Since the countdown for NEET entrance exam has already begun, we believe it is important to look at the approach to tackle the syllabus before the exam. The persistent preparation of a year or two for NEET exam may come to a naught in the 3 critical hours of the examination, if your last minute preparation strategy is not inclined properly. A student’s mental composure and his/her confidence level at the last minute preparation can make a big difference to his/her overall performance. Therefore, all the aspirants should control their nerves and remain focused during these days. At present, multiple medical entrance exams are conducted, including NEET, and AIIMS. Hence, students should not worry like before.
A day before the exam, you should be relaxed without being worried about the exam blues. A moderate evening walk and a sound sleep of at least 6 hours the night before can improve your concentration level in the examination hall. You should take light breakfast on the day of examination and report to the examination centre half an hour earlier. Never forget to carry drinking water bottle and drink as much water as you can, as this will not only flush out toxins from your body but also keep you all charged up with positive energies.
You should be cautious and avoid all sorts of rigorous physical or outdoor activities when the examination is close at hand; otherwise, it might risk your health, making the examination a dull exercise. Students should be careful in the selection of food and in maintaining hygiene so as to be in good health to maximize the chances of success. They should try to make topic-wise mind maps and increase the frequency of revision in all the portions of Physics, Chemistry and Biology.
Maintaining high level of concentration during the examination is one of the pre-requisites to pass the exam. While solving problems, students should be patient rather than being in a hurry. In case of difficult questions, don’t get nervous/ tense but maintain your calm. Read every question carefully and avoid blind guess as negative marking can reduce your chances of selection and can also pull your rank down. So, it is wise to follow the “thumb rule” of focusing more on accuracy rather than attempting maximum number of questions.
NEET entrance exam like other competitive exams is a time bound exam. This, however, does not mean that students should start solving the question paper quickly without going through it properly. Keeping time management in mind, students should start solving the problems with moderate speed; once they get the rhythm, they can increase their speed accordingly. In other words, they need to move themselves out of inertia and start rolling. Once you are rolling, you may be able to solve even difficult problems with the acquired momentum. To gain the momentum while solving problems, it is better to attempt questions from your favourite subject first, which will certainly help you in rolling forward. Mark the questions (on your question paper) which seem easy at prima-facie and attempt these questions first.
Moreover, there is no need to hang on a single question for more than 5 minutes as this would further waste your time and thus move on to next. After all, it is an examination and your aim should be to score high by dividing your time judiciously and intelligently. We would suggest you to attempt as many conceptual questions as you can, since these are relatively scoring. For comprehension related questions, read them carefully because these can be answered quickly and correctly.
According to the pattern of the questions, you may opt for your favourite section/portion of the paper as per your convenience. Try to cross-check the answers by putting values in the equation(s) given. During the course of preparation, you should have a revision plan which should be interlinked topic-wise and concept-wise. In addition, you can reinforce your memory by revision at regular intervals.
While doing the rough work for solving questions, you must do it as neatly as possible, as this helps in revising the attempted questions. It might sound trivial but it really helps; in fact, these little things if taken into account can add much to your score. It is quite possible that you may finish your favourite subject much before, thereby devoting that surplus time on other areas which usually take more time. This will help multiply your score at the end. You must plan your time in such a manner that at the end you are left with 15-20 minutes which you can use for revision and cross-checking.
As per general perception, Physics seems difficult but you can make it easy by resorting to specific strategy. Before the D-day, revise the solved examples portion-wise because by doing so you will get a recap of the entire functional concepts involved in solutions which will save your time too.
Similarly, Chemistry can be the most scoring subject if you prepare and solve the questions intelligently. To finish the paper in time, attempt the theoretical questions first and then move on to the numerical portion and organic reactions. This will help you maximize your score.
Biology is very interesting subject as compared to Physics and Chemistry. Students need to practice as much as possible and try to concentrate fully on study in order to be successful in exam. Moreover, they should devise a strategy and study accordingly.
Success in NEET involves hard work, patience, confidence and conceptual clarity. If you want to be a winner in this exam, don’t lose your patience and be confident as this exam is similar to other several exams you have appeared so far. Keep yourself focused and appear in the exam with positive attitude speculating that you are going to hit the jackpot. Psychological battle starts before the real battle comes in. Every battle is first won in the mind.
(Note: The views expressed here are those of the writer and do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of Aakash Educational Services Limited.)
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