Lakhs of students have been ardently waiting for a firm decision for a while now but there is no update on the official schedule for the National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET) 2021. The National Testing Agency (NTA) had announced the NEET 2021 exam date in March 2021, and has since then, remained silent on the postponement of the medical entrance exam in the wake of the second wave of COVID-19. Now that the country is stabilizing slowly, the exam is likely to be conducted in September 2021, as many reports suggest. However, NTA or the education ministry is yet to confirm the same.
What’s the chaos surrounding NEET 2021?
As the date for NEET 2021 comes closer and closer, there are a list of questions among this year’s aspirants. Some of these questions are – 1. When will NEET 2021 be conducted? 2. Will NEET 2021 be conducted this year? 3 Are there any changes in this year’s paper pattern? 4. Will NEET 2021 be conducted through the pen-and-paper mode? 5. Will the exam be conducted twice?
Most of these questions have no substantial answers, resulting in a turmoil among students. There have been comments by experts and news reports providing a tentative schedule. However, all this is conjecture unless the NTA announces its decision. Due to the ensuring chaos and confusion, students find themselves lacking any motivation to study for the exam. Frustrating as it may be, students will have to buckle up and study for NEET 2021. Last year, NEET was conducted despite the pandemic and the same shall happen this year.
How to stay motivated? Look at the top colleges and the level of competition.
As on date, the top-ranking government medical colleges in India include AIIMS-Delhi, JIPMER – Puducherry, CMC – Vellore, Armed Forces Medical College – Pune, etc. All these colleges have consistently been ranked at the top and only teach the cream students among the 15 lakh aspirants that appear for NEET every year. To get into these colleges, students must achieve an All India Rank (AIR) of less than 10,000. The competition is tough but rather than getting shrivelled by the competition, candidates encourage themselves to work harder. Every candidate has the capacity to get into these colleges. But only those who work till the end actually make it.
How to deal with the chaos?
There is a multitude of news reports and updates everyday regarding the NEET 2031 examination. While the news is about an important exam, it fails to provide any important update, leaving students in a state of dilemma. Hence, they are advised to avoid such news channels and wait for the decision to come out of the horse’s mouth i.e., NTA or education ministry.
Under such uncertainty and increasing turmoil, it’s difficult for students to continue their NEET 2021 preparation with the same grit and thunder. However, students still have two months left to prepare for the exam and get into their dream medical college. To bring them back on track, here are certain NEET 2021 tips to stay motivated –
#1 Appear for mock tests consistently.
NEET 2021 examination is all about time-management, prioritising questions and recalling as much knowledge as one can in those 180 minutes. To imbibe these qualities, mock-tests are the golden solution. There are various mock exams available online, which are also timed to provide an exam atmosphere and pressure to students. Moreover, solving these exams during the 2:00-5:00 pm slot will go a long way in preparing or the actual exam. In case candidates are tired of revising chemistry reactions, Physics formulae or reading the NCERT textbooks, mock tests are the best way to motivate them and boost their morale.
#2 Make notes and tables to revise Biology faster.
Biology is a vast subject and a NEET aspirant has to remember a lot of information given in the NCERT Class 10 and 12 textbooks. In Physics and Chemistry, there are numerical problems and chemical reactions which are easier to revise. In contrast to this, Biology contains theory which can get monotonous to read. For easier and better preparation, candidates can make use of tables or short notes to revise chapters like Animal Kingdom, Plant Kingdom, Human Health and Diseases, etc. Other than faster revision, this method can also make it fun for students to study.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the academics of students has been gravely affected. However, all students will come out strong if they just continue to study for the national-level medical entrance exam, without focusing on the rumours that are doing round. Good luck!