How to prepare for NEET 2020 - Aspiring doctors must be equipped with the knowhow of how to prepare for NEET before appearing for the exam. The National Eligibility Entrance Test conducted by NTA is the largest entrance test attempted by around 16 lakh students per year. So if you wish to attempt NEET, you should start with knowing how to prepare for NEET 2020. With just 1,02,586 seats (75,893 MBBS and 26,693 BDS) are available and the competition high, a correct plan on how to prepare for NEET 2020 is vital to get closer to that dream of becoming a doctor. This article is a compilation of all necessary information pertaining to the syllabus, exam pattern, books and lastly how to prepare for NEET 2020 such that you stand a very good chance of cracking the exam.
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How to prepare for NEET 2020

1. Be familiar with the exam schedule

A must factor in the preparation plan for any NEET aspirant is the knowledge of the dates and chain of events before and after the exam. Deadlines and timetables can be better planned and executed with this knowledge.

NEET 2020 schedule has been announced by NTA on August 21. Candidates can check NEET important dates 2020 from the table below.

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NEET Important Dates

Important events


NEET 2020 application form release date

December 2, 2019

Last date for NEET 2020 application submission

December 31, 2019

NEET admit card release date

March 27, 2020

NEET 2020 exam date

May 3, 2020

Result announcement

June 4, 2020

2. Be well versed with the syllabus

You must be well versed with NEET syllabus if you have to crack the exam. The syllabus is very extensive and includes topics and concepts from physics, chemistry and biology. It has been seen that in NEET, 50 percent of the questions are from biology and the remaining 50 percent from chemistry and physics. Therefore your how to prepare for NEET 2020 should begin with knowing the topics to study. Compare the prescribed NEET syllabus with your 10+2 syllabus. Segregate common topics such that your preparation for the board exams and NEET can be clubbed for these. The uncommon topics have to be studied separately so make time accordingly. The NEET 2020 syllabus will form the foundation of all preparation so try to complete the studying the given topics in a fixed time span with enough time for the revision and practice.

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3. Be informed about the exam pattern

Your how to prepare for NEET 2020 plan will be successful only if you are well informed about the exam and the pattern. This helps in understanding the type of questions to expect, marking scheme, duration of exam such that you develop a good speed in answering along with time management skills. Some of the important key points of the NEET 2020 exam pattern are given below.

NEET Exam Pattern

Mode of exam


Type of questions

Multiple choice questions

Duration of exam

3 hours

Total number of questions



Physics, chemistry, botany and zoology

Total marks awarded


Marking scheme

+4 marks for correct answers and -1 for incorrect answers

4. The NEET Timetable

One common refrain heard everywhere is, “ Time is precious. Hence utilise it well.” All the 16 lakh plus students study the same syllabus for NEET. So what makes one succeed over the others? One factor could be better management of time. Now this is a broad term that involves all the following tips to give you an edge over others.

  • Start with a timetable that takes into account your school hours, time left to study for NEET, practise what you have read and yes, some leisure time.

  • Your time table should be such that it allows you to study, revise and practice each day.

  • Allow for short breaks in this timetable as “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.”

  • Your time table should be timed such that you study the difficult topics multiple times and practice more number of questions and convert the difficult topics to easy ones.

So how to prepare the NEET Study timetable?

If you don't know how, use the internet to find tips on the same. Check the topper bytes and utilise the guidelines given by them.

A sample time table is given below that tells you how to prepare for NEET 2020. This is a timetable for a week and you can refer to it to make your own time table.

The timetable given below takes a target of class 11 biology and chemistry as well as class 12 physics. Each day of the week is divided into two parts.

NEET 2020 Sample weekly study plan








Physics- chapter 1- Electric charges and fields NCERT reading and underlining of important laws, difficult concepts

Physics chapter 1- electric charges and fields Divide into parts

Study by any help book, notes and video lectures- part 1

Physics chapter 1 electric charges and fields

Study by any help book, notes and video lectures- part 2

Physics chapter 1 electric charges and fieldsStudy by any help book, notes and video lectures- part 2

Physics chapter 1 electric charges and fieldsPractise around 50 problems for part 1

Physics chapter 1 electric charges and fieldsPractise around 50 problems for part 2

Physics chapter 1 electric charges and fieldsPractise around 50 problems for part 3

Biology- chapter 1 The living world NCERT reading and underlining of important laws, difficult concepts

Biology chapter 1 the living world

Study by any help book, notes and video lectures

Biology chapter 1 the living world Practise around 100 problems

Chemistry chapter 1some basic concepts of chemistry

NCERT reading and underlining of important laws, difficult concepts

Chemistry chapter 1 some basic concepts of chemistry

Study by any help book, notes and video lectures

Chemistry chapter 1 some basic principles of chemistry Practise around 100 problems


5. Combine your hard work with smart work - NEET 2020 study plan

Once you have marked, easy, moderate, difficult, important topics in your syllabus, you must prepare a strategy based on smart work and not just hard work. Jayson Zabate rightly said,” It's not all about how you work hard but it's about how you manage your time, resources, mind to work together for a better output.”

Some important points to be kept in mind while preparing a study plan for NEET 2020 are given below.

  • Your study plan should revolve around three aspects i.e learn, revise and practice

  • Difficult topics must be studied thoroughly and wisely.

  • Break lengthy chapters into topics and sub-topics to make learning easy.

  • Make comparative charts for two or more relatable topics, terms or processes.

  • Create a list of important definitions, important formulas, important derivations in chemistry and physics and important diagrams in biology etc. and brush them up weekly.

