National Testing Agency (NTA) is going to conduct the National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET) 2021 on August 01, 2021. Authorities are expected to begin the registration process soon on the official website ntaneet.nic.in. If all goes as per plan and the exam does not get rescheduled, candidates have roughly three months to prepare for the national-level medical entrance exam. Here is a three-month guide to help candidates qualify for NEET 2021. This strategy is especially dedicated to students who have not joined any coaching institute and are studying on their own.
The first step towards clearing the exam is to understand the paper pattern, marking scheme and make a list of all subjects and topics coming for the exam. In NEET 2020, the exam was 720 marks and the duration was 3 hours. It comprises 180 multiple-choice questions (MCQs) divided into three sections – Biology, Physics and Chemistry. The biology section contains 90 questions while the remaining two sections contain 45 questions each.
If we go by the last year’s marking scheme, each correct answer earns 4 marks for a candidate, whereas 1 mark was deducted for every wrong answer. No marks were assigned to the unanswered questions. Certain changes may be introduced in NEET 2021. The official paper pattern shall be known once NTA releases the paper pattern.
The next step is to create a weekly studying strategy. Candidates must jot down all the chapters and topics to be covered each week for each subject. However, they must remember to not have an overload of topics. They must choose tougher chapters from one subject and easier topics from other subjects to balance their preparation. Moreover, they must try to stick to the weekly target and cover them as much as possible.
Candidates must study all three subjects thoroughly within the first two months so that the third month is left to solve mock tests and the previous year question papers. They can use the first month i.e., May 2021 to cover all the Class 11 topics while June 2021 (the second month) to cover all the Class 12 topics. Mock tests help candidates understand the NEET paper pattern and quickly revise the overall portion. Previous-year questions papers help in understanding all the key areas in each subject to focus on and the level of difficulty.
The month of July must also be used to revise all the difficult and tricky topics. Candidates must read the NCERT Class 11 and 12 Biology textbooks thoroughly to not miss out on any important details. For Physics and Chemistry, students can solve MCQs from reputed publications to improve their speed and thinking capacity.
Candidates can refer to authors like H.C.Verma, D.C.Pandey as well as NCERT Class 11 and 12 textbooks for physics. They must solve all the internal questions in NCERT textbooks to prepare for the Physics section. Aspirants can refer to authors like Morrison, Boyd and O.P.Tandon as well as NCERT textbooks to prepare for Chemistry. Apart from NCERT, students can sole MCQs from “Objective Biology” by Dinesh and “NCERT Fingertips” to prepare for Biology.
NEET 2021 aspirants must follow their study pattern consistently to maintain their pace and concentration. While there is a plethora of reference books available for NEET, candidates must restrict themselves to NCERT textbook and 2-3 other sources to prepare. With consistency, hard work and smart study, candidates can easily clear NEET 2021 in three months.