Best NEET Preparation Strategy if You Are a Dropper

by Chandni Wadhwani July 24, 2022

How Should a Dropper Prepare for NEET?

As it is said, "True success requires patience and sacrifice," and the same goes for the NEET droppers preparing for the upcoming NEET exam. Considering this, every NEET dropper who attempted NEET exams once or twice but could not make it through the exam should not lose hope. Instead, take another chance to prove yourself and achieve your goal. Although taking a drop of a year or two is a tough decision, being confident and with strong dedication and concentration, you can easily clear your NEET examination with flying colours.


If you are a NEET dropper looking for preparation tips and strategies on “how should a dropper prepare for the NEET?” in a drop year, this article will help you. Keep reading this blog till the end and know how a dropper should prepare for NEET exams.


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NEET Preparation Strategies for Droppers

Every NEET dropper aspiring to get admission in the top medical college of India should read the NEET preparation strategies for droppers given below to ensure your target to get admission in your favourite medical college is achieved.

  1. Know the updated NEET syllabus. Visit NEET's official website to get the updated and authentic NEET syllabus.

  2. Make a good list of all the reasons that forced you to take a drop to prepare for the NEET exam and work on it.

  3. Analyse the mistakes you have made in your first attempt and think about what you can do to improve and prevent them from repeating.

  4. Prepare a realistic study timetable and ensure to follow it strictly.

  5. Get all your doubts cleared instantly instead of leaving to clear  later on.

  6. Stay motivated and confident till the day of the NEET exam, and stay away from the things that distract your mind.

  7. Remember, one wild guess leads to a deduction of 1 mark. So, attempt the answer only if you are 100% sure.

  8. Never memorise any topic. Instead, understand the concepts deeply. This will help you to retain the topic for a longer duration.

  9. Attempt at least one mock test in a day to analyse your level of preparation in the last one or two months of the examination.

  10.  Solve more and more NEET sample papers and previous year's question papers to track your progress and identify your weaker areas. Develop a plan to work on your weaker areas so that it doesn't obstruct you from getting a good score in the upcoming NEET exam.

  11. Refer to the top-rated NEET study material to clear all your concepts in a better way. Never ever forget to refer to NCERT textbooks as most questions are raised from the topics covered in NCERT books.

  12. Give equal importance to all three subjects. Don't even think of leaving out any topic as questions in the NEET exam can be tested from any topic or chapter.

  13. Revision is the key to success. Never stop revising your previously learnt concepts. Make short notes of each topic, and you can refer to the notes for easy and quick revision.

  14. Make your diet healthier to stimulate your memory. Take constant and good care of your health as good health makes you more confident and motivated.

  15. Don't take long study breaks. Instead, stay consistent throughout your entire NEET preparation to clear the exam with good scores.

10 Secret NEET Preparation Tip For NEET Droppers

Below are secret tips for NEET droppers to guide them in cracking the NEET exams with flying colours.

  • Make crazy mnemonics for Physics, Chemistry, and Biology to remember the complex stuff easily.

  • Don't study for long hours; instead, give a short break of 20-30 minutes between studying. Use these short breaks to perform co-curricular activities like listening to music, going outside to breathe fresh air, performing exercises, etc. Try to indulge yourself in activities that make you feel more energetic and boost stamina.

  • Learn from your mistakes, and ensure not to repeat them.

  • Make a pocket diary that contains important formulae, equations, and mnemonics of tricky stuff, which you can revise anytime, anywhere.

  • Read books that bring positivity to your life and motivate you each day.

  • Give short hours to your studies in the beginning, and increase your study hours with time. It helps you to attain your study goals without fail.

  • Polish your strong areas and improve your weak areas each day.

  • Never stop taking help from your teachers, friends, or seniors to understand the topic that you are weak in. Always ask them to give you better suggestions for preparing these topics.

  • Watch videos and attend online lectures to understand complex topics speedily and effectively.

  • Strictly follow your targets for each day. Reward yourself each day if you achieve the target and penalise if you cannot achieve it.

