The National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test (NEET) is India’s leading medical entrance test for admission in MBBS, BDS, Ayush, and other medical courses. NEET is conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA). It can be said that NEET is the most competitive and challenging medical entrance exam for students who aspire to become a doctor.
Every year a vast number of students ( almost a million ) register for NEET with dreams in their eyes and hopes to secure a seat in India’s leading medical and dental colleges. The number of students increases every year. As per the reports, around 18 lakh students registered for NEET in the year 2022 whereas the number of registration was 15.44 lakh in the year 2021. This growth in the number of registrations makes the exam more demanding and strenuous with each passing year.
It requires a great degree of hard work, diligence, consistency, and determination to achieve success in NEET. According to reports, around 7.97 lakh candidates cleared NEET in the year 2021. However, the number of students who cleared the exam with a 650+ score was meager.
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What is the relevance of 650+ score in NEET 2023?
The National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test (NEET) is supervised and conducted under the guidelines framed by the National Testing Agency (NTA). It considers NEET All India Rank (AIR) as the deciding factor for admission to undergraduate courses in medical and dental colleges across India. This AIR is evaluated based on NEET score. Thus, a score of 650+ becomes essential for students to get MBBS or BDS seats in leading colleges in the country.
Some basic tips to score 650+ marks in NEET :
NEET is regarded as one of the most difficult exams in the field of competitive examinations in India and to secure a 650+ score in it often proves to be difficult and challenging. It is a dream for many that can only be achieved with proper planning and strategy. It requires a lot of patience and hard work. Your score will be determined by your ability to understand the demanding nature of the exam and follow a methodical study plan accordingly with genuine passion and determination. So start your preparation today for a bright future ahead.
Below are some strategies and guidelines to help with your preparation :
- Know the exam pattern and marks distribution
First of all, it is crucial to understand the exam pattern and mark distribution system of the exam. There are three subjects on which NEET is based– Physics, Chemistry, and Biology(Botany and Zoology). You can get all the details regarding exam pattern and marks distribution scheme by following the tables mentioned below:
|NEET Exam Pattern|
|Exam Mode||Offline (Pen and paper mode)|
|Exam Duration||3 hours (10:00 am – 01:00pm)|
|Exam Language||English, Hindi, Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Kannada, Oriya, Urdu, Marathi, Tamil, and Telugu|
|Subjects||Physics, Chemistry, Botany, and Zoology|
|Type of questions||Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ)|
|Number of Questions||180|
|Marking scheme||+4 for the right answer; -1 for a wrong answer|
NEET Marks Distribution
|Subject||Number of questions||Marks|
|Biology||Botany – 45
Zoology – 45
You need to answer at least 150 questions (out of 180) correctly without marking any incorrect answer to secure a score of a minimum 600. At the same time, you have to consider the possibility of negative marking. So always try to be on the safer side and try to answer 160-170 questions correctly.
- Knowledge of complete syllabus:
Before planning your strategy for the exam, you should have extensive knowledge about the syllabus for NEET. NTA has put together a vast syllabus for NEET which has references from the syllabi of various State Boards, Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), Council Board of School Education (COBSE), and the National Council of Education Research and Training (NCERT). Comprehensive knowledge about the whole syllabus will also help you in your preparation for Class XII Board as well as NEET.
- Refer to NCERT books:
Books published by the National Council of Education Research and Training (NCERT) for classes 11th and 12th are considered one of the most relevant sources for carrying out your NEET preparations. According to subject experts and former NEET toppers, the concepts mentioned in the NCERT books are the main references for a vast number of questions in NEET. Thus, it is extremely important to refer to aims study materials. Once you gain enough knowledge to answer all the NCERT questions, you can consider other reference books and study materials according to your need and preferences. Materials suggested by former NEET toppers and subject matter experts can be useful in this regard.
- Solving previous years’ question papers:
It is very important to solve and analyze previous years’ question papers. It will help you to understand question patterns and what might come in NEET 23. You can also enhance your time management skill by practicing these papers regularly as you will get a clear idea of how much time you need to allocate to each question. Thus you can plan a comprehensive strategy for the main exam and prepare yourself accordingly.
- Take online mock tests:
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- create an effective study plan
To achieve a 650+ score in NEET 2023, you are strictly advised to plan a refined and constructive timetable. This will not only help you with the division of the NEET syllabus (as per your convenience) but will also allow you to provide equal (or necessary) time to all three subjects. Here are some important things you should keep in mind when making a timetable for NEET preparation :
- Make a timetable taking into account the school hours, coaching class (or tuition), self-study, and some leisure time.
- It should be framed in such a manner that it allows you to study, revise and practice each day.
- Incorporate small breaks in the timetable as they will help you to feel refreshed and energized.
- Include enough revision time in your timetable to revise difficult and important topics multiple times.
- Practice regularly
We as students have heard the famous proverb “practice makes a man perfect” many times in our school life. This is true in every sense, especially when we talk about scoring 650+ in NEET 2023-24. Various studies claim that people tend to forget things without regular practice and revision. You have to practice all subjects consistently. Also, you should not forget that there is negative marking in the exam pattern. So, aiming to achieve a high score you cannot leave any room for error as wrong answers can prevent you from achieving your goal.
8. Keep yourself healthy
Last but not the least, maintaining good physical and mental health is essential during NEET 2023 preparation. According to health experts, a tired and stressed mind is the biggest nemesis of human efficiency and productivity. Furthermore, it also makes it difficult for the student to understand and memorize the concepts. Being unhealthy during the preparatory phase can ultimately hinder your preparation strategy and lead to feelings of dissatisfaction and frustration. Hence, it is essential to create a lifestyle routine along with a study routine with special attention to diet, rest, and sleep. Eat well, sleep well and take breaks from studying to do something that relaxes and de-stresses you.
Dedication, commitment to excellence, and a disciplined routine are the main keys that will help you clear NEET 2023 with a score of 650+. Combine your hard work with smart work and map your preparation strategy around three important aspects like learning, revision, and practice. Simplify and break the syllabus as per your convenience, but do not miss any of the topics mentioned in the NEET syllabus. Stay motivated, pursue your goals with passion and always remember that it’s not about how hard you work, but about strategic NEET preparation and how you manage your time, resources and mind for better results.