If you are a class 12 PCB student, then the world might have started to seem like a cruel place right now. Infinite number of exams preparation, endless syllabus, nightmare inducing topics. But wait! Take a deep breath. You can do it!!, and we will tell you HOW.
How to prepare for NEET 2018?
The NEET UG is the biggest Medical entrance exam. All the class 12 students who are studying PCB will be appearing for the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) 2018. There would be a number of things you will be keen to know. Like how to manage NEET 2018 preparation with class 12 studies, which exams to apply for; and so on. In this article on NEET 2018 Preparation for Class 12 students, we seek to solve all your queries.
Please note that this article is relevant for class 12 students. Those in lower classes or re-attempting, can check out our other articles on NEET UG.
#1 Know about the NEET exam
The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test is conducted by CBSE for MBBS and BDS admissions. Centralized medical test is held on an all India basis. Last year over 11 lac students had registered for the exam.
- Age criteria – To be eligible for the NEET exam, you must be at least 17 years old. The upper age limit is 25 years. Reserved category candidates have 5 years age relaxation.
- The required subjects in class 12th examination are – Physics, Chemistry, Biology or Biotechnology. The fourth subject could be Mathematics or any other approved subject. The fifth subject should be English.
- You must pass in all subjects in class 12 board exams and also get 50% in aggregate of PCB.
NEET exam pattern and syllabus
- NEET is a 3 hour exam that is held in the offline mode.
- The paper will have 180 questions.
- Each question will be of 4 marks. For incorrect answer, 1 mark is deducted.
- 45 questions are asked from Physics, 45 are from Chemistry, 90 questions are of Biology (Botany + Zoology).
It is important to keep moving ahead. Medical entrance exams are the toughest as compared to engineering or law exams. You need to give in your 100% to ace the exam. Believe in yourself and stay ahead of others in the race!
#2 Managing NEET preparation with Class 12 studies.
Planning is required to effectively study for class 12 board exams along with NEET preparation. The only favorable factor is that the syllabus for NEET is same as the class 11th and 12th syllabus. Thus, whatever you study for your board exams will only add to your preparation for NEET.
Key points to be kept in mind to effectively manage board exam preparation with NEET preparation:
- Attend school as regularly as feasible (considering coaching classes and other factors). Be attentive in classes.
- Keep self written notes and refer them from time to time.
- After finishing each chapter, solve NCERT questions. They are critical for NEET as well as board exams.
- Before referring any reference book, make sure you are thorough with NCERT.
- Solve past year board papers in a time bound manner (sit down with the paper in an isolated room, and attempt it in same time duration that will be available in your board exams).
#3 Know the NEET syllabus
It is of critical importance that you know exactly which topics are to be covered. You will have to focus on
- Learning and understanding new topics of class 12th.
- Revising class 11th chapters.
Check out the important topics for NEET exam subject-wise.
Physics – The most important topics are broadly Mechanics, Electrodynamics, Heat and Thermodynamics, Modern Physics and Electronics, SHM and Waves.
Chemistry –Inorganic chemistry and Physical chemistry are equally important. Almost 35% questions each are asked from these two. About 27% of the chemistry section is devoted to questions from organic chemistry.
Biology – Animal Physiology and Reproduction, Genetics and Evolution, Ecology, The Living World, Structural Org in Plants and Animals, Plant Physiology, Biology in Human Welfare, Reproduction in Plants, Biotechnology. View the importance of these topics in the pie chart displayed below.
#4 Your strengths, weaknesses, and aptitude
Ask yourself the following questions.
- Which topics am I very good at?
- Which topics I absolutely do not know about?
- How much time does it take for me to understand and practice one chapter?
Identifying strengths and weaknesses is the key to start your NEET preparation. You need to work hard on your weak areas, perhaps devote more time to them from the beginning. Only understanding a topic is not enough. To ace the exam, you need to master each topic. Especially those where weightage of marks is more, time and hard work need to be put in.
#5 Time management for NEET 2018 preparation
You have time to grasp new topics and revise old ones. Divide time well between school, coaching, self studies. Chart a schedule and stick to it. Points to keep in mind while making a time table.
- Divide time realistically. Do not assign unachievable targets. For example, if you think it will take you one hour to study a chapter, assign one and half hour. Maybe you will get stuck on a topic and will need extra time.
- Keep short term and long term goals. For example, you can assign one week to completing six chapters in total, and in the day wise time table know when you will complete each.
- Make time table for each week, but on a 6 day basis. Keep one day for revision or extra time allotment.
- Allot yourself at least one day each fortnight to practice mock tests or sample papers.
#6 Solve NEET previous year papers
The syllabus only indicates the topics from which questions will be asked. To understand the level of difficulty, you must practice questions from NEET previous year papers. Get all the NEET past year papers.
Don’t let the fear of losing be greater than the excitement of winning.