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How to Prepare for NEET 2022-2023 Exam?

 

Have you always dreamt of becoming a doctor but feeling jittery and nervous about the NEET exam? Then read on to know how you can prepare for the NEET exam and ensure success.

As you know, the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) is a national-level entrance examination for students who wish to pursue MBBS or BDS courses in India. The test is conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA).

To get admission into one of the medical or dental colleges in India, it is mandatory to clear the NEET exam. The competition is quite high as there are more than 15 lakh students who appear for this exam every year.

So, if you are planning to take the NEET exam in 2022-2023 (or after that), here are a few tips that will help you prepare better and score high marks:

 

NEET Syllabus

 

You can get the NEET syllabus from the official NTA website or your coaching institute. It is almost the same as the CBSE or NCERT syllabus for Classes 11th and 12th. So, if you have been following your Class 11th and 12th syllabus diligently, you already have an edge over others.

You also need to chalk out your study plan according to the number of topics you need to cover, the time you have in hand, etc. Make sure you give more time to the topics that are your weak areas.

 

NEET Exam Pattern

 

The NEET exam pattern has remained unchanged for a few years now. It is a 3-hour long exam consisting of 180 multiple choice questions from Physics, Chemistry, and Biology - 45 from Physics, 45 from Chemistry, and 90 from Biology (45 each from Botany and Zoology).

Each question will carry 4 marks and there will be a negative mark of 1 mark for each wrong answer. So, you need to be very careful while attempting the questions.

 

Important Topics for the NEET 2022 Exam

 

Some of the important topics that you need to focus on while preparing for the NEET exam are:

 

Physics

Laws of Motion, Work, Energy and Power, Waves, and Thermodynamics

 

Chemistry

Organic Chemistry: Basic Principles and Techniques, Hydrocarbons, Haloalkanes and Haloarenes, Alcohols, Phenols, and Ethers

Inorganic Chemistry: General Principles and Processes of Isolation of Metals, Transition Elements (3d Series), s-Block Elements (Alkali and Alkaline Earth Metals), p-Block Elements, Coordination Compounds, and d and f-Block Elements

Physical Chemistry: Laws of Thermodynamics, Equilibrium, Solutions, Redox Reactions and Electrochemistry, and Chemical Kinetics

 

Biology

Botany: Cell Biology, Plant Physiology, Reproduction in Plants, Genetics and Evolution, and Ecology

Zoology: Diversity in Living World, Cell Biology, Human Physiology, Structural Organisation in Animals and Plants, Reproduction, Genetics, and Evolution

 

Best Books for NEET Preparation

 

Physics

 

  • NCERT Physics Class 11th and 12th
  • Concepts of Physics by HC Verma
  • Fundamentals of Physics by Halliday, Resnick, and Walker
  • IIT JEE Physics books by H.C. Verma

 

Chemistry

 

  • NCERT Chemistry Class 11th and 12th
  • Organic Chemistry by Paula Bruice Yurkanis
  • Inorganic Chemistry by J.D. Lee
  • Physical Chemistry by P. Bahadur
  • IIT JEE Chemistry books by O.P. Tandon

 

Botany

 

  • NCERT Biology Class 11th and 12th
  • Modern Botany by Verma and Agarwal
  • Plant Physiology by Taiz and Zeiger
  • IIT JEE Biology books by Trueman

 

Zoology

 

  • NCERT Biology Class 11th and 12th
  • Diversity of Life by Elson and Morgan
  • Genetics by Hartwell
  • IIT JEE Biology books by Trueman

 

You can choose to buy askIITians' exclusive NEET study material which covers the entire NEET syllabus and has been prepared by experienced faculty comprising IITians, AIIMS graduates, IISc graduates, and NITians. It includes a study planner, revision notes, and mind maps which will help you cover the entire syllabus effectively.

You can also take NEET online mock tests on askIITians to test your preparation level and identify your weak areas. These tests are based on the latest pattern of the NEET exam and will give you an insight into the actual exam.

 

NEET Preparation Tips

 

Physics

 

Many NEET aspirants find Physics difficult as it involves a lot of numerical questions. The trick to scoring well in Physics is to first understand the concepts clearly and then apply them to solve the numerical problems.

For solving numerical questions, you need to have a good hold on the formulas and be able to apply them correctly. You can make your own formula sheet by revising all the important formulas from NCERT and other Physics books.

