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NEET Preparation Tips for Droppers

By Satabdi MazumdarAugust 12, 2022
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Appearing for an entrance examination even once is a very challenging task for anyone, but imagine how it would feel to give the same exam more than once. Repeatedly occurring for the same exam could land a blow to the mindset of the candidate with anxiousness and self-doubt; negative feelings and thoughts may emerge not just because of familial or societal pressure but because of the pressure one puts on themselves. Because of this, the NEET droppers often remain confused about how to start preparing for an examination for which they initially thought they had done enough preparation. They tend to forget to ask certain important questions before they start preparing for the examination again.

For the same, in this article, we have tried to lessen the burden and pressure for those preparing for the NEET examination in their dropper year. Below are several tips provided for the droppers to help prepare for the upcoming NEET examination. By the end of the blog, you’ll know how to become dropper to topper in NEET.

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NEET Preparation Tips for Droppers
Also Read: Detailed 1-Year Preparation Plan for NEET 2023 for Droppers

Preparation Tips for NEET Droppers for 2022

  1. Self-Analyse Your Own Mistakes and Performance

To become dropper to topper in NEET, the first and foremost thing that a dropper has to do is to self-analyse their previous performance. They should know what went wrong and where? After understanding the reason for your previous failure, you then have to accept your drawbacks for not clearing the exam. This is a very important step for you to start afresh, not just physically or academically but also mentally. Take note of all your past mistakes and try to work on fixing them not to repeat it again. Be honest to yourself, stay aware of your weakness, do not fear it but try your best to overcome it. Until and unless you do so, you won’t be able to perform any better in the next try. Spend enough time on each of your weaknesses and if you feel you still have doubts, then start working on it. Your list of mistakes could be long or short, but this should not deter you from spending a minimum required time for every point with continuous revisions.

  1. Get a New Outlook With the Help of Others

Since you have already appeared for the exam once before, you are already familiar with the syllabus and pattern of the examination. You may have solved a number of previous year NEET question papers. So now, you should focus on finding a guide or a tutor to help in your preparation for the examination. You should not hesitate to ask for help as it may assist in pointing out particular weaknesses about yourself that you were not aware of initially. Having a helping hand will give you a new perspective, which will, in turn, help you start again with your NEET preparation.

  1. Setting a New Timetable for Yourself

A maximum of you must have enrolled in one or other coaching institutes for helping you prepare for your examination. Learning in a coaching institute means spending at a minimum of around 5-6 hours of your daily life in the institute attending the classes. But for droppers, these classes tend to be longer than the normal classes. With all this studying, it is pretty obvious that one will get exhausted by the time the classes end. But this does not mean that you will neglect your own self-study time. It is very important to manage your time for both coachings as well as self-study. The importance of self-study lies in the fact that it will help you to revise whatever you have learned or gone through that day or before; this will help you to determine whether you have understood what you have learned or you still have doubts that need to be cleared. It is very crucial to get at least a minimum of 6-8 hours of self-study, be it continuously or with intervals. It is essential to remain focused on what you are doing, never try to compare yourself with others as this will only harm you. Stay connected with your family and friends and do not distance yourself from them as they will play a huge role in encouraging you. Stay positive and never stray from the path you have created. Also, refer to the detailed  Self study timetable for droppers. You can also see the time table for NEET droppers without coaching in the same blog.

  1. Bridge Your Gaps With a Number of Mock Tests

Try bridging the gaps in your NEET preparation. Complete all chapters of the NEET syllabus, whether they have been omitted previously or not. Clear all your previous doubts, focus on those topics or subjects that you need improvement on. Get a headstart on your revision. Practice both old and new papers; balance is an important key. Once you start clearing your doubts, spend equal time on each subject. The final tip for the droppers for the last stage of your preparation is to solve NEET mock tests as much continuously and as frequently as you can. At the least, you should try to solve two mock tests in a week and, if possible, more. Doing this will give you the necessary exposure to the questions with different difficulty levels, also familiarising you with the whole exam. This will, thus, help you strengthen your NEET preparation.

NEET Toppers Who Were Droppers: Success Stories 

NEET dropper Rishav Mishra dropped a year for NEET preparation and cracked the exam in 2017 NEET. He had given a huge amount of time to self-study and practice while preparing for the NEET Exam. This should be an amazing story for Droppers to keep themselves motivated. Also, find some other successful NEET Dropper stories from below:

  • Kriti Agarwal had taken three attempts to crack the NEET exam. 

  • NEET dropper Nikhil Bhajiya was a topper in 2016. He also got 3rd AIR from Gujarat. 

  • Pradyumn Singh kept trying and cracked NEET in his third attempt. This is another success story that keeps Dropper aspirants moving!


There are many NEET droppers’ success and failure stories all around. You should try reading not just the success stories but also the ones who faced failures not to make the same mistakes that they did; after all, it is just the two sides of a single coin. You may try reading the stories of not just the NEET droppers but also those who prepared for various other examinations to see how it differs and help you gain the confidence to succeed in your next try. In conclusion, one should not condescend themselves for what happened but work towards succeeding in the next step.

FAQs on NEET Preparation Tips for Droppers

1. Do NEET dropouts have success? 

Although the percentage of NEET repeaters is not known, everyone has the chance to succeed and demonstrate their abilities once more. Many droppers who initially failed the NEET went on to succeed. Moreover, there are numerous motivational stories of NEET dropouts who later become medical professionals. And if you go in the right direction, your story could be the next!

2. What does Vedantu Repeater Courses contain?

 Vedantu Repeater Courses for NEET contain the following features:

  • NEET Full course

  • 1000+ chapter specific short courses

  • Classes by top Master Teachers

  • Live Doubt solving by Class Teacher

  • Live Quizzes & Leaderboard

  • Test series with solutions

3. Advantages of Long Term Coaching for NEET from Vedantu?

Advantages of Long term Coaching for NEET from Vedantu are as follows:

  • One's chances of being accepted into top medical colleges grow with higher NEET scores.

  • The ability to handle pressure on exam day and a better awareness of exam patterns provide candidates an advantage over new candidates.

  • You can concentrate solely on NEET because you won't have to worry about keeping up with your school attendance requirements or the tension of your 12th-class exams.

  • Repeaters have done well on the NEET exam in previous years, and you can succeed too with the right mentorship.

4. Is repeating NEET a good idea?

Repeating a year will help you improve your score and increase your chances of getting accepted into a reputable medical college to study the course of your choice. So repeating for NEET to pursue your dream is undoubtedly an excellent option. 

5. How many hours should a NEET dropper study?

It is difficult to tell how many hours a student should spend studying because it entirely relies on the particular student and how long it takes them to fully grasp the subject. Although experts advise spending at least 7-8 hours studying. 

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