The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test or NEET 2021 is scheduled to be conducted on September 12, 2021. This now leaves the students with less than a month’s time to complete their preparation. But, what students fear the most is the Physics paper. This preparation guide will help them gain some confidence and also give a direction to prepare better.
The first step to a good preparation strategy is to know the paper pattern. The NEET Physics paper comprises of two sections namely A and B. Section A comprises 35 questions while Section B consists of 15 questions. Out of the 15 questions in Section B, candidates can attempt any 10 of them. Each question carries 04 marks and for every correct answer, 04 marks will be awarded. The same pattern is followed for Chemistry, Botany and Zoology. Altogether, the NEET 2021 examination is 720 marks. Hence, this makes for a total of 180 marks for each section. 01 marks will be deducted for every wrong answer. No marks will be given for the unattempted or unanswered questions. The test will be held for three hours during which the students have to answer multiple-choice questions. Candidates have the liberty to choose the medium of the question papers from any of the 13 specified languages.
Regarding the syllabus, the NEET 2021 Physics examination covers the topics from Class 11 and 12 standards. The topics from Class 11 include kinematics, work, energy and power, gravitation, thermodynamics and oscillations of waves among other important topics. Similarly, the topics from Class 12 cover current electricity, electromagnetic induction and alternating currents, optics, atoms and nuclei, etc.
An analysis of the question papers of the last five years shows that maximum questions (around 5-7) were asked from Properties of Bulk Matter. Similarly, 3 to 6 questions came from Optics. From Current and Electricity, 3 to 4 questions were asked and from Oscillations and Waves, 2 to 3 questions. These four topics specifically carried the highest number of questions.
Coming to the preparation strategy, it is advised that students mainly focus on those chapters from which maximum questions are asked. The most important unit is Mechanics which covers topics like Mechanical tools, unit dimension and rotational mechanics. From this unit, approximately 10 questions are asked every year. The second important unit is Modern Physics which further includes Semi-conductors and EM Waves. Just like the first unit, approximately 10 questions are asked from this unit as well. Once the student builds a strong grasp over these two units, they can move ahead to Magnetism, Current Electricity and Optics because 8 to 9 questions are asked from these topics.
Additionally, students must also solve previous year question papers because they help to understand the examination pattern and also get an idea about time management. Solving these question papers will also give them time to analyze the questions so that they can evaluate their performance accordingly. Students who are stuck with the fear of Physics keep on putting off their preparation. The fear lies in the fact that they hold vague knowledge about the concepts. Hence, before referring to the books by H.C. Verma or D. C. Pandey, they must be thorough with the NCERT ones. These books are written in an easy language and will help them to understand the concepts better.