 

If you have 2 years in hand, you should:

 

  • Start with the NCERT books and make sure you understand the concepts clearly.
  • Solve as many problems as possible from the HC Verma book and other physics books.
  • Take mock tests and solve previous years' papers to get an idea of the type of questions asked in the exam from the chapter or topic you are studying.
  • Revise regularly to ensure that the concepts are clear in your mind.

 

If you have 1 year in hand, you should:

 

  • Focus on solving previous years' papers and mock tests.
  • Physics topics like Waves and Thermodynamics can be studied from the NCERT books. For other topics, you can refer to the IIT JEE physics books.
  • Solve a lot of numerical problems to improve your problem-solving skills.
  • Revise what you have studied at the end of the day, and attempt tests at least once a week.

 

A month before the NEET exam, you should:

 

  • Revise all the topics thoroughly. If you are having doubts, talk to askIITians experts to get them clarified at the earliest.
  • Solve as many mock tests and previous year papers as possible to get a feel of the exam.
  • Solve full-length NEET sample papers, mock tests, or previous years' exams once in two days at least.
  • Focus on your weak areas and work on them.
  • You can boost your scores in Physics by trying to understand and derive the formulae, instead of trying to mug them up.
  • Make sure you are well-rested and have a positive attitude on the day of the exam.

 

Chemistry

 

Chemistry is one of the most important subjects in NEET, and you need to put in a lot of effort to score well in it. The best way to prepare for Chemistry is by starting with the NCERT books and then solving as many questions as possible from other reference books.

In NEET, most Chemistry questions are asked directly from the NCERT books. So, you must understand the concepts clearly and practice solved and unsolved questions given in the NCERT Chemistry books before moving on to other books.

 

If you have 2 years in hand, you should:

 

  • Start with the NCERT books and make sure you understand the concepts clearly.
  • Solve as many problems as possible from other Chemistry books like JEE Main Chemistry by OP Tandon, Modern's ABC of Chemistry Class 11th and 12th, etc. You can also take help from askIITians' exclusive NEET study material which comprises video lessons, concept maps, and revision notes.
  • Many NEET questions in the Chemistry section are asked from the Class 11th syllabus. So, you should focus on that syllabus first and then move on to the Class 12th syllabus.
  • You can also take online Chemistry mock tests on askIITians at the end of every chapter or topic to identify your weak areas.

 

If you have 1 year in hand, you should:

 

  • The chemistry syllabus for NEET is quite vast. It can be difficult to study it all in one year. So, you should focus on your weak areas and work on them.
  • Chemistry topics important for the NEET exam include Stoichiometry, Atomic Structure, Chemical Bonding, Thermodynamics, Solutions, Equilibrium, Redox Reactions, etc. You need to study these topics thoroughly.
  • Our Chemistry tutors suggest that if you have limited time in hand, you should focus on solving as many mock tests and previous year papers as possible to get a feel of the exam. Solved questions will help you understand the type of questions asked in the exam and unsolved questions will help you improve your problem-solving skills.
  • A one-year study plan for Chemistry must include time for making short notes, revising the topics you have studied, and solving mock tests. You can also join an online NEET coaching program to get access to quality study material and expert guidance.

 

A month before the NEET exam, you should:

 

  • Some students find Organic Chemistry difficult. They should focus on understanding the concepts and spend more time solving problems from that section. In the last month, you should focus on revising all the topics thoroughly. Do not try to mug up things at this stage. If you are having doubts, talk to askIITians experts to get them clarified at the earliest.
  • If you are struggling with solving Chemistry numerical, you might be lacking in practice. In the last month, you should solve as many mock tests and previous years' NEET papers as possible to get a feel of the exam.
  • Most NEET questions are direct but the tricky ones can take up a lot of time if you don't know how to attempt them. Check out solutions of NEET sample papers and previous years' question papers to understand how to solve such questions.

 

Botany

 

Do you ever wonder why an MBBS aspirant needs to study Botany? The answer is simple, to understand the human body, one must first know the basics of how cells function, what is metabolism, and how interconnected we are to other species on this planet.

 

For all medical aspirants, Botany is a subject that requires consistent effort throughout the year as the syllabus is vast.

