The NEET (National Eligibility cum Entrance Test) is the single medical entrance exam in India. It is conducted by the CBSE to screen students for admission to MBBS and BDS courses offered by the government as well as the private medical colleges in India. Now, you need to qualify NEET even if you choose to study medicine abroad.
The NEET exam has four major sections:
45 questions are asked from each section. It means that the Physics section carries a good 25% weightage in the exam.
In this article, we will discuss the best ways to prepare for NEET Physics and the common mistakes that NEET aspirants make:
JEE Physics and NEET Physics is different
Most medical aspirants find Physics and Chemistry difficult.
The good news is that they do not have to be. The problem arises when you join a coaching institute that follows a common curriculum for ‘Physics’ and ‘Chemistry’ for both engineering and medical aspirants.
It is well-known that while both the NEET syllabus and the JEE syllabus for Physics is almost the same, the difficulty level of questions asked in the exam varies widely.
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The difficulty level of Physics questions in JEE Main (which is conducted by the CBSE to screen candidates for admission to engineering colleges across India) is generally higher. For medical studies, you need to know fundamentals of Physics, but you do not have to be ‘perfect’ at them.
NEET coaching providers who know the difference between the two can help you prepare for the Physics section better and offer you practice questions that are of NEET level – instead of pushing you to solve JEE Main questions.
NEET questions are generally direct while JEE Physics questions are tricky.
Physics questions in NEET are either theoretical or directly formula-based while Physics questions in JEE exams are more conceptual and application-based.
It is, of course, fantastic if you understand the Physics concepts too and know how to apply them but trying to solve Physics questions of higher level may waste your precious time – which you might devote to other topics in which you are weak and score more in the actual exam.
Apart from the questions, the depth of each topic you cover matters too. NEET preparation experts or guides will offer you enough to be able to solve the exam questions without immersing yourself too deep into it.
Best Tips to Prepare Physics for NEET
In NEET 2017, about 11.3 lakh students appeared for the exam, and about 6 lakh qualified it. However, only 1 lakh students could get admission in the exam. Hence, it is important to target at least 100+ marks in the Physics section to grab an MBBS seat, and at least 150+ marks in the subject to get a good NEET rank and get admission in the top medical colleges in India.
You can achieve these goals by following the tips mentioned below:
- Start from Class 11: NEET syllabus is quite vast. If you ignore Physics in Class 11, you’ll not only waste precious time but also miss half the syllabus covered in the NEET exam. On top of it, what you study in Class 11 lays down the base for what will be taught to you in Class 12. So, if you do not study Class 11 concepts well, you’ll find it difficult to grasp Class 12 concepts.
You may follow the school syllabus to cover the prescribed curriculum. Consult the NCERT book to study the topic you have learned in class on a given day, solve at least 20 NEET questions and numerical related to the topic on a daily basis.
You can easily find several free and paid sources for topic-related, chapter-related, unit-related, and subject-related practice papers and tests online. Solve them as you finish a topic, a chapter, a unit, and a subject and see where you need improvement.
- Learn Formulas: Imagine you are allowed to take one paper with you in the NEET exam. What will you write on it? If Physics is your ‘problem’ subject, you’ll probably write formulas on it.
Prepare that formula sheet every day. Writing them every day neatly on a notebook – chapter-by-chapter – will help you cement them in your memory forever.
- Identify Important Topics: While all the teachers will tell you to study each topic honestly and that every topic in the syllabus is important, you know the truth. There are some topics from which 2-3 questions are asked in the NEET exam every year.
Some of the Physics chapters that are most important from the NEET point of view are:
- Modern Physics (especially Atom & Nuclei, Dual Nature of Radiation, and Semiconductor)
- Sound & Waves
You should start your NEET Physics preparation with these chapters first, and then, move on to other topics.
- What if you hate Math?
Your primary school teacher was right when he or she said that you’d need Math in all aspects of your life. As a NEET aspirant, Math might not be your core subject anymore, but you’ll still need some number-crunching skills to solve Physics and Chemistry numerical.
Still, if you really, really hate Math, you can start your Physics preparation with Modern Physics as it is more theoretical and involves less calculation. The numerical in these chapters are mostly directly based on the formulas and hence, easier to solve.
In the end, do not underestimate the power of solving previous years’ NEET papers and opting for an online test series. It will help you identify the topics in which you are weak and seek timely help.
This Article is provided by Nishan Sinha, Founder of emedicalprep.com an Online Medical Coaching platform for Medical Entrance Exams like NEET (earlier known as AIPMT), AIIMS and other school entrance exams aiming for a career in the Medical sector.