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

Only the Indian and OCI (Overseas Citizens of India) students are eligible to appear for this NEET examination. The candidate must also be between 17 to 25 years of age to be able to apply. The NEET is conducted at various examination centres in a 3-hour pen and paper-based examination format where the candidates mark their responses in an OMR-based answer sheet.

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 the question paper is the Biology segment, which consists of 90 objective questions, with an intention to test the understanding of the core concepts and fundamentals of Biology.

The Physics and Chemistry sections each comprise of 45 MCQ questions, wherein the candidates are tested for their knowledge of elementary concepts governing the physical world around us at a molecular level.

The test is based on the basic concepts of Physics, Chemistry and Biology taught to the students as per the Class 12 CBSE NCERT syllabus. It also stresses on students having an in-depth knowledge of fundamental concepts. Thus, apart from reading the NCERT textbooks, candidates must delve into a number of reference books in order to get a better insight into the subjects.

For every correct response in the OMR answer sheet, the candidate is awarded +4 marks, while the candidate loses one mark for every incorrect response. No mark is awarded/deducted for unanswered responses. The NEET question carries an aggregate of 720 marks, and the students who cross the cut-off marks are eligible to appear for counselling in the best medical and dental colleges across the country.

The most important point to consider for NEET exam is preparing a compact and exclusive study schedule at least six months before the examination date. The students must ensure that each and every topic of the syllabus is covered as thoroughly as possible. They should also make precise notes of the important formulas, crucial concepts and nomenclature with the help of reference books and other study material. Students should keep revising the concepts on a regular basis and do a rigorous practice of the MCQs at the end of the chapters given in the reference books.

The aspiring candidates may follow the reference books given below for their NEET preparation:

Biology:

  • Complete NEET Guide for Biology by MTG
  • Trueman’s elemental Biology: Level 1 and 2
  • Biology for AIPMT – by A. Tripathy
  • Objective NCERT at Your Fingertips for NEET-AIIMS – Biology by MTG Editorial Board

Physics:

  • HC Verma
  • The Feynman’s Lectures on Physics – Volume I, II, III

Chemistry:

  • Modern’s ABC of Chemistry for Class 11th and 12th
  • Organic Chemistry by Robert Thornton Morrison
  • Concise Inorganic Chemistry by JD Lee

You are advised to practice from previous years’ question papers and mock tests in order to be familiar with the question paper pattern. Keep a track on the amount of time you take to finish a question paper, as it will help manage time in the examination hall.

Also, you can take guidance from the various educational institutes that offer NEET preparation across the country like the Aakash Institute, FIITJEE, Resonance, etc. and gain access to their exclusive study material and exam tips from experts.

The NEET 2017 application form will be available from 1st week of December 2016 and will remain open for the medical and dental aspirants for a month. The tentative date for the NEET 2017 examination is around 7th May 2017. To know more about NEET 2017, click here.

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