What were the mistakes that you committed while preparing for NEET and AIIMS?


Nearly 12 lakh people appeared for NEET 2018 making it one of the most competitive exam to be conducted in India. If we see the case of AIIMS, about 1.5 lakh applicants compete for the 672 seats available in the seven AIIMS centres –New Delhi, Patna (Bihar), Bhubaneswar (Odisha), Jodhpur (Rajasthan), Raipur (Chhattisgarh) Rishikesh (Uttarakhand) and Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh). I’m sure you are feeling overwhelmed by the numbers and the scale of the competition but that shouldn’t deter you. With proper planning and preparation of studying couple of reference books, you can surely crack these exams and get a seat in an Institute of your choice. Let us now look at the common mistakes people commit during the preparation for NEET and AIIMS and strive to avoid them.

Taking it easy

I’m sure almost all of your teachers and parents must have told you that the 10th Board Exam is the only important thing in your life and you can chill after that. No. They were just saying that so you would study hard for your exams. The truth is you will have entrance exams, then college and then college’s share of exams and so on. Trust me, it’s not going to end so soon so you better make peace with this fact. To crack NEET and AIIMS, you have to actually prepare on a whole new level with an extreme level of dedication and discipline with proper planning. Starting early as soon as you start your Class 11 would save you a lot of stress later on.


Studying from way too many books

The best way to get learn any concept thoroughly is to stick to one textbook that explains it well and have a couple of reference books. With the increase in the number of students taking the NEET, there a lot of books claiming to be the best in the market with expected questions or shortcuts or the like. If you buy so many books, you will end up overwhelmed by how much you have to study. The key here is quality, not quantity. So, stick to one textbook and a couple of reference books for practice per subject.


Skipping some topics

Many people skip the topics or subtopics they don’t understand without ever giving a proper attempt to understand and clarify their doubts. Just imagine, even if you leave one sub-topic per lesson that’s atleast 30 topics per subject at the end of two years. And that’s a lot. So save yourself time and also stress and try to understand the topics as completely as you can.  


Focussing on one subject too much

Many students make the mistake of spending a lot of time on only one subject because they like it. Interest is a really good thing and I’m not advising you to not follow your interests but while preparing for a competitive exam we should look at the ways to effectively maximise our score. You should spend nearly equal time on all the three subject. Only if you do well in all the three can you get a good score and hence a good rank.


Not taking a break

Yes there is a lot of syllabus to be covered and there is also the pressure of doing well in Board exams but wait. Relax. Take a second to catch your breath. Did you know that a person’s concentration typically lasts for about 45 minutes to one hour? After this your brain starts to lose focus and gets distracted very easily. So that’s the cue to take a break. Just a 5 minute break to stretch your legs and refresh your mind and for keeping consistent energy. You should also be taking half-hour breaks every 2 hours or so to keep your mind fresh and ready to absorb all the new material.


Not being consistent

Two years is a long period of time to prepare. In this period, many people falter or just give up. Don’t be one of those people. The preparation for this exam is like a marathon not a race. You will need consistent energy to keep going. Don’t use up all your energy in the beginning and then get exhausted and sit back. The biggest factor that would change your result will be consistency. So keep going at whatever pace you are comfortable in and increase it slowly if necessary.


Making silly mistakes

There are many people who are on the edge of cutoffs just because of the silly mistakes that they commit in the entrance exams. The cost of these mistakes is thus quite high. You have to always keep in mind that you have negative marking in your paper. Do not answer the question unless you are absolutely sure about the answer. Also keep practicing questions regularly to avoid silly mistakes.


Always remember that for you to succeed all you need is smart planning and the diligence to follow it. If you start early and prepare accordingly, you will definitely ace the exam. Good luck!

How important are NCERT Books for NEET and AIIMS?

