The vast syllabus, time management, negative marking, tremendous hype, fewer seats- all of these are exactly the factors that make the NEET examination tough!
First things first, never dodge the exam for the next attempt. Most of the students who do not crack NEET in the first attempt have this mindset: if they don’t clear it this year, they will appear for it again in the next session. Here is where you are committing the biggest mistake. You need to have a strong mindset of clearing it in the first attempt itself.
We have penned down few strategies that students can follow to easily crack the NEET exam in their first attempt:
In order to crack any exam, you need a plan and a strategy. The following are the things you should be ready with before gearing up with your preparations.
- Go through the exam format and syllabus thoroughly.
- Divide your subjects and make a routine.
- Get the desired study material.
- Set up a goal, and you are ready to start.
2. Make NCERT your best friend
Read NCERT textbooks. Grasp every word that is present in NCERT, especially for Biology. Keep reading, understand, and know the concepts well. For Physics, you need to have a book for numerical and MCQs in addition to the NCERT textbook. For Chemistry, you need to be clear with the equations, numerical, and derivations.
3. Question Papers and Mock Tests
Time limitation is one of the greatest challenges of the NEET examination. Students are supposed to finish 180 questions in 180 minutes.
So, practicing previous year’s question papers and taking regular mock tests are essential. This will not only make you efficient but also give you an assessment of where you lack and focus on your weaker areas. This is the best way to enhance your overall performance and accuracy.
4. Health comes first
You can have the best preparation, learn from the best mentors, and look for the best strategies on how to crack NEET in the first attempt, but your every effort can go in vain if you do not focus on your physical and mental health.
- Meditate regularly.
- Perform exercise and yoga for better concentration.
- Have a healthy diet.
5. Study smart, not hard
Do not waste your time studying things that are not a part of your exam. Do not indulge in too many books. A study from the latest and revised materials which is on point and accurate. This will ensure that your syllabus is completed within time, and there’s ample time left for your revisions as well.
6. Focus on your weaker sections
Analyzing your strengths and optimizing your weaknesses is another crucial factor in cracking your NEET exams in one go. Look at all the subjects thoroughly, chapters that you are confident of, and your weaknesses, and then you start up with your revisions.
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7. Time management is important
You need to manage your time and prioritize things. Make sure to prepare your strategy in a way so that the last five months are only kept for test series, solving previous year’s question papers, and analyzing the mistakes. Never hold back from getting your mistakes and concepts cleared by a teacher. If you can master the art of time management, you can definitely crack the NEET exam.
8. Take breaks and do not stress out
Taking enough study breaks is equally important. It will help you in retaining topics for a longer period of time. If you go on reading for long hours without any break, you may forget things after some time.
The other thing that’s equally foremost is not taking enough stress. If you fret about it a lot, you will not be able to complete the syllabus within time with proper revisions and solving enough questions.
9. A positive mindset is an important factor
You have to avoid every distraction that comes your way, and your mindset has to be focused. Say NO to friends who are least bothered about their careers. Do not get influenced by people who have a negative mindset. Have positive people around you who are very focused on their life and career. Positivity can do wonders.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Is preparing for one year enough for me to crack NEET?
Well, this depends on the candidate’s calibre. However, for an average student who is ready to put on their 100% and focus primarily on the studies, for the time being, one year is enough for the NEET preparations. Just make sure that you are dedicated and invest more hours per day in your studies.
2. How many hours of sleep do NEET toppers require?
As per the reviews received from several NEET toppers, 7-8 hours of sound sleep is essential per day to ensure that you have a fresh mind at the start of the day and can focus more on your primary objective.
3. How can one score more than 600 in NEET?
If you aim to score more than 600 in NEET, this primarily means that you must get 150 or more MCQs correct out of the total of 180. And this should be done without getting any negative marking. Therefore, you must plan according to that. If you are not willing to take the risk, you should safely pick the questions you are confident about and then answer only until you reach around 150 questions.
4. If I have NCERT at my fingertips, would it be enough to crack NEET?
There is no doubt in the fact that the NCERT syllabus is the base of NEET. However, restricting yourself only to that is a risky choice. Moreover, just reading the entire book, even NCERT, is not sufficient, as cracking an exam as NEET requires you to apply all the learned concepts to various questions. And this can only be best achieved by taking references from multiple textbooks during your preparations.
5. How can I crack NEET without joining any coaching?
It is difficult to find out the right, and the best books for your NEET preparations and these books have to be the right ones with appropriate content to help you crack NEET with flying colours. Here are some highly recommended books that you must give a shot at!
- Physics: Concept of Physics by H. C. Verma, NCERT – Physics Part 1 and Part 2, and DC Pandey Objective Physics.
- Chemistry: NCERT Chemistry, Physical Chemistry by O. P. Tandon, Organic Chemistry by Morrison, and Boyd for Organic chemistry.
- Biology: NCERT Biology of Class 11th and 12th, Objective Biology by Dinesh, and Pradeep Publication’s Biology.
6. How many hours do I need to study at least to crack NEET?
At least 12 to 15 hours of study daily. However, you must also ensure that you take enough time for your food break and freshen yourself up in intervals. Also, keep out sufficient time for a sound sleep to have better focus the next day you start studying.
7. What are some main topics from all three subjects that carry more marks in the exam?
Here are the concepts from all three subjects that you must focus on more to crack NEET:
- Physics: Mechanics, Optics, Thermodynamics, and Nuclear Physics
- Chemistry: Mole Concept, General organic chemistry, coordination chemistry, the periodic table, and chemical bonding
- Biology: Cell biology, ecology, and environment, the basis of biotechnology, genetics, morphology, physiology of plants and animals, reproduction
8. What are the things to avoid to ensure that you crack NEET?
Here are some things that you must avoid to make sure that they do not come in your way of cracking NEET:
- Not the following timetable
- Having a hectic schedule with no rests
- Ignoring NCERT
- Following many books but not focusing on clearing the concepts
- Ignoring some subjects or topics.
9. Is it possible to crack NEET in just one month?
If you are ready to put in all the hard work and dedication, then there is nothing that you cannot achieve, including cracking NEET in one month. However, there is a strong need for perfect time management and planning to be on the right track and cover all the concepts properly to crack the exam.
10. Can I repeat 2021’s NEET?
Yes, this is possible. Even several students go for compromising their one year of college to prepare more while taking a drop and crack NEET with better results to get admission in some government colleges and the courses of their choice.
Finally, yet importantly, applaud yourself. Be happy and do not stress out. Take necessary study breaks. Preparation involves a lot of aspects, but the most important thing that matters is self-study and analysis.
All the best Achievers!