NEET –The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) is the main entrance examination in the country for admission to medicine and allied courses. In a first, NEET will be conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA) and will be held once in a year instead of twice as earlier reported.NEEThas so far been conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE). Earlier NEET was conducted for admission to only medical and dental courses in India.Since 2018, CBSE has mandated the admission to the medical, dental and AYUSH courses of the country on the basis of NEET only. NEET is, therefore, likely to follow suit with more than 13 lakh candidates expected to apply. With the release of the schedule of NEET,it is advisable to start preparing for NEET well in advance.
What's new in NEET?
As per the latest news of NEET, the Supreme Court of India passed an order of not considering Aadhaar card as the document for NEET registrations.
NEET video lectures by IIT professors and subject experts has been released by NTA for clarifying the concepts of the particular subject.
NTA has also provided the facility of NEET test practice centres for better preparations.
The conducting body ofNEET.is the National Testing Agency (NTA).
NEET will be conducted in offline mode only.
The examination of NEET will be conducted once a year.
The previous changes introduced in NEET have been retracted and NEET remains a single window entrance-cum-eligibility exam.
NEET – Important Topics
While it is necessary to be thorough with the entire syllabus prescribed for NEET candidates must also be aware of the important topics for NEET The important topics based on exam analysis by experts and toppers will help the aspirants make a more detailed preparation for NEET.
NEET Important topics – Physics
Laws of Thermodynamics,Ray Optics,Rotational Motion,Semiconductors and Communication System,Photoelectric Effect and Electromagnetic Waves,Current Electricity,Electrostatics,Waves and Sound,Electromagnetic Induction and Alternating Current,Magnetic Effects of Current.
NEET Important topics – Chemistry
Classification of Elements and Periodicity in Properties,General Organic Chemistry,p Block Elements,Atomic Structure,Chemical Bonding and Molecular Structure,Carbonyl Compounds (Aldehydes and Ketones),Solutions and Colligative Properties,Ionic Equilibrium,Chemical Thermodynamics,d and f Block Elements,Haloalkanes.
NEET Important topics – Biology
Biological Classification,Plant Kingdom,Morphology of Flowering Plants,Cell – The Unit of Life,Digestion and Absorption,Chemical Coordination and Integration,Sexual Reproduction in Flowering Plants,Human Reproduction,Principles of Inheritance and Variation,Human Health and Disease,Ecosystem,Environmental Issues.
NEET Qualifying Cutoff
In order to qualify the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET), aspirants need to secure the minimum NEET cutoff percentile set by the authority. Since the percentile completely depends upon the performance of candidates appeared in the test, difficulty level of the entrance exam and seats available, thus the marks equivalent to the percentile will be declared along with the result. Students can check the minimum qualifying cut off of NEET UG from the table below.
General category-50 percentile
SC/ST/OBC category-40 percentile
General-PH category-45 percentile
SC/ST/OBC-PH category-40 percentile
How to prepare for NEET?
Early preparation is the key – The most important factor that comes into play while preparing for NEET is to plan a study schedule that highlights your strong and focuses your weak areas as well. Since there is almost a year for NEET, plan your daily studies and work towards executing your plan.
Know your NCERT – In all the years of the NEET examination, candidates had one common thing to say that one should be through with the NCERT text. Understand the concepts provided in the NCET curriculum and then take your preparation to the next level by following the best books for NEET.
Dilute the pressure – As they say that ‘All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy’, so remember to make time for something that takes your mind off the books. Indulge in a hobby or a sport that will help you to relax.
Stay healthy – Exercise is very important in maintaining a stress-free life and with the kind of pressure that builds up around preparing for NEET exercise can help you to not only stay fit but also to calm you down.
Schedule regular revision – When it comes to preparing for exams as NEET regular revision is the only factor that can help to retain the already learned. So schedule your revision once you are done with a chapter or topic.
Take up tests – In order to access how your preparation stage it is important to take up tests that assist in time management and acts as the best judge of your learning so far.
Maintain flexibility – Following the regular study plan may at times become mundane, so it is important to be flexible as well. The schedule should be modified as own gradually makes progress.
NEET - Preparation Tips by Experts
Candidates aspiring to appear for NEET can follow these NEET preparation tips by experts in order to understand the nuances of the examination and the strategies to be developed for preparation accordingly.Expert Anand Nagarajan says that preparing for NEET along with that of the Class 12 boards will help the preparation of NEET to get streamlined. According to him, one should be thorough with the theoretical section and then move towards its application. He stresses on the importance of NCERT and encourages aspirants to solve papers from the previous years and to take as many mock tests as possible.On a similar note, expert RK Verma also suggest that students should divide the topics according to their personal difficulty level and work on them accordingly. He mentions that it is important to start early and also asks candidates to take up test series offered by prominent coaching institutes to achieve the best results.
NEET Preparation - Topper Tips
NEET 2018 AIR 1 Kalpana Kumari believed in taking as many mock tests as possible to avoid repeating mistakes. According to AIR 3 Himanshu, “For NEET I focused more on the NCERT textbooks, underlining important lines and understanding important concepts. If I had a doubt about any of the concepts, I would turn to the other foreign authored books and engineering books that I have to clear my doubts.”AIR 7 Krishna Agarwal, emphasized the importance of a regular schedule saying, “I had a prepared schedule for each section and I tried to closely follow till the last days. I studied for 6-7 hours each day and believed in my teachers. Whatever knowledge they imparted to me, I followed it.”Laying emphasis on the importance of regular studies, NEET 2018 AIR 5, Prince Chaudhary shared, "I believe that regular study is the major reason behind cracking the exam. I used to attend my coaching classes regularly and had made it a habit of revising daily whatever was taught. Apart from these classes, I used to study for at least six hours a day. Moreover, preparation of notes and revision helped me a lot during the preparation phase."