The Takeway from NEET 2017

The most common national-level medical entrance examination in India: the National Entrance cum Eligibility Test is conducted by CBSE and has thousands of candidates every year across the country. Only the deserving students, who clear the NEET, are eligible for admissions in the best MBBS and BDS colleges of India.

The candidate must have qualified the class 12 examination with Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and other elective subjects with minimum marks of 50% in the PCB section.

The NEET Phase I examination was held on the 1st of May, 2017 while the Phase II was held on 24th July, 2017.

The Question Paper

The NEET examination is a 3-hour pen and paper-based examination format where the candidates mark their responses in an OMR (Optical Mark Recognition) based answer sheet.

The easiest and the most secure way for NEET 2018 preparation is to follow the NEET 2017 question paper as the pattern and the syllabus will be same in a fundamental way. The NEET question paper, in general, contains an aggregate of 180 objective type MCQ questions (single choice) from three core subjects of Science – Physics, Chemistry, and Biology.

The major section of an NEET question paper is the Biology segment, which consists of 90 objective questions (45 questions from Zoology + 45 questions from Botany), with an intention to test the understanding of the core concepts and fundamentals of Biology. The Physics and Chemistry sections comprise of 45 MCQ questions each. The candidates are tested for their knowledge of elementary concepts governing the physical world around us at a molecular level in these sections.

Similar to the 2017 NEET question papers, each correct answer will be awarded with 4 marks while an incorrect answer will set the candidate back by -1 marks.

Preparation Tips: How Can We Better Prepare for NEET 2018?

  • For preparation, the first step is to read the NCERT books for Physics, Chemistry, and Biology as the examination is conducted by CBSE, which primarily follows the NCERT syllabus.
  • Now, check out the NEET 2017 official examination syllabus and focus on learning each of the topics in a detailed manner from the various reference books available commercially. Also, find the most important chapters here.
  • Divide your time equally and give proper importance to all the three subjects, with a special focus on Biology. It is because the Biology marks are often used as a tie breaker and constitute 50% of the NEET question paper.
  • Solving the Physics question of the last few years, AIEEE can help in understanding the types of Physics problems usually given by CBSE in the NEET question paper.
  • As per the pattern of NEET 2017 question paper, equal coverage is given to the Biology syllabus from both Class 11 and 12. The majority questions were from Ecology and Animal Physiology.
  • In general, a greater percentage of the Chemistry section comes from the Class 12 syllabus, with a considerably higher focus on Inorganic Chemistry (Chemical Bonding accounted for the majority of the marks).
  • For Physics, the syllabus of Class 11 and 12 were given equal weightage, with questions from all the major chapters. So, it requires special attention and practice from the candidates.
  • Understanding the concepts is essential as the previous paper patterns show that the questions are not very direct and require the application of a multitude of concepts to get to the correct option.

To Conclude

It is important to try and identify your weaker subjects and focus on preparing for those sections first.

Practicing previous years’ question paper in a time-based manner will help in understanding the exam pattern and also improve the skills and accuracy in answering the questions.

NEET 2018 Application Form will be available soon. Read about how to access and fill it in this article. Also find some tips and tricks to crack NEET in this article, and strategies to prepare for NEET 2018 here.

Good Luck.

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