  • Prepare mind maps, flow charts and ray diagrams for memory based topics while studying the chapters.

  • Set daily, weekly and monthly goals for yourself and try to accomplish them in the fixed time.

If you will follow all these points in your study plan, you will learn better and faster. You must remember, rote learning is temporary and only smart learning can help you in the long run in your how to prepare for NEET 2020 quest.


6. Effective study material - Know the best books

One success mantra behind how to prepare for NEET 2020 is the study material that you are using. Since most of the questions asked in NEET are directly from NCERT in the form of one liners or statements given in the textbook, the focus should be on NCERT first and then on other books. To choose the best study material for NEET 2020, take help from your teachers or through online assistance. Also check for topper’s tips and tricks on how to prepare NEET 2020. A list of the best books for NEET 2020 for all three subjects is given here under :

Best books for NEET 2020


  • Concepts of Physics by H.C. Verma

  • Objective Physics by DC Pandey

  • Fundamental Physics by Pradeep


  • Physical Chemistry by OP Tandon

  • ABC of Chemistry for Class 11 and 12 by Modern

  • Dinesh Chemistry Guide

  • Objective chemistry Arihant Publication


  • Biology Vol 1 and 2 by Trueman

  • Pradeep Guide on Biology

  • NEET exploring biology Vol 1 and 2

  • GR Bathla Publication on Biology

7. Revise to analyse

It is believed that in order to retain information in your mind for a longer period, you should read it again and again. This is why revision is considered to be the most important part of NEET preparation. It is important and imperative that you revise what you have studied at regular intervals. While revising, analyse your strengths and weaknesses. Note down the concepts in which you are facing problems and the ones where the going is smooth. Focus more on your problem areas and work to make your strong areas stronger.

8. Practice till you succeed

Practice makes you not just perfect but also makes it permanent. So, the more you practice the more you possess the information in your mind. Since time limitation is a major challenge in NEET, tackle it by practising more questions. Try to solve mock tests in 2.5 hours rather than the given 3 hours. Figure out the concepts or topics where your performance is not good. Go back and study these topics again and practise them one more time. Your how to prepare for NEET 2020 plan will be successful only if you incorporate mock tests and more practice in it.

9. Track your progress - do better than yesterday

It is vital that you keep track of your progress. Note down how much time you take in solving each question. With every attempt, the time taken to solve a question must reduce and that is how you should measure your progress. Always try to do better than yesterday. Your confidence will grow by leaps and bounds when you will see yourself attempting more and more papers that too correctly. Make a report of your preparation of NEET 2020 and fill it after every mock test attempted. Gradually you will see a reduction in your mistakes as well as in the time taken and this will further motivate you.

10. Good health a necessity - take care of yourself

While hard work is essential for NEET, it must be noted that good health is a must for success in addition to all the above mentioned factors. Continuous thinking on how to prepare for NEET 2020 or how to crack NEEt can lead to serious negative thoughts and worry. Such thinking is best left alone and instead the time utilised on meaningful things. Eat good food, sleep well and study hard- these are three basic success mantras for any exam. Remember the word impossible can be read as “i-am-possible” while every “I can not do it” can become “I can do it”.

Take breaks as they are essential to relax the mind and help it cope with stress. Go for walks, play your favourite sport, listen to music or read books - whatever activity suits you and relaxes, just do it. Check inspirational stories to motivate yourself. Most importantly, believe in yourself and don’t give up.

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How much marks is require in neet for admission in iisc

Apoorva Student Expert 31st Mar, 2020

Dear Aspirant,

IISc is one of the prestigious institution of the country and getting admission there is obviously not so easy. The admission process is dependent on the merit list prepared considering for NEET. The requirement is that students should secure a minimum of
60% - General
54% - OBC-NCL
54% - EWS
30% - SC/ST/PwD

in the NEET exam. As it gets difficult to predict exact score because the cut-off changes every year.
Hope this is helpful.
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sir i got failed in pu board maths in 2019 . but i cleared it in this 2020 with freshers. and am i eliglble to write neet?

Saisrinandan Ch 31st Mar, 2020


YES, you can give NEET UG.

The eligibility criteria for NEET concerning class 12 marks is to pass PCB and English from recognized board with category wise specified percentage. It does not matter if you clear in first attempt or second.

As you now meet this criteria, you can apply for NEET UG.

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if we have not used ews certificate on the neet form and also the correction date has been passed so can we use it at the time of counselling? Also mention the expected cutoff... which will be more beneficial in terms of cutoff ews or rba for jammu students??

Apoorva Student Expert 31st Mar, 2020

Hello dear student,

No the Category you have mentioned during the form filling is only considered to be Ultimate . You are not eligible or capable to make any change after the correction window is closed. You will be given seat under general category if you haven't mentioned your category during the registration process.

Thank you


I get 407 in neet 2019 how to get seat veiternary seat in sv medical college

Apoorva Student Expert 31st Mar, 2020

Hello dear student,

What so ever marks you obtained in 2019 neet are not applicable for your admission in any college wether for MBBS or for veiternary colg. As the admission for 2019 have been over and now registrations for the exams in 2020 have already been over.

I hope you understand

Thank you


How are mbbs management quota seats filled in Telangana-are non residence of Telangana eligible?

Animesh Vats Student Expert 31st Mar, 2020


Well yes management quota seats are filled by the both state and non state students in private colleges. The government seats are only for domiciled students but students of other states can only apply for private colleges and management quota is one of the quota of application where the fee structure is usually a lot high and the cut off is low.

I hope my answer helps.

All the best.

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