Have you started preparing for NEET 2019? If you have, then well done! If not, then you should start right now. Around 14 lakh students will appear in the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test 2019, making the race to MBBS/BDS seats quite tough. Most students aim to get at least above 550 to secure a seat in government medical college. In order to do that, it is important to be consistent with NEET 2019 preparation, complete its syllabus in time, and be up-to-date with the latest news.
There are two aspects of NEET 2019. One deals with the facts related to it, like exam date, application form, syllabus, pattern. Another aspect is preparation. Both are equally vast and important. Here we will dive into both.
Latest News On NEET 2019
Dr Amit Gupta had filed an RTI to request information on whether NTA will hold NEET 2019 or not. The response is as follows:
The reply says: “Pursuant to the Budget Announcement 2017-18, the Union Cabinet has approved setting up the National Testing Agency (NTA)- as, an autonomous and self-sustained premier testing organization to conduct entrance examinations for admission into higher education institutions. The NTA would initially conduct those examinations which are currently being conducted by the CBSE. It is envisaged that NTA will conduct the exams from 2019 onwards. Other examination will be taken up gradually after NTA is fully geared up. The entrance examinations will be conducted in online mode at least twice a year.”.
- There are high chances that NTA will hold NEET 2019.
- Whereas some news reports have claimed that NEET may be held in December 2018, chances of that seem very bleak.
NEET 2019 preparation must start early
You may not believe it, but there are coaching classes for NEET for class 8th students also. Do you think that starting to prepare for the medical entrance exam from class 8th is necessary?
If you ask me, then that is a bit over the top. A student, who has dreamt of becoming a doctor since he or she was a teenager, can just focus on studying all his or her subjects well, but for that a coaching is not needed at such young age.
Building one’s foundation in science is important, and that can be easily done by starting to enjoy studies.
So, now that the exam for admission 2018 has concluded, and NEET 2019 is so close, here are some important things you should know for NEET 2019 preparation.
For those who are planning to drop a year for NEET 2019
If you appeared in NEET 2018 and, for some reason, did not do well, then chances are that you are planning to drop a year for NEET 2019. Here is the first question you need answering: Is dropping a year a good option for NEET 2019?
If the answer to above is yes, then you should start preparing today. Your focus should be on the following activities, preferably in this order.
- Clear your basics: Identify which topics you did least well in. First go through its theory. If needed, reach out to a good teacher to help you.
- SWOT analysis: Know your strengths and weaknesses. Work on making sure that your strengths become 100% scoring sections. And work on converting your weaknesses to strengths. You can do it!
- Keep up the confidence building: There will be times when you will feel disheartened; those times will be a test bigger than NEET… Pass that test by keeping up the motivation level. To do that, you can pin up a life size poster in your room with the reason why you want to crack NEET – what lit the fire inside you to do it.
Here is a good study time table for you to prepare for NEET 2019
February 2018 – October 2018
Complete syllabus of NEET 2019.
There are 58 topics. If you devote 4 days to each topic, for each topic you do these four things –
(i) Study its theory from NCERT
(ii) Solve NCERT questions
(iii) Solve MCQs from a reference book
(iv) Solve MCQs asked from that chapter in past year NEET papers
– then you complete the syllabus within 232 days. If you study on at least 6 days of the week, then you can easily complete the syllabus between February to October.
The later you start with this time table, the fewer days you will get to study a chapter.
Focus on strengths and weaknesses, to convert weaknesses into non-weak areas, and build strengths into sure-sot marks scoring sections.
Take mock tests, solve sample papers.
January 2018 – February 2018
Revise class 12th syllabus. You may also have to start preparing for board exams.
February 2018 – March 2018
Revise class 11th, go through important notes of class 12th, solve papers.
Preparing for NEET 2019 Along With Board Exams
If you are also going to appear in your class 12 / intermediate / 2nd PUC exams in March-April 2019, then you have another mountain to climb. However, you can easily do it if you are paying attention in classes from day 1.
