NEET 2019 Topper Interview: “NEET is all about accuracy and time management” says Hemant Khandelia, AIR 11
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NEET 2019 Topper Interview: On the eve of June 5, Hemant Khandelia, barely hiding his elation, speaks about the intense hard work he had put in to realize his dream of becoming a doctor one day. A resident of the city of Joy, Kolkata, Hemant has given his humble parents a big reason of joy by bagging an All India Rank (AIR) 11 in the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test. Aspiring to sit in the most coveted MBBS seat in the country's famous Maulana Azad Medical College, Hemant is still hoping for a good score in AlIMS entrance exam. He has not set his mind on any specialization but has a keen interest in the field of General Medicine, Oncology or Neurosurgery.

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In an exclusive interview with Careers360, Hemant walks us through his journey of triumph in NEET 2019.

Careers360: Congratulations on your NEET result! How do you feel?

Hemant Khandelia: Thank you so much. I am happy but a bit shocked. I have been dreaming about becoming a doctor since Class 10 and I am happy that I am so close to achieving it.

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Careers360: What is your overall and subject-wise score in NEET 2019?

Hemant Khandelia: In NEET my overall score is 691 out 720 with a percentile of 99.9992203. In Physics, I have secured 180 out of 180. In Chemistry, I have scored 175 out of 180 and in Biology, I have got 336 out of 360.

Careers360: Tell us about yourself and your background?

Hemant Khandelia: I belong to Kolkata, West Bengal where I did my schooling from South Point High School, Baliganj. My father works as a general manager in Dulichand Motors and my mother is a humble homemaker.

Careers360: How did your family and teachers support you?

Hemant Khandelia: My parents are the biggest support system that I had throughout my preparation for NEET. They have been constantly motivating me to do better. They have made many sacrifices for my education and career for which I am very grateful. My teachers have also been very supportive. They have guided me through thick and thins and resolved all my queries at the earliest. Their help has been very instrumental in my success.

Careers360: What was your NEET exam preparation strategy along with Class 12 boards?

Hemant Khandelia: My motto has been very clear, which is to put in sincere hard work in a balanced study schedule. I used to wake up early and spend 5-6 AM before going to school, after school hours, I devoted 6-7 hours of study. I got enrolled in Akash coaching institute for my preparations and practiced the study material provided by them. However, I believe that self-study is most important. At last, it depends on the hard work that you have put in your preparations.

Careers360: What was your exam day strategy?

Hemant Khandelia: NEET is all about accuracy and time management, therefore, my sole focus was on these two. I remained calm and devised a systematic strategy to increase my accuracy in marking my answers. The time factor is also crucial which has to be kept in mind.

Careers360: How did you manage the building pressure? Can you tell us about your stress-busting strategy?

Hemant Khandelia: I found my refuge in music. I used to listen to music at times when I felt like taking a break. I like listening to music by Coldplay. Sometimes when it became monotonous, I used to switch the subject at hand and went ahead with reading other subject books.

Careers360: Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

Hemant Khandelia: I have not thought about it where I am going to be 10 years down the line. I am interested in specialization like general medicine, oncology, and neurosurgery. Hopefully, I would do something in one of these fields.

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how can I prepare for neet from now to score more than 600+ marks . can u help me to make a proper timetable

Apoorva Student Expert 19th Oct, 2019
Hello dear student,
It's all in our head to be very honest if you will study for Neet now also then also you can get really very good marks and you can qualify Neet with flying colours. It's just that whatsoever you want to study and you are preparing you should prepare it with full concentration that will help you to score good marks. When you make a plan of a day and you choose some topic that you go going to study today of the day you are studying so make a habit of solving around 50 MCQs of a single topic so that it broaden up your mind about the questions that can be asked in the exam. And after this it's better if you solve previous year questions as is it gives you an idea what sort of questions are important and what kind of question can come in exam that really helps. I hope this was helpful to you.
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I have 4 year gap between 10th and 12th(nios) will my neet form will be accepted or not

Aditya kumar Student Expert 19th Oct, 2019
Hello there!
No , there will be no problem , you are eligible for neet even if you have 4 year gaps between your 10th and 12th as to be eligible for Neet the condition is that a general category student needs to have passed class 12th with 50 % in pcb aggregate,  while it's 40% for obc , sc, st.  So , if you fulfil this with criteria then you are eligible for neet,  also there's no upper age limit for neet so you don't need to worry about that as well.
Prepare well for neet.

since neet is only one exam for medical so will it be twice a year??