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The NCERT exemplar books contain conceptual sums, which cover CBSE board exams and competitive exams (JEE Mains, JEE Advanced, NEET, AIIMS examinations.). They are very useful for conceptual understanding and strengthening your problem solving concepts.

Dilemma of Reference Books

Students often find themselves getting stressed during the exam preparations. It is crucial that the students choose the right source of preparation to get good marks. With all types of sources for the exam, students are often found wasting their time over deciding the right option and do end up taking wrong decisions due to this confusion. To avoid getting stressed, students must refer to NCERT Exemplar textbooks. Both top academicians and successful engineers vouch for the usefulness of these books. NCERT Exemplars are not only useful for JEE-Main preparation but are also helpful for all competitive exam preparations in India. They are the Bible for students preparing for their dream careers.

NCERT (National Council of Educational and Research Training) develops and distributes textbooks for primary and secondary levels. You will find these books very useful in understanding complex topics.

Being the most basic books and written in very simple language, lucid and neutral perspective makes NCERTs as the base for the entire preparation. One will get most of their basic concepts covered from these books. Secondly, mains answer writing language should be similar to the writing style of these books which make them as the fundamental element while preparing for the Medical Entrance Examinations as CBSE is the exam governing body of the NEET examinations.

It helps in planned study otherwise, you may be lost in the vast ocean of data and coaching materials. It helps to reduce your workload of analyzing numerous reference books.

How to read NCERTs?

Always remember, it’s not about reading and finishing the books but to remember those concepts, facts then recall them in the examinations

Thus, NCERTs must be studied and prepared in such a way that it can be revised in 10-12 hours only.

If you are preparing for NEET and AIIMS you should consider NCERT as a major reference book. Majority of the questions in NEET biology comes from NCERT itself. The level of physics and chemistry is as par with NCERT. You should practice all questions and examples of NCERT.

You can obviously refer other books and coaching materials but NCERT is the foremost. Since the competition is too tough only NCERT won’t suffice your purpose. Practice many questions and practice papers. A detailed knowledge about some important topics of biology like genetics, biotechnology, human physiology, reproduction is a must.

NCERT exemplar is a must that gives you some tricky objective type questions and makes you more confident.

These are good books, especially for the objective questions. But you must finish the NCERT textbooks thoroughly (theory and questions) and to be on the safe side, you must refer to some other standard books as well. The best reference books for NEET/AIIMS are as under:


Does Class 12 board marks count in JEE 2019 & NEET 2019?


Indian Students grow up in an academic atmosphere in which their parents, relatives, acquaintances emphasize the importance of board exams. Students are made to give utmost importance to 10th board examinations since they are it is crucial for deciding on a junior college and getting the preferred streams. As times passes, students are pressured for 12th board examinations since it is the career deciding exam which would be looked up in their entire professional career and it is the exam which helps in clearing the criteria of eligibility of certain colleges.

JEE Mains and NEET is an exam of true grit and knowledge based on your hard work. It not only tests your patience, concepts and ability to manage time effectively but also the consistency over a year or two.

Effect of Class 12 Board Examination percentage in JEE Main

Till 2016 for the calculation of the JEE rank, JEE Mains Examinations score had a 60% weightage and Boards Percentage had a 40% weightage. So, it was necessary for students to score well in both their entrance examinations as well as their board examination.

From 2017, the Board Examination Percentage is not considered for calculating the rank. However, the student should successfully secure 75% overall and 60% in individual subjects to secure seats in colleges under JoSSA, BITS and also be eligible for JEE Advanced. Even in 2018, the board exam percentage was not considered for calculating the rank in JEE Main. However, there is always a possibility that this rule might not hold true for the next academic year.  But since, this is a new regulation adopted by the Ministry of Human Resource Development it is unlikely that it would be changed after just 2 years of its implementation. But students should always consider the possibility that board examination percentage might affect their admission since they need to secure 75% anyways.

