The date for the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test or NEET 2021 is set on September 12, 2021. This now leaves the students with less than 25 days to give a final touch to the preparation they have done so far. A very important subject for NEET 2021 is Biology which is divided into Botany and Zoology. This preparation guide will throw light on some of the most vital tips so that the students can secure the highest scores in these two subjects.
As mentioned already, Biology is divided into two branches namely Botany and Zoology. Both of these subjects are again divided into two sections namely A and B. Section A has 35 questions while Section B has 15 questions, out of which any 10 questions have to be answered. Altogether, 45 questions must be answered from both the sections combined. As a result, for the Biology section comprising of Botany and Zoology, the candidate needs to answer 90 questions. The marks awarded for each correct answer is 04 and hence the total marks stand for Botany and Zoology stand at 360. A similar pattern is followed for Physics and Chemistry. Therefore, the total marks for NEET 2021 is 720. The duration of the test is 03 hours.
The NEET 2021 Biology syllabus comprises topics from the syllabi of both classes 11 and 12. These topics include Structural Organisation in Animals and Plants, Plant Physiology, Genetics and Evolution, Biotechnology and its Applications, among other important topics. An analysis of the question papers from 2016 to 2020 shows that the maximum number of questions are from the unit on Human Physiology. Every year, around 11 to 16 questions are asked from this unit. The second important unit is Genetic and Evolution from which 11 to 13 questions get asked. Thirdly, the unit on Diversity in Living World covers a number of questions ranging from 6 to 11. Less than 10 questions are asked from the Ecology and Environment unit but students can also expect more.
For NEET 2021 Biology, candidates are advised to follow only the NCERT books and not too many side books because most of the questions are asked from the NCERT books. During this remaining time, they can revise the books time and again. But importantly, toppers advise going through every summary that is given in these books. Many a time, questions do get asked from the summary section. Nevertheless, one is sure to find some extra questions in the last 10 to 15 years’ question papers. Students should not worry much about these questions because the questions will be based on NCERT-related concepts.
For the tables that are given in the unit on Evolution and the flowcharts that are available for Ecology, students can make mind maps and revise them every day. Also, make a chart of the important years because questions are asked from them. Similarly, for the unit on Morphology in Flowering Plants, students can again make mind maps and revise them daily.
Coming to mock tests, it is essential to practice them with timers. Earlier, most of the students would take one mock test in a week. But, with the time available now, it is advised to attempt one mock test per day. As a result, students can do rapid revisions on the topics or questions at which they are weak.
Importantly, most of the toppers’ strategy is to complete the Biology section within 30 to 40 minutes. To secure the highest score, students must avoid making silly mistakes. In case one is facing a dilemma with one or many questions, they must leave it for the end and attempt them once they are done with rest of the questions.