NEET 2019 Preparation Tips: Expert interview with Anand Nagarajan
Amita Jain, 27 Oct 2018, #NEET
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NEET 2019 Preparation Tips The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) will be conducted on May 5, 2019. With just 6 months remaining for the exam, candidates are in their final stage of NEET preparations. Around 13 lakh aspirants are expected to take the offline entrance exam. With the change of conducting authority from CBSE to National Testing Agency (NTA), a certain amount of agitation is expected among the candidates. Therefore, to help medical students in preparing for national level exam, Careers360 brings an exclusive interview with Mr. Anand Nagarajan, Academic Head of T.I.M.E, Chennai. In the interview, Mr. Nagarajan shared the tricks and tips to prepare for NEET in 6 months, how to revise the NEEET syllabus with a perfect strategy, subject-wise preparations and more for candidates appearing for the exam. 

"Which books should I prefer to crack NEET with good scores?" or "How should I prepare for NEET along with board exams?" or "What should be my last minute preparation tips for NEET 2019?" - Candidates can find answers to many such questions related to NEET preparation tips by Anand Nagarajan.

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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 2019 in the final months. 

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Read the full interview on NEET preparation tips 2019 below:

Careers360How to attain an ideal level of preparation in the final months before NEET if one is appearing for Class 12 Boards as well?

Anand NagarajanCandidates can prepare for NEET 2019 and board exams simultaneously. Both the exam covers equal subjects - Physics, Chemistry and Biology. Thus, 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.

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 2019 preparation would have been completed within the same time.


Careers360Any subject-wise NEET 2019 preparation tips? Which are some must know topics in Physics, Chemistry and Biology?

Anand NagarajanEvery candidate has their specialization in different subjects. Some might be excellent in Biology, while some find Chemistry easier than Biology. Whatever the case may be, but students should not leave any eubject untouched. NEET question paper 2019 will contain 90 questions from Biology, and 45 questions each from Chemistry and Physics. Each subjects plays a vital role in securing good scores in NEET 2019. The subject-wise preparation tips for NEET 2019 is as follows which can be understood and maintained by candidates:

For Physics, 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. 

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 2019. To know the chapter-wise weightage and important topics of NEET 2019 - Click Here

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 preparation tips 2019?

Anand Nagarajan: NCERT books are definitely the basics for NEET preparations, but the theoretical explanations given in NCERT are insufficient. Secondly, the number of questions are very less to prepare for competitive entrance exam. NCERT can’t be studied in vacuum if one wants a perfect NEET 2019 preparation. Candidates can 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. Click here to know the best books for NEET 2019.

Careers360How important are test series, mock tests and previous years’ question papers for NEET preparation 2019?

Anand NagarajanWithout 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.

The regular practice of mock tests, sample papers, previous year question papers, students will give candidates an overview of NEET question paper 2019, difficulty level of questions asked, marking scheme.

Careers360: Any strategies that students should keep in mind to deal with the negative marking system?

Anand NagarajanTaking a good number of mock tests and model exams based on NEET 2019 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.


Careers360Can one combine the preparation tips of NEET and AIIMS?

Anand NagarajanYes, of course. The syllabus of JIPMER, AIIMS MBBS and NEET is similar, but the difference is between the exam pattern of AIIMS and JIPMER. There will be questions asked on reason, assertion and match the following, a bit of general knowledge and awareness, which is not included in NEET syllabus. Thus, candidates must have a complete knowledge of JIPMER 2019 and AIIMS MBBS paper pattern and prepare accordingly.

Though, the questions asked in JIPMER and AIIMS MBBS 2019 will be conceptual, therefore, one must practice for exams by taking mock tests and sample papers.


Careers360Any last minute NEET 2019 preparation tips which must be kept in mind?

Anand NagarajanIt 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.

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