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!