NEET (National Eligibility cum Entrance Test) is a national level entrance examination conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA), enabling medical aspirants a seat in medical courses. This pen-paper based examination comprises 180 questions and a maximum of 720  marks, objective type questions with 3 incorrect options and one correct option. While a correct answer can fetch you 4 marks, an incorrect response leads to negative marking, one mark would be deducted. The paper sees questions appearing from 4 sections – Physics, Chemistry, Botany and Zoology and is carried out across allotted exam centres. 

With cut-throat competition for the country’s biggest medical entrance exam, your NEET preparations must be at its peak. However, there are some points we often tend to miss out on or tend to misinterpret. These errors weigh down our performance and hence impact our final scores. Here we bring to you the top 4 mistakes that you must definitely be careful of committing and avoid. 

  1. Preferring solving MCQs over conceptual clarity

Time and again, the importance of solving previous years’ question papers, as part of NEET preparation has not been stressed enough. But more often than not, candidates end up practising only from papers and fail to get an understanding of a concept, which should be your top priority. This is because questions may not get repeated but questions around a topic can be framed differently (application-type questions). Hence, it is always advised to get your concepts cleared

  1. Deeming NCERT to be too simple for questions to be framed and looking for other related resources. Yes, it is important to refer to other resources, but that is only after you have mastered NCERT syllabus for classes 11 & 12, without missing out on a single sentence.
  2. Spending more time on Sections – Physics and Chemistry, underestimating Biology. Most of the aspirants who take up NEET exams are medical enthusiasts, who consider spending more time on solving numericals from physics or chemistry formulae and structures when compared to Biology. Remember, Biology has 90 questions, covering 50% of the marks. It requires equal focus or more, not less.
  3. Even while preparing for exams and solving a mock test, avoid guesswork. Do not inculcate the habit of mere guessing, as the same would be observed in the exam subconsciously. While solving mock test papers also, if you are confident about the answer completely, go ahead. If you have a doubt and are going by random guessing, refrain from responding to it. One must understand the seriousness of negative marking and how it can impact your rank, even if most of your responses have been correct.

These were some noteworthy points one needs to consider before appearing for the exam. NEET Registration just concluded, hope you have registered for the much-awaited exam. 

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