 

If you have 2 years in hand, you should:

 

  • Learn from someone passionate about the subject.
  • Share your understanding of the subject with your peers and teachers in active forums.
  • Quiz yourself about plants as you walk through parks or gardens.
  • Memorize the Greek prefixes and suffixes and the Latin names of plants - and try to correlate their similarities and differences.
  • Explore how plants adapt to their environment, their roles in the ecological balance, how they propagate, how they find nourishment, how they protect themselves, etc.

 

If you have 1 year in hand, you should:

 

  • Start with the basics of plant morphology, including the study of external and internal features of plants, their classification, and identification.
  • Understand the plant cell - its structure and function - as it forms the basic unit of all plant life.
  • Study plant physiology, including topics like photosynthesis, respiration, transportation, excretion, etc. which are relevant to human physiology as well.
  • Learn about plant reproduction - asexual and sexual, including topics like pollination, fertilization, etc.
  • Study the economic importance of plants in our daily lives.
  • Don't forget to revise what you have studied throughout the year and solve as many mock tests and previous year papers as possible.

 

A month before the NEET exam, you should:

 

  • Focus on solving as many mock tests and previous year papers as possible. This will help you understand the type of questions asked in the exam and give you an idea of how to attempt them.
  • Check your revision notes and mind maps. You can also find ready-made ones for NEET on askIITians.
  • Do not try rote-learning at this stage. If you have doubts, ask an expert to clarify them.

 

Zoology

 

Zoology is the study of animal life and covers a wide range of topics, including animal anatomy and physiology, evolution, and ecology. It is an important subject for medical aspirants as it forms the foundation for understanding human physiology.

 

If you have 2 years in hand, you should:

 

  • Do comparisons. Animal cell vs plant cell, animal physiology vs plant physiology, animal metabolism vs plant metabolism, differences and similarities between genera and species, etc.
  • Make connections. How does an animal's anatomy help it in its locomotion? How does the physiology of an animal's digestive system help it in its digestion? What is the role of animals in the food chain and how do they help maintain the ecological balance?
  • Explore concepts. Evolution, natural selection, genetic drift, sexual selection, survival of the fittest, punctuated equilibrium, convergent and divergent evolution, etc.
  • Make your own revision notes, tables, and mind maps. It will help you remember concepts better.

 

If you have 1 year in hand, you should:

 

  • Start with the basics of animal morphology, including the study of external and internal features of animals, their classification, and identification.
  • Understand the cell - its structure and function - as it forms the basic unit of all animal life.
  • Study animal physiology, including topics like respiration, circulation, excretion, osmoregulation, etc. which are relevant to human physiology as well.
  • Learn about animal reproduction - asexual and sexual, including topics like fertilization, embryology, etc.
  • Study the economic importance of animals in our daily lives.
  • Don't forget to revise what you have studied throughout the year and solve as many mock tests and previous year papers as possible.

 

A month before the NEET exam, you should:

 

  • Focus on solving as many mock tests and previous year papers as possible. This will help you understand the type of questions asked in the exam and give you an idea of how to attempt them.
  • Check your revision notes and mind maps. You can also find ready-made ones for NEET on askIITians.
  • Do not try to memorize new things at this stage. If you have doubts, ask an expert to clarify them.
  • To boost your Zoology scores, pay special attention to labeled diagrams. Generally, 1-2 questions are asked on this topic. Practice as many labeled diagrams as you can.

 

Botany and Zoology are considered to be scoring subjects. With the right strategy and hard work, you can easily score above 50 marks in these subjects.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

 

  1. What is the ideal time to start preparing for the NEET exam?

While traditionally, students start preparing for the NEET exam in Class 11, these days, most students start preparing much earlier, sometimes even from Class 9. We have students from Class 6 who want to study from the best tutors to get their Science and Math concepts right from the beginning.

 

  1. What is the syllabus for the NEET exam?

The NEET syllabus is based on the NCERT Class 11 and 12 Biology books. In addition to that, the AIPMT (now NEET) syllabus also includes some topics from Class 10 Biology.

 

  1. What are the best books for NEET preparation?

Besides NCERT books, askIITians NEET study material, and askIITians Biology books are considered to be the best books for NEET preparation.

 

  1. How can I score more than 90 percentile in NEET?

To score more than 90 percentile in NEET, you need to get at least 450 out of 720 marks, which is around 63%. To achieve this, you need to focus on your concepts, practice mock tests and previous year papers, and solve as many questions as possible.

 

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