National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) is the most commonly accepted competitive exam to seek admission in the best medical colleges in India. It is conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA) and is scheduled to be held in pen-paper mode on May 3, 2020 this year. Getting a high score in NEET is the surest way to build a successful career in medical science or begin your journey to become a doctor, which is still considered as one of the most sought-after career fields in India.
Every year, around 12-15 lakh students appear for this exam to win the 1 lakh seats in the top private medical colleges known for their MBBS/BDS programs. And on an average, approximately only 50% students who appear for NEET pass with a valid score. This should give you a rough idea about the level of competition students have to face to get admission in their dream medical college. So if you really want to score good in the exam, it is important to have a smart study plan to prepare for NEET 2020 examination.
We are already approaching the end of January 2020 and there are only three months left to prepare for NEET 2020 and give it your best shot. If you are serious about getting a good score this year, you should have a clever plan in place that will give you an edge over the others. In this article, we will share six tips for NEET 2020 preparations that will help you clear the exam in your first attempt.
Six useful tips for NEET 2020 preparations
- Get the latest and greatest
The most common mistake that most NEET aspirants commit while preparing for the exam is referring to outdated notes and study material. Your preparation will be lacking if you are not well-versed with the latest NEET 2020 syllabus and exam pattern. Knowing all the chapters, sections and topics in the new syllabus is the first step to prioritize and strategize your study time-table.
- Settle for nothing but the best
One of the simplest ways to ensure you are well-prepared for the exam is to refer to the best study material. Based on the question papers from previous years, it is clear that the exam picks up questions from the NCERT syllabus. Apart from the notes from your coaching institute, focus on completing the NCERT syllabus to prepare for NEET 2020. Even last year’s NEET topper Nalin Khandelwal advises to do multiple readings of NCERT books and preparing short notes for later revision.
- Practice makes you perfect
The best way to know how much you have learnt is to practice what you have completed studying. It is extremely crucial to practice previous year’s questions papers and attempt full-length mock tests thrice a week, if not on a daily basis. Doing this will help you analyze the mistakes and identify your weak areas. Practicing is also useful in time management as it gives you a realistic idea about the time you take on each section.
- When in doubt, cut it out
NEET 2020 is a highly competitive entrance test which includes negative marking for every wrong answer. So being accurate and confident with your answers is very important to scoring good marks. A good approach to tackling confusing questions is to use elimination technique to arrive at the right answer, instead of choosing a random option. You can practice this in your mock tests so that there is no room for guesswork when attempting the actual exam.
- Turn your weakness into strength
Practicing with old questions papers and mock tests will help you understand where you lack. Learn from your mistakes and focus on the weaker areas and topics that you are not confident about. It would also be clever to focus more on Biology which carries 360 marks out of total 720. If you can even score 300 out of the 360, it would bring you closer to 530 marks that you need to clear NEET 2020 exam.
- Give yourself a break
The most important part of your NEET 2020 preparation is staying healthy, mentally and physically. Don’t stress out about your preparation and the syllabus and try to stick to a realistic daily time table. It is essential to give yourself 6-7 hours of sleep and following a balanced diet with some kind of outdoor exercise and simple meditation. Having a positive mental outlook will help you stay productive and achieve short goals to give you a boost.
If you follow the above tips correctly, it is not difficult to crack NEET 2020 in the first attempt. There is still good time to strategize your preparations and seek admission in the best MBBS colleges that you can dream of. If you have any questions or guidance in preparing for NEET exam, you can post it in the comment section below or write to us directly at email@example.com.
We hope this article will be helpful to you in cracking NEET 2020 exam and securing a higher ranking. All the best for your preparations and here’s hoping for your success!
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