How to Prepare for NEET Exam 2019 (Tips & Tricks)

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Posted on 03thNovember, 2018 Posted By Smita Medhekar

Is becoming a doctor your dream?

Then, you must have entered into the world of competition for different medical entrance exams.

The NEET exam comes top in the list when one talks about medical entrance exams. The most preferred exam by medical aspirants is the NEET exam, due to immense career opportunities offered through this exam.

Now, some of you might be wondering what is a NEET exam?

Let's have a look:

The NEET (National Eligibility cum Entrance Test) which is an entrance exam conducted for admission to MBBS or BDS courses in India in various medical/dental colleges (except AIIMS & JIPMER).

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) was so far responsible for conducting the NEET exam but from 2019, it will be conducted by NTA (National Testing Agency). NTA will conduct this exam only once a year, instead of twice a year.

This exam is considered as one of the toughest examinations but with some simple tips & tricks, it would become easy to crack it.

Every year around 10-12 lakh students appear for this exam just for 1 lakh seats. From this, one can get an idea about the level of competition in this exam.

Students need to be very well prepared for NEET test, as the level of competition for this exam is very high. There are over 15,000 concepts in NEET syllabus and hence the students should prepare for this exam thoroughly. They just need to follow a well-structured study plan.

Overview of NEET Exam

Name of Exam National Eligibility cum Entrance Test
Acronym used for Exam NEET
Mode of Exam Written
Conducting Body National Testing Agency (NTA)
Subjects Three (Physics, Chemistry, Biology)
Total Questions 180
Time Limit 3 Hours
Marks per Question 4 Marks
Maximum Marks 720
Negative Marking Yes, -1 per wrong answer
Courses Offered through the Exam MBBS, BDS

NEET 2019 - Important Dates

Events Dates
Submission of application forms - online 1st November - 30th November, 2018
Date for Admit card release 15th April, 2019
Exam Date 5th May, 2019
Declaration of Results 5th June, 2019


  • NEET Cut Off
  • NEET Application Process
  • Application Fee
  • NEET Syllabus and

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Preparation Tips For NEET Exam

Due to large competition for securing seats in best medical colleges in India, many of the medical aspirants always ask a common question which is, how to prepare for NEET exam and clear it in the first attempt?

There should be a good strategy which students should follow in order to secure a seat in any of the top medical colleges in the country.

The syllabus for NEET exam is really vast but if students have a well-structured study plan they can easily clear it.

Some Tips & Tricks to help you with the preparation of NEET exam

1 Know the Syllabus

You should know the syllabus prior to starting preparation of NEET exam. Syllabi of various state boards are covered under the syllabus of NEET exam. Thus, you must know the topics which are covered under other states and you should practice all such topics which are not covered under your board syllabus. You should keep a copy of syllabus with you while studying.

2 Make a Practical Timetable

Students should keep in mind that without managing their time, they can not qualify the exam. To stay focused on a goal, you should stick to a perfect timetable. If you can divide the vast syllabus according to timetable then you can complete studying it on time.

Some important instructions given below:

  • You should assign equal time to each subject in order to cover the whole syllabus.
  • You should set small goals daily and give your best to achieve them.
  • Keep some time for your hobbies and recreational activities.

3 Practice Regularly

Only studying is not sufficient, but practicing also plays a much important role. Students would not know how much they have studied without practicing. Therefore, to practice, you must solve previous years question papers of NEET daily. It will help you to know what and how to prepare for NEET exam 2019.

You should follow the below instructions:

  • You should practice 90 questions daily and analyze them to spot mistakes.
  • To improve weak topics, you should practice them again.
  • Revise difficult questions by marking them.

4 Refer good study material

Good study material and books are important components of any exam. Teachers and mentors can guide students about which books should be purchased for NEET preparation. You should not forget to buy NCERT books for NEET exam preparation as NCERT level questions are more focused in NEET exam.

Remember some instructions:

  • At the time of practicing, mark the important questions.
  • The topics which you want to revise at the end, bookmark them.

