Is NCERT enough for NEET 2021? [Detailed]

is ncert enough for neet?

A lot of students have this question in mind, whether NCERT is enough for NEET. Long story short, YES, most of the questions in NEET are asked from NCERT. A ton of tricky questions are asked but don’t worry, you will be able to score high provided you read and learn the proper way. I will be giving some tips and tricks on how you should read NCERT in a very efficient, productive, and well-planned manner and score good marks in NEET 2021.

What is the full form of NCERT?

Full form of NCERT is National Council of Educational Research and Training.

Where can I download NCERT class 11 and class 12 books from?

If you don’t have the class 11th and class 12th NCERT books, you can easily download them.

If you want to purchase a hard copy of the NCERT books:

Is NCERT enough for NEET 2021?

For the most part, the answer is yes. You don’t have to refer any additional or extra books for Biology, NCERT is enough and sufficient only for Biology with which one can easily score 300+.

Unfortunately, there’s no such shortcut for physics and chemistry. You need to keep NCERT as your base and refer a few other reference books to get your basics strong so that you can gradually ascend to the complex problems and numericals. You just have to keep practicing lots and lots of MCQs, until you’re very confident about the chapter. It will help you have an extra edge over others.


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How to Score Good Marks in NEET 2021?

Few people remember better when they hear concepts. For such students, it’s better if you read the topic out loud.

Few people remember better when they see and visualize concepts. For such students, it’s better if you read the topic multiple times by looking at the textbook.

Few people remember better when they write down whatever they’re learning. For such students, it’s better if you write and takedown handy notes while you’re studying.

But do you know what’s even better? Doing all of the above from time to time, testing out each method to see what works best for you. It will definitely boost your score and help you understand the concepts better.

Concentrate more on biology as it is easier and has very high weightage. Chemistry is not as easy as biology but it’s relatively much easier when compared to physics. Physics needs more and more practice when compared to the other two subjects.

How to study Biology?

There’s no doubt NCERT is the Bible for NEET, especially for biology. Biology NCERT is filled with tons of diagrams and information, and mostly requires cramming. It might be a little difficult at first when you’re starting out but hey, you’ll get better with time don’t worry!
Almost 90% MCQs in the biology section of AIIMS/NEET are directly asked from NCERT. So, find your best-suited way to prepare for this particular subject. If you do it sincerely, you will definitely be able to score 320+. Here are some of my tips and tricks:

  • Make sure you read line by line, imagine you’re reading from an examiner’s perspective. Focus more on chapters that carry the most marks, for example, Genetics and Evolution, etc. At the same time, don’t neglect easy scoring chapters, for example, Cell Structure and Function, Reproduction, Biology and Human welfare, etc. Keep a balance between the two.
  • Make notes of topics/chapters that you’re finding difficult to remember or forgetting easily. Make flowcharts/mind maps/tables wherever necessary. It will definitely help you learn things easily and concisely.
  • Practice a lot of NCERT based MCQ’s, a lot of reference books contain unnecessary content which has never been asked in NEET and will never be asked! So make sure you choose the right books. I will be coming up with another blog regarding book recommendations soon.
  • Read, read, read! I cannot emphasize enough how important this is. Read again & again if you have trouble memorizing names, for example, in Morphology of Flowering Plants, there are hundreds of names of plants to remember! Write it down, spell it out. Make funny mnemonics wherever you’re finding it impossible to remember. This way you will definitely retain it in your memory for a longer period of time.
  • Data-driven chapters like Biotechnology and it’s applications, Ecology and Environment, etc contain a lot of information and must be read repeatedly from time to time in order to remember it.
  • Don’t forget to read the scientist’s data given at the beginning of all chapters. Questions can be asked from there as well, let’s cover all the areas and every corner of the book!
  • One thing we often tend to forget is the diagrams, make sure you practice drawing and labeling them if you have time or else just revise them often so that you don’t forget.

Biology NCERT must be read line by line and again and again. Don’t sit back and relax after only reading it once! You will keep coming up with new and fascinating information from the very same textbook each time you read it. Also, biology is everywhere, in plants, animals, and in us. Study and observe it in and around you!

How to study Chemistry?

Physical Chemistry:
  • Read NCERT first and then solve the given back exercises.
  • It might be difficult to understand from NCERT as it’s very disorganized and disordered. If you have any good reference book or coaching material from Allen/Aakash, you can go for it but make sure you’re only studying topics that are there in NCERT.
  • Practice more and more. Solve enough number of questions until you’re confident about the chapter.
  • Also, practice the solved examples which are given in between theory part and grasp their concepts.
Organic Chemistry:
  • Understand all the reactions in NCERT and then solve all the exercises.
  • Here again, due to the complexity and disorganization, you might find it a little difficult to understand. Hence, I’d recommend you to refer an additional book as well, to understand NCERT better.
Inorganic Chemistry:
  • NCERT is more than enough. Read like how you read your biology.
  • A lot of cramming and mnemonics are required to remember as topics are very dry.

How to study Physics?

  • Read NCERT and an additional reference book, side by side. It can be your Allen/Aakash or any other coaching material, or it can be from a reputed author/publisher.
  • Read the “points to ponder” section which is given at the end of all theory chapters in NCERT for an overview and quick revision.
  • Once you’re done with theory, solve as many MCQs as you can. The more you practice, the better.

Make notes if you have time, it will help you revise things quickly. Clear all your doubts with the help of your teachers/friends. Also, try to solve each question in under a minute so you can save more time for difficult questions, as you’ll have only one minute to answer each question in NEET!

Every morning you wake up having just 2 options, either you continue to sleep with your dreams or you wake up and chase them!


Good luck Medicoholics! Until next time.

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