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15 Tips To Crack NEET 2022 In Your First Attempt Without Coaching

For students who wish to pursue MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery) or BDS (Bachelor of Dental Surgery) after their 12th examination in India or abroad, NEET UG (National Eligibility cum Entrance Test), conducted by NTA (National Testing Agency), is the only medical entrance examination.

With such high competition, it’s very important to not lose track and stay focused on your goal of bagging a seat in a prestigious medical college. 

I understand the situation because I’ve been there! Currently, I’m an MBBS student and a former NEET aspirant so I’ve been in your shoes and know the amount of preparation, stress, and struggle one goes through in that phase. 

In this blog, I talk about the strategies aspirants need to follow to achieve excellent results and crack NEET 2022 with flying colours. It’s a natural and human tendency to lose motivation and inspiration from time to time. Throughout this guide, I show you how you can stay focused and consistent in the best possible manner.

How to Crack NEET 2022 in First Attempt Without Coaching?

1. Get familiar with the syllabus

The NEET exam is based on the NCERT textbooks for classes 11th and 12th. Make sure you are familiar with the syllabus for the NEET exam.

PHYSICS

CLASS 11

Chapter 1: Physical World

Chapter 2: Units and Measurements

Chapter 3: Motion in a Straight Line

Chapter 4: Motion in a Plane

Chapter 5: Laws of Motion

Chapter 6: Work, Energy, and Power

Chapter 7: System of Particles and Rotational Motion

Chapter 8: Gravitation

Chapter 9: Mechanical Properties of Solids

Chapter 10: Mechanical Properties of Fluids

Chapter 11: Thermal Properties of Matter

Chapter 12: Thermodynamics

Chapter 13: Kinetic Theory

Chapter 14: Oscillations

Chapter 15: Waves

CLASS 12

Chapter 1: Electric Charges and Fields

Chapter 2: Electrostatic Potential and Capacitance

Chapter 3: Current Electricity

Chapter 4: Moving Charges and Magnetism

Chapter 5: Magnetism and Matter

Chapter 6: Electromagnetic Induction

Chapter 7: Alternating Current

Chapter 8: Electromagnetic Waves

Chapter 9: Ray Optics and Optical Instruments

Chapter 10: Wave Optics

Chapter 11: Dual Nature of Radiation and Matter

Chapter 12: Atoms

Chapter 13: Nuclei

Chapter 14: Semiconductor Electronics: Materials, Devices and Simple Circuits

Chapter 15: Communication Systems

CHEMISTRY

CLASS 11

Chapter 1: Some Basic Concepts of Chemistry

Chapter 2: Structure of Atom

Chapter 3: Classification of Elements and Periodicity in Properties

Chapter 4: Chemical Bonding and Molecular Structure

Chapter 5: States of Matter

Chapter 6: Thermodynamics

Chapter 7: Equilibrium

Chapter 8: Redox Reactions

Chapter 9: Hydrogen

Chapter 10: The s-Block Elements

Chapter 11: The p-Block Elements

Chapter 12: Organic Chemistry – Some Basic Principles & Techniques

Chapter 13: Hydrocarbons

Chapter 14: Environmental Chemistry

CLASS 12

Chapter 1: The Solid State

Chapter 2: Solutions

Chapter 3: Electrochemistry

Chapter 4: Chemical Kinetics

Chapter 5: Surface Chemistry

Chapter 6: General Principles and Processes of Isolation of Elements

Chapter 7: The p-Block Elements

Chapter 8: The d & f Block Elements

Chapter 9: Coordination Compounds

Chapter 10: Haloalkanes and Haloarenes

Chapter 11: Alcohols, Phenols, and Ethers

Chapter 12: Aldehydes, Ketones, and Carboxylic Acids

Chapter 13: Amines

Chapter 14: Biomolecules

Chapter 15: Polymers

Chapter 16: Chemistry in Everyday Life

BIOLOGY

CLASS 11 

Chapter 1: The Living World

Chapter 2: Biological Classification

Chapter 3: Plant Kingdom

Chapter 4: Animal Kingdom

Chapter 5: Morphology of Flowering Plants

Chapter 6: Anatomy of Flowering Plants

Chapter 7: Structural Organisation in Animals

Chapter 8: Cell: The Unit of Life 

Chapter 9: Biomolecules 

Chapter 10: Cell Cycle and Cell Division 

Chapter 11: Transport in Plants 

Chapter 12: Mineral Nutrition 

Chapter 13: Photosynthesis in Higher Plants 

Chapter 14: Respiration in Plants 

Chapter 15: Plant Growth and Development 

Chapter 16: Digestion and Absorption

Chapter 17: Breathing and Exchange of Gases

Chapter 18: Body Fluids and Circulation

Chapter 19: Excretory Products and their Elimination

Chapter 20: Locomotion and Movement

