NEET 2020 - Preparation Tips, Syllabus and Best Books: National Testing Agency (NTA) is the body responsible for conducting National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) on May 3, 2020. More than 14 lakh candidates will appear for NEET 2020 which opens the gate for admission to seats offered in MBBS, BDS and AYUSH and 15% seats in veterinary courses in government, private, central and deemed universities in India. In the year 2019, NEET witnessed a registration of around 15 lakh out of which more than 14 lakh candidates appeared. The intense competition is evident when we look at the number of candidates appearing for the NEET 2020 in comparison to the number of seats available. In such a scenario, it becomes imperative for candidates to put their best foot forward to secure an MBBS seat through NEET 2020. A comprehensive strategy will help the aspirants of NEET 2020 to achieve their goal of getting admission in medical and dental college.
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NEET 2020 is a pen and paper based exam which will comprise of 180 multiple choice questions divided in three sections of Physics, Chemistry and Biology. To help the future doctors, Careers360 bring to a go-to article where you find all the relevant information on a comprehensive preparation strategy, syllabus and best books all at one place.
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Name of the Examination
National Eligibility cum Entrance Test
Examination Conducting body
National Testing Agency
Scope of Examination
Admission to medical, dental and AYUSH courses in India (except AIIMS and JIPMER)
15% of all India seats across medical institutions in the country
Number of applicants (2019)
Number of appeared (2019)
First week of November 2019
Release of application form
Last date of registration
First week of December 2019
Second week of April 2020
First week of May 2020
Declaration of result
First week of June 2020
Commencement of counselling
Third week of June 2020
* Tentative dates
NEET 2020 will be conducted for admission 75,893 MBBS and 26, 693 BDS seat in 529 medical and 313 dental colleges in India.
A total of 235 medical colleges are participating in AIQ counselling when it was only 193 medical colleges in 2018.
From the year 2019, counselling for 100% seats offered in Vardhaman Medical College and ESIC college will be conducted by Medical Counselling Committe
There has been a substantial increase in the number of seats available under All India Quota to 4591 from 4064.
From the year 2019, MCI will effectuate a new MBBS curriculum which allows a practical as well as theoretical exposure to medical students
Admission to MBBS/BDS seats through NEET 2020 will also include 10% EWS quota.
Candidates preparing for NEET 2020 must have thorough knowledge of the exam pattern of NEET 2020. Being aware of the NEET exam pattern 2020 will allow the candidates to formulate a solid strategy to qualify the undergraduate medical entrance exam. It will also help in organising a study schedule which will increase efficiency and maximise output. For the benefit of aspirants, the NEET exam pattern has been given in the table below.
Mode of Examination
Offline (Pen and Paper)
Duration of Examination
Medium of Exam
English, Hindi, Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Marathi, Tamil, Telugu, Oriya, Kannada and Urdu
Type of Questions
Multiple Choice Questions
Physics – 45 Questions
Chemistry – 45 Questions
Biology (Botany and Zoology) – 90 Questions
Total Number of Questions
Total Marks of Examination
Correct answer : +4
Incorrect answer: -1
Unmarked answer: 0
Medical aspirants are required to put in sincere effort in order to qualify NEET 2020. Without a proper preparation strategy, qualifying NEET 2020 can become a daunting task which requires attention to details, consistent efforts and exhaustive revision. Candidates can follow the following prep tips for NEET 2020 to power through a year-long study.
Start early preparations: Since NEET syllabus is fairly vast and there is a lot to cover, mastering it will require ample amount of time. Devoting ample amount of time on the study schedule is the key to success. Beginning the preparation for NEET 2020 will allow aspirants to be able to cover the entire syllabus on time without being overwhelmed by its vastness.
Practical Time-Table: It is important to have a time-table or a definite study schedule so that the preparation is carried out it in systematic order. It is natural to have a favourite subject but it should not hamper the study schedule. Each subject should be given equal amount of attention with special focus on the weak areas. Setting up a pragmatic target for each day or a week keeps an aspirant motivated and thus allows them to be consistent in their efforts.
NCERT is the bible: Maximum number of question in NEET 2020 will be asked from the NCERT text books. Analysis of previous year NEET question paper indicates the same. Thorough understanding of concepts given in NCERT will be instrumental in laying a solid groundwork for the preparation of NEET 2020. Before taking help of reference material, it is highly advisable to study from the NCERT text books and take notes from it.
Healthy-wealthy and wise: Under intense pressure, often candidates end up losing steam way too soon. Studying for long hours without a break, skipping meals to finish a target, less sleep time can lead to hazardous consequences. It is essential that candidates take extra care of their health along with the study as without health, preparation will not be fruitful. To be fully productive, it is necessary to keep healthy throughout the preparation period.
When it comes to preparing for the biggest undergradute medical entrance, expert’s opinion can a pivotal role in enhnacing the strategy which can help a NEET aspirant ace the exam. Following are some of the expert tips which can be very helpful in strategising a study schedule for NEET 2020.
A lot of candidates prepare for NEET along with school studies of Class 11 and 12 which may seem taxing. Anand Nagrajan see this as an opportunity to be strenghthen the basics as the curriculum of Class 11 and Class 12 NCERT is the syllabus of NEET 2020. He notes “while doing NEET preparations along with Class 12 board exams will help them streamline the preparation for both exams. As it is commonly known that NEET question paper is based on Class 12 syllabus, therefore, students are required to divide the whole syllabus of NEET and cover every topic for exam preparations.”
