This year, as many as 7,31,225 applicants appeared for the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test, (NEET) 2016. Out of the overall figure only 4,09,477 candidates were able to clear the cut-off, yet, just 19,325 belonging to the top 15 per cent qualified for the counselling process. Based on the analysis of NEET 2016, securing a seat in the medical entrance examination has been relatively easier. One should start preparation well in advance with a highly goal-oriented strategy to crack NEET. Given here is an evaluation of NEET 2016 and key points for next year’s NEET 2017 exam preparation.
Understanding NEET 2016:
Owing to its structural reforms, NEET provides students with better admission opportunities as compared to the erstwhile medical entrance AIPMT. Scrapping away the state level CETs, NEET comprises of a single exam-based approach for student selection from almost all states of India. There is an increased tally of the total number of seats with inclusion of 100 per cent seats from government as well as private institutions, which was earlier limited to 15 per cent seats of only government colleges in the former examination.
Thus, it is relatively easier to secure admission in a leading medical college but given the increased difficulty and competition level of the examination, you have to maintain a steady goal-oriented approach to achieve the same.
This year, the NEET exam was conducted in two phases: NEET Phase-I and NEET Phase-II. Both were primarily based on NCERT textbooks, though there were many topics beyond the traditional syllabus. The following is an analysis of individual subjects based on the NEET question paper:
The physics section was observed to be quite lengthy and required extensive calculation. Concepts included were relatively tougher as compared to the previous years’ AIPMT question papers. Out of 45 questions, 22 were from Class 11 and 23 from Class 12. Though most of the concepts were well within the boundaries of NCERT syllabus, some questions demanded a multipronged approach that was not limited to the NCERT syllabus exclusively.
Chemistry section was comparatively easier and conventional. Numericals were quite simple and easy as they were formula-based. Despite that fact, there were some questions that were out of the syllabus of NCERT textbooks. Moreover, the question paper had an uneven question set and entirely missed some of the critical topics such as chemistry in everyday life, environmental chemistry, etc.
The questions were moderate in this section. The question paper gave equal weightage to Class 11 and Class 12 syllabus. For better and detailed learning, biology can be subdivided into botany and zoology while in previous year analysis botany got more importance over zoology. The difficulty level of questions had an equal blend of simple, average, and difficult problems. Some questions were beyond the NCERT syllabus.
Aiming for NEET-2017: Things to do
1. Give equal weightage to each and every topic from Class 11 and Class 12 for your exam preparation
2. Though NCERT should be your primary focus area, do not limit your preparation approach to the NCERT syllabus. Make sure you prepare each and every topic of various subjects from NCERT as well as popular competitive reference books (ask your respective mentor to assist you regarding the same; there are plenty of options in the market).
3. Have a comprehensive strategy with well-defined short-term and long-term goals in your exam preparations. For example, topics to be done on weekly and monthly basis, in addition to the number of practice tests for various subjects and sub-topics to be taken on fortnightly and monthly basis.
4. Ensure that you keep syllabus completion targets and score achievement targets for your practice tests. Always try to push yourself further in order to reach your goals before the designated time.
5. As you delve further into any given topic, note down critical formulae that you encounter from each and every topic and pin them right in front of you. After covering the complete topic, attach them to a separate file folder for future reference and revision.
6. Make individual notes for each and every topic. Analyse the problem-solving techniques for various numericals and formulate a rough design to approach such questions. If there is more than one method to approach the same problem, make sure you practice both of them till you are adept. Devise a rough and quick method to reach solutions and revise these rough approach methods often.
7. Learn meditation, yoga or any other forms of relaxation techniques as it suits you. Such techniques have a stress relieving effect and also help you attain a higher degree of concentration.
8. Keep an honest account of your progress report. Revise each and every topic frequently. Practice topic-specific questions and update your progress report accordingly.
9. As the overall difficulty of the NEET question paper was higher than AIPMT 2015 question paper, it is advised to have a dedicated and thorough preparation for NEET 2017 examination with mock papers and paper of NEET 2016 examination.
– This article has been written by Aakash Chaudhry, Director, Aakash Educational Services Pvt. Ltd
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