An important thing to easily score high in NEET as well as boards is to attend school classes regularly. Many students think that because they are going to coaching classes or tuitions, they can skip school classes. That is not so. In fact, what happens in schools is that teachers teach in such a way that even those who do not go to coaching can understand. So there you can understand concepts more easily. So go to your school every day and take down notes. This will be very helpful when you are studying yourself.
As time for board exams get nearer, make sure your syllabus is finished well in time. Then in December-January, or January-February, or February-March, depeneding when your board exam is, revise complete class 12 syllabus. Do it in such a way that it suffices your NEET 2019 revision also.
Then, after board exam, you can revise class 11 syllabus and then once again class 12.
How to prepare for NEET 2019 without coaching?
You know yourself better than anyone else. Thus, you can best prepare for NEET 2019 without any external help. Be your own teacher! You may use apps, youtube channels to watch video lectures from time to time. But what you must remember is that NCERTs are your friends. Before anything else, you should study from NCERT. Material given in NCERTs is good enough for you to understand a topic and start applying concepts taught in questions. Only after that you should pick up reference books to study any topic in-depth or solve questions thereof.
NEET 2019 preparation tips – Remember that each student who has scored 600+ in NEET was able to do it because of hard work. So for NEET preparation 2019, you really need to work hard. There is no shortcut to success. Study NCERt thoroughly, pay attention to what teachers tell you in class, revise what is taught in class every day, stick to your time table, practice a lot of questions.
How many hours to study for NEET 2019 – in January to October, you can study 6-7 hours a day. Then later on you will have to study 10-12 hours in a day, once your school ends. But make sure that you are actually studying, and not just sitting with your books, staring into space.
NEET 2019 Syllabus
A critical component of NEET preparation is knowing its syllabus. You may note that syllabus for NEET 2019 shall be that, which MCI recommends for NEET exam to be held in 2019. Since students from all over India as well as foreign countries appear in NEET, therefore it is very thoughtfully designed.
NEET syllabus was first introduced in the year 2017. Then in 2018, there were rumors of changes being introduced, which were later dispelled. Now for 2019, syllabus is likely to remain same as what it was earlier. Or at least until MCI says otherwise, students should prepare according to this syllabus only.
Biology syllabus for NEET 2019
NEET 2018 Syllabus for Biology – from class XI syllabus
- Diversity in Living World
- Structural Organisation in Animals and Plants
- Plant Physiology
- Human physiology
- Cell Structure and Function
NEET 2018 Syllabus for Biology – from class XII syllabus
- Ecology and environment
- Biology and Human Welfare
- Biotechnology and Its Applications
- Genetics and Evolution
Physics syllabus for NEET 2019
NEET 2018 Syllabus for Physics – from class XI syllabus
- Physical world and measurement
- Motion of System of Particles and Rigid Body
- Work, Energy and Power
- Laws of Motion
- Behaviour of Perfect Gas and Kinetic Theory
- Properties of Bulk Matter
- Oscillations and Waves
NEET 2018 Syllabus for Physics – from class XII syllabus
- Current Electricity
- Electromagnetic Induction and Alternating Currents
- Electromagnetic Waves
- Magnetic Effects of Current and Magnetism
- Electronic Devices
- Atoms and Nuclei
- Dual Nature of Matter and Radiation
Chemistry syllabus for NEET 2019
NEET 2018 Syllabus for Chemistry – from class XI syllabus
- Some Basic Concepts of Chemistry
- Structure of Atom
- Classification of Elements and Periodicity in Properties
- States of Matter: Gases and Liquids
- Chemical Bonding and Molecular Structure
- Redox Reactions
- s-Block Element (Alkali and Alkaline earth metals)
- Some p-Block Elements
- Environmental Chemistry
- Organic Chemistry- Some Basic Principles and Techniques
NEET 2018 Syllabus for Chemistry – from class XII syllabus
- Solid State
- Chemistry in Everyday Life
- Surface Chemistry
- General Principles and Processes of Isolation of Elements
- p- Block Elements
- d and f Block Elements
- Aldehydes, Ketones and Carboxylic Acids
- Alcohols, Phenols, and Ethers
- Haloalkanes and Haloarenes
- Organic Compounds Containing Nitrogen
- Coordination Compounds
- Chemical Kinetics
NEET 2019 Books
How many books are you planning to use to prepare for NEET 2019? You should answer this question first, before going on a shopping spree for best books for NEET 2019.