Chapter 21: Neural Control and Coordination

Chapter 22: Chemical Coordination and Integration 

CLASS 12

Chapter 1: Reproduction in Organisms 

Chapter 2: Sexual Reproduction in Flowering Plants 

Chapter 3: Human Reproduction 

Chapter 4: Reproductive Health 

Chapter 5: Principles of Inheritance and Variation

Chapter 6: Molecular Basis of Inheritance

Chapter 7: Evolution

Chapter 8: Human Health and Disease 

Chapter 9: Strategies for Enhancement in Food Production

Chapter 10: Microbes in Human Welfare 

Chapter 11: Biotechnology: Principles and Processes 

Chapter 12: Biotechnology and its Applications 

Chapter 13: Organisms and Populations 

Chapter 14: Ecosystem 

Chapter 15: Biodiversity and Conservation 

Chapter 16: Environmental Issues 

2. Prepare a realistic timetable (& stick to it!)

You should plan your study schedule and decide how long each session will last and when you will take breaks. 

In addition, you can set daily, weekly, and monthly goals for yourself and try to achieve them within given deadlines. 

The most important thing is not to try to follow anyone else’s timetable or formula for cracking NEET. The best way to succeed is to devise your own. Plan out your schedule based on your preferences.

3. Build a strategic study plan

Develop a strategy for exam preparation in your study plan. It’s important to organize your study plan around three main aspects: learn, review and practice.

  • Start by reading a chapter from NCERT.
  • After that, read from any other reference book.
  • As you begin to understand concepts, practice MCQ questions and chapter-wise mock papers.

4. Focus on theory and conceptual clarity first

Theory is important to build your concepts. If your basics are clear then you can take up any question related to that topic. You can easily and efficiently solve all difficult questions once you’re well versed with theoretical concepts.

Break the syllabus into subjects, subjects into chapters, chapters into topics and topics into subtopics. Learning is made easier by doing this.

5. Clear your doubts then and there

Irrespective of whether it’s silly or not, don’t be afraid to ask for help. Many students hesitate to get their doubts resolved because they are worried about what others might think. You don’t need to worry! So please clear your doubts and write them down in a dedicated book if you wish.

Be bold and bring up your doubts to someone with a deeper understanding of the topic. This could be a teacher or a friend. Keep in mind that even the smallest of concepts can cost you your precious seat. As you probably know, even a single mark difference can have a significant influence on a candidate’s ranking.

6. Practise quality MCQs once you’re well-versed with the theory

Sort the syllabus by subjects, then by chapters, then by topics, then by subtopics. This organization makes learning easier. Upon gaining a thorough understanding of the syllabus, you can attempt full-syllabi mock tests.

Your focus should not be on the quantity of questions that you’re answering, but rather on the quality of them. In order to gain confidence, you should answer at least 100-150 questions from each chapter. Quality questions will help you comprehend the concepts better.

7. Practice the previous year’s question papers

For a better understanding of the pattern of NEET question papers, it is recommended to solve the previous year’s question papers.

When you are done completing any topic, be sure to practice the previous year’s questions. These will help you understand how the questions are framed.

The advantage of doing the previous year’s questions is knowing the trend of questions that remain the same year after year.

An appropriate number of previous year questions you should solve for the upcoming NEET 2022 would be 10-15 years.

On average, about 10-15 previously asked questions are repeated in NEET, either in the same format or in a modified version but with almost the same concept or solving method.

8. Be consistent in your preparation

Study sessions are often put off by students due to their uninterest in the subject, their busy schedules, or simply because the lesson is difficult. Avoid procrastinating. I repeat. When you procrastinate, you will be less effective in studying and less likely to succeed. Procrastination also leads to rushing, which is the primary cause of errors. 

