If we talk about the right time to start preparing for any entrance exam, there’s no fixed period or age for that. Infact, the exam preparation time varies from one individual to another, but the start of class 11th is considered the best time to start preparing for the medical entrance exams, since the syllabus for these entrance exams is almost same as that of class 11th and 12th.
Each year, thousands of students passing out of class 12 write the medical entrance test in India, but only a few of them manage to obtain a good rank and secure a seat in their favourite college/institue. One needs a well-planned strategy added up with immense hard work to crack one the most difficult exams in India. Instead of banging your head just one or two months before the test’s commencement, it would be better if you start preparing right from class 11.
Here, we have listed a few tips on how you can prepare for medical entrance test right from your class 11:
1. Collect syllabus for examination
This is the most important thing that every medical aspirant should know before starting preparing for the pre medical test. Because, all the important medical entrance exams cover NCERT syllabus. So, you can compare the syllabus with your current course curriculum. You will find many topics to be common with your study curriculum. It would be quite beneficial for you as you don’t need to learn or prepare those common topics separately. This will help you devote ample time to the parts of the syllabus that are not covered in your course.
2. Follow NCERT books only
It was found that, in all medical entrance tests, more than 90% of the questions come from NCERT books. Thus, if you read your course books meticulously, you will cover more than half the distance to your destination. Moreover, if you read NCERT books properly and thoroughly, you will get in depth knowledge about each and every topic starting from its basics. Most of the pictorial questions you see in the exam are sourced from the NCERT textbook itself.
Some important benefits of reading NCERT books are:
- Gives in-depth understanding about complex topics
- clear all the concepts and formulae you learned in a chapter
- Explains each topic in simple language, making it easy to understand the concepts
- Strictly adhere to the CBSE curriculum which is followed in all entrance examinations
3. Point out and work on weak areas
This is another important thing to be conquered. It might happen that you are very strong in one subject and weak in the other. The fact shouldn’t discourage or depress your preparation efforts for entrance to the medical field. If you are in class 11 (under CBSE, UP board or any other state board), you have enough time to turn your weakness to your strength. Try and work hard more on the weaker areas. If required, approach subject experts, teachers, friends or seniors. You can also take extra classes for the subject. This will prove to be quite essective in overcoming the fear of your weakness.
4. Prepare a weekly schedule
Nothing works in absence of a proper schedule. Until and unless you make a complete and thorough schedule for the way you want to study, you will not be able to complete the syllabus. A well planned study schedule will successfully help you cover your school course and medical test preparation parallely. Set affordable weekly targets that can help you cover the syllabus giving enough time for revision.
5. Saggregate esasy and tough chapters
You will always find some chapters that are on your tips and some others which need to be revised thoroughly. For this, once you have covered a part of syllabus relevant to class 11 course, figure out the chapters that you need to prepare from the beginning and chapters that will only need a quick revision before the exam. This will help you cover all parts of the syllabus uniformly. Allot time for each segment and implement and maintain the same.
6. Practice previous years’papers
As far as the paper pattern for the medical tests is concerned, there is no significant change every year. Solving past year exam papers can help you to get a clear idea about the expected pattern and also the type of questions to be asked. Moreover, it will help you to identify changing trends in the past years and prepare accordingly. More you will practice, the more you will gain confidence to crack the pre medical test.
7. Solve mock test papers and practice papers
One of the greatest challenges of the NEET examination is the time limitation as students are required to finish 180 questions in 3 hours (180 minutes). Thus, students must be capable of finishing one question in 1 minute atleast. For this, students must learn the time management strategy. Solving more and more practice papers and mock test papers can help you achieve the speed and accuracy. But it’s important to solve these papers within a stipulated time limit as is done in the examinations.
Solving practice papers and mock test papers by will help you
- analyze your preparation level for the exam
- familiarise with the exam pattern and important topics
- attain accuracy and learn time management strategy
- get a beforehand experience of real exam.
8. Stay calm and stress free
After class 10, suddenly you are posed to the vast syllabus in class 11 (be it from CBSE/ UP board or any other state board) along with the extra burden of etnrance exam preparations. The situation may go quite hectic for you. But, let it not hamper your mind status. Do not get anxious or stressed. Plan the things according to your work potential. Otherwise, working with a distressed mind won’t get you the required productivity. So, try to stay calm, focused and well planned.
So, dear students, if you have started preparing for the medical entrance exams right from your class 11, then the above mentioned tips will definitely help you in getting a good rank and securing a seat in your favourite medical institute.