If you don’t have an answer to that, let me help you.
You must have NCERTs of biology, physics, chemistry. They are absolutely necessary for exam preparation.
#2 One reference book for each subject
When you are studying from NCERT, you may come across some topics which require in-depth studies or extra help about. In this case, you can refer one reference book. A list of best books for NEET 2019 is given below. They are all equally good. Its just that some students prefer one book over another on the basis of simplicity of language, how indepth the topics are explained.
- Trueman’s Biology Vol 1 and 2
- Pradeep Publication’s Biology for class 11
- Pradeep Publication’s Biology for class 12
- Universal Self-Scorer Physics
- Universal Self-Scorer Errorless Chemistry
#3 One book for each subject to practise questions
Once you study theory, you need to also put your concepts into practise. To do that, you need one book per subject to practise MCQs.
- Dinesh Objective Biology
- GR Bathla’s Objective Physics for NEET
- Modern’s ABC of Chemistry for class 11
- Modern’s ABC of Chemistry for class 12
#4 One book for sample papers
This one book should suffice: 12 Years’ Solved Papers CBSE AIPMT & NEET.
NEET 2019 Date
Date on which NEET 2019 will be held will be announced in December 2018 or January 2019. Going by the usual trend, exam date of NEET 2019 could be the first Sunday in the month of May 2019. As can be seen in the calendar, the first Sunday in the month of May 2019 is May 5, 2019.
CBSE / NTA will announce NEET 2019 exam date.
What is NTA?
On November 10, 2017, it was announced that the Cabinet approves setting up of National Testing Agency (NTA), a body to hold all such exams which CBSE and AICTE conduct until now. Under its umbrella, NEET also falls.
Will NEET 2019 be conducted by NTA?
Maybe. There is no clarification as to from which year NTA will take over CBSE’s responsibilities for the NEET exam. The changeover was not done in 2018, and there are talks of NEET 2019 being conducted by NTA. MCI/MHRD or some official body will clarify the same.
Should students be worried?
Worried – no. Prepared – yes.
You see, the official notice about NTA says “The entrance examinations will be conducted in online mode at least twice a year.” This would be a major change in NEET 2019 if NTA decides to conduct NEET 2019.
So to be prepared for such an event, start attempting NEET mock tests in online mode.
Will there be a change in exam syllabus for NEET 2019?
Most probably not. In 2018 also there were reports of changes being introduced in NEET syllabus, but there were many demonstrations against such a move. If the exam organizers plan to change syllabus they will do so several days before exam. As of now, go ahead with old syllabus.
NEET 2019 Exam Pattern
Exam pattern of NEET 2019 tells you exactly how many questions are asked in each subject, what is the time allotted to answer questions, what are the maximum marks, and marking scheme.
Total time: 3 hours
Types of questions: Objective
|Subject||Number of questions||Marks for correct answer||Negative marking||Max Marks|
NEET 2019 News – The latest news on NEET 2019 are pouring in from all quarters. One thing is confirmed that NEET 2019 will take place. There are also high chances of NTA taking over from CBSE to conduct the exam.
NEET 2019 age limit – The age limit in order to be eligible for NEET exam is 17 years (lower age limit) as on December 31, 2019, and 25 years (upper age limit for general) and 30 years (upper age limit for OBC/SC/ST). This age limit may or may not be applicable as per final decision of the authorities.
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