How to Prepare for NEET along with Class 12 Board Exam – As the Class 12 board examinations are approaching, the biggest challenge medical aspirants are about to face is balancing board exams along with NEET 2019 preparation. It is essential for NEET aspirants to perform well in the board exams as well as obtain a fair score in the entrance examination for NEET. This makes balancing board and NEET exam a herculean task. Since the syllabus of NEET includes the NCERT curriculum of Class 11 and 12 combined, it is ideal to start the preparation of NEET from Class 11 to minimize the pressure of balancing board exams and NEET preparation. 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 the respective 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 balance board exam and NEET 2019 preparation
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
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
Chapter-4: Reproductive Health
Chapter-3: Current Electricity
Genetics and Evolution
Isolation of Elements
Magnetic Effect of Current & Magnetism
Chapter-5: Principles of Inheritance and Variation
Chapter-4: Moving Charges and Magnetism
Chapter-6: Molecular Basis of Inheritance
d- and f-Block Elements
Chapter-5: Magnetism and Matter
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
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
Atoms & Nuclei
Chapter-15: Biodiversity and its Conservation
Chapter-16: Environmental Issues
Chapter-14: Semiconductor Electronics
Develop an Effective Approach – Candidates are often caught up in the dilemma of how to balance NEET preparation with board exam, 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 – NCERT books are to be religiously followed in order to balance the board exam and NEET 2019 preparation. 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 striving to balance board and NEET preparations will 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. To download NEET admit card check the official website on April 15 for NEET exam which will be conducted on May 5.
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 balance board and NEET 2019 preparation 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 balance NEET preparation with board exams
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 balancing board exams and 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 Balance NEET Preparations and Board Exam – Expert Opinion
"The future medicos currently studying in class 12 have to deal with conflicts of priorities at this juncture. The students have to focus on the board exam as well as continue to maintain steam for NEET. Based on the board exam schedule published, for the majority of the boards, a student can expect a gap ranging from 3 to 5 days between exam for all core subjects. During the intervening period between exams for the core subjects, the first 2 days need to be spent on strengthening all the weak areas. During the remaining period, an end to end complete revision of all the topics need to be done. The study sessions should include a good mix of theory, problem-solving and revising all the questions which have appeared in the last 5 years board paper. The problem-solving sessions will help the student to sustain the NEET preparation, especially in Physics and Chemistry", says academic expert, Anand Nagarajan, academic head of school division, T.I.M.E, Chennai.