How to get a good rank in the NEET exam?

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National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) is the country’s single largest entrance exam for UG course admission into MBBS (over 83,000 seats), BDS (over 27,000 seats), and into other courses like BAMS, BHMS, BUMS, BSMS, and BSc courses across the country. It is conducted by NTA – National Testing Agency, with over 13 lakh aspirants attempting the exam, It is critical to understand the scope of syllabus, examination pattern, previous year questions and have a strategy in place to be able to secure a good rank for admission. This article highlights all the key areas of focus to get a good rank in the NEET exam for aspirants.

Understanding the Syllabus for the NEET exam

The following is a brief about the scope of the syllabus for the NEET UG Examination held for students who passed out of the 12th standard. 

The NEET syllabus for 2021 comprises topics from the Class 11 and 12 curriculums in Physics, Chemistry, and Biology. The NEET test syllabus is based on state boards’, CBSE’s, ICSE’s, NIOS’s, and COBSE’s Class 11th and 12th syllabuses. It is recommended that the students are aware of the entire syllabus for the NEET 2021 curriculum as it will aid them in their preparation for each topic.  

Understanding the exam pattern for the NEET exam

The NTA has updated the NEET Exam Pattern 2021, and the question paper will include four subjects: physics, chemistry, zoology, and botany. Furthermore, each topic will have two portions, A and B, with 35 and 15 questions, respectively. However, when answering questions in Section B, applicants can opt to answer any 10 of the 15 questions. The question paper pattern going forward would be featuring 180 questions which are multiple-choice and a time restriction of 3 hours to finish the paper. The scoring pattern is +4 marks for every correct answer, Negative marking of -1 for every incorrectly marked answer, and no negative marks will be awarded for the questions not attempted by the candidate.

NEET exam Cut-off 

The aspirants must achieve a minimum qualifying score out of a maximum of 720 in order to be considered for admission to undergraduate medical programs. The minimal cut-off marks are determined by taking into account several variables such as category, the total number of students who took the test, the maximum score obtained, and others. The cut-off marks may differ depending on the college, course, and type of examinees.

Strategy to get a good rank in NEET exam

Securing a good NEET-UG score isn’t difficult if the preparation is done with a proper strategy. To prepare a strong strategy for exam preparation, the following are recommended: reading previous year toppers’ interviews and taking a leaf from their playbook. However, one must not mindlessly imitate someone else’s study approach since it is critical to recognize one’s own limits while developing a study plan. For comprehensive preparation, the NCERT books for 11th and 12th grades must be thoroughly read, and in case of question, consult additional solution books. Focus on solving a lot of MCQs and establish a solid foundation across all the 3 subjects Physics, Chemistry, and Biology. After gaining a strong grasp on the foundations, the most critical part is to refer to and solve the previous year’s NEET Important Questions with Solutions.

Strategic points of action while preparing for the NEET examination are as follows – 

  •     Covering the NCERT syllabus – The NEET exam follows the NCERT syllabus. They include well-researched information, and a substantial percentage of test questions are directly drawn from these books. The aspirants must maintain a keen awareness of the past questions papers and take note of the weightage of each chapter in the NCERT textbook.
  •     Mastering the concepts – The next step after understanding the basics would be to identify the tougher concepts and master them. The focus should be on making notes, noting complex formulae, and solving MCQs for these chapters for gaining ease of solving in the exam.
  •     Creating a daily study plan – It is very important to develop a routine to learn better. The aspirants can shift between subjects, take mock tests on certain days and revise to keep a steady momentum going during the preparation days. The study plan must have detailed goals and milestones along with a focus on revision and mock tests.
  •     Creative studying techniques:

    The aspirants can apply widely used techniques for exam preparation like using mnemonics to memorize concepts, toppers regularly create mind-maps for chapters which can be used for easy revision during the last few months. Charters, tables, and formulae books would definitely come in handy.

  •     Mock tests and reviewing the questions – The crucial phase of preparation also involves practicing time-bound tests which will replicate the exam environment for the aspirant to practice. It is recommended to take weekly mocks and spend twice the time analyzing the questions. Learning from past mistakes adds huge value to identifying similar questions in the main examination and avoiding silly mistakes which lead to negative marking.

●      Time Management – All the aspirants have the same amount of time for preparation as well as in the exam, scoring high in the exam boils down to the ability to manage time effectively during the preparation phase and in the examination to identify and solve easier questions. Online mocks also aid in providing insights on time spent on each question and areas of improvement.


Preparing to get a good rank in NEET also includes being physically and psychologically fit for the exam and being optimistic and confident while giving the test. Aspirants can make use of the tips mentioned to prepare a solid plan for preparation and revision. It is very important to not take the stress and follow a systematic approach to this highly competitive exam. As students aspiring to join the medical fraternity it is imperative to inculcate studying habits that do not impact your health and help you to learn effectively.

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