NEET also is known as National Eligibility cum Entrance Test is the national level test which is conducted annually to select few gifted talents across the country who would take the medical sector of our country forward. It is conducted by the National Testing Agency and the exam model is developed by CBSE. Therefore, the NCERT textbooks for 11th and 12th standards are the most recommended books for NEET Preparation.
Every year the number of students appearing for the examination is increasing and so is their pressure of performing the best. Hence, what needs to be done in such a situation is to keep a cool head and give it the best you have! Your dedication will definitely pay off and you will succeed in your dreams.
Before anything else knowing the exam pattern and facts related to the exam important. So, in this blog, we are going to cover a bit about the NEET exam pattern and then the books you can refer for your examination.
NEET Exam Pattern and FAQs
It is very important that students are well versed in the pattern before appearing for the exam. Therefore, here is a checklist for you all.
NEET Exam Pattern
|Subjects/Sections||Total time||Total marks||Questions||Questions per section||Type of questions||Negative marking|
|Physics, Chemistry, Botany and Zoology||3 hours (180 mins)||720||180||45||Multiple-choice questions||Yes|
|Name of the examination||NEET UG|
|Conducting body||National Testing Agency|
|Total subjects asked||Physics, Chemistry, and Biology.|
|Total time allotted||3 hours|
|Total question asked||180|
|Question per section||Physics- 45
|Type of questions||Multiple-choice questions|
|Marking scheme||+4 for every correct answer while -1 for every incorrect answer.|
- Using any electronic devices during the exam is prohibited. The students have to do all the calculations manually.
- NEET-UG is conducted on a pen and paper mode, so it is an offline exam.
- NEET-UG is conducted for over 11 different Indian languages. The prescribed languages in which students can take up the test are English, Hindi, Urdu, Bengali, Oriya, Tamil, Kannada, Telugu, Marathi, Gujarati, and Assamese.
- For every correct answer, a student gets 4 marks while 1 mark is deducted for each wrong answer.
- The cap on the number of attempts for the NEET UG exam has been removed by the authorities. Although now the age limit decides this factor i.e. if a student’s age is between 17-23 years he is eligible for the NEET-UG exam in.
- The qualifying score for NEET-UG is divided into two categories i.e. qualifying percentile and qualifying marks. The qualifying percentile for the unreserved category is 50 percentile while the qualifying marks were 701-134 for 2019.
Recommended Medical Entrance Books
“Practice makes a man perfect”
NEET UG is a very hard nut to crack and it is very important to ace the exam. There are a lot of books floating offline and online which guarantees success in the exam. Although, are they worth buying? Referring to a lot of books can create a series of confusion regarding preparations. So, referring to limited books could aid in the preparation.
NCERT books are considered the holy grail for the NEET UG preparations, owing to its rich content. These books alone cover the 95% syllabus of the NEET-UG and each line of this book is exclusive and important. However, the language of these books is a little tough so always take the help of any reference book.
Suggested Topic: Every topic and chapter is important so, it is advisable to go through all of the lines by line.
Coaching Notes/Self-made notes
See, study notes are the last thing before the exam a student resorts to owing to the compact information that it possesses. There are a lot of reputed coaching institutes that offer notes which are very precise for the preparations. Either opt for the regular coaching notes or try to make a one by yourself. Self-made notes help in revision as well as building and retaining the concept for a longer time.
Reference Books for NEET UG
- Concept of Physics, H C Verma, Volume 1 & 2
Known for: Builds concepts, contains all the rules of modern Physics.
Suggested Topics: Modern Physics, Optics, Mechanics etc.
- Concept of Physics for NEET, by Agarwal
Known for: Contains a lot of practice questions that match the exact NEET level.
- Arihant’s Objective Physics, DC Pandey
Known for: Contains a lot of practice questions on different topics, quizzes are at par with the exam level.
- Physical & Organic Chemistry, O P Tandon
Known for: Excellent books for clearing concepts contains a lot of MCQ questions for practising.
Suggested Topics: Mole concept, Gaseous state, and Concentration terms etc.
- Concise Inorganic Chemistry, J.D.Lee
Known for: Contains well-explained theory portion, elaborated topics for building concepts.
Suggested Topics: Compounds, Ores and Minerals, Ionic Compounds, etc.
- MTG’s Objective NCERT by fingertips
Known for: A lot of objective questions for practice and solutions to all the NCERT questions.
- Trueman’s Elementary Biology
Known for: A good choice for clearing the basics and building a strong foundation for every topic.
Suggested Topics: Biotechnology, Inheritance, Evolution, Anatomy etc.
- MTG’s Objective NCERT by fingertips
Known for: Contains around 4000+ objective questions for practice for self-preparation.
- Dinesh Objective Biology
Known for: Practice questions based on previous-year asked questions and contains synopsis for revision.
Mock Tests and Previous Year Question Papers
NEET mock tests and NEET previous year papers arm you with comprehensive NEET preparation. Here are strategies for attempting NEET mock tests and NEET previous year papers:
- Give as many tests as possible and learn from your mistakes.
- Evaluate the errors you have committed and try to learn from them.
- While revising highlight the important questions and those you did wrong and revise effectively.
- Clear all your doubts with your teachers. Don’t try to hold any query in mind, ask it instantly.
All of these books can be of great help during the course of your NEET / AIIMS / JIPMER and other medical entrance exam preparation. Books may taunt you sometimes but stand your ground and always keep your goal in mind! This was a shortlist of books, there are many more. Although these are the essentials that every medical student should read and study. They form the base preparation for your examination. We hope that this blog gave you a sense of direction for your preparation and where to begin!