What Should NEET Droppers Consider While Making Their Study Timetable Plan for NEET Exam?

Creating a proper study plan is effective only if you follow it. So, the most important factor to consider while making a study plan is that your plans should be realistic, and you can easily achieve them without making yourself feel frustrated. Remember, an unfollowed timetable makes you feel demotivated. So, it is suggested to know your limits, weakness, strength, and retention power and accordingly prepare the timetable.


Try to sleep early at night and wake up early in the morning. Studying complex topics, theories, formulae, and equations in the morning is the best time as our brain gets more active in the morning. But, don't start studying directly as you wake up in the morning. Instead, give some time to freshen yourself, do some yoga or meditation, drink a glass of water, have tea or coffee, and above all, prepare your mind for study.


Note: According to the study done by researchers, it is concluded that students who wake up early in the morning get better grades than those who wake up late in the morning.


Furthermore, take only two new chapters from two different subjects daily and give some time to solve MCQs and numerical questions. Solve a minimum of 75-100 MCQs and numerical questions daily. You can take up these questions from NEET previous year's question papers and NEET sample papers, and you can also refer to the most recommended NEET reference books containing MCQ questions. Also, devote at least one hour for revision. Revise the topics that you learned yesterday or two or three days back. Moreover, give sufficient time to solve the NEET sample papers and previous year's question papers once you complete 50% of your NEET syllabus.


In short, you need to study productively for 12-15 hours a day without distraction to fulfil your dream of getting admission to your favourite medical college. Yes, you can take short breaks in between to relax your mind.


So, consider these points, make your real timetable, and give you the best.


An Ending Note!

We hope these NEET preparation secret tips, strategies, and timetables will be fruitful in your success. Follow these secret tips and strategies, take a healthy diet, stay positive and motivated, and see the magic in your NEET results.


We wish you all the very best for the NEET examinations! 

FAQs on Best NEET Preparation Strategy if You Are a Dropper

1. What strategies should droppers avoid while preparing for the NEET exam?

The following are a few strategies that droppers should preferably avoid.

  • Never think to neglect any subject or chapter. Give equal importance to all the chapters and all three subjects.

  • Don't make delays in solving doubts. Clear all your doubts timely.

  • Don't get demotivated because of fewer marks scored in the test series.

  • Don't distract your mind with unnecessary activities.

  • Don't consider any topic unimportant; all the topics covered in each chapter are important to learn and revise. The question can come from any topic.

2. Can a candidate take two-year drops for NEET preparation?

Yes, a candidate can have two years to prepare for the NEET exam as the NEET exam conducting authorities did not limit the number of times you can appear for the NEET exam. You can attempt the exam till you are 30. So, you can take a 2-year drop to best prepare for the NEET exam.

3. Which are NEET's best Physics, Chemistry, and Biology books?

We suggest NEET candidates refer to the following books to prepare the topics better and score top ranks in the NEET exam:

  • Physics: NCERT Physics for Class 11 and 12, H.C. Verma, and DC Pandey are the best NEET Physics reference books.

  • Chemistry: NCERT for Chemistry, Class 11 and 12, OP Tandon, and M.S.Chauhans are the best NEET Chemistry reference books.

  • Biology: NCERT Biology for Class 11 and 12, Trueman's Objective Biology for NEET (Vol 1 and Vol 2), and MTG Objective NCERT at your fingertips are the best NEET Biology reference books

4. What is the ideal timetable for a NEET dropper?

The ideal time for NEET droppers includes 10-12 hours of productive study with short breaks. This includes NEET coaching time, self-study, and the daily practice of numerical and objective-type questions. A good sleep of 7-8 hours and a healthy diet is mandatory to energise your body and improve concentration.

5. What should aspirants do to improve their NEET results?

Every student should have a solid NEET study strategy ahead of time. Since NEET is one of the most difficult competitive exams in the country, much effort needs to be put into the preparation for it to beat the lakhs appearing for the exam. Hence, firm hold of concepts and numerous question paper solving are essential for good NEET results.