NEET Exam Preparation Tips by Aakash Chaudhry - Aakash Coaching Institute
Manashjyoti, 25 Mar 2019, #NEET
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NEET exam preparation tips by Aakash Chaudhry - With NEET 2019 exam edging ever so closer with each passing day, there is no doubt the anxiety and urgency to complete the syllabus is also getting higher among candidates. In fact, the last few days leading up to the exam is unlike other phases of preparation, for example it doesn’t entail reading new topics, which is precisely why many candidate gets confused as to how to go about deriving maximum out of the remaining days. To get an expert insight into the situation and to learn the correct approach for NEET exam preparation 2019 in this last leg, we got in touch with Mr. Aakash Chaudhry, who is CEO and Director, Aakash Coaching Institute.
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An alumnus of Harvard Business School, Mr. Aakash touched upon many critical expects related to NEET 2019 exam preparation, including how best to manage time, tips to cut down on silly errors, and also exam day do’s and don'ts. 

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NEET exam preparation tips 2019 by Aakash Chaudhry, CEO and Director, Aakash Institute

Question: With few months left for NEET, what should be the preparation strategy of students if one is appearing for Class 12 Board as well?

Answer: We believe it is imperative for a NEET Aspirant, who is currently studying in Class XII, to focus on the pattern of both the exams independently. Simultaneously, students are also required to prepare class XI syllabus for NEET. Students should make a proper schedule while keeping their priorities ready as the board exams get closer. The month of March should be dedicated completely to Class XII board preparation while in the month of April, NEET 2019 exam preparation should be kept as a key priority. It is highly recommended that students attempt as many 3 hour long tests on NEET exam pattern as possible. Some of these tests can be based on part syllabus and some on complete syllabus of class XI and XII.


Question: Any subject-wise NEET exam preparation tips 2019? What are the must know topics in Physics, Chemistry and Biology that should be covered by students?

Answer: Subject wise Preparation:

Physics: Jot down important points and formulae of every chapter in a separate book. Solve as many questions from sample papers and keep the revision book handy. Important topics can be 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, NCERT textbooks are recommended, as these books are well framed for a detailed understanding of all the topics. Aim to attempt all questions in the textbooks and then move on to reference books for additional preparation. Important topics in Chemistry are Thermodynamics, Equilibrium, Hydrocarbons, Carbonyl Compounds, Chemical bonding, Mole Concept, Electrochemistry and Coordination Compounds.

Biology: NCERT textbooks are again imperative for biology section to crack NEET. This is considered the most important subject for the candidates aspiring to take admission into MBBS and BDS courses. Further, Biology is given 50% weightage in NEET question paper as compared to Chemistry and Physics. Hence, one needs to be very clear with different questions to attempt them in the exam. And this can be possible with regular revision of the subject with the help of mock/ practice tests. Use mnemonics to memorize 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


Question: Are NCERT books enough for NEET preparation? Please recommend other good books to understand the concepts and tackle objective type questions?

Answer: NCERT books are considered the prime help books or if we can say the 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 below-given popular books to cover NEET 2019 syllabus.

                   

Physics

Chemistry

Biology

Concepts of Physics Vol I and II by H.C. Verma

NCERT Textbooks

Trueman’s Elementary Biology Volume – I and Volume – II

NCERT - Exemplar

NCERT - Exemplar

NCERT - Exemplar


Question: What should be the preparation strategy when the exam gets closer?

Answer:

-Read, Revise, Repeat

-Practice to Perfection

-Attempt as many mock tests as possible on NEET exam pattern

-Keep Faith and Stay Focused


Question: How important are test series, mock tests and previous year question papers? When should an aspirant start taking them?

Answer: We believe, one of the best tools to prepare for the NEET exam day is to join a mock test series. Taking mock tests can help strengthen students’ preparation and boost their confidence level. Students can 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 have ample time to work on the mistakes they have been committing repeatedly while taking the mock tests. A student must attempt at least 8-10 mock tests in the last 20-25 days before the final exam.


Question: Should students adopt a different preparation strategy for AIIMS and JIPMER? If yes, how do they differ?

Answer: Although the syllabus of PCB is believed to be the same for NEET, AIIMS & JIPMER but there are certain additions in the later two:

- These exams are conducted in CBT mode only

AIIMS MBBS exam ask Qs of GK & Current Affairs as well as Mental ability

JIPMER ask Qs of English language as well as Logical and Quantitative reasoning

Looking into the above additions and difference in exam pattern, the preparation strategy for AIIMS and JIPMER should be slightly different as given below:

- Try to attempt as many mock tests as possible, on AIIMS and JIPMER pattern in online mode 

- Get acquainted with the ongoing news and current affairs by reading newspapers and popular journals, along with that practice logical reasoning questions

- n order to crack Assertion-Reason type of Qs, concepts of PCB should be cleared in length and width of topic

- We believe Physics plays a crucial role in AIIMS MBBS entrance examination. Looking at past year’s exam papers, physics is usually on a tougher side hence major focus on physics is required if a student aims to crack the AIIMS exam.


Question: What should be the last minute and last day preparation strategies for the exam?

Answer: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. The following tips can help if you aim to crack the exam:

- Make the most of your time

- Flip through your notes

- Fix doubts instantly

- Learn nothing new at this juncture

- Have a positive mindset


Question: What should the students do to tackle the pre-exam stress?

Answer: Exam pressure and stress is 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:

- One of the ways to tackle stress is to look at it from a different perspective. Use it as a positive tool that drives you to work hard and aim to get a rank in the exam.

- Exercising and doing yoga everyday is said to calm your mind and help you think better.

- Always remind yourself about why you are studying so much, what is your aim and for what are you working so hard. This will help you to move forward in your struggle. Reminding yourself of the results at the end of it may help you push harder and also reduce your pressure. 

- Believe in yourself. If you have given your 100% at the time of preparation then there is no need to worry about the result.


Question: What are the common mistakes made by the students on the exam day which can be eradicated?

Answer: Students strive hard to score well in NEET to get admission into 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:

- Misreading or misinterpreting the question

- Making a careless mistake, such as reversing the number or marking the wrong answer

- Not keeping track of time


Question: Any strategies that students should keep in mind to deal with the negative marking system?

Answer: Students appearing 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, here are some tips that they can follow to decrease negative marking:

- Don’t Be Overconfident

- Skip Doubtful Questions

- Read All Questions Carefully

- Don’t Answer at the Last Moment


Question: What should be the exam taking strategy on the exam day? How should candidates manage their exam time between the different sections of the paper?

Answer: Following are some of the important tips to be used during the exam:

- Be calm and composed

- Read the Qs carefully and emphasize on the highlighted words of Q statements

- Start with the subject you like the most; Biology subject is recommended to be taken first

- Don’t get stuck on the Qs; keep moving on to Qs having answers in first eye selection in first half of the exam time.

- Keep track of time

- Every section of Q paper should be dedicated with the required time. Ideal time distribution can be:

Physics: 60 Mins for 45 Qs, Chemistry: 50 Mins for 45 Qs, Biology: 60 Mins for 90 Qs Rest 10 Mins should be used wherever additional time is required.


Question: Ideally how many marks should a student score to be able to think of a medical seat?

Answer:

The scores and cutoffs vary from year to year. So, it’s difficult to gauge how many marks would help a student to ensure a seat in a medical college. However, a score above 580 (out of 720) may help a student to secure an MBBS seat in recognized medical college. We believe a student should consistently work hard towards his/her goal and stay positive.

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