Effect of Class 12 Board Examination percentage in NEET

For NEET, students need to secure a minimum of 50% to be able to secure seats in any medical college. Further, if two students have equal marks overall as well as equal marks in Biology, Chemistry and Physics then one with a better board percentage is given a better rank. Further, students need to secure a minimum of 75% in their boards to be eligible for AIIMS Examinations.

Should I prepare for Medical and Engineering at the same time?


The fields of medicine and engineering are the top choices of students passing out from Class 12 every year. This is why there is heavy competition to get into the top medical and engineering colleges in India, both of which have entrance exams. The preparation for these entrance exams starts quite early and is quite vigorous. What if you want to crack both these exams? Is it possible? What are the pros and cons? If you want to prepare for both, what is the best way to go about it? Read on to find the answers to all these questions.


Students of Class 10 face a tough choice every year about what subjects they should choose for Class 11 and 12. Wondering what makes it tough? Well, it is these subjects that narrow down the options for your undergraduation. In India, the top choices for undergraduation are engineering and medicine both of which require Physics and Chemistry along with Maths and Biology for engineering and medicine respectively. What if a student wants to prepare for both Engineering and Medical at the same time? Let’s see what the differences are and what the student can do to maximise the effort they need to put in.


The Differences

Though two subjects to be studied for these two entrances are common, the way the questions are asked requires a different kind of preparation.

For engineering entrances, the focus has primarily been on the applicative side with logic and conceptual based questions being asked. The questions from Physics are more vigorous on the concepts than what are typically asked in Medical entrance exams. The subject that isn’t common is Maths. Questions from Maths are varied in the various entrance exams. In JEE, the questions from Maths are said to be the toughest while those of the entrance exams tend to be formula-based and relatively easier as compared to JEE.

For medical entrances, the primary focus is on Biology with a larger number of questions asked from this section. The questions from Physics are simpler as compared to Engineering entrance exams. A basic understanding of concepts would be sufficient to do well. In most medical entrances, the student is required to have their basic concepts clear and have a good memory in order to do well in the exam.


What books to refer

Now that you have an idea about what kind of preparation you need for both the exams, here is a basic list of reference books for these two exams. First of all, you need to go through the NCERT very thoroughly for a clear about the basic concepts. Then you can use the books mentioned below for reference and problem-solving.

Engineering EntranceMedical Entrance

  •       Concepts of Physics by H.C. Verma –       Volume 1 and Volume 2
  • Complete Physics for JEE Mains  by Irodov

  • Concepts of Physics by H.C. Verma – Volume 1 and Volume 2
  • Fundamentals of Physics, by Halliday, Resnik and Walker
Chemistry –

  • IIT Chemistry by O.P.Tandon
  • New Pattern IIT JEE Chemistry by R.K. Gupta
  • Physical Chemistry for JEE Main & Advanced  BY Wiley Editorial Team
Chemistry –

  • Modern’s ABC of Chemistry for class 11th and 12th( Volume I and II )
  • New Pattern Chemistry (IIT JEE) (English) 6th Edition by R.K Gupta
Maths –

  • IIT Mathematics for JEE by M.L.Khanna
  • IIT Mathematics by R.D. Sharma
  • New Pattern JEE Mathematics by Dr S.K. Goyal
Biology –

  • Trueman’s Elementary Biology, Vol I and II (English) 27th Edition
  • Exploring Biology for Medical Entrances (Volume I and II) (English) 5th Edition


