Things To Know Before Appearing For NEET Exam

NEET is the most coveted and sought after exams for medical aspirants seeking admissions to medical courses. Year around students prepares for this exam by either self-studying or by even taking up coaching classes to ensure there is no dearth in preparation from their side. While most of the students indulge in preparing for the upcoming NEET exams, they miss out on the most important factor that could potentially decide the fate of the exams for them, essentials of the exam. Alongside exam preparation, candidates must know other important metrics critical for the exam.

Here, we bring to you a list of things students must know before appearing for exams.

  • Know the eligibility criteria for NEET exams
  • NEET is now the single level entrance exam for almost all medical courses which also includes AYUSH courses
  • The number of applicants for NEET exams is increasing with each passing year, this time around 15.9 lakh students are anticipated to appear for the exams
  • Students can mention 4 different NEET exam centres as per the order of their preference
  • Candidates must have a fair idea of the list of things banned in the exam hall
  • Know the list of documents to be carried on the exam day
  • Candidates must select the NEET exam centre from the state of domicile.
  • Dress code specified by NTA(National Testing Agency) needs to be strictly followed
  • Candidates must know the pattern of the exam – number of questions asked, maximum marks that can be scored, negative marking, duration of the exam and so on
  • Another important metric that students often miss out on is the exam day guidelines. NTA in its official information brochure specifies ethics to be followed on the day of the exam right from the documents to be carried to the preferable time to be present at the venue.
  • Documents asked must be as per the dimensions specified in the information brochure
  • NEET cut-off and result are declared on the same day which is a few weeks after the exams are conducted
  • NEET counselling takes place at three stages which is inclusive of the mop-up round. Students who have cleared the NEET cut-off must register themselves for the counselling process.
  • Seat availability – 15% under AIQ (All India Quota) and the remaining 85% is reserved by the state quota
  • Preparation for the exam must include thorough revision of NCERT syllabus from classes 11 & 12, previous years’ question papers, online questions/modules etc
  • While filling out the NEET application form, candidates are provided with the option of selecting language of preference. 11 languages are offered in total which is inclusive of English, Hindi and Urdu. Others are Bengali, Oriya, Tamil, Kannada, Telugu, Marathi, Gujarati and Assamese.
  • Students are provided with an OMR sheet along with the question paper. OMR sheet should be bubbled for the right response against the question number.

These were some important pointers essential for NEET aspirants ready to appear for NEET exams. Subscribe to BYJU’S YouTube Channel for more.

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How Best to Approach Your Exam Revision

Ah exams, the most important tests that we ever take, the opportunity to show off our knowledge and what we have learned during our studies, my friend JD Dukes was studying for his law degree, he was one of those strange people who loved exams and he told me that knowledge isn’t power, revision is power. I guess what he meant was that the only way you could amass knowledge and keep it stuck in your brain was through revision and I guess he was right. The point is that even though many of us hate exams and studying for them, revision is absolutely key to your performance in exams and here are some tips to help you get the best results possible.


Make a Great Plan

The best way to go about your revision is to make a timetable that you can follow, don’t be overly optimistic, plan 4-6 hours of revision each day and ramp it up to 6-8 hours the closer you are to your exams. You are always given enough time to revise and it is important that you use all of this time to revise gradually, don’t put it off until the end where you will end up cramming it all in the last few nights. That is not the best way to get great results.

Ensure That You Are Prepared

It is important to remember that during your revision time, your brain will naturally be looking to procrastinate, everything will look more exciting than doing revision and you need to avoid becoming distracted at all costs. One great way to avoid this is to ensure that you are fully prepared before you begin your revision with everything that you are gong to need, don’t give yourself an excuse to leave your desk, ensure you have pens, pencils, paper, calculators or whatever else you are going to need for your revision. Doing this will keep you at the desk and keep you focused on your revision.

Take Regular Breaks

People think that taking breaks during their revision is some kind of crime and that they should be dedicated to their revision for 12 hours straight, the truth is that this kind of revision is not going to help you. If you concentrate for long periods of time then your brain is going to stop absorbing information which will work directly against what you are trying to do. Taking a break every hour and a half for around 10 minutes will be great for your concentration, it gives you an opportunity to go to the bathroom or for a quick walk to refresh yourself. Ensure that you do only take 10 minutes, any more and your body will start to rest too much or you may find other, more exciting things to do than revision, and let’s be honest, there are a million things that you could find that will be more interesting than revision. Take breaks and stay focussed.

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