for different chapters ranging from one to two hours per chapter. I prepared from the very beginning for the boards and NEET simultaneously so that I did not have to face any exam stress and tension”. 

Sharing his preparation strategy for Class 12 board examination along with NEET preparation, Krishna Ashish Agrawal, NEET 2018 AIR 7, shared, “Physics was a little tricky for me so I tried to pay more attention to this section. I had a prepared schedule for each section and I tried to closely follow until the last days. I studied for 6-7 hours each day and believed in my teachers whatever knowledge they imparted me I followed it. Although, I had to halt the NEET preparation while taking the board exams for a month. After Class 12 boards, I studied for NEET with more vigour and hard work”.

How to Prepare for NEET along with Class 12 Board Exam – Expert Opinion

“Take up preparations of NEET 2018 simultaneously with that for the Board Exams. Doing NEET 2018 preparation in tandem with Class 12 boards will help streamline the preparation for both exams. Divide the whole syllabus of NEET based on Class 12 Board Syllabus and cover each topic of NEET while preparing for boards. Once done with first reading, work in reverse fashion and solve previous years’ question papers and mock tests of NEET. Read the associated theory alongside to fill theoretical gaps which may come up. Solve at least around 12 previous years’ papers and some mocks of medical entrances which are based on the NEET exam pattern and syllabus. In the end, students will realize that about 80% of both Boards and NEET 2018 preparation would have been completed within the same time”, says academic expert, Anand Nagarajan, Head of T.I.M.E, Chennai. 

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