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National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) 2018 will take place on 6th May, means it just about a week left for the exam. By now you must be revising on your weak chapters and practicing mock test papers. Here in this article we will be talking about some strategies that can help you score higher in the exam and also we will be talking about some common errors made by the students. The syllabus of NEET comprises of subjects Zoology and Botany from Biology, Physics and Chemistry and the questions are asked from both Class 11 and 12 chapters.
Class 11 is important and student most of the fails to score more on questions from Class 11 simply because less attention paid towards them as students take it likely and also because of the 1 year gap they tend to forget the basics. I would recommend you to read NCERT books from Class 11 nicely to avoid negative markings from the section.
Class 12 syllabus should be relatively simpler or the students to score better. The NEET cut-off of 2016 for Open Category was 145 marks out of 720 (20 per cent) and in 2017, 131 marks out of 720 (18.2 per cent). So the qualification process is an easy task. Even if a student gets 0 marks in Physics and Chemistry, only Biology with 360 marks can get you qualify if you have studied properly. In 2017, the student with 131 marks in NEET also could secure admission in India purely on merit. But this time the competition will be steeper as more than 13 lac students will be appearing in the exam this time, because of which only about 4 out of every 100 student will make it to the next stage this time.
Tips and tricks that one should follow during NEET 2018:-
- The Optical Mark Recognition (OMR) sheet:- Make sure that all the details that you are filling in the OMR sheet should be correct. Never over-write in ORM sheet as these sheet are read by computers and over-writing will lead to rejection of your paper. Many students leave the task of transferring the answers to the answer sheet for the last, but this practice can result in mismatch with answer numbers. Last moment of the exam is the most panic striven so make sure you you transfer the answer to sheets as and when you are solving it. Only the question where you have some doubts leave them for the end.
- Time management:– The main objective of NEET exam or other competitive exam like it is to score the maximum marks possible in the given period of time. It is never a criteria to answer each and every question in the paper. Because by doing so you may end up getting negative markings for every wrong answers and also you waste time trying to solve questions which you are not confident of. Most of the time what students do is that they waste time on questions which they finally leave. This problem needs to be addressed. We should be well acquainted with the paper. Leave the questions that you think you cant solve and the saved time that you managed after the leaving the question should be used properly to solve the question that you are confident about.
- Subject sequence:- Most of the students appearing for the NEET exam make a common mistake of solving the question paper subject wise. They start with biology as they think scoring is easy there followed by Chemistry and Physics. That means that they start with Biology and try solving each and every question than proceed to other subjects. Now by following previous years question we can easily tell that every subject will have some easy, mid-level and difficult question and this applies to Biology also. So the key to the success in the NEET exam is to solve “Easy Questions” first across all three sections and never attempt subject sequence-wise. Our analysis shows that student with an average profile can also score up to 400-450 marks easily with just solving easy questions first. A number of easy questions will vary based upon your preparation but qualifying NEET is never in question.
- Negative Marking:- Students getting negative marking is one of the biggest reason for not making it in the exam. Negative markings mostly happen due to some pre-conceived targets made by students. Students often set their target after checking previous years cut-off due to which they plan in their mind they need to solve a certain amount of questions to attain the target but in doing so they end up getting marks. Remember the goal of the exam is to get maximum possible marks and not scoring all questions. Another reason for negative marks is planning. The plan should be always to solve the easiest question first, then mid level questions and the lastly the difficult ones.
- Rough work:- The most neglected area during the exam is rough work. Mostly the rough work done is unreadable and they are done without proper question number written beside them. Rough work should be clean and should have a question number with it so that it could be easily located later if a question is left midway. So this practice can help you solve many question that are left for the end without wasting much time.
- Practice:– All the above mentioned tips can’t be followed without practicing them properly. Try solving as many as mock test papers as you can and use all the tips mentioned above and i am sure you will be finish the paper with 15 minutes in hand. Remember give your first 15 minutes of the paper for planning it well and then start solving the paper. Try solving NEET 2016 and 2017 Papers.
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