Preparation tips for National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET)

In this article, I have focused on the preparation tips and tricks which would help the medical aspirants to achieve success in National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) 2013. Also, know about the other details of National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET)such as basic pattern, eligibility, and syllabus.


Medical profession is considered to be one of the most respected and lucrative career options by the young generation. Every year, several youngsters appear for the entrance examination to seek admission in medical colleges, but only thousands of them are able to make the place. With the increasing number of participants and competition, those aspirants who have good preparation and can do well under pressure are able to clear the entrance examinations with good numbers. But, before that medical aspirants should have some information about National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET).

National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) to be organized on 5th May, 2013 is going to be the first common medical entrance trance for MBBS and BDS course. The NEET 2013 will be conducted by Central Board of Secondary Education(CBSE).

National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) basic pattern

  • The entrance test is being conducted by CBSE.

  • It will be a single entrance exam for admission in MBBS as well as BDS program.

  • It will be a single stage exam.

  • The medium of the paper will be English and Hindi.

  • It will be objective question paper consisting of 180 multiple choice questions with 45 questions from Physics, Chemistry, Botany and Zoology.

  • The duration of the paper will be three hours.

  • National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET ) Syllabus

    A medical aspirant who wants to make career in medicine field should score minimum of 50% aggregate marks in Physics, Chemistry and Biology. A common syllabus has been made by Medical council of India after reviewing the syllabus of NCERT, CBSE and other state boards. This syllabus will maintain the uniformity across the country. The syllabus includes topics from class XI and class XII.

    National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET ) Eligibility

  • The minimum age of the candidate should be 17 years at the time of admission in MBBS/BDS course.

  • The candidate should have secured minimum of 50% marks in Physics, Chemistry and Biology. SC/ST candidates have relaxation of 10%.

  • The qualifying marks for National eligibility cum entrance test is 50%.

  • General Tips For National Eligibility cum Entrance Test Preparation

  • Make a strategy : Prepare a timetable and adhere to it. The strategy plan will help you to do the preparation in a systematic way.

  • Focus on intelligence learning rather than rote learning : Intelligence learning will help you to understand the concepts, theories and basic fundamentals. Therefore, make the aim to clear the basics of each subject. Once the concepts will be clear, it would be easy to understand the depth of particular topic. Rote learning proves to be harmful when appearing the exam under pressure.

  • Determination : If you have decided to make a career in medical field, then make strong determination. Start preparation as early as you can. The early you will start the preparation, ample time you will get to complete the syllabus.

  • Prepare long term goals, focus on short term goals : Prepare the long term goal to finish the complete syllabus in particular time. But, focus on short term goals to cover particular topics in X days. Remember, the medical syllabus is vast, so you need to take small steps. Start one topic, understand the concepts, clear the fundamentals, and then move in depth. Once the topic is over, move to the next topic. Keep track of the progress by day or by week.

  • Study according to syllabus : The medical aspirants should have good knowledge about the syllabus to be covered for exam. It would be better to prepare a list of topics and the books to be used to cover it. Since, CBSE is conducting the NEET exam, go through NCERT text books and other standard books. Preparation can be done from few good books. Do not try to study from all the books available in market. It will be waste of energy, time as well as money.

  • Focus on solving the questions in given time : In NEET 2013, 180 questions will be present in the paper. You will have to solve it in three hours. It means, you can give one minute to each question. So, practice as many as question paper. Set a time frame to solve the particular question paper. And then, try to solve the same paper in given time.

  • Improve speed and accuracy during mocks : Attempt as many as mock test you can. This will help you to improve your speed and accuracy, before appearing the main exam.

  • Try to enroll in test series for practice : There are several coaching institutes which provide test papers for practice. These test series are based on sectional topics. You can take benefit of those test series. Try to enroll in such programs so that you can practice the exam and gain confidence. The test series will also help you to know about your strength and weakness.

  • Revision : Once the topic is over, it does not mean that you would not touch the topic again. Keep revising the topics from time to time, so that you do not lose the touch.

  • Learn time management : Preparing for NEET or any other exam does not mean that you do not give time to other activities. Sleep well, eat healthy, do some physical exercises regularly to remain fit.

  • Start preparation from the first day of class XI : Though the learning and preparation capability of each aspirant varies, but starting the preparation for medical entrance from the first day of class XI is considered to be the best time.

  • But, if you have not started the preparation yet, then make a strategy and move ahead. Study in a disciplined manner with whole dedication and sure no one can stop you from being successful.

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