NEET Exam Preparation Tips by Mr. Anand Nagarajan - Preparing for an exam like NEET is a drawn-out process. And if you have started well, and kept up the momentum until now, it is important to cap it off well. Some of the things a candidate needs to take care of at this stage of NEET 2019 exam preparation is to cut down on silly errors, work on time management skills, and keep a cool head. As part of our NEET exam preparation tips by experts, we talked with Mr. Anand Nagarajan, Academic Head of the school division, T.I.M.E, Chennai. NEET is conducted by NTA for admission to MBBS and BDS courses. NEET 2019 is slated to be conducted on May 5, in pen-and-paper mode.
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Mr. Anand in the interview shared must-know topics for NEET 2019, preparation strategy to be followed in the last month, and the importance of solving test series and taking mock tests. Read the full interview - NEET Exam Preparation Tips by Anand Nagarajan, below!
Question: With few months left for NEET 2019, what should be the preparation strategy of students if one is appearing for Class 12 Board as well?
Answer: Students who are appearing for Class 12 Board exam should prepare for their exam with an eye on NEET exam preparation. They should practice more problems in Physics and Chemistry which will stand them in good stead as far as NEET 2019 preparation is concerned.
Question: Any subject-wise NEET preparation tips 2019? What are the must know topics in Physics, Chemistry and Biology that should be covered by students?
Answer: The students should ensure that they cover the following topics in Physics : Modern Physics, Kinematics, Gravitation, Heat and Thermodynamics, Waves, Electrostatics, Current Electricity, Magnetic Effect of Current and Alternating Current. In Chemistry, the students should not omit any topic in Organic Chemistry and Inorganic Chemistry. The students should focus on Genetics topic in Biology as the questions are analytical in nature.
Question: Are NCERT books enough for NEET preparation? Please recommend other good books to understand the concepts and tackle objective type questions?
Answer: Thorough reading of NCERT books is sufficient for NEET preparation. The students can refer to the past papers books (subject wise) published by Arihant publisher to get familiarised with the nature of questions asked in NEET.
Question: How should the preparation strategy change as the exam draws closer? Should the strategy change when the exam is 6 months, 3 months and one month away?
Answer: The preparation needs to be tailored according to the time available at the student’s disposal. When NEET exam is 6 months away, the students should focus on strengthening their weak topics and improve their comfort feel in those topics. When NEET exam is 3 months away, the students should not focus on their weak topics. The effort needs to be channelized to further strengthen their strong topics and thereby increase the odds of solving questions related to their area of strength in NEET. When NEET exam is just a month away, the focus should be on taking mock tests and formulating test taking strategies in addition to revising the key concepts in each subject.
Question: How important are test series, mock tests and previous year question papers? When should an aspirant start taking them?
Answer: Test series, mock tests and previous year question papers are very important in the journey of NEET preparation. The students need to go through the previous year question papers throughout their preparation. The mock tests and test series can be taken by students in the last three months of their preparation.
Question: Should students adopt a different preparation strategy for AIIMS and JIPMER? If yes, how do they differ?
Answer: The NEET preparation should suffice for JIPMER and AIIMS as far as preparation for core subjects (Physics, Chemistry and Biology) is concerned. The students should focus on preparing for English section, General Knowledge section and Reasoning/Aptitude section in order to do well in AIIMS and JIPMER.
Question: What should be the last minute and last day preparation strategies for the exam?
Answer: The last-minute preparation strategy would be to keep revising key concepts and take mock tests on a regular basis. The last day strategy would be to quickly glance through key concepts in all the three subjects and keep the mind fresh by pursuing the area of interest.
Question: What should the students do to tackle the pre-exam stress?
Answer: A calm mind is key to succeeding in any competitive exam of repute like NEET. The students should keep their mind calm by pursuing their area of interest for an hour on a daily basis.
Question: What are the common mistakes made by the students on the exam day which can be eradicated?
Answer: Time management is the key in order to succeed in NEET. The students should avoid getting excessively worked up prior to the commencement of the exam. During the exam, the students should ensure that they don’t get stuck in questions which they don’t know to solve. They should quickly move on to the next question if they get stuck on a question for more than 2 minutes.
Question: Any strategies that students should keep in mind to deal with the negative marking system?
Answer: The students should not make the folly of resorting to wild guessing as that would drastically pull down their score. The students are better off not attempting a question when they do not have any idea about the correct answer. Intelligent guessing will be very useful when it comes to maximising the score. When the students are able to eliminate two options among the four options, they should pick one of the two remaining options at random, this strategy will earn rich dividends in NEET.
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: During the exam, the students should focus on attempting their strongest subject (usually Biology) first and then they should focus on attempting their weakest subject (usually Physics) in the end. In each subject, the students should go through two iterations. In the first iteration, the students should attempt only those questions which they are sure of. In the second iteration, the students should attempt questions which they feel can be solved but not sure of. The students should never get stuck in any particular question for more than two minutes.
Question: Ideally how many marks should a student score to be able to think of a medical seat?
Answer: To get a government medical college seat the student should be able to score 500. In order to qualify NEET the student should be able to secure 150 at the least.
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