Things to keep in your mind

  • Remember that your goal is an ambitious one and you don’t want to lose any opportunity, be prepared for extra hard work in the coming two years.
  • It’s a good idea to  join a good JEE coaching class since the level of physics and chemistry is harder in JEE than in the medical entrance exam. So, if you are prepared well for JEE, you will score well in at least two sections of medical entrance exams i.e. physics and chemistry.
  • The level of difficulty is always high for Mathematics in JEE. Every year, it is evident from its cut-offs, which is the lowest compared to physics and chemistry. Similarly, preparing for Biology requires an altogether different approach with lot of mugging up.
  • Be clear about which subject you like studying more: mathematics or biology. If it is mathematics, then your strategy should be such that you are able to clear at least JEE if not medical and vice versa. You can allot a fixed number of hours to Biology daily in the morning (remember you have to work extra hard) since you cannot leave any subject for too long or you will lose touch.
  • Keep solving questions from both kinds of entrances at regular intervals in order to be familiar to the kind of questions you could be asked.
  • Give some mock tests of both the exams and get yourself acquainted with the pattern of JEE & AIIMS/NEET.

Preparing for these two different kinds of exams is definitely challenging but not impossible. A good strategy coupled with discipline and focus will help you achieve your goals. Always remember to take care of your health as it is an important factor during these times. Health doesn’t just mean physical but also your mental health. Staying calm and focused can do wonders for your preparation as well as the final exams. Good luck!

NEET 2018- NIOS Students Ineligible


They have been many speculations doing rounds regarding the eligibility of NIOS students for appearing in NEET. The Central Board of Secondary Education(CBSE), on February 8, 2018 has finally put an end to the speculations by releasing the official notification. As per the official notification, NIOS students have been declared ineligible for appearing in NEET 2018, sparking a huge controversy and causing distress to many students.

The Central Board of Secondary Education(CBSE), after a prolonged delay, has finally released the official notification of NEET 2018 on February 8, 2018. One of the major changes in the exam was the barring of open school students from appearing in the examination, sparking a lot of controversy and debate.

The issue had made its way to the headlines over the past month after it was revealed that the Medical Council of India had decided to bar open school candidates from appearing for the exam because of their lack of practical training in Classes 11 and 12. Following this, numerous media reports asserted that the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) had decided to revoke the MCI decision. The NEET notification 2018 however clearly proves otherwise. As per the notification, “Candidates who have passed 10+2 from Open Schools or as Private candidates shall not be eligible to appear for National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test-UG”.

Lakhs of students affected

The decision announced by CBSE was set to affect more than 2 lakh candidates who appear in class 12 board examinations through NIOS. According to Government estimates 3,000 NIOS students had appeared for the NEET last year.

Students say hopes shattered

Students underwent a lot of strain while preparing for the NEET and other exams for two years and announcing that they are not eligible for the exam at this time has caused a lot of grief and panic amongst the students. The data shows that thousands of NIOS students have cracked the medical eligibility exams before. If the authorities are rigid on taking this decision then a two years’ time should be allocated, say the parents and faculty of the students.

No practical training the cited reason

NIOS charges only Rs 1,500 from students for a year and gives 30 compulsory regular classes in schools over the weekends. This is quite different from the students who go to regular schools affiliated to Center and State Boards. These students have to undergo both theoretical and practical training, both of which are part of the final Board examinations. The Medical Council Of India stated that the lack of practical training is the reason for debarring the students from the examination.

The Amendment

Published as an ‘Extraordinary Gazette, Part III, Section 4’ on January 23, 2018, the MCI Amendment Notification was actually made on January 22, and is titled “Regulation on Graduate Medical Education (Amendment), 2017”. As stated clearly, the regulations contained in the gazette came into force from the date of publication, ie. January 23 onwards. It is to Clause 4, carrying the heading ‘Admission to the Medical Course – Eligibility Criteria’ that a sub-clause 4 (1B) has been added which re-introduces the upper age limit criteria. Another sub-clause 4 (2)(a) introduces the bar on open school students and private candidates.

About NEET

The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test or NEET-UG is an entrance examination in India, for students who wish to study graduate medical course and dental course in government or private medical colleges and dental colleges respectively in India. It is administered by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE).

