How to Manage Time in the NEET Exam?

by Anusha Lal October 03, 2020

Why is the NEET Exam Important?

NEET or the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test is an entrance test conducted for admission to BDS, MBBS, Veterinary, AYUSH and other medical courses in India. Aspiring candidates must clear NEET to get admission to a medical university throughout the country. Every year, the National Testing Agency or NTA conducts this test for admission to various undergraduate medical courses where more than 10 lakh students appear for this exam. With 154 test centres all over the country, Neet is the most important exam for students who want to make a career in the field of medicine.

The following article will help the candidates in making a better time management strategy for NEET 2021.

[Image to be added Soon]

Tips for Managing Time for NEET 2021

  1. Analyze the Question Paper Thoroughly

The most important thing that a candidate needs to keep in mind is analyzing the question paper carefully before solving it. You must spend time analyzing each question to understand the difficulty level of the paper. Keep filling the OMR sheets with each solution. Never leave the OMR sheet to be filled in the end. A well-planned strategy will help you manage your NEET paper timing well. This will give you enough time to solve each question.

  1. Organize Your Time

Proper usage of time is very important for clearing an exam. You need to pre-plan the way you want to utilize your time. Allot a certain time for solving each subject. This will help you cover each part of the paper and will even leave some time to re-check. Start with the easiest part and spend the last hour solving difficult questions. Being systematic in solving your paper can help you achieve success in managing your NEET paper timing.

  1. Solve Smartly

Even a well-prepared candidate needs to act smart while solving the paper. Analyzing the questions can help you in understanding about the difficulty level, and hence, you can plan which one to solve first accordingly. A very important trick is to solve the easy questions first and leave the difficult ones for later. A candidate must spend not more than 1 minute and 30 seconds on any question. The questions in the paper will be divided into subjects and thus you will know what you want to attempt first.

  1. Look Through the Options

A candidate must focus on all the options before solving the problem fully. You must find the correct answer among all the given options. Solving the problem fully without looking through the options can be a waste of time. A brief look can help in eliminating incorrect options and therefore saves time. In the case of chemistry and biology, this trick can be helpful. Likewise in Physics or Chemistry, trying to estimate the answer with each step becomes important.

  1. Tick-Circle-Cross method

Tick-Circle-Cross is the most effective way of solving a paper. As you move forward with your paper, tick all the questions that you have already answered. Circle the ones you know but need time to solve. Cross the questions which are unfamiliar and you do not want to answer. This will help in differentiating between the questions and save your time. It will clear your mind about which questions you need to refocus your time on towards the end of your paper.

  1. Keep Calm

Keeping yourself calm during the exam is very important. You must keep your confidence high. Never discuss answers or formulas outside the examination hall. If you cannot find solutions to successive questions, do not panic. Try to focus on the easy parts and keep trying. Above all, never lose hope.

Strategies for Preparing and Cracking NEET 2021

  • You must know your syllabus well. Familiarity with the syllabus can help bring the best out of you. It can help focus on important topics and cover every part well.

  • Good study material can help you in preparing well. Solving previous year papers and mock tests can help a candidate score well.

  • Making a study timetable is very important. This will help you understand when to study and when to take rest.

  • Revision is an important part of learning. Keep revising regularly so that you don’t forget what you have already learnt.

  • A healthy diet plays a very important role in our lives. While preparing for your exams, make sure you eat healthily and provide your brain with all the nutrients it needs.

Practice makes a man perfect. It is important to keep solving the sample paper to know your strengths well. Solving previous year papers will help in making better strategies that are best for you. You must keep yourself hydrated and rest enough so that you can focus better on your exam. These tips will help you prepare well for your examination and cope with your NEET paper timing.

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

Q1. What is the Eligibility Criteria for NEET 2021?

Ans: Candidates must fulfil the following eligibility criteria to appear for NEET 2021 examination:

  • Candidates must be of at least 17 years in age as on 31st December 2021. Aspirants born before 31st December 2002 are also eligible to appear for this exam.

  • The aspirants must have completed their higher secondary examination with Chemistry, Biology or Physics as their core subjects, from a recognized state or central board.

  • The minimum qualifying marks for the general category students is 50%, while it is 40% for SC/ST/OBC.

  • Candidates who are foreign nationals, NRIs, PIOs or OCIs can also apply for this examination.

Q2. How to Apply for NEET 2021 Examination?

Ans: The following steps can help an aspiring candidate in applying for NEET 2021 examination:

  • Candidates willing to appear for NEET 2021 must visit the official website to fill the registration form.

  • The next step is to select the option ‘Online submission of application for NEET’.

  • The candidates must then click on the option ‘New Registration’

  • Fill in all the details such as name and other information and then click on ‘Submit’.

  • The candidate is then required to pay the NEET registration fees.

  • After payment, download the confirmation page.

  • Take a print out of the final form for future usage.