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The National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test (NEET) 2018, for Undergraduate Graduates courses, is likely to be held on May 7 at various test centres across the nation. However, the official notification is yet to be out on the AIPMT website, Moreover, the last date of the registration process is likely to be out January 23, 2018.

Giving this strenuous exam does have its own set of perks in the long run, but it won’t be wrong to say that it will also invite last-minute hurdles for the aspirants. I shall be talking about the probable hurdles that students need to brace themselves for before appearing for the NEET 2018 in this article.

Hurdles You Might Face Before NEET 2018

  • Firstly, let’s talk about the most common factor that almost every student faces – mental stress. What exactly is stress? According to me, stress is nothing but our body’s response to cope up with conditions of emotional disturbances. Everyone faces stress in some phase of his/ her life. For a medical aspirant, it’s normal to freak out with stress. With the declaration of NEET 2018, the stress levels have further increased not only for the students but also for their parents. It is because the new NEET syllabus will comprise of four subjects, i.e. Physics, Chemistry, Zoology and Botany.
  • Also, the exam will only be held one time, unlike 2016, where the test was split into two phases. Also, no other state-level examination will be held for MBBS/BDS admission except NEET from the year 2018. So, this might indirectly put a lot of pressure on students as they need to crack the exam in one go.
  • The decision of holding a single national level common entrance exam was passed only this year. Not every student is able to prepare for such an exam.
  • This year, students will have to read NCERT textbooks to prepare for the common entrance exam. Also, the pattern of marking is different (state entrances usually don’t have negative markings; whereas, NEET has negative marking). Thus, the approach for attempting questions changes. It will certainly affect their performance in the exam.

The Possible Solutions

Getting scared with the possible hurdles is not a good idea and will only make things worse. So, here are some problems and suggestions to tackle them that may help you perform better in the exams on such a short notice:

  • Mental stress – To reduce your mental stress, you may try pursuing a hobby for a fixed duration every day. Take a few “stress breaks” (break after every 2 hours to improve your concentration and also to reduce your stress levels). Listen to some good music of your choice for a few minutes. If not anything else, go out for a walk of 15 minutes anytime in the day.
  • Tips & Tricks for NEET – Go through the previous years’ papers of NEET to understand the pattern. Solve a few papers before you appear for the final exam. By doing this, you will get acquainted with the type of questions asked and also how to tackle the negative marking system. The more papers you will solve, the more you shall become aware of the chapters to focus on while studying/revising.
  • Running out of patience? – Hold on, friend! You have studied these subjects for two long years. Only a few days more to go. It’s in your hand: either continue your hard work, don’t lose patience and score well or lose patience and ruin your hard work.

You would never invite a thief into your house, would you? Of course not! So, why should you allow negative thoughts into your mind that might rob you of your motivation?

Think wisely, act smart!

Hope my suggestions help.

A preparation strategy is surely needed at this point of time to crack NEET 2018. Read about it here.

All the best!

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