NEET Exams – Difficulties faced by Non-CBSE Students


The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) is mostly based on the curriculum followed by the CBSE students. This has given them an added advantage for their Boards as well as NEET but, the non-CBSE students face difficulties like having to prepare for both of which are conducted in a span of three months. Read on to find out more about the difficulties faced by non-CBSE students in NEET.

The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test or NEET-UG is an entrance examination in India, for students who wish to study graduate medical course (MBBS) and dental course (BDS) in government or private medical colleges and dental colleges respectively in India. NEET-UG (Undergraduate), for MBBS and BDS courses, is currently conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) which also conducts NEET-SS in partnership with Prometric Testing Pvt Ltd headquartered in the USA. NEET-UG replaced the All India Pre Medical Test (AIPMT) and all individual MBBS exams conducted by states or colleges themselves in 2013. However, many colleges and institutes had taken a stay order and conducted private examinations for admission to their MBBS and BDS courses.

Undergraduate courses at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi, Postgraduate Institute for Medical Education and Research in Chandigarh, Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education & Research JIPMER are outside the NEET’s purview, as these institutes were set up by separate laws.

When NEET was proposed to be conducted from the year 2013, there was strong opposition from many states including Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Gujarat, West Bengal and Tamil Nadu citing the reason to be the huge difference in the syllabus proposed by the Medical Council of India(MCI) and their state syllabi. Following these protest, the apex court ruled out the conduction of the exam. The test was however revived in the year 2016.


The NEET syllabus is prescribed by the Medical Council of India. The syllabus is based on Class 11th & Class 12th chapters & topics. These topics are usually covered in depth in the NCERT textbooks. For the complete syllabus and weight for each topic, you can check the Syllabus.

The syllabus is said to be prepared after a careful consideration of the syllabi prescribed by the State Boards and Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE).

The pressure of different syllabi

For the students appearing for the respective State Board examinations, appearing for NEET is an additional pressure because they have two different exams to prepare for, each having it’s own syllabus. Though the Medical Council of India tries to incorporate many aspects of each State Board syllabus, there is always a difference between the two syllabi. This means that the students have to take the additional burden of finding out what to prepare for each exam.

Since NEET is a major factor in admissions along with the Board exams, students have no way out.

Lesser time

The NEET exam is usually conducted in the starting week of May following the Board Exams which are usually conducted in the month of March. This means that there is hardly one month left for the students to prepare for the exam. Students are pressured by the fact that there are two exams with different syllabi to prepare for, both of which are conducted in a span of three months.

Syllabus of Class 11 also included for NEET

The syllabus for NEET also includes topics from Class 11. This means that the students have to take extra time preparing for these topics apart from their Board Examinations. State Board students are at a disadvantage here too because of the variation in the syllabi.

Different questions for different languages

NEET is available in different languages across the states for different students. However, there were discrepancies in this too. Each language paper had different questions, thus the level of the examination was not the same for everyone. This is a serious issue as the rank is decided on a national level and the difficulty is not uniform for everyone. Also, the number of questions also were different in the Bengali and Hindi question sets. This means that each error would cost much less to a Hindi aspirant than it would to a Bengali aspirant.

The overall advantage for CBSE students

An analysis of NEET results shows a super-dominance of central board students while state board students dominate the state medical entrances. The skew in favour of CBSE students in NEET ranks shows how state board students are marginalised in this unequal playing field. The NEET has created a booming business for CBSE schools and NEET specific coaching centres. Kota in Rajasthan has an infamous mini cottage industry which runs exam preparation centres. The poor who cannot afford this kind of education is at a significant disadvantage.  NEET, thus, is anti-poor, against vernacular medium schools and anti-state boards. That is basically the majority of students in India.


The NEET is a matter of much controversy and debate among the students and governments alike. There is definitely a disadvantage of being a non-CBSE student if one is preparing for NEET. The solution for this would include the MCI being more cautious in the conduction of the exam maintaining the same level of difficulty among all the papers of different languages and coming up with a way to remove the disadvantages the State Board students face due to the different syllabus.