Focus on time management (NEET-UG ) 2013

With less than a week to NEET-UG for MBBS/BDS, what are the  preparation tips for students?

Taking into account the fact that NEET is an exam conducted by CBSE for admission to MBBS and BDS course, candidates should be thorough with the portions of CBSE. Since the NCERT textbooks are based on this board, studying the textbooks for physics, chemistry and biology (including practical syllabus ) should equip students sufficiently enough for the medical entrance exam. You must solve previous years’ papers of AIPMT, CET and AIEEE (physics and chemistry sections) and take care of HOT (the higher order thinking) questions and those might be outside (borderline questions) the NCERT textbook. Six to eight hours of studying and solving in-text questions that will give you an in-depth idea of the chapter should suffice. Also, dedicate quality time for rest and recreation.

What is the question pattern of NEET exam?

The NEET Paper consists of 180 questions to be attempted in three hours. Thus, on an average, it is one-question-aminute-examination . It comprises four sections — physics, chemistry, botany and zoology — 45 questions of the MCQ type in each section. Medium: both English and Hindi. Students should focus on time-management by taking mock tests and practising 10-15 full-length tests before taking the actual exam.

How does one answer maximum questions in a short time?

As there are no numerical questions in botany and zoology sections of the paper, these sections can be attempted in 45 minutes to one hour’s time. Being able to answer 90 questions in 60 minutes will give candidates 30 minutes extra for physics and chemistry. Skipping questions if one is uncertain and leaving them for review at a later time during the examination is another way of eliminating unnecessary loss of time.

How can candidates avoid negative marking?

With each correct answer, a candidate scores four marks, while with every incorrect answer , students lose one mark. Unattempted questions carry 0 marks. If a candidate does not know the answer or does not understand a particular question it would be best to leave the question and gain zero marks than opting for a choice with 25% probability of succeeding to get a correct answer. If the candidate, however, manages to eliminate two of the four options (50% chance) it would be alright to attempt the question. Candidates must read the questions carefully to avoid blunders . And in physics and physical chemistry, simple techniques like checking choices for their dimension (if the required answer has a dimension ) can help in eliminating the wrong options.

What should be the focus at this stage?


Work, energy and power; gravitation; properties of bulk matter ; thermodynamics; behaviour of perfect gas and kinetic theory; oscillations and waves; electrostatics; current electricity; magnetic effects of current and magnetism; electromagnetic induction and alternating currents; optics.


Structure of atom; chemical bonding and molecular structure; equilibrium; organic chemistry — some basic principles and techniques; hydrocarbons; coordination compounds; biomolecules; polymers; surface chemistry.


Structural organisation in animals and plants; the structure and functioning of a cell; elements of human physiology; genetics and evolution; biology and human welfare ; biotechnology and its various applications; ecology and the environment.

> At a glance

DATE OF TEST: May 5; in Karnataka, May 18 The paper consists of 180 questions to be attempted in three hours MEDIUM: Both English and Hindi

Leave a Comment

two × one =