Medical aspirants across the country will battle it out for the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) on May 5, 2013, for admission to MBBS and BDS courses across the country.
To be conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), NEET 2013 will replace all state-level medical entrance tests and the All-India pre-medical test.
More than 260 colleges have been listed by the Medical Council of India, which will fall under the aegis of NEET 2013. These colleges will offer over 30,000 MBBS seats across India.
There will be one combined test for undergraduate medical/dental courses, except for statutory bodies such as the All India Institute of Medical Sciences and the Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research. After clearing the test, candidates will get two ranks – an all-India rank and a state rank.
According to Aakash Chaudhry, director, Aakash Educational Services Ltd, “Students will have to revamp their approach to their exam preparation, as, along with the concept, a new syllabus has also come into the picture. This can easily be followed with a strategic approach and proper planning for the exam.”
Till last year, the All India Pre-Medical Test (AIPMT) had 200 questions, with 50 questions each in physics, chemistry, botany and zoology. The exam was of three hours duration, with one-fourth negative marking. NEET will have a total 45 questions each in physics, chemistry, botany and zoology – a total of 180 objective-type questions. The paper will be of three hours duration and will carry one-fourth negative marking.
Get your strategy right
Since the exam is being conducted by the CBSE, thorough reading of the NCERT books is a must. You must solve the exercises given in the NCERT books.
“Always try to create questions on your own from the NCERT books. Try to read between the lines,” says Chaudhry. You would be required to solve each question in a minute’s time, so regular practice of at least 15 to 20 full- length tests before taking the actual exam would help. “Make your own summary chits of important facts; it will help you in remembering them,” says Satya Prakash, who was among the high scorers of AIPMT last year.
While attempting the paper, fill the OMR sheets correctly.
On tackling the three tough subjects...
Biology: There should be a special emphasis on diagrams. “Adapt a learning style – visual or auditory. Refer to diagrams, images, charts, etc to aid learning. Mark important notes using neon highlighters. Reading aloud, making peers or teacher listen to your understanding of concepts, help in revision,” says Aakash Chaudhry, director, Aakash Educational Services Ltd.
Physics: Most of the questions are direct formula-based, so revise all the important expressions thoroughly. “Mechanics and electrodynamics, and electromagnetisim, are the most important chapters so devote maximum time to them,” adds Rai. Optics, modern physics, heat and thermodynamics, and oscillation and waves are also important.
Chemistry: You can achieve very high scores in this subject. “Organic, inorganic and physical chemistry are the most important topics. Stoichiometry and coordination compounds are also key areas which should not be skipped,” says Arushi Rai, ranked ninth in AIPMT 2012. Reactions in organic chemistry must be done very thoroughly with sufficient examples