A total of 11,38,390 students appeared for the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) 2017 exam across 1,921 exam centres- and about 6.11 lakh students cleared it too. It means that about 53.6% medical aspirants qualified the exam.
According to the Medical Council of India (MCI) website, there are a total of 64,670 seats across 466 medical colleges in India – out of which 5,250 seats are in Andhra Pradesh and 500 seats are in Jammu & Kashmir (which are not open to students from other states). Those who qualify NEET can take admission in all the seats under All India Quota (which means 15% of all MBBS seats in government colleges in member states), 85% MBBS seats under state domicile quota, AFMC (which conducts a separate counseling for it), and all the deemed, private, or trust-based medical colleges in India.
Many of those who didn’t qualify the exam last year or were not able to get admission in a medical college of their choice choose to drop a year or attempt NEET once again.
Here are some excellent study tips for NEET repeaters who have decided to give themselves another chance to fulfil their dream of being a doctor:
Draw a Foolproof Game Plan
Visualization is a technique many self-help gurus have advocated over the years to make your dreams come true. And it works.
Here’s how to make it work its magic for you:
- Take your picture with a smile on your face carrying a stethoscope. Get it enlarged and place it on the wall of your study room.
- Identify your Strengths and Weaknesses. Make short-term goals to polish the topics you are already good at and seek help in the topics in which you are weak. Take NEET entrance exam coaching if you must but do not waste hours and hours if you are really stuck on a topic.
- Plan all your steps carefully. Your study plan should have well-defined monthly goals, weekly goals, and daily goals. If you are prone to procrastination, it might be a good idea to define goals for each study session too.
Now that you do not have to go to school, you can manage to study 8-10 hours daily quite easily. Four to five 2-3 hour study sessions with half-an-hour to one-hour break in between can be squeezed in your daily routine.
Whenever you are feeling low, find ways to motivate yourself. Positive affirmations may work for some, while running or playing tennis may work for others. Find your own way and use it to your advantage.
Do Not Keep Too Many Books on the Table
There is nothing like piles of books and papers to make you feel sleepy and bored. Start your medical exam preparation with NCERT books – and refer to the study material of any good coaching for advanced practice.
The truth is that all the books contain similar content – and all the top medical coaching institutes include the gist of them all in their study material. Choose the one you like – or borrow ones your seniors have and start studying.
Optimize and Analyze Your Practice Sessions
Since you are a repeater, it is expected that already have at least some knowledge of the NEET format and the type of questions asked in the exam. There is a high probability that you have already covered more than half of the medical entrance exam syllabus last year.
So, this year, make sure that you finish the entire syllabus in time – with ample time for practice every day. In fact, it is a good idea to devote at least one study session per day only to practice the questions and numerical of topics you have studied on that day.
Also, take at least one full-length NEET test every week. It can be previous-year papers, mock tests, or sample papers that are so easily available in the market. You can get them for free online too but the ones available in the market are better because they offer you step-by-step solutions too.
Once you take the test, you can use these solutions to score your paper, identify the topics in which you need to focus on and find out ways to solve a particular type of question in a better.
These days, many online NEET coaching providers run All India Test Series for medical aspirants which offer you a detailed feedback report on how you’ve performed in the test, recommendations on how you can improve your scores, and an All India Rank (AIR) which gives you a fair idea of what rank you may expect in the NEET exam with your concurrent level of preparation.
Do You Have It In You?
Remember that it takes about 6.5 years to complete your MBBS. It might take 3-4 years more to do your MD or MS – if you choose to go for further studies, and a few years more to do super-specialization in the field of your choice (for example, if you want to become a Cardiologist or a Neurosurgeon). Even when you have done all the specializations and super-specialization, you’ll still have to keep studying throughout your life to keep yourself updated about the latest medical research and trends.
Ask yourself – ‘Do I have it in me?’
If you do not have a genuine interest in the field, you’ll end up feeling depressed and stressed unnecessarily.
And if you really, really want to become a doctor – love your books.
Biology is, of course, the most important of all the subjects for a medical entrance exam. Human Physiology, Cell Biology, Biotechnology, and even Ecology and Plant Physiology are going to help you in treating your patients effectively when you become a doctor. So, be patient for now, and try to see how each topic relates to your future career.
Physical Chemistry requires much practice – where you need to learn how to apply the concepts you’ve learned to solve different kinds of problems. Inorganic Chemistry throws up direct questions and is quite scoring. Organic Chemistry might seem a little confusing to begin with but you can always seek the help of qualified teachers to clear up your concepts in time.
Many Biology students hate Physics for it has so many derivatives and formulas. You might consider studying Physics with a bright JEE aspirant and everything will feel much easier.
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