NEET 2018 Preparation Tips - The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) 2018 will be held on Sunday, May 6, 2018. With less than 50 days remaining for the exam, medical aspirants across the country are in the final stages of their NEET preparation, with many trying their best to manage the exam syllabus with the vast syllabi of their Class 12 final exams. In order to help all NEET aspirants, whether they are focussing only on NEET or also their Class 12 Board exams, Careers360 brings here an exclusive expert interview with Mr. Anand Nagarajan, Academic Head at T.I.M.E. Chennai. Mr. Nagarajan shares here some important NEET preparation tips 2018 including his take on revision strategies and subject-wise preparation to aid all medical aspirants prepare better for NEET.
When asked about a vital last minute preparation tip which all candidates would do well to keep in mind, Mr. Nagarajan suggests, “Don’t let the intensity of your preparations go down. Any incremental improvement from here on will help aspirants beat hundreds if not thousands of students”. Mr. Nagarajan’s interview also reveals other preparation tips on how candidates can accelerate their efforts at cracking NEET 2018 in the final months.
Read the full interview below:
Careers360: How to attain an ideal level of preparation in the final months before NEET if one is appearing for Class 12 Boards as well?
Anand Nagarajan: Take up preparations of NEET 2018 simultaneously with that for the Board Exams. Doing NEET preparation in tandem with Class 12 boards will help streamline the preparation for both exams. Divide the whole syllabus of NEET based on Class 12 Board Syllabus and cover each topic of NEET while preparing for boards.
Once done with first reading, work in reverse fashion and solve previous years’ question papers and mock tests of NEET. Read the associated theory alongside to fill theoretical gaps which may come up. Solve atleast around 12 previous years’ papers and some mocks of medical entrances which are based on the NEET exam pattern and syllabus. In the end, students will realize that about 80% of both Boards and NEET 2018 preparation would have been completed within the same time.
Careers360: Any subject-wise preparation tips for NEET 2018? Which are some must know topics in Physics, Chemistry and Biology?
Anand Nagarajan: Every person has different comfort levels with different subjects. Some like Biology the most while others find Chemistry most easy and Biology difficult. Whatever the case may be, students shouldn’t leave any subject untouched. 90 odd questions are asked from Biology, while 45 questions each are asked from Physics and Chemistry, and each subject can play a significant role in enhancing one’s performance in NEET 2018.
For Physics, getting well-versed with the formulas is pertinent. Make a chapter-wise formula chart and practice as many questions as possible to get the important formulas at your fingertips. The most important topics in Physics include Mechanics and Electricity.
In Chemistry, I always advise students to complete the topics of Physical Chemistry first while preparing for NEET. 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. If any topic is taking extra efforts and time, skip it and approach the easier sections first.
For Biology, reading and re-reading NCERT textbooks is very important. NEET, without doubt, is a Biology-centric test with 50% of the questions coming from the subject. 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 2018.
Careers360: Some aspirants of NEET find Physics the most difficult to tackle. Which topics of Physics should such aspirants absolutely target?
Anand Nagarajan: At this stage, such students can target the more important topics of Physics, including Mechanics, Current Electricity, Magnetic Effects and Optics. Practice MCQs from each of these chapters to learn application of the formulas and concepts.
Careers360: Are NCERT books enough for NEET 2018 preparation?
Anand Nagarajan: NCERT is definitely the base and must-do for a thorough preparation of NEET. However, NCERT can’t be studied in vacuum if one wants a perfect NEET 2018 preparation. Take test series, mocks and attempt previous years’ papers alongside to test the application of concepts studied in NCERT. Besides that, aspirants can take help of other referral material whenever an elaborate understanding of a concept needs to be developed.
Careers360: How important are test series, mock tests and previous years’ question papers for NEET preparation 2018?
Anand Nagarajan: Without doubt, test series and mocks are very important to get into the exam mindset and to begin to thinking in the manner required for the exam. Take at least 15 mocks and previous 12 years’ papers before the final exam and follow them up with performance analysis. Joining a test series can also help.
Careers360: Any strategies that students should keep in mind to deal with the negative marking system?
Anand Nagarajan: Taking a good number of mock tests and model exams based on NEET 2018 exam pattern will give students the feel and the ‘pinch’ of negative marking. Test series are helpful in this regard as over the course of the series, students will realize that they have inherently developed a strategy to mitigate their loss in marks due to negative marking.
Careers360: Can one combine the preparation of NEET and AIIMS?
Anand Nagarajan: Yes, of course. The preparation requirements of NEET, AIIMS and even JIPMER are almost entirely the same.
Careers360: Any last minute NEET preparation tips which must be kept in mind?
Anand Nagarajan: It always so happens that students either go easy on their preparation routine or panic as the exam day comes near. Do not do that. Even the slightest incremental improvement from here on will help aspirants beat hundreds if not thousands of students. So, just remember not to let the intensity of preparation go down.