Over 50,000 students will be appearing for the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET), which is conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education on Sunday.
You have been toiling day and night and waiting for the D-Day to prove your calibre and get into a medical college of your choice. The most important thing is to stay positive and gear up to give the test your best shot. Do not leave any room for mistakes.
Here are 10 things that Aakash Chaudhry, director of Aakash Educational Services Pvt Ltd, says can help students before and on the day of the exam:
1) Reach the exam hall on time
Well begun is half done. Running late for your exam can lead to additional stress. Do not take any risks on the day of the examination. Start early and reach at least 30 minutes before the scheduled time at the venue.
2) Eat a good meal
Do not skip meals on or before the day of the exam. It is advisable to eat light but ensure you have a healthy and balanced meal. Do not resort to junk or any heavy food on or before the day of your test. Staying hydrated is equally important and the best way to do so is to drink lots of water.
3) Don’t get confused
Try to go over the important points related to the paper once. Remember those and nothing else. Try not to speak to too many people outside the examination hall as they might just confuse you. Chances are you might panic and make silly errors during the exam.
4) Don’t be in a hurry to start
As time plays a crucial role in a competitive test such as NEET, it is essential that you read the instructions carefully before you start. You must have solved numerous mock test papers but do not be overconfident. Read through the marking schemes and other instructions before you start writing the paper.
5) Plan your paper strategically
It is highly advisable to plan the paper-solving process. In 3 hours, you have 180 questions to attempt so keep your weak and strong areas in mind and tackle all sections accordingly.
6) Do not fall prey to guesswork
Many students take wild guesses while choosing the right answers. You should not resort to guesswork for an exam like NEET, where you stand a chance to lose marks for a wrong answer. Unless you are sure about the logic applied to the question, do not attempt it or else you will end up losing marks.
7) Be wary of negative marking
For every right answer, you stand a chance to gain 4 marks and for every wrong answer, you will lose 1 mark. Also, do not write multiple options for a question. This will again lead to loss of marks.
8) Do not get stuck with a question for too long
Every minute plays a crucial role in this time-driven entrance exam. If you have planned how much time you will allot for each question, go as per your plan. In case, you’re stuck on a question for over a minute or two, it is advisable to move on to the next and get back once you are done with the rest.
9) Stay calm and composed
Do not let stress and panic ruin all the hard work you have done to prepare for the exam. Stay calm and remain positive. You may find the first few questions difficult, but do not panic. Move on to the next question and continue writing the test paper with the same spirit till the end.
10) Do not scribble on rough sheets
Rough sheets are meant for calculations but ensure that you use them in an organised manner. Write down the question number before you begin to solve any question and try to write neatly and legibly even on the rough sheets. There are chances that you might want to look at the rough work while revising answers.