The sudden roll out of National Eligibility-Cum-Admission Test (NEET) has created a lot of confusion and problems for students.
According to an ordinance, NEET phase 2 will take place this year. It will be for those applying to central government institutions, private medical colleges and deemed universities. States have been told that they may either conduct their exams this year or may consider NEET for admissions in their UG medical & dental courses.
Students who took NEET phase 1 exam can take NEET phase 2 to improve their scores but will have to run the risk of foregoing their phase 1 scores.
Now, with one and a half months left for phase-2 NEET, there are a few tips which will help aspirants handle the ongoing pressure of sudden change from AIPMT to NEET. It will also help them to do well in the exam.
Be thorough with the basics: The key to cracking an entrance examination is to be clear with concepts and thorough with the basics. Be thorough with the NCERT books, especially of biology & chemistry of class 11 and 12 as this is the basic & most important component of your preparation.
Efficient revision of important topics: As the syllabus is vast, one needs to know the most important topics to have the best output. Revise the chapter in accordance with its importance in NEET. Do not try to give any extra time to those chapters in which you are weak even today because it is very difficult to do justice to these topics in the short time available.
Prepare visual charts: It is easier to recall something which can be visualised. Revision of notes prepared in the form of summary sheets, flow charts and formulae sheets, among others, during this period will be good. Prepare them and keep them in place.
Developing examination temperament by solving previous years’ question papers and mock tests: It is very important to participate in few mock test papers of NEET and previous year AIPMT papers, as per the timing of the final exam. A comprehensive test analysis will also help you to review and rectify your weaknesses. These tests will also help you in understanding how you should manage your time in different sections of the paper so that you do not get stressed. Stress appears only when you mismanage your time.
Identify repetitive questions & practise them: While solving the previous year’s test papers identify the repetitive questions and practice them frequently.
Practise the best study techniques: It is essential to have the best environment for studying so that you can concentrate without any distractions. Splitting of larger chapters to smaller blocks can enable you to complete it easily and if possible try to get your doubts cleared then.
(The author is Director, Aakash Educational Services)