Know the Most Important Topics for NEET 2018 (on the basis of NEET 2017 Exam)
NEET, AIIMS and JIPMET are the only medical entrance exams being conducted in India at present - with NEET providing admission to all government, private and deemed medical colleges of India.
For a serious medical aspirant, the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test or NEET 2017 exam was quite easy. Shriyanka Agrawal (who appeared for the NEET exam for the second time in 2017) shared, "All my teachers advised me to follow the NCERT books closely. This NEET strategy worked quite well for me. In my opinion, the difficulty level of the exam was much year than in 2016 - and there were no surprise elements too."
Well, 60-70% questions asked in NEET 2017 were directly picked up from the NCERT books.
Here are the most important topics that carry most weightage in the NEET exam - based on the analysis of previous years' NEET papers.
What to Study in Physics?
In NEET 2017, the Physics section was the toughest one according to most medical entrance exam candidates as it included a lot of numerical which were tricky and lengthy.
Most of the questions were from Mechanics, Modern Physics, Electrodynamics, Optics, SHM & Waves, Properties of Matter and Heat & Thermodynamics.
The most difficult questions were asked from sub-topics like Kinematics, Motion of System of Particles and Rigid Body, Atoms and Nuclei, Physical World and Measurement, Current Electricity, and Electromagnetic Induction and Alternating Currents.
Sub-topics in Physics that threw up easiest questions were Behavior of Perfect Gas and Kinetic Theory, Oscillations and Waves, Thermodynamics, Work, Energy and Power, and the Magnetic Effects of Current and Magnetism.
Average questions were asked from topics like Gravitation, Laws of Motion, Properties of Bulk Matter, Dual Nature of Matter and Radiation, Electromagnetic Waves, and Optics.
Tip: Top coaching providers (online and offline) agreed that the Physics section last year was 'above average' and included questions that were application-based. Hence, practice a few Physics problems on the daily basis.
What to Study in Chemistry?
The Chemistry section was moderately difficult but it was still NCERT based which was a relief for most medical aspirants.
About 30% questions last year were tough and required students to have a clear understanding of the concepts to be able to solve them. Only two questions fell out of the NCERT syllabus while one questions seemed a bit ambiguous to the subject experts too.
Questions were asked from all the three sections of the Chemistry - Organic Chemistry, Physical Chemistry, and Inorganic Chemistry but the OC seemed hardest to most of the students.
Chemistry topics that threw up easiest questions were Chemical Bonding and Molecular Structure, Organic Chemistry- Some Basic Principles and Techniques, States of Matter: Gases and Liquids, Structure of Atom, Hydrogen, d and f Block Elements, Alcohols, Phenols and Ethers, Coordination Compounds, Haloalkanes and Haloarenes, Surface Chemistry, and Solutions.
Once you master these topics, you can start with topics in which questions of average-difficulty level were asked, such as Solid State, Organic Compounds Containing Nitrogen, Electrochemistry, Chemistry in Everyday Life, Aldehydes, Ketones and Carboxylic Acids, Thermodynamics, Some p-Block Elements, Redox Reactions, Hydrocarbons, Classification of Elements and Periodicity in Properties.
In the end, prepare the topics that are considered difficult such as Equilibrium, Some Basic Concepts of Chemistry, Biomolecules, Environmental Chemistry, s-Block Element (Alkali and Alkaline earth metals), p-Block Elements, Chemical Kinetics, General Principles and Processes of Isolation of Elements, and Polymers.
Tip: While memorization is necessary to learn things like nomenclature terms and functional groups in Organic Chemistry, try to grasp the concepts at a deeper level. These days, many NEET coaching providers offer modular programs where you can pay only for the topics you find difficult and seek help at very affordable prices.
What to Study in Biology?
Biology is certainly the easiest one when it comes to NEET exam but also commands the lengthiest portion when you sit down to study the subject. The syllabus includes the study of Botany and Zoology - and almost all the topics are equally important.
However, you can start your NEET revision with easiest topics like Ecology and Environment, and Human Physiology. Then, you can start with Biology chapters that have average difficulty levels such as Cell Structure and Function, Plant Physiology, Biotechnology and Its Applications, and Reproduction.
You can take up difficult and complex topics in the last, which include Diversity in Living World, Structural Organization in Animals and Plants, Genetics and Evolution, and Biology and Human Welfare.
- Tip: Study the two NCERT books religiously and take notes as you read. You can use different colored pens to make your notes look more interesting or mind maps to make it easier for you to learn things. Take chapter-wise tests on a regular basis as it helps you cement the information in your mind and retain it longer.
Three Steps to Success in NEET are:
1.Right Study Material
- Start with NCERT books
- Use study material from the Top Coaching Providers for reference (in topics you find difficult)
- Only use books that you find easy to understand.
- Take regular tests (These can include previous years' NEET or AIPMT or AIIMS papers, mock tests, sample tests, or online test series)
- Time your tests to hone your time management skills and develop speed and accuracy
- Analyze your performance with the help of solved papers (Most online tests offer a detailed feedback on your performance topic-by-topic)
- Seek help on topics in which you are weak (You can opt for online video lectures or modular coaching services if you do not have anyone to guide you)
3.Right Amount of Practice
- Solve at least 100 questions after each chapter that you complete.
- Take at least one to two full-length tests every week. (Increase the frequency of full-length tests as NEET draws nearer)
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