For Physics he suggests “ it is mandatory to learn the formulas on tips. For their easiness, aspirants can make a chapter-wise formula chart and practice as many questions as possible to get the important formulas.”
For Chemistry he advises “Read the concepts of Physical Chemistry from NCERT, and then test the understanding by practising questions from MCQs and question banks. For Inorganic and Organic Chemistry, make formula charts as was done for Physics and memorize the formulas and name reactions on daily basis.”
To score well in Biology in NEET 2020, Anand Nagarajan notes “All chapters of Biology are equally important. Note down and memorize the common and scientific names of the organisms while reading. Developing a strong conceptual understanding will help students score well in Biology in NEET 2019”
Explaining a full proof strategy to reap the benefits, Dr. Anshuman Aggarwal suggests “Students appearing for 12th board should complete their class 11th syllabus revision by mid-December. Then, they should focus on 12th syllabus, by keeping preparations of NEET/AIIMS in mind and try to complete it by the end of March. This way, they can contribute an equal proportion of time to revise class 11th syllabus to look up again in April.”
Emphasing on exhaustive revision, Dr. Aggarwal advises “the test papers, online mock tests and previous years’ sample papers makes significant contributions in the success of an individual. However, it becomes essential for aspirants to opt for the mock test or sample paper, once they completed their NEET syllabus.”
NTA releases syllabus for NEET 2020 which includes all three sections of Physics, Chemistry and Biology. The syllabus includes NCERT curriculum from Class 11 and Class 12. Candidates can check the syllabus in the table below.
Class 11 Topics
Class 12 Topics
Physical world and measurement
Laws of motion
Magnetic effects of current and magnetism
Work, energy and power
Electromagnetic induction and alternating currents
Motion of system and particles of rigid body
Properties of bulk matter
Dual nature of matter and radiation
Atoms and nuclei
Behaviour of perfect gas and kinetic theory
Oscillations and waves
Some basic concepts of Chemistry
Structure of atoms
Classification of elements and periodicity in properties
Chemical bonding and molecular structure
States of matter: gases and liquids
General principles and process of isolation of elements
d and f block elements
s-block elements (Alkali and Alkaline earth metals)
Haloalkanes and Haloarenes
Some p-block elements
Alcohols, Phenols and Ethers
Aldehydes, Ketones and Carboxylic acids
Organic compounds containing nitrogen
Organic chemistry - some basic principles and techniques
Chemistry in everyday life
Diversity in living world
Structural organization in animals and plants
Genetics and evolution
Cell structure and function
Biology and human welfare
Biotechnology and its applications
Ecology and environment
Apart from NCERT books, there are several reference books for NEET 2020 recommended by the toppers and experts. However, in order to enhance your preparation for NEET 2020, these books listed below have been found to yield best results.
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
Physical Chemistry by OP Tandon
ABC of Chemistry for Classes 11 and 12 by Modern
Concise Inorganic Chemistry by JD Lee
Dinesh Chemistry Guide
Practise books by VK Jaiswal (Inorganic), MS Chauhan (Organic) and N Awasthi (Physical)
Biology Vol 1 and Vol 2 by Trueman
Objective Biology by Dinesh
Objective Botany by Ansari
Pradeep Guide on Biology
GRB Bathla publications for Biology
NEET 2020 question paper will consist of 180 multiple-choice questions with one correct answer. Apart from Hindi and English, every year, NTA releases sample paper in 11 Indian languages including Urdu, Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Marathi, Tamil, Telugu, Oriya and Kannada. Candidates can check all the language-wise question paper in the table below.
English and Hindi
All Examination Centre Cities
English and Urdu
English and Assamese
Examination Centre Cities in Assam
English and Bengali
Examination Centre Cities in West Bengal
English and Gujarati
Examination Centre Cities in Gujarat, Daman, Dadra and Nagar Haveli
English and Marathi
Examination Centre Cities in Maharashtra
English and Tamil
Examination Centre Cities in Tamil Nadu
English and Telugu
Examination Centre Cities in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana
English and Oriya
Examination Centre Cities in Odisha
English and Kannada
Examination Centre Cities in Karnataka
Preparation for NEET 2020 may seem like a challenging task as the syllabus for the entrance exam is huge. NEET important topics 2020 will be helpful in gaining the extra mileage that every candidate require to qualify NEET with good scores. The important topics have been identified by subject matter experts and previous year toppers which can be checked in the table below.
Laws of Thermodynamics
Semiconductors and Communication System
Photoelectric Effect and Electromagnetic Waves
Waves and Sound
Electromagnetic Induction and Alternating Current
Magnetic Effects of Current
Classification of Elements and Periodicity in Properties
General Organic Chemistry
p Block Elements
Chemical Bonding and Molecular Structure
Carbonyl Compounds (Aldehydes and Ketones)
Solutions and Colligative Properties
d and f Block Elements
Morphology of Flowering Plants
Cell – The Unit of Life
Digestion and Absorption
Chemical Coordination and Integration
Sexual Reproduction in Flowering Plants
Principles of Inheritance and Variation
Human Health and Disease
Environmental IssuesWork, energy and power
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