5 Start from basics

Candidates preparing for NEET UG should start from the scratch is the advice of all the NEET toppers and guides. The basic understanding of concepts plays a vital role from the point of view of medical aspirants for NEET exam. In-depth knowledge of topics is always recommended.

You can start with NCERT textbooks of class 11 and 12 at home. Write the information which you feel that you will forget in your notebook. Making notes of important points is always a good habit. Don’t just rely on reading.

6 Take Mock tests

The time constraint is the greatest challenge in this medical entrance exam. The most tedious task in NEET exam is that solving 180 questions in 180 minutes. Thus, if you take regular mock tests it will boost your confidence level, help to increase your speed and to maximize your score, it will help to figure out the best paper attempting strategy.

By solving the Mock tests, you should get habitual of completing the Mock tests within 3 hours. The actual NEET exam should not be the candidate’s first experience. You can analyze your performance after every Mock test and identify your weak areas.

7 Focus More on Weak Areas

You can work on your weaknesses by working harder and can get success for sure. Thus, it is important for you to work on your weak areas by giving more time for it and study basic concepts very well.

8 Stay away from guesswork

Mark any answer correct in the OMR sheet only when you are sure about it. If you are not sure about any answers then it is advisable that you should not make any guesswork as NEET exam has negative marking scheme and for each wrong answer you will lose 1 mark.

Some useful tricks:

  • In case of confusing questions, try to eliminate options.
  • Analyze the mistakes made by you in the mock tests.

9 Prepare short notes for revision

For NEET 2019 preparation, making short notes while studying would be the most effective way to save your time. Your memorizing power gets increased by writing short notes.

To learn Biology, you can use flow charts, diagrams and short notes. Written derivations and formulas etc. would be useful to easily revise at the time of the exam.

10 Study in fixed time slots

You can divide your preparation of NEET exam into different time slots for each subject. Each subject should be studied for at least 1.5 hours continuously. Between each slot, you can take a break of 5-10 minutes. Listen to music or take a walk during this time.

11 Health is wealth

Taking good care of physical and mental fitness is an equally important thing while preparation of NEET exam. Avoid junk food. Eat a healthy and balanced diet. Exercise and meditate regularly.

Points to be note:

  • Daily you must take at least 6-7 hours of sound sleep.
  • You will be productive only if you are healthy.

12 Be positive and confident about your preparation

A positive attitude is important for your NEET preparation. Because if you think positive, your brain and mind start working in the same direction to achieve the goal. Always be sure that your confidence will not turn into overconfidence.

Best Books for NEET Exam Preparation

As suggested by experts and toppers NCERT is the best book for the preparation of NEET 2019. Understanding of the curriculum and building of the ground level concepts can be done from NCERT. However, the books listed below have also been found to give out best results and it will enhance your preparation for NEET 2019.


  • H. C. Verma’s Concepts of Physics
  • DC Pandey’s Objective Physics
  • Halliday, Resnick and Walker’s Fundamentals of Physics
  • Pradeep’s Fundamental Physics
  • IE Irodov’s Problems in General Physics
  • OP Tandon’s Physical Chemistry


  • Modern’s ABC of Chemistry for Classes 11 and 12
  • JD Lee’s Concise Inorganic Chemistry
  • Chemistry Guide by Dinesh
  • VK Jaiswal (Inorganic), MS Chauhan (Organic) and N Awasthi’s (Physical) Practise books


  • Trueman’s Biology Vol 1 and Vol 2
  • Dinesh’s Objective Biology
  • Ansari’s Objective Botany
  • Guide on Biology by Pradeep
  • Biology by GRB Bathla publications

Question Papers of Previous Years

Till now, you must have got an idea about what are the Do’s and Don'ts that you should follow while preparing for NEET exam.

You should include the study of previous years by solving question papers of previous years. By solving different papers, you get familiar with the NEET exam pattern, questions weightage and types of questions. Also, you will get practice of solving the questions within the stipulated time and with accuracy.


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