With the AIIMS and JIPMER examinations scrapped for good, NEET is the single-most-important examination to get admissions in MBBS and BDS courses in top medical colleges of the country. Moreover, to pursue MBBS at all, the NEET qualification is mandatory. That being said, competition is fierce, and seats are limited. Therefore, NEET aspirants should follow the syllabus and study properly to score good marks and get admissions to top medical colleges when it’s time.
NEET examination includes Physics, Chemistry, and Biology subjects. Out of these, the aspirants face major difficulty in Physics, and this is due to their not being in touch with mathematical concepts that are crucial in the physics curriculum. Moreover, the NEET aspirants consider Physics the toughest section in terms of syllabus complexity and paper level. As per the latest exam updates, the candidates will be given more internal choices as there will be 200 questions in total, out of which they have to attempt only 180.
Talking about Physics, it’s crucial to imply that Physics, a highly conceptual subject, requires strong basics, good concept build-up, and extensive practice to ace the exam. Despite being a medical aspirant, NEET expects the candidates to be well-versed with a wide range of numerical problems and concepts. To achieve this, an application-oriented approach and a thorough understanding of basic theoretical concepts are vital. Solving questions is not enough to ace complex numerical problems, and a deep understanding of the concepts underlying the numerical problems is needed.
Students are often clueless as to how they should proceed. The study plan and strategy for NEET Physics should be pragmatic, realistic, application-based study and to consolidate the concepts. This article begins with a glance at the NEET physics syllabus and takes you through various preparation tips and strategies to ace the exam.
Syllabus of NEET Physics
NEET physics consists of six important units from the syllabus of both classes, 11th, and 12th. The grave mistake that many aspirants make is to ignore the class 11th syllabus, which is more important for the NEET examination. The six units are-
- Heat and Thermodynamics
- Modern Physics
- SHM and Waves
Paper Pattern for NEET Physics
NEET Physics paper has 45 questions in total, carrying 180 marks. Each question carries four marks, and every wrong answer causes a negative marking of 1 mark. Most of the questions are calculation and formula-based. About 50%-60% of the questions are from the NCERT syllabus. Mechanics and thermodynamics cover the bulk of the questions and are crucial from the exam point of view. Questions demand an application-based study approach and a solid conceptual base. The analysis of previous year’s NEET Physics papers has made it clear that studying physics to solve numerical problems and cover the entire syllabus is wrong, as the focus should be on building the concepts. Memorizing the formulas and steps without analyzing the concept behind them is useless.
NEET Physics preparation tips
Building conceptual clarity- Physics is a concept-based subject that demands utmost clarity on the concepts and the underlying procedures. Mugging up the formulas without understanding its theory is useless, and shallow understanding will not allow the candidates to solve complex, application-based questions. For building concepts, NCERT books are recommended, and their easy language and basic applications are beneficial to students who want to build a strong base in the subject.
The right study materials- Choosing the right study material for preparation is very important. The main preparation material for NEET Physics preparation should be NCERT. Candidates preparing for NEET should also solve the NCERT Exemplars to gain maximum conceptual clarity. The questions given in the examples are often asked in the exams with similar concepts and different data. They must ensure that they cover all the topics, theory, and numerical questions of the NCERT followed by sample papers, mock tests, and previous year questions for advanced preparation.
The Right Approach- The correct way of studying is to read the topic, understand the concepts, grab the topic’s crux, and solve example questions, quizzes, MCQs, and exercises given in the book. Simply settling for book exercises isn’t enough. Search the internet for important questions on the topic and solve those to gain wide-range knowledge on it so that you can attempt any questions thrown from the topic. For instance, if you need to study mechanics, vectors are an important unit constituent. To master the mathematical concepts of vectors, read the NCERT, solve from it and then search for the Vectors Important Questions for NEET and solve questions from the topic. Proceed chronologically and cover the important topics first, followed by the fewer weightage topics.
Master the Formulas- Formulas and derivations are an essential part of the NEET Physics syllabus. Prepare a separate notebook to jot down the formulas and their assumptions, exceptions, and derivations if needed. This notebook would be very beneficial for quick revisions and revision before the exam. It will also come in handy if a quick reference is needed while solving numerical questions. The syllabus is extensive and has many formulas, so regular revisions and lots of practice are required to retain them.
Regular Practice- Practice is the backbone of NEET physics preparation. Much practice and revisions are needed for a highly conceptual subject like Physics. Practice questions from NCERT Books, reference books, NCERT Exemplar, sample papers, and previous year question banks. Set a timetable for practicing the subject. Please give a minimum number of hours daily to solve numerical problems as it is the weak suite of medical aspirants. Check Your Preparation- Preparing blindly doesn’t do any good unless you take regular mock tests and quizzes to check yourself. Time yourself while giving tests as they help stimulate the actual examination atmosphere where the time is limited, and questions are many. It habituates the aspirants to solve questions under stress and time constraints. It also helps enhance their problem-solving speed and analytical skills.