Don’t give up and stay consistent. It isn’t easy to pass the exam, but it isn’t impossible. It will not be easy to achieve your dreams, and there will always be people out there who will try to overtake you.

9. Revise the syllabus multiple times

When you don’t revise the topics you studied, it’s easy to forget what you learned. When you cover new topics, be sure to review old ones as well.

Revision methods I’ve found effective are:

Physics

  • Having a formula notebook, made yourself, with formulas and important points for each chapter is the best way to revise.
  • Nevertheless, if you haven’t made it, just go through the formulas and highlighted points in your textbook or notes.
  • You should solve those questions that you weren’t able to answer in one go last time.
  • You should always mark each question based on its difficulty level and the number of attempts you made to solve it, so that next time you can only attempt questions that you were unable to do the previous time.

Chemistry

  • Just go through important points and formulas.
  • A great idea is to make a set of flashcards with organic and inorganic reactions.
  • Questions must be answered in the same way as in Physics.

Biology

  • Just go through highlighted points from your notes or NCERT.
  • Take a look at the chapter first and get an overview of it. After that, deepen your understanding of concepts and diagrams.
  • You’ll remember the topic better if you explain diagrams and concepts to yourself.

10. Don’t give up when you face difficult chapters

You may be very strong in one chapter and weak in the other. Do not get discouraged by the same. 

By beginning with the most difficult subject, even a slight improvement in your academic abilities and study sessions makes a significant difference.

It is advisable to begin the day with your most challenging subject since it will require the most effort and mental energy. You will find the rest much easier to complete once you have completed the hardest part. 

Periodically track your progress with chapter-wise mock tests.

11. Don’t keep switching from one textbook to another

No matter how hard we try, we all make mistakes. After all, we are only human. A common mistake made by NEET aspirants is switching from one textbook to another.

The majority of students purchase two or more reference books for a subject in addition to NCERT books. These usually end up stacked on shelves. Without completing a chapter from either book, switching from one to the other leads to confusion. Rather than purchasing two or more reference books, purchase only the one you intend to use. 

12. Use memory tools like mnemonics 

During my preparation for Biology, I came across a lot of information that was difficult to remember by reading alone. Aside from creating my own mnemonics, I also found many online. It is however best to come up with your own mnemonics. As long as you remember, it’s all good! 

Here are a few examples:

  • To remember the order of taxa (from kingdom to species)

King Philip Came Over From Great Spain

Kingdom

Phylum

Class

Order

Family

Genus

Species

  • To remember the types of enzymes

Over The HILL

Oxidoreductases

Transferases

Hydrolases

Isomerases

Ligases

Lyases

  • To remember stages of cell division (from interphase to telophase)

I Prefer Milk And Tea

Interphase

Prophase

Metaphase

Anaphase

Telophase

  • To remember essential amino acids

Look There, Look There, VIP Man

Leucine

Threonine

Lysine

Tryptophan

Valine

Isoleucine

Phenylalanine

Methionine

13. Give yourself enough breaks

We are humans and not machines. Even machines require a short break to get back to work efficiently, so we too need to take some rest from time to time. Take breaks between study sessions if you want to maintain optimal concentration levels. 

Our minds are capable of concentrating for a certain period of time. The mind is put under a great deal of stress during long-term preparations, which reduces concentration. Taking regular breaks will help students maintain their mental sharpness. 

14. Eat healthy and stay hydrated

Make sure you take care of your health; you cannot afford to lose any time.

Make sure you consume a balanced diet. In a healthy diet, you get the right balance of proteins, fats, and carbohydrates. It will not only refuel the body with nutrients and energy to ensure you’re ready for the day, but it will also help fulfil your body’s daily nutritional requirements.

An effective academic performance and improved health can be attributed to eating a healthy diet.

To stay hydrated and energetic, your body needs water. Your body needs eight glasses of water each day. Have a water bottle nearby when you’re studying. 

15. Get enough sleep

I know this sounds cliché but it is very much needed. It is generally recommended that NEET aspirants sleep between 6-8 hours a night. 

Academic performance and sleep have been linked in several scientific studies. Sleeping enough at reasonable times allows learners to perform well on tests and other assignments. Good grades also bring many other benefits, such as less stress.


Hope you found it helpful!

Goodluck Medicoholics! Until next time.

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