Everything you need to know before beginning the preparation for NEET
NEET is an abbreviation for National Eligibility and Entrance Test. The Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) and the Medical Council of India (MCI) jointly launched the NEET exam. It is introduced for both the undergraduate and postgraduate level courses in the medical field. Undergraduate courses include the MBBS, BDS, etc, and postgraduate courses include the M.S, M.D, etc.
The Medical Council of India approved the NEET test under the ‘Regulations on Graduate Medical Education 1997 and BDS Course Regulations, 2007’. It is mandatory for every student to begin with the NEET exam preparation for a better future ahead. Like many other national-level examinations, NEET has also gained its own popularity among students, and a huge number of students prepare for the NEET exam every year. Let us discuss all the required information about the NEET before you start preparation for NEET.
Benefits and Importance of NEET
NEET is beneficial and important in numerous ways for the aspirants. NEET has now replaced the AIPMT from the year 2013. The NEET exam is very beneficial because students no longer have to prepare for multiple medical entrance exams. The NEET ensures a seat in government or private medical colleges for the student, regardless of their state of domicile. NEET is also important for standardizing the quality of medical education in the country. It is important to conduct a medical entrance exam so the ability of the student can be assessed well. There are students from all over India so there are zero disparities among students and also the competition is tough.
Syllabus for NEET
The syllabus for the NEET prep is based on National Curriculum Framework 2005 and hence it includes all the subjects taught in class 12th. A few of the main topics for the preparation for NEET are thermal physics, waves, modern physics, basics, and laboratory from the subject of Physics. From the subject of Biology, a few important topics are diversity of living organisms, human physiology, reproduction, structural organization, genetics & evolution. Inorganic Chemistry, organic chemistry, and physical chemistry are a few important topics in Chemistry. Every student needs to prepare well and with all the hard work NEET exam can be cleared by every student and aspiring doctor.
The pattern of the exam
The NEET exam consists of one paper only. It includes 180 objective-type, multiple-choice questions from all suggested topics. The topics are mainly from subjects Physics, Chemistry, and Biology. Each correct answer gets 4 marks and there is also negative marking so 1 mark is deducted for each incorrect answer from the overall score. NEET exam is conducted offline in the pen and paper mode. The total mark for the paper is 720 marks. It is possible to do the NEET preparation online as well.
Eligibility criteria for the NEET exam
The NEET is the minimum eligibility for any aspiring doctor planning to take admission in any medical university in India. The minimum age required for appearing in the NEET exam is 17 years on the 31st of December of the year of admission. There is no age limit for the state level NEET exam whereas 25 years is the upper limit age for the National level NEET exam. There is a 5-year relaxation for the candidates belonging to the ST/SC/OBC quota.
There are 15% seats reserved for foreign nations and Persons of Indian origin. The students from Jammu & Kashmir are not eligible under this 15%. The rest of the seats are open for all Indian nationals.
Students appearing in 12 are also eligible for the NEET exam but admission is confirmed only after the final result of class 12. Other qualifications include B.Sc. with any two of the subjects from Physics, Chemistry, or Biology from an Indian University. The students from the first year of college are also eligible with PCB. The study material for NEET is available both offline and online for better preparation.
Who conducts the NEET exam?
The NEET test is administered by the National Testing Agency (NTA). It is a well-established premier, specialist, and autonomous body for conducting entrance exams and many other government exams in India in the higher education system.
Apart from NTA, the other government agencies also keep an eye on the NEET exam. MHRD, MCI and DCI, DGHS are also responsible for managing the NEET exam duties.
Number of Colleges participating in NEET
There are total of 355 MBBS colleges, and 300 Dental Colleges falling under the list of the Medical Council of India. Altogether these colleges will offer 43,700 seats for medical students and 24,800 seats for Dental students in India.
Duration of the exam
The NEET may be conducted in shifts but if there is only one shift then it is conducted between 10:00 am to 1:00 pm.
Best NEET preparation tips
Different students take different approaches and methods. There are a few strategies that are timeless and will never fail you in any exam. Keeping these things in mind as you prepare for the next NEET test might help you prepare successfully. A few of the tips are:
1. Attending regular mock tests and NEET prep test series after preparing each section of the syllabus. Mock tests are always difficult as compared to the actual test so they can be surely helpful for every student.
2. The aspiring doctors can also choose a reference book for helping them and for getting an idea about the type of questions in the exam.
3. It is always suggested to keep going through the previous syllabus so you don’t forget what you have learned previously. It is very important to keep revising everything after short intervals.
4. Students get hyper and nervous very easily, hence it is suggested to not get nervous or hyper. Students should keep their minds cool and prepare well as much as they can. You may not clear the exam this year but you definitely do next year.
All the necessary information about the NEET PG 2024 is provided above and it will be helpful for every student. All the best for your preparation.