How to prepare for NEET 2020 - The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) will be conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA) on May 3, 2020. With less than 5 months remaining in NEET 2020, candidates are gearing up for the exam. As many as 13 lakh take the exam each year, the competitive nature of the exam creates tension among students. Careers360 spoke to Mr. Aakash Chaudhry, Director of Aakash Institute on how to prepare for NEET in 5 months. With his insights on how to deal with stress and do’s and don’ts of the exam, candidates can prepare for NEET in 5 months. Mr Chaudhry has also talked about managing the time while preparing for NEET UG and board exams. As per him, “Efficient time-management, in-depth knowledge of topics and judicious planning can help students to score good marks in the exam.Latest - NEET 2020 registration has begun from December 2; apply before December 31.To know details on postcard size photo for NEET 2020 and more, click here
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Read the full interview on NEET 2020 preparation tips below:
Careers360: What should be the preparation strategy of students if one is appearing for Class 12 Board as well?
Aakash Chaudhry: It is imperative for a NEET aspirant, who is currently studying in Class 12, to keep the focus on the pattern of both the exams, independently. Students are required to cover Class 11 syllabus as well to prepare for NEET 2020. Students should make a proper schedule while keeping priorities ready as the board exams get closer. The month of February and March should be dedicated completely to Class 12 board preparation while in November, December and subsequently after boards in April, NEET exam preparation should be kept as the key priority.
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Careers360: Are NCERT books enough for NEET preparation 2020? If not, which are the other that can be referred?
Aakash Chaudhry: NCERT is considered the prime help book or if we can say bible for any NEET aspirant. However, in addition to the NCERT books and available recorded video content, students can also refer to some of the best books for NEET.
Concepts of Physics Vol I and II by H.C. Verma
Modern Approach to Chemical Calculations – R. C. Mukherjee
Trueman’s Elementary Biology Volume – I and Volume – II
NCERT – Exemplar
Concise Inorganic Chemistry – J. D. Lee
Organic Chemistry – Morrison and Boyd
NCERT - Exemplar
Careers360: How should the preparation strategy change as the exam draws closer? Should the strategy change when the exam is 5 months, 3 months and one month away?
Aakash Chaudhry: We believe, a well designed and phased manner approach to cover NEET syllabus should be adopted while moving closer to the date of the exam as described below:
Physics: Make a note of important points and formulae of every chapter in a separate book. Solve as many questions from mock papers and keep the revision book handy. Some of the important topics are Dimensional Analysis, Current Electricity and Heat Transfer, Kinetic Theory of Gases, Thermodynamics and Rotational Dynamics, Geometrical Optics, Waves and Sound and Electromagnetic Induction.
Chemistry: For Chemistry, the NCERT textbook is recommended, as it is well framed for a detailed understanding of all the topics. Aim to attempt all questions in the textbook and then move on to reference books for additional preparation. Physical Chemistry is about clearing concepts and implementing these concepts and procedures by solving maximum MCQs. Inorganic chemistry is more about facts and little about concepts. This section involves a lot of learning the concepts from their end. Organic chemistry is very demanding and candidates must clear their concepts. Important topics in Chemistry are Thermodynamics, Equilibrium, Hydrocarbons, Carbonyl Compounds, Chemical bonding, Mole Concept, Electrochemistry and Coordination Compounds.
Biology: NCERT textbooks are again pertinent for the Biology section to crack NEET. This is considered the most important subject for the candidates aspiring to take admission to MBBS and BDS courses. Further, Biology is given 50% weightage in NEET question paper as compared to Chemistry and Physics. Hence, you need to be very clear with different questions to attempt questions in the exam. And this can be possible with a regular revision of the subject with practice tests. Use mnemonics to memories things in Biology. Important topics in Biology can be Diversity in Living World, Structural Organization in Animals and Plants, Cell Structure and Functions, Plant Physiology, Human Physiology, Reproduction, Genetics and Evolution, Biology and Human Welfare, Biotechnology and its Applications, Ecology and Environment.
Animalia and Plantae topic needs to be prepared more carefully. The main emphasis must be on the characters of Phylum in Non-Chordates and the classes of Chordates. All examples given in the NCERT along with the common name (wherever given) should also be memorized.
Careers360: How important test series, mock tests and previous year question papers? When should an aspirant start taking them?
Aakash Chaudhry: One of the best tools to prepare for NEET 2020 is to join a mock test series. Taking mock tests can help to strengthen the student’s preparation method and build up a higher confidence level. Students will be able to analyze their scores and reduce errors as well. Mock tests may help students to evaluate the time spent on each section. Students should start taking the mock tests 3 months before the date of exam so that they will have ample of time to work on the different kind of mistakes which students are committing repeatedly while taking the mock tests.
