How to Prepare NEET and Board at the Same Time

by Saurav Mishra, August 27, 2020

One of the important questions which strike every NEET aspirant's mind is how to prepare for NEET examination along with class 12th board examination and this biggest challenge can be seen on their face as they have equal pressure to perform well in both NEET and board examination. This balancing between NEET and board exams makes a herculean task to students. But at the same time, there is one positive side that the syllabus of NEET includes the NCERT syllabus of Class 11 and NCERT syllabus of 12 combined, it is the basic way to start the preparation of NEET from Class 11 to reduce the pressure of balancing board exams and NEET preparation.  Students who want to appear in NEET exam have to fulfill eligibility criteria, it requires candidates to secure a minimum aggregate of 50% (45% for Physically handicapped and 40% for reserved categories) in the subjects of Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Biotechnology in the Class 12 board examination in addition to qualifying entrance exam by securing the cutoff percentile required for the respective category.

NEET is a national level examination conducted by NTA to get medical colleges all across India. Getting medical college is not as easy as eating pie; it needs hard work along with dedication. Some of the important tips to prepare for NEET along with class 12th board exams is discussed below: 

Common Syllabus: 

We all think that board exams cover only the class 12th syllabus but this is not the actual truth as the base of the board exam is totally dependent on the class 11th syllabus. The only secret to scoring good marks on board is that you have to be thorough with the topics that were covered in class 11th also. So by this trick you can also cover the basic concepts which are coming in the NEET examination, this will help you in both ways. The pattern of questions asked in NEET is entirely objective of Multiple choice questions whereas the Class 12 board exam consists of both objective and subjective type questions. To develop an effective approach, aspirants must ensure that they have a thorough understanding of the basics, a method that will help in answering both the types of questions.

Role of NCERT Books in Both NEET and Board:

When it comes to preparation of NEET along with boards, the book which strikes our head is NCERT. NCERT covers all the basic concepts of all subjects and this is the first step towards NEET preparation and by covering NCERT book you cover almost 90% percent syllabus for the board exam. 

Make a Fixed Time Table for Self-study:

The biggest step to achieve this goal is to be peculiar about your studying schedule. Give a fixed time interval to your self-studies, especially to difficult subjects this will increase your proficiency towards your weak subjects, which will really help you in scoring good marks. Apart from this, attend weekly mock tests to increase your speed. 

Note Making:

When you start making notes you become a quick learner as you start grasping things easily and this way you keep on boosting yourself towards success. Notes also help you in the quick revision process which is must in your preparation process. Try to make MCQ on different topics to make it more easy. Highlight important lines and mark them as important lines as board or NEET point of view. 

Practice Questions: 

As we all know practice makes a man perfect, more you practice more you learn. So make in your habit to solve more and more questions. This will help you in increasing your accuracy towards questions.  

Referring Right Books:

The most basic book which all board and NEET aspirants should go through thoroughly is the NCERT book. This book is also suggested by NEET toppers and candidates who scored very well in board exams. Apart from NCERT, you have to choose a reference book for deeper concepts and more content and go through both books parallelly, first clear your basic concepts from NCERT then go for reference for better understanding. 


Try to solve full-length questions as much as you can and keep analyzing your preparation i.e at what position you stand in this tough competition. You should solve at least three test papers in a month for the best result. In this preparatory journey, physics is a little tricky for you, so you have to put some extra effort into physics. Solve more questions of physics and most of the questions of physics are numerically based so the only thing you need is just practice. 

Topper Tips Towards How to Balance NEET Preparation with Board Exams:

Struggling between NEET and class 12 boards, but balancing was not a tough task; it can be balanced in a very easy way just by giving proper efforts. In one of the topper interviews, he said that he was preparing for NEET for the last two years. The three major subjects are  Physics, Chemistry, and Biology, which were completed within a year. Then, I just had to focus on English and other additional subjects. The board preparations really strengthen my NCERT concepts for NEET."

How to Prepare NEET and Board at the Same Time