How to Crack NEET in Second Attempt?
(5 months ago)
New Delhi, March 8: The first dream of almost every medical aspirant seeking admission to a reputed medical institution in India is to crack NEET in the very first attempt. Last year, 11.5 lakh students appeared for admission to 52,715 seats in 412 medical colleges across the country. While several candidates landed with admission in their desired colleges, many of them were left disheartened as they either could not make it through or were not happy with their scores.
Aspirants should never lose hope and instead try harder and smarter for the next time. In case you are aspiring to appear for NEET 2018 for the second time, one added perk for you is that you must be already familiar with the Exam Pattern for NEET
and the type of the questions asked in the paper. Use this to your advantage to ensure that the result is fruitful and meritorious.
NEET 2018 is scheduled for May 6, 2018 which leaves you with just 2 months to step up your game and rigorously prepare for the exam. Below are some steps specially crafted for those who are appearing in the exam for the second time, follow these to ace the exam.
1. Analyze Your Failure
Figure out the reasons for you to not succeed in your previous attempt. Understand them and pay extra attention to ensure that it is not repeated again. Analyze all your strengths and weaknesses and work on them to perform upto your maximum potential.
Develop a gradual roadmap for success keeping your goal in mind. For instance, in case you are good at problem solving but weak in memorizing concepts, focus more on revising concepts by creating notes.
2. Manage Your Time
Prepare a feasible timetable based on your strengths and capabilities. Follow the same religiously to stay focused on your goal of cracking the exam. By now you must be familiar with the topics in which you lag behind. Apart from dividing time for each subject, focus on your weak subjects to excel in them.
Since the syllabus revolves around what you have studied in grades 11 and 12, distribute your time accordingly so that you do not miss out on anything. Start your day with Physics as it requires a fresh mind. While preparing for Chemistry, prepare notes and charts listing important reactions and conversion processes of Organic Chemistry. For Biology, carefully study the diagrams to understand labeling of parts.
Make sure that you don't study for more than three hours at a stretch. Your time table should include regular but short breaks of 10-15 minutes in between.
3. Understand the Exam Pattern
As mentioned earlier, this is an added perk as you must be familiar with the exam pattern if you are re- attempting. At the same time, you must also be familiar of all the mistakes you made in understanding the pattern and managing your time during the exam.
Make sure that you utilize all your knowledge in the best way possible and not repeat your mistakes again.
Let's just recall the exam pattern-
Duration of the exam- 3 hours, you will be asked 180 questions covering topics from four subjects- Physics, Chemistry, Botany and Zoology. Each of these subjects will be of 180 marks, totaling up to 720 marks. For every correct attempt, the candidates will be awarded four marks while one mark will be deducted for every incorrect attempt. Candidates can choose the medium for examination from among the following languages- Hindi, English, Urdu, Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Kannada, Marathi, Oriya, Tamil and Telugu.
4. Follow an Open Approach for Preparation
It's time to follow a new study approach since your previous one didn't quite yield you the expected results. Instead of sticking to old patterns, come up with new and smart methods to solve problems quickly.
Use the modern day technology and study through online video lectures, web tutorials, blogs and apps. Give your preparation a boost by stepping out of your comfort zone to ending your dependency on books and coaching classes.
The advantage of studying online is that you are not bound to class room training OR IN HOUSE TRAINING. You can study anytime you want and anywhere you want. Many websites also let you download these videos locally on your device, so that you can watch them even when offline.
You may pause, rewind or repeat lectures in case a topic seems difficult. Video lectures eliminate your requirement to commute to the coaching center on daily basis, thus saving you both time, money and energy.
5. Clear Your Fundamentals Using NCERT Books
Instead of trying to complete the syllabus as fast as possible, you should take as much time as required to study each concept in depth. Start from the very basics as your fundamentals must be clear before you move ahead. NCERT is your best friend for building a strong foundation for any topic. It is always good for NEET preparers to start with NCERT books.
Since NEET is organized by CBSE and is based on questions from the syllabus of CBSE, more than 80 percent of the questions asked in the paper are based on NCERT books only. There may be a change in the variety of questions, but the pattern will surely be the same.
6. Practice and Revise
Regular practice and revision is necessary as you certainly want all efforts to yield results. Once your theoretical concepts are clear, practice as much questions as possible from each of the chapters.
Go through NEET question papers of previous years and solve sample tests. Follow multiple books to cover as many aspects as possible but not too many reference books to avoid confusion.
7. Reserve Time for Full Length Mock Tests
It is very important to attempt a complete mock test once your syllabus is covered. It will give you an idea on how to manage your time while attempting the real NEET 2018 exam.
Mock tests, if taken on regular basis, helps build your confidence and stamina for attending the final exam.
8. Keep Faith in Yourself
The most important tip is that you must keep faith in yourself. Note that you would not be able to score your best without self-confidence, even when you have covered the entire syllabus. So stay focused, calm, and make sure you are motivated before you sit for the exam.