VIPIN KUMAR 18th Oct, 2019
Dear Candidate,
As per NTA notification now for 2019-2020 neet us going to happen only once in a year .

what must be the safe rank in NEET to get MAMC through state quota of Delhi for OBC

Rehan Alam Student Expert 18th Oct, 2019

Dear Aspirant,

According to last year statistics, a home-general candidate get into Maulana Azad Medical College with around 586 marks in NEET-UG. However, these trends are subjected to change over the years. For General candidate 580+ marks are needed to ensure a seat in MAMC. For OBC you might expect the bracket to go down by 5-10 marks. The opening and closing AIR for OBC last year was 32 and 112 respectively.

However, this year with the inclusion of AIIMS and JIPMER, there may be some changes in the required marks. Try for 570 though, that will be enough.

Hope this helps. Thank you.


how to study for neet within 3months

Priyaanka Sarkar Student Expert 18th Oct, 2019
NEET syllabus:

The Syllabus for Physics Includes:

Physical World and Measurement
Laws of Motion
Work, Energy and Power
Motion of System of Particles and Rigid body
Properties of Bulk Matter
Behaviour of perfect gas and kinetic theory
Oscillation of waves
Current Electricity
Magnetic effects of current and magnetism
Electromagnetic induction and alternating currents
Electromagnetic waves
Dual Nature of matter and radiation
Atoms and nuclei
Electronic devices

Best Books:

NCERT Physics Class XI & Class XII
Concepts of Physics by H. C. Verma
Objective Physics By DC Pandey
Fundamentals of Physics by Halliday, Resnick and Walker
Fundamental Physics by Pradeep
Problems in General Physics by IE Irodov

Preparation tips:

Physics needs utmost focus and time because it involves with theoretical concepts and numbers. There should be a systematic approach in preparing for NEET. The important topics are Mechanics, ElectroDynamics, Modern Physics, Heat and Thermodynamics, Optics, Simple Harmonic Motion, Waves. Formulae form an integral part of your preparation. Memorise as many formulae as you can and write them down and stick them as post its so that you can always see them. Practise regularly and try various kinds of questions. Solving previous papers and mock tests to test your improvement. Keep a clock and check the time its taking you to solve these questions. And improve the time as you practise more. One day of the week should be set aside for revision so as to keep the mind fresh. For reading what the toppers and experts have to say, please visit our page at:

Syllabus for Chemistry Includes:

Some Basic Concepts of Chemistry
Structure of Atom
Classification of Elements and Periodicity in Properties
Chemical Bonding and Molecular Structure
State of Matter: Gases and Liquids
S-block Element
Some p-block Elements
Organic Chemistry
Environmental Chemistry
Chemical Kinetics
Surface Chemistry
General Principles and Processes of Isolation of Elements
D and F Block Elements
Coordination Compounds
Haloalkanes and Haloarenes
Organic Compounds Containing Nitrogen
Biomolecules, Polymers and Chemistry in Everyday life

Chemistry Best Books:

NCERT Chemistry textbooks for Class XI and XII
Physical Chemistry by OP Tandon
ABC of Chemistry for Classes 11 and 12 by Modern
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Practise books by VK Jaiswal, MS Chauhan and N Awasthi

Preparation tips:

Chemistry is divided into Inorganic, Physical and Organic chemistry. For inorganic chemistry, you must refer to the NCERT. Organic comprises of many reactions and reagents which can be practised by writing over and over again. Physical chemistry requires a comparatively deeper understanding of concepts, so preparing with the NCERT and referring to study material a level higher than NCERT should be the way to go. For more information, please visit our page at:

Syllabus for Biology includes:

Diversity in Living world
Structural Organization in Animal and Plants
Cell Structure and Function
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Human Physiology
Genetics and Evolution
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Ecology and Environment

Biology Best Books:

NCERT Biology Class XI and Class XII textbooks
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Biology is the biggest section in NEET, comprising about half of the exam, and acing this subject can help you in scoring more in the exam. Human Physiology and Genetics have maximum weightage in NEET. It is advisable to practise questions of Genetics from previous year question papers, which will give you a thorough understanding of how the questions are being asked. Topics of Plant and Animal kingdom have a lot of portion to memorize. You can prepare these topics by making a comparative table for the sub-topics and studying it together. Plant physiology is also equally important and easy to score. For more tips, please visit our page at:
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