Every year, lakhs of students write the medical entrance test in India, out of which only a few hundred are able to achieve their goals. If you are aspiring to become a doctor and just entered class 11th then this is the right time for you to start your preparation to crack the medical entrance exams in the first attempt. But still wondering how to start your preparation for NEET?? This article may help you to achieve your dream.
Before getting into the details of how to start preparing for medical entrances, let’s have an overview of the top medical entrance examinations in India. The three major entrance exams conducted in India are NEET, AIIMS, and JIPMAR. Apart from there are no other entrance exams for MBBS in India.
National Eligibility and Entrance Test or NEET is the one examination which would be considered for filling about 54,000 medical seats across the country. As per the Supreme Court’s order in 2016, NEET would be the only examination to fill the All India Quota Seats as well as the State Level Quota seats across the country. This examination is also valid for applying to private colleges across the country. From 2019 onwards NEET will be conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA).
The All India Institute of Medical Sciences ( AIIMS) MBBS Entrance Examination is a national level undergraduate medical entrance exam conducted by the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, for admissions to MBBS programmes offered in AIIMS, New Delhi and the eight other AIIMS campuses located at Delhi Extension Jhajjar, Bhopal, Bhubaneswar, Jodhpur, Patna, Raipur, Rishikesh. AIIMS MBBS entrance will be considered for providing admission in 707 MBBS seats offered by seven different AIIMS institutions.
JIPMER is a national level entrance exam to get admission in UG medical MBBS courses in Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research, Puducherry (JIPMER) which also conducts the exam every year. Admissions to JIPMER colleges in Puducherry and Karaikal is not done on the basis of National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET). JIPMER has 200 seats, including 50 in its Karaikal (a region of Puducherry) branch.
JIPMER and AIIMS conduct their own entrance exams and are, therefore, exempted from National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test (UG) for admission to MBBS courses.
Got a brief idea about all the medical entrances??? Now, let’s discuss the preparation strategy.
1. Know your Syllabus-
First of all, you should know the syllabus and exam pattern of the exam you are preparing for. All the medical exams have three subjects: Physics, Chemistry, and Biology. You have to focus on your Science subject from the very beginning of Class 11th. Understand all the concepts in details and solve sufficient questions. This will clear your basics and you will be able to easily understand the detailed explanation of the concepts in Class 12th and medical entrance study materials too. The syllabus for the entrance tests is drawn from CBSE for Class XI and XII. So, you can crack the exam if you read and understand each and every concept thoroughly.
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2. Identify your strength and weakness-
Try to identify which chapters of Physics, Chemistry, and Biology you find easy and which one difficult. This will help you plan your preparation accordingly so that you can improve gradually. Cracking exams like NEET needs one to play to their strengths.
3. Make notes-
Always make notes of important points. Do not rely on only reading. Note down the important formulas, definitions, and equations for better understanding.
4. Learn the art of Time Management-
Time management is the vital factor to play well in any kind of competitive exam. You have to read, understand and analyze and answer the questions within a time constraint. If you are not able to manage your time properly, you won’t be able to convert your knowledge into marks no matter how academically strong you are. So you start practicing for this right from the beginning. Solve as many as mock test series you can so that it would be easier for you to answer questions within the limited time period in the exam.
5. Do not take stress-
Do not take stress at all. Being stressful hampers the performance as well as health. Therefore, be confident and be persistent. Make plans, distribute your time accordingly so that you would be able to finish your syllabus and find time for revision.
6. Take advice-
When we are new in something we seek guidance and when we become experienced we provide guidance to someone else. So never hesitate to seek guidance from others. You can talk to your parents, teachers, seniors, elder brothers and sisters who have attempted/ cleared such the exams.
7. Practice previous year question papers and supplementary materials-
Try to gather the best medical entrance preparation materials, go through them all and finally stick to a few of them which seems suitable for you. Because following a lot of study materials may make your brain confused. You can collect these materials from the market or the internet. Collect previous year question paper and analyses the pattern of the question. Focus on the frequently asked questions, topics and pattern.
8. Do not fall for guesswork-
Many candidates have the tendency of doing guesswork for solving questions they don’t know. In medical entrance exams, there is negative marking for every wrong answer. It is recommended to leave a question completely if you do not know the right answer. This is one of the most important tips to crack NEET or any other medical entrance.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Q1. What are the different types of medical entrance examinations conducted in India?
Answer. There are mainly 3 medical entrances that are been conducted on the all-India basis- All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Jawaharlal Institute of Post-Graduate Medical Education and Research (JIPMER) and National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET).
Q2. Is there negative marking in medical entrance exams?
Answer. Yes, there is the deduction of marks for each incorrect answer in these three entrances. In both NEET and JIPMER, 1 mark will be deducted for each wrong answer whereas in AIIMS 1/3rd marks will be deducted for each incorrect answer.
Q3. What is the age limit for applying for the medical entrance exams?
Answer. The minimum age limit for applying NEET, JIPMER, and AIIMS is 17 years, whereas the maximum limit for NEET is 25 years. There is no maximum age limit for JIPMER or AIIMS. Moreover, there is the relaxation of 5 years for SC/ST/OBC on their upper age limit for NEET.
Q4. How many times can I attempt for medical entrances?
Answer. There is no attempt limit for AIIMS and JIPMER whereas the attempt limit for General/OBC 9 times and 14 times for SC/ST in NEET.
Q5. Who is the conducting these medical entrance exams?
Answer. Earlier CBSE used to conduct the NEET exams across India but NTA will be conducting this exam twice every year from 2019 onwards. JIPMER Puducherry conducts the JIPMER entrance exam whereas AIIMS Delhi conducts the AIIMS entrances.
Q6. Will I be able to take admissions in AIIMS after clearing NEET?
Answer. No, for getting admissions in AIIMS, one has to clear AIIMS entrance examination conducted separately.
Q7. What is the syllabus for the medical exams?
Answer. The syllabus is set by the Medical Council of India (MCI). The questions cover up mainly the syllabus of CBSE NCERT (class 11 & 12) books.
Q8. I completed class 12 from the National Institute of Open Schooling/State Open School. I am ineligible for NEET (UG) 2018. Is there any other way?
Answer: NEET 2018 eligibility has been announced by MCI through the information bulletin. Candidates finishing class 12 from Open School are advised to strictly follow instructions issued by the MCI. CBSE will have no role in this. So if CBSE is contacted, candidates are almost certain to be turned down. Candidates must have scored 50% have studied Physics, Chemistry, and Biology with English (Core) for 2 years continuously.
Q9. There are 15% All India Quota Seats, who all can appear for NEET-UG through this?
Answer: Non-Resident Indians (NRIs), Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs), Indian Nationals, Overseas Citizens of India, and Foreign Nationals are eligible to apply in NEET-UG through the 15% All India Quota Seats.
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