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5 last-minute preparation tips for NEET Aspirants

Jaiditya Verma, an alumnus of Apeejay School, Mahavir Marg, is currently pursuing MBBS from the Punjab Institute of Medical Sciences, Jalandhar. He shares the best strategies to clear the NEET exam.

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1. Focus primarily on NCERT books

A week before the exam, I concentrated primarily on NCERT books. Around 70% of the questions come from NCERT textbooks, so students must not neglect NCERT books. This would take care of the Biology and Chemistry part. For Physics, I revised all the important formulas. Aspirants must avoid studying from too many books, especially at the eleventh hour as this could clutter their mind.

2. Give Mock tests

In the last month before the NEET exam, I attempted a lot of mock papers. It’s the most effective way to take the NEET preparation to the next level. It helps you to assess your level of preparation and clear all doubts. After each test, students should understand and analyse their mistakes. Importantly, you should take the mock test at the time of the actual exam, which is 2 pm to 5 pm. This will help you feel comfortable giving exams in the afternoon session.

3. Focus on quality of study rather than quantity

It doesn’t matter how many hours you spend revising. In learning as in many other things quality is more important than quantity. So be alert and focused while studying. Avoid long study hours as it results in fatigue, short breaks after 45–60 minutes of continuous study can improve your productivity. Also, don’t study during late hours. The human brain tends to be more receptive in the early hours of the day. I never studied beyond 11 pm for my NEET preparation. I used to start my day at around 6 am.

4. Stay happy and motivated

If you are under extreme duress in the run-up to an exam, it’s likely that you will end up committing silly mistakes in the test. Friends and family are our pillar of support. Staying in touch with them will help you stay happy and cheerful. You should also exercise regularly or indulge in your favourite hobby.

5. Don’t study too much the day before the exam

You may be tempted to cram every morsel of information you may have missed in your study efforts. Avoid it at any cost. I maintained a notebook which had the answers to all the questions I got wrong in mock exams. A day before the exam, I only went through this notebook for a couple of hours and went to bed early. A good night’s sleep is crucial to keep your body healthy and rejuvenated.  

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