Careers360: Should students adopt a different preparation strategy for AIIMS MBBS and JIPMER MBBS? If yes, how can they differ?
Aakash Chaudhry: Although the syllabi of Physics, Chemistry and Biology are believed to be same for NEET, AIIMS & JIPMER but there are certain additions in later two:
Looking into the above additions and difference in exam pattern, the preparation strategy for AIIMS and JIPMER should be slightly different as given below:
Careers360: What should be the last minute and last day preparation strategies for the exam?
Aakash Chaudhry: The last phase of preparation is often considered a crucial juncture. With barely a day or two to go, it is normal to get a little nervous, however, one must ensure that they make the most of their time. It is advised to flip through your notes and fix doubts instantly. This is not the time to focus on new things. Most importantly, have a positive mindset.
Careers360: What should the students do to tackle the pre-exam stress?
Aakash Chaudhry: Exam pressure and stress are said to go hand in hand. The thought of not doing well can interfere with our body and mind and hinder our productivity. Following are the activities recommended to overcome pre-exam stress:
Careers360: What are the common mistakes made by the students on the exam day which can be eradicated?
Aakash Chaudhry: Students strive hard to score well in NEET to get admission to the college of their choice, but they still end up making a few mistakes. Following are the common mistakes made by students during the NEET exam:
Careers360: Any NEET 2020 preparation tips that students should keep in mind to deal with the negative marking system?
Aakash Chaudhry: Students preparing for NEET exam should not overlook negative marking, as it can make a difference between a good and an average rank. For students appearing in NEET exam, it is recommended to not to be overconfident. Skip doubtful questions as it will help in decreasing negative marking. One must ensure to read all the questions carefully and avoid answering questions at the last moment.
Careers360: What should be the exam-taking strategy? How should candidates manage their exam time between the different sections of the paper?
Aakash Chaudhry: It is very important to stay calm and composed. In a first, read the questions carefully and emphasize on the highlighted words of question statements. Start with the subject you like the most or is your strength. Biology subject is recommended to be attempted first. Don’t spend too much time on individual questions. Keep moving forward and attempt the questions that you know in the first half of the exam time. Accordingly, keep a track of time and how many questions that are left unattempted. Every section of question paper should be dedicated to the required time. Ideal time distribution can be:
Physics: 60 Mins for 45 questions, Chemistry: 50 Mins for 45 questions, Biology: 60 Mins for 90 questions and the remaining 10 minutes should be used wherever additional time is required.
Careers360: NEET was to be a computer-based test this year but is now a pen and paper-based one. What do you think caused this change of events suddenly? In your opinion, will NEET 2020 be a computer-based test?
Aakash Chaudhry: I believe government decided to go back to pen and paper test to give more time to students and the rest of the ecosystem to be ready for a computer-based test. Another possible reason could be that step was taken so that it does not affect the preparation strategy of the students.
In my opinion, there is a strong likelihood that NEET 2020 could be in CBT mode. This will result in saving precious time during exams and will also result in the faster declaration of results. It will also bring in the digital revolution in the rural areas as students will now be able to practice free of cost in centres set up by the National Testing Agency (NTA).
Careers360: Any other message you would like to share with NEET 2019 aspirants?
Aakash Chaudhry: Adapt a learning style that suits the students - visual, auditory or tactile. Visual devices include drawing, pictures, charts, maps, graphs, etc to supplement your preparation for the exam. Use bright markers and symbols to point out important notes which will help you during revision. Students are known to retain knowledge gained better when they can associate an image or demonstration referring to it.
After completion of any topic, objective questions related to it should be solved on regular basis to be aware of retention of the topic. All those questions which could not be solved should be marked and searched in study materials. One should prepare the summary list of important facts/formulae of every chapter and should keep on revising the list regularly.
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Tanisha, it will code 02 if you belong to any other State except for Karnataka. Code 02 says: The Higher/Senior Secondary Examination or the Indian School Certificate Examination which is equivalent to 10+2 Higher/Senior Secondary Examination after a period of 12 years study, the last two years of such study comprising of Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Bio-technology (which shall include practical tests in these subjects) and Mathematics or any other elective subject with English at a level not less than the core course for English as prescribed by the National Council of Educational Research and Training after introduction of the 10+2+3 educational structure as recommended by the National Committee on Education.
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NEET 2020 counselling will start from the third week of June.The counselling of NEET 2020 will be conducted entirely in online mode.Candidates willing to participate in the NEET counselling will be required to register online in the MCC website.Only those candidates who have qualified NEET 2020 with the minimum required percentile(minimum cutoff) will be eligible to participate in the counselling of NEET 2020.
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