NEET 2020 examination will be conducted by National Testing Agency.
The NEET 2020 examination will have one paper of 3-hour duration. NEET question paper will have a total of 180 questions of Physics, Chemistry, and Biology. 45 each in Physics & Chemistry, and 90 questions from Biology (Botany, Zoology). All questions are of objective type (multiple choice questions); each question with choice of four answers, only one being the correct choice. Each question carries 4 marks for every correct answer. There is also negative marking, deducting 1 mark for every wrong answer.
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NEET 2020 Preparation Strategy
The first requirement to clear an exam like NEET or AIIMS is to be passionate about your goals and keep remembering what you will achieve after clearing these exams with top ranks. The next step is to be consistent with your preparation. Daily studies and practice is the most important skill you need to clear NEET or AIIMS.
One important thing for good NEET preparation is your interest in subjects – Physics, Chemistry, and Biology. If you love solving problems, understanding concepts, you will want to focus on studies as much as possible, keeping all distractions away. Prepare a simple time table and try to follow it. Don’t follow the schedule/time-table of others.
How many hours of study in NEET preparation? It totally depends on you. What’s your capacity? How does your brain work? You just have to enjoy every hour that you are studying to clear NEET. It can’t be forced. What matters a lot is the quality study that you do and not the number of hours.
NEET and AIIMS both require a thorough knowledge of NCERT. Although it’s advised to follow a coaching study material, you can also use reference books (Don’t refer too many books, one of each subject is enough, and NCERT is a must).
AIIMS and JIPMER preparation strategy for PCB would be the same as NEET. Additionally, for AIIMS and JIPMER, you need to prepare for some additional sections – GK + Aptitude in AIIMS, and English + Reasoning in JIPMER. You can utilize your time after NEET by preparing additional sections in AIIMS and JIPMER. At the same time, you need to keep your focus on PCB revision.
The sequence of learning is important. You should aware of simple, basic concepts before knowing the complex ones. New concept delivered in a way that builds upon existing topics/concepts is easier to make sense of and retain. While solving questions, apply the tricks (mostly taught by your coaching teachers). Practice a lot and learn from your mistakes.
Making notes is very beneficial in your preparation. Make your own notes, don’t buy or use someone else’s work. The notes will be handy during revision. Include your own shortcuts and tricks. "Try to make code words. Loligo, Octopus, Sepia -LOS – mollusks with no larval stage (loss). If you have to learn many examples, make a sentence or something. One word starting with the initial letter of each example. Find out some cool relation. I bet you’d never forget that fountain pen was invented by Waterman." - Mahima Mehra (Lady Hardinge Medical College).
Don’t neglect any topic because you find it hard to understand. Ask your teachers at coaching to resolve your doubts. Make a ‘doubt copy’. Collect all doubts in it along with their solutions. You can use this to revise before NEET.
Revision is a continuous process which must happen daily in some form or other. Revision not in the last few months, but every day. E.g. half an hour before sleep, go through all the things you learned during the day. Keep revising what you learn. Always revise important points, MCQs before sleeping.
After completing the syllabus: Solve NEET past year papers and mock tests. Create an exam like environment at your home and solve the papers at morning time, the time scheduled for the NEET exam. The objective is to have enough practice in solving problems and improving speed and accuracy.
Whenever you attempt any mock / practice test, you are likely to give wrong answers. The objective is not just to solve the test but analyzing it on the same day for mistakes and weakness. If you follow this strategy, you will surely improve with each test that you give during the NEET preparation.
Time management is the key. You should devote enough time to each section i.e. Physics, Chemistry, and Biology. Attempt that subject first in which you are most comfortable. During the exam and before that in practice tests also, do not let any question eat up your time. Skip the question as soon as you are nowhere close to the answer. Come back to these questions after you finished the whole paper once.
Consistency and Discipline: During NEET preparation, you have to study consistently, whether that is learning concepts or solving problems. When you are consistent in doing the things you know you should do, your odds of achieving your goals will be dramatically increased. Discipline is one of the key differentiators separating those who clear NEET from those who don’t.
Don’t take extreme pressure, it will be good for you if you go with a positive mind to the exam. Avoid silly mistakes, first in mock tests and then on the exam day. Remain calm and composed. That’s the sign of a Doctor in progress!
Subject-wise Study Strategy for NEET 2020
DO NOT leave any topic, any line, any word of NCERT unturned. You have to learn Biology NCERT by heart. Try to mark only those points which you confuse or forget often. Don’t mark each and every line. Be thorough with the diagrams and their labelings in Biology. Practice Biology questions. Practicing is equally important in Biology as it is in Physics and Chemistry.
"The best-est way to get more than 300 marks in Biology is to make your own handwritten notes in which you can make flow charts and shortcuts to learn important topics especially Krebs cycle, Glycolysis pathway etc." - Shweta Chaudhary (Govt Medical College Chandigarh).
Understanding the concepts and practicing problems is the key to score well in Physics. While preparing, keep your concepts clear before you go for questions.
"Make a formula list of each chapter and include just the formulas in it and not the whole notes thing and read these whenever you get time to say before meals etc. Practice as many questions as you can because, in the end, only this is going to help you." - Arzoo (AIIMS 2016 AIR 136; NEET 2016 AIR 110; Maulana Azad Medical College).
In Organic Chemistry, You need to study all reaction mechanisms and remember all named reactions. Study the chapter, and make notes while you study each chapter. Keep thinking of reactions and mechanisms in free time. It helps in revision.
Complete NCERT thoroughly and you’ll get your basic footing in Inorganic Chemistry. Make precise notes for each chapter.
For Physical Chemistry, Read from NCERT and have your concepts clarified at your coaching institute. After you are done with the chapter, write down all equations from the chapter in a notebook for speedy reference while solving problems.
Recommended Books for NEET 2020 Preparation
Best Biology Books for NEET
NCERT Biology of Class XI and XII
Trueman's Biology Vol 1 and 2
Objective Biology by Dinesh
Pradeep Publication's Biology
Best Physics Books for NEET
Concepts of Physics by H. C. Verma
D C Pandey Objective Physics
Fundamentals of Physics by Halliday, Resnick, and Walker
Best Chemistry Books for NEET
Physical Chemistry by O.P. Tandon
Organic Chemistry by Morrison and Boyd for Organic Chemistry
Modern’s ABC of Chemistry for class 11th and 12th
Concise Inorganic Chemistry by J. D. Lee for Inorganic Chemistry
Things to avoid in NEET 2020 preparation
Avoid long study hours if it results in fatigue, small breaks after 45–50 minutes of study can improve your productivity.
Avoid using multiple books and material in your preparation. Referencing multiple sources, books and study materials, for similar topics and chapters, uses a lot of cognitive load of the memory. Quality matters more than quantity in NEET preparation.
Avoid backlogs. Always keep yourself up to date with what’s going on in the class. Complete your homework and assignments on time.
Procrastination: Procrastination is a lazy habit, you don’t need this in NEET/AIIMS preparation. Finishing work and assignments on time is a habit which helps in achieving your goal. Clear your doubts asap. Self-discipline is the inner power that pushes you to study hard rather than procrastinating or making excuses.
The excessive TV/Social media/Video games: The distractions come due to lack of interest in studies. If you badly want something, your aim is clear to achieve it. You’ll have plenty of time later to spend your time enjoying things you miss out during the preparation. Get rid of all distractions like TV, Facebook, WhatsApp, Quora, etc.
Getting depressed due to low scores in tests. In your monthly or practice tests, always set a target that how many marks you should get in it. But, don’t set big targets that are not achievable. You will improve with each test. Neither get dejected by bad marks nor become overconfident. Work hard (smart) towards your goal.