NEET 2019 Preparation Tips by Expert - Dr. Anshuman Agarwal, Resonance
PriyamDave, 03 Apr 2019, #NEET
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NEET Preparation Tips by Dr. Anshuman Agarwal - National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) is to be conducted on May 5, 2019. With just one month left for NEET exam to be conducted, the test takers are at the final stage of their preparations. The examination authority, National Testing Agency (NTA) has seen ascend in the registration of NEET 2019 to a record of 15.19 lakh aspirants. With the increase of appearing candidates for admission to around 93,919 MBBS and BDS seats, NEET is beyond a doubt the competitive medical entrance examination. Therefore, to help medical students to leave no stone unturned, Careers360 brings an article on NEET preparation tips 2019 by Dr. Anshuman Agarwal from Resonance, HoD Biology.  

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“How to prepare for NEET in the last month?” or “Which books should I refer for NEET 2019 preparations?” or “What should be my strategy while preparing for NEET UG along with board exams?” or “Should I prepare a different strategy for AIIMS and JIPMER?” Aspirants can find the answers to many such questions related to NEET preparation tips by Dr. Anshuman Agarwal, Resonance.

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When asked about the last minute preparation tips for NEET 2019, Dr. Anshuman said that, “It's just a game of confidence in the end. Candidates who have prepared themselves within the past years should not let the intensity of their preparations go down. It’s just a time to stay positive and have a broad smile on the face.” 

Talking about the pre-exam stress, Dr. Agarwal advised that, students must believe in their hard work which they have been doing since last few years. Just be positive for your preparations and do not think about the result, as it is anonymously said, “All the late nights and early mornings will pay off.”

Read the extract of NEET Preparation Tips by Expert Dr. Anshuman Agarwal below.

Question: With just one month left for NEET, what should be the preparation strategy of student, if one is appearing for Class 12 Board alongside?

Dr. Anshuman Agarwal: 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. Following this NEET preparation tips 2019, students can appear confidently for AIIMS, JIPMER and NEET 2019 with complete syllabus at their command.

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

Dr. Anshuman Agarwal: Students should try to have a thorough command over all the topics which will be covered in NEET 2019 - Physics, Chemistry, Biology (Botany and Zoology). As per the previous years analysis, NEET question paper incorporates questions from all the topics. However, in order to make the last minute NEET preparations 2019 easy, medical test takers can cover the NEET 2019 important topics and prepare as per the chapterwise weightage. The important topics which is expected to be covered in NEET 2019 are as follows:

Important Topics of NEET

Important topics of Biology

Important topics of Chemistry

Important topics of Physics

Human Physiology 

Electronic Effects and their application

Geometrical Optics

Plant Physiology

Chemical Bonding


Reproductive System




Chemical Kinetics

Current Electricity


Reactions of Alkylhalide and Alcohol

Modern Physics

Biology in Human Welfare

Aromatic Compounds 


Cell Biology

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

Dr. Anshuman AgarwalAccording to the previous year records, about 80 to 85% of the questions in NEET 2019 exam can be directly from NCERT. Although, the remaining 15 to 20% of the questions based on NCERT topics needs conceptual knowledge in depth, which will be beyond the scope of NCERT. Those aspirants who preparing for exam at home can refer the following subject-wise best books for NEET 2019 to strengthen their concepts:

Best books for NEET 2019 by expert

Best books for Biology

Best books for Chemistry

Best books for Physics

Trueman’s Biology


H.C. Verma


O.P. Tandon


Raven Johnson


D.C. Pandey

Campbell and Reece 



Question: How should the preparation strategy change as the exam draws closer? What should be the strategy of a candidate, when the exam is 6 months, 3 months and one month away?

Dr. Anshuman Agarwal: Yes, definitely the NEET preparation strategy of an aspirant should change as the exam approaches. Below are the some NEET preparation tips 2019 by expert for the exam in six months, three months and one month away. 

  • With 6 months left for the exam, students should try to  distribute equal proportion of time to both theory and question practice.

  • Also, students should start solving previous 8-10 years NEET/AIIMS/JIPMER papers on a weekly basis with just 3 months left for the respective entrance exam.

  • But, with only one month left for the exam, NEET candidate’s focus should be more on revising the theory and only prototype questions again and again. 

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

Dr. Anshuman AgarwalThe 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. With the help of preparing for NEET 2019 using mock tests, sample papers, previous years question papers and others, students can work on their weak areas, help in their self-assessment. 

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

Dr. Anshuman Agarwal: Though, Physics, Chemistry and Biology are core subjects in all medical entrance exams i.e. NEET, AIIMS MBBS and JIPMER, along with the same syllabus. However, the AIIMS exam contain questions from Reason Assertion, mental ability and General Knowledge, while JIPMER has questions from English Comprehension and Logical Reasoning. Therefore, the preparation of these subjects should also be done by students who will be appearing for AIIMS MBBS as well as JIPMER.

Question: What should be the last minute and last day preparation strategies of NEET 2019?

Dr. Anshuman Agarwal: The last minute or last day preparation strategy of NEET 2019 is a game of confidence. Those aspirants who have prepared for NEET with optimum effort in the entire year, should think positive with a broad smile on face. And as Kano Jigoro has said, “If there is effort, there is always an accomplishment.”

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

Dr. Anshuman AgarwalSince the candidates will be under immense pressure, they should reach out to connect with their teachers, parents or more. They are also advised to meditate for half an hour. In case of any negative vibes affecting you, try to stop communication with them. It is the time when candidates should believe in hard work they have done round the year and should not think about the result.

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

Dr. Anshuman AgarwalJust before the exam, always a proper sleep is very much important. If someone has an exam center in another city, then, they should try to reach there before one day before the exam. Light and healthy breakfast is mandatory, students should never appear for exam with an empty stomach. Read all the instructions carefully mentioned in the NEET admit card 2019.

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

Dr. Anshuman Agarwal: As per the NEET 2019 marking scheme, one mark is deducted for every incorrect answer. Therefore, to avoid the negative marking, students should always attempt only those questions for which they are pretty sure. Try to apply exclusion method for some confusing questions.

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?

Dr. Anshuman Agarwal: Straight from the shoulder, there is no set pattern for the NEET taking strategy. It completely resolves on the strongest subject of student. Therefore, candidates should always try to give less time to their strongest subject, so that they can save time for the weaker section.

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

Dr. Anshuman Agarwal: As per the NEET cutoff marks for last two years, scores above 530-540 (out of 720) will enable a general category student to secure an MBBS seat in a government medical college. 

While, for AIIMS, a general category securing more than 115-120 (out of 200) can hope for an MBBS seat in any of the 15 AIIMS.

Question: NEET was to be a computer based test this year but is now a pen and paper based one.  In your opinion, will NEET 2020 be a computer based test?

Dr. Anshuman Agarwal: With successful conduction of JEE exam on CBT pattern by NTA in 2019, I believe that there is a very high probability of NEET 2020 to be conducted on computer-based pattern. Therefore, aspirants must gear up themselves for NEET 2020.

NEET 2019 result will be announced by June 5. Candidates who will secure the minimum marks as mentioned in NEET cutoff 2019 will be considered qualified. From all government colleges, 15% seats will be reserved for All India Quota seats, allotted by Medical Counselling Committee (MCC). While the remaining seats under 85% seats will be granted by state counselling authorities.

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