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Preparing  for the NEET

Rruchi Shrimalli

NEET exam is the single most important pre-medical exam in India. All the states participating in NEET 2017 will fill 15% of their MBBS and BDS seats through the centralized all-India counselling and 85% of seats through state counselling.

Students of Jammu & Kashmir (J&K), Andhra Pradesh (AP) and Telangana can appear for the exam only for the admission to the Armed Forces Medical College (AFMC), Pune. Other institutes and universities that screen students for their MBBS and BDS courses through the NEET 2017 include Delhi University, Banaras Hindu University (BHU), and Jamia Hamdard University.

Eligibility Criteria for NEET 2017
Indian citizens or Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) are eligible to apply for the NEET 2017 exam if:
*They have cleared or appeared for the 10+2 exam or its equivalent examination with Physics, Chemistry, Biology or Biotechnology, and English.
*General category students need to score at least 50% marks in Class 12 board exams. PH category (amongst General) students need 45% marks while SC, ST and OBC students need to score 40% marks in the qualifying exam.
*Students need to be at least 17 years old on December 31, 2017 to be able to appear for the NEET 2017 exam. There is no upper age limit this year but students will have to fulfill the age limits specified by the institutes or universities in which they seek admission.
For the 85% state-quota seats:
*Students should have a valid domicile of the state.
*They should also have a residency proof of the state.
All candidates need Aadhaar card to apply for the NEET 2017 exam. However, an exception has been made for the students of J&K, Assam and Meghalaya.
The age limit for the National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test (NEET) or All India Pre Medical Test (AIPMT) exam has been done away with on March 31, 2017. It means that students above 25 years of age can also register for the medical entrance exam from this year.
The ruling was based on the recommendation of the Medical Council of India (MCI) which is looking forward to the bridge the acute shortage of doctors in India.
The apex court will give final decision on the age limits in the NEET exam later.
Earlier, the CBSE had declared that medical aspirants can appear for the NEET exam for a maximum of three times. However, later they clarified that NEET attempts before 2017 will not be taken into consideration in this case. NEET 2017 will be considered the first attempt for all medical aspirants appearing for the exam this year.
If you want to be a doctor, 2017 is the ideal year for you to apply for the exam.
NEET 2017 exam date has been announced as May 7, 2017.
You need to apply online on the official NEET website, and fill in personal and academic details as instructed, and tell about the exam centre choices.
You will also need a valid email ID and password, and scanned copy of a recent photograph while applying the NEET exam too.
Students can pay the NEET 2017 application fee online too – through net banking, debit card, credit card, or e-wallet. The application fee for General category or OBC category students is Rs 1,400 while the NEET application fee for SC, ST or PH students is Rs 750.
Admit card for NEET 2017 will be released on April 15, 2017.
Do not forget to take the printout of the confirmation page before you submit the NEET application form, and keep it safe for later use.
How to prepare for NEET 2017 in just 30 days?
Preparing for NEET exam in one month is not ‘difficult’ but not ‘impossible’. If you have just realised that you can apply for NEET 2017 (because you are over 25 years of age), do not hesitate any longer.
Here are some tips to help you crack the NEET or AIPMT exam in just 30 days:
NEET Study Material

Since you have less time on hand, stick to NCERT books. You can use other books only as reference wherever needed. You may also solve the MCQs in other NEET preparation books or available on Internet sources for more practice.
Due to shortage of time, prepare the important topics first and then, complete the rest of the syllabus for each subject.
Important Topics for Physics
Prepare for the Physics topics in the following order:
*Mechanical Properties
*Current Electricity    
*Dual Nature of Matter & Radiation      
*Magnetism & Moving Charges    
*Rigid Body Dynamics
*Work, Energy and Power   
*Planar Motion  
*Ray Optics        
*Wave Optics     
*Kinetic theory & Thermal properties of matter      
*Atomic Study   
Practice Laws of Motion, Alternating Current, and Work, Energy and Power as much as you can.
Experts suggest that Physics section in NEET is mostly application-based. So, you should memorise the formulae and then understand their applications to various situations.
Solve all the numerical problems of NCERT books and use them to prepare the conceptual part too.
Also, solve Physics MCQs from good-quality competition books too.

Important Topics for Biology (Botany + Zoology)
Prepare for the Botany or Zoology topics in the following order:
*Biological Classification
*Principles of Inheritance and Variation
*Morphology of Flowering Plants
*Cell: The Unit of Life
*Animal Kingdom
*Molecular Basis of Inheritance
*Human Health and Diseases
*Body Fluids and Circulation
Biological Classification seems to be the favourite topic of NEET question paper designers.
Historically speaking, 90% of the questions asked in the NEET exam are picked from NCERT books when it comes to Biology section. Study all the diagrams and concepts carefully.
Important Topics for Chemistry
Prepare for Chemistry topics in the following order:
*Basic Concepts
*P-Block Elements
*Aldehydes, Ketones and Carboxylic Acids
*Chemical Bonding
*Coordination Compounds
*Alkanes, Alkenes and Alkynes
*Thermodynamics and Thermochemistry
*Haloalkanes and Haloarenes
*The d and f Block Elements
*The Solid State
*Alcohols, Phenols and Ethers
In Chemistry, s-block, p-block, d-block, and f-block elements should be thoroughly prepared along with special reactions in Organic Chemistry.
NEET questions related to Inorganic Chemistry are mostly fact-based and are picked directly from NCERT books.
On the other hand, in Organic and Physical Chemistry, questions asked in the NEET are both conceptual and application-based in nature. To prepare for them, you will need to refer both to NCERT books and good-quality competition books.
In the last week, solve at least ten previous years’ NEET and AIPMT question papers. This should help you become familiar with the NEET question pattern, difficulty levels of questions asked in the exam, and gauge your understanding of the NEET syllabus you have covered.

Always Remember…
1.NEET 2017 exam has negative marking. So, if you do not know an answer, leave it altogether. Do not go for guesswork as you may end up losing marks for a wrong answer.
2.It is very important to take care of your health during NEET preparation time. Avoid junk food and try to catch at least six hours of sleep. 15 minutes of walk or meditation or a round of badminton from time-to-time can help in concentrating better and be more alert.
3.Switch off your mobile phone and laptop. This is the time to keep your hands off social media, and invest that time in your NEET preparation.
4.Keep motivating yourself. Think positively and believe in yourself.
The author is career counsellor based on New Delhi. e-mail :rruchishrimalli@gmail.com

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