How to Utilise Lockdown Period for NEET Preparation?

    Neha Rani Neha Rani
    Exams Prep Master

    NEET 2020 is now scheduled for July 26, 2020 as confirmed by HRD minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank during a webinar on May 5. The aspirants of NEET 2020 have got about three months and that is indeed a good opportunity.

    Below mentioned are some suggestions on how to utilize this time to boost the score:

    Prepare Your Schedule:

    The time that you have got is no less than an opportunity to boost your NEET score. Start revising the chapters which are your favorites. The questions in NEET are from basic sources i.e. NCERT books of class 11th and 12th. Also, a large part of NEET syllabus matches with the 12th board syllabus and so it is advisable to revise that portion frequently.

    Mock Tests and Previous Year Questions

    Mock tests can help in understanding the approach of the question pattern. It can help in analysing the quality of preparation by the student. You can purchase the following test series for mock- Allen Online NEET test series, All India Aakash Test series, Entrance Prime, TCY Online etc. The regular practice on these test series will help in developing the idea of the exam pattern and approach. The mock test must be practised daily so that the strength and weakness of the student can be identified.

    A comparative study of the previous years’ question will help in the anticipation of the upcoming exam. Analysis of last 5 years’ question are tablet below:

    NEET 2019

    NEET- 2019

    PhysicsThe questions from physics were mostly dynamic and complex. There were static parts but that was very few. The major part of questions was from the mechanics section. The weightage was around 24.4%. The other major topic was modern physics & electronics and optic & thermal physics. The coverage from these parts were 15.6% and 11% respectively.
    ChemistryIn the chemistry section 55% questions were from class 11 syllabus and 45% were from class 12 syllabus. The inorganic chemistry covered around 38% of the questions and the organic and physical chemistry covered 36% and 25% respectively.
    BiologyIn the biology section 52% of the questions were from class 11 syllabus and 48% were from the class 12 syllabus. The major part of the question was formed by Botany with a weightage of about 65% and the zoology section covered 35% of the questions.

    NEET 2018


    PhysicsIn 2018 most of the questions were asked from the section of mechanical properties of solids and fluids. Over 30% of the questions in physics were from the mechanics section and the electrodynamics section covered about 22% of the paper.
    ChemistryOrganic chemistry was the highest covered section with 28% questions. The physical chemistry and inorganic chemistry covered 17% and 11% of the questions respectively.
    Biology In biology the major part of the questions were from plant reproduction(12%), plant morphology(8%), plant kingdom(10%), animal kingdom(17%), biomolecules(12%) and biotechnology(8%)

    NEET 2017


    Subject Analysis
    PhysicsThe weightage class 11 and 12 syllabus was almost equal in physics section. The paper consisted of 19 questions from mechanics, 5 questions from thermodynamics and kinetic theory, 9 questions from electrodynamics and rest others were from wave optics and modern physics.
    ChemistryMore than 50% questions were from class 12 syllabus and less weightage was given to the syllabus of class 11. 12 questions were asked each from physical chemistry and inorganic chemistry and 14 questions were from organic chemistry. Also, a few questions were asked from general chemistry.
    Biology52% of the questions were from class 12 syllabus and 48% were from class 11 syllabus. 15 questions were asked from genetics and evolutions, 11 questions were from reproduction, 11 questions were from diversity in the living organisms and 13 questions were from human physiology.

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    Understanding the Section-wise Cover:

    Along with practising the test series it is necessary to analyse the percentage of questions from different subjects. Over 50% questions are from biology and 25% each from chemistry and physics. This clearly signifies that more attention is required for biology as it covers half of the question paper. 

    Study Materials

    Efficient Study Materials:

    The most important part of strategy for NEET 2020 examination is to analyse the relevance of topics from the exam point of view. The materials should be limited but fully relevant because too much materials creates nervousness and that may hamper the results. For biology it is advised to study the NCERT Textbook of biology for class 11-12. Other reference books are Trueman’s Biology Vol 1&2, Dinesh objective Biology, S.C.Verma Biology, Pradeep’s Biology etc. It is not necessary to go through every book that has been referred. It must be few which is easy for the students to study. In this lockdown period the students must focus on those topics which have more weightage in the exam and no need to start any new topic because that will create a fear of the toughness level of the exam.

    For Chemistry the primary books must be NCERT textbook for class 11&12. For reference the books like Physical Chemistry by O.P.Tandon, or Physical Chemistry by P.Bahadur. The other part of chemistry that is inorganic chemistry is also very important as it covers questions of about 90-95 marks in the exam. For organic chemistry the suggested books are Organic Chemistry by Morrison and Boyd or Organic Chemistry by O.P.Tandon. For practicing the problem you can take organic chemistry objectives by Arihant.

    In the Physics section there are a lot of books and so it is very important to be selective for some particular books. NCERT textbooks for class 11&12 is an inevitable part. For reference the best suggested book is the Concept of Physics by H.C.Verma, D.C.Pandey Objective Physics and Objective Physics by Pramod Agarwal.

    The Focus:

    Students should filter those topics which are having the maximum weightage in the examination. The frequent revision of the topic that has the maximum weightage will help to develop a clear understanding. Also, the mock test series will make it precise about which topics are likely to get more coverage. The previous year questions’ analysis can also help in anticipating the question pattern of the upcoming exam. The table below shows some most important topics with the maximum weightage:





    Semiconductors and Communication Systems, Magnetic Effects of Current, Rotational Motion, Current Electricity etc

    5-7% each.


    Alcohol and Ethers, Chemical Kinetics, p Block Elements, General Organic Chemistry, Coordination Compounds, s Block elements etc

    6-8% each


    Biological Classification, Principles of Inheritance and Variation, Sexual Reproduction in Flowering Plants, Animal and Plant Kingdom etc.

    6-8% each

    Section-wise Coverage

    Sections of Moderate Coverage:

    There are some topics that have moderate weightage in the paper. It is also equally important as the other major topics. Some of those topics are mentioned below:




    Motion in one dimension(5.19%)

    Mole Concept(3.7%)

    Principles of Inheritance and Variation(6.30%)

    Atomic Structure in modern physics(4.44%)

    Chemical Bondings and Molecular structure(7.4%)

    Environmental Issues(3.70%)


    Amines and Diazonium Salts(2.96%)

    Cell- the unit of life(3.50%)

    Wave optics(4.5%)

    Redox Reactions and Volumetric Analysis(3%)

    Breathing and exchange of gases(3%)

    Nuclear Physics and Radioactivity (2.2%)

    Ionic Equilibrium(3%)

    Digestion and absorption(2%)

    Properties of matter and fluid mechanics(3.70%)

    Liquid and Gaseous State(2.22%)

    Biodiversity and conservation(2.5%)

    Laws of Thermodynamics(5.93%)



    Center of mass and momentum conservation(2%)

    d and f Block Elements(2%)



    Haloarenes and Phenols(1.48%)

    Human Reproduction(3.40%)

    Newton’s Laws of Motion(3%)

    Isomerism of Organic Compounds(1.5%)

    Reproductive Health(2.5%)

    Suggestive measures for Quarantine:

    • Isolate yourself and leave no room for disturbances.
    • Keep an optimistic view for the quarantine and utilice the maximum time.
    • Take breaks at times and relax your body and mind
    • You can practice meditation in the morning or evening which will improve your concentration.
    • Take proper meal and maintain proper hygiene

    In these tough circumstances don’t think that you have got a lot of time to prepare. Always remember that all your other competitors have also got the same amount of time. Whatever you were planning to revise at the last moment add it to the list for this time. Don't leave anything for the 11th hour as this will be the best time to revise and develop more clarity of topics. Be informed, stay focussed and keep revising because that’s the best possible way for this exam.

    How to Stay Motivated

    How to Stay Motivated During Ongoing Circumstances:

    It is very necessary to stay focussed and confident before the exams. In the time of crisis in the country the urgent need of the hour for the students is to stay motivated. The optimum utilisation of this lockdown time is very important. Here are some useful tips for the students to remain confident and to follow an approach of inducement:

    • Practice smart strategy for revision: Analyse every single thing that you have done during the period of preparation and assess what actually worked best among all. This will allow you to get an idea of smart work rather than hard work.
    • Prepare a To Do List Daily: Every morning prepare a schedule for the whole day and execute the works according to that schedule. This will be helpful in the proper utilisation of time and you will be dealing