NEET (National Eligibility cum Entrance Test) which is also previously known as the All India Pre-Medical Test. It is conducted all over India which is basically an entrance test for the students who aim to follow MBBS, BDS, etc. In all private as well as government institutions and also for those who wish to join medical primary courses abroad. As far as exam pattern and structure is concerned there will be net 180 questions. In which is to be answered in 3 hours of which 45 questions will be each from Physics, Chemistry, Zoology, and Botany respectively.
There will be a negative -1 mark for each incorrect answer and each correct answer will gain 4 marks. The entire weightage of marks is 720 marks. It is very important for the candidate to thoroughly study and know the syllabus associated with the given exam. But when it comes to fetching marks every topic is equally indispensable and needs to be prepared strategically. For this Biology is a part which has its own importance as this part of the syllabus needs extra effort due to its obvious stream. The following list of tips may help a candidate in acing in biology part of the NEET which not only boosts confidence but also triggers a motivation to strive hard through this long journey of preparation.
Familiarizing with the syllabus and segregating it accordingly.
Since the syllabus of Biology section of NEET exam is quite large and at the same time important too. So, it is required to properly segregate it in terms of difficulty level as well as its weightage in the exam. There are around 38 units of Biology syllabus from the curriculum of combined class of 11 and 12. Below are some of the important topics of biology from class 11 and 12 which a candidate may emphasize more and get accustomed.
For class XI
- Plant Kingdom (Different types of Algae and their pigments, General Characters of pteridophytes and gymnosperms)
- Biological Classification (Features of Monera, Protista, Fungi)
- Cell: Structure and functions (Mycoplasma, chromosomes, ribosomes, chloroplast, nucleus etc.)
- Structural organization in plants and animals (Animals tissues, specifically epithelial tissues)
- Plant physiology (ETS complexes, Kranz anatomy, C3, C4 cycle, Photoperiodism, Transpiration pulls, Bulk movement of Phloem, Nitrogen cycle and mineral deficiency)
- Animal/Human Physiology (All topics with their respective diagrams)
For class XII
- Reproduction (Gametogenesis in humans and plants, Reproductive structure and functions of plants and animals, Menstrual cycle, polyembryony, Parthenocarpy, apomixis)
- Genetics and evolution (Codominance, Dihybrid cross, linkage, Pedigree analysis, Darwinism and natural selection, human evolution)
- Biotechnology (BT Cotton, Human insulin, Gene therapy, molecular diagnostics, RNAi)
- Biology in Human welfare (AIDS, Cancer, Drugs, Human Immunity)
- Ecology and environment (Adaptations, Environment issues, Biogeochemical cycles, Population interactions, Succession)
Reliance on study materials and self-made notes
At the beginning of learning any concept, it is very important to write up all the relevant information with their diagrams (if any) by yourself. This will not only lay a strong foundation but also help in connecting links with the other related topics in other chapters. It is utterly important to follow classroom lectures and sincerely made notes which may also help in refurbishing the chapter for later revision.
It should also be noted to pour out all the required and important information that you heard and learned in the class. Instead of gathering an unnecessary giant assembly of books and guides try to first cover up the entire NCERT book.
Conceptualizing rather than mugging up
Since the vast syllabus of biology may seem like a nightmare for most of the students, it is almost very difficult for the candidate to mug up the entire syllabus by heart. Also, even if anyone manages to do it he/she will not be able to retain till the exam resulting in exhausting their useful time and precious effort.
So, the key is to develop a habit of relating every topic with a real-life example and also approach the concepts rather than memorizing with a short trick. This will certainly hold you up in the biology section of the NEET Exam. And one may be able to recollect for a longer time which may also become rigid. Thy once being revised periodically over the preparation span.
Practicing mock tests and solving previous year question papers
It is senseless to appear in the NEET exam without taking a plunge in mock tests and solving previous year papers. These mock tests will insight you about your weakness and speed and this reality will help you understand where you actually stand in exam competition. It is also to be noted that one should not enroll in random mock tests. That has the same level around the real NEET pattern. Coming to previous year’s questions try to familiarize yourself with the idea. Let you get better at the understanding of solving questions efficiently.
Cyclic revision strategy
Last but not least revision is the most important part of the preparation be it any exam. There is a large students’ group that leaves this task for the last hour of the exam. But this could be the greatest blunder in your preparation. Taking leaps in revision will certainly land you in trouble. Therefore, try to get in touch with each topic at least once every 15 days.
And lastly, try to stay calm and positive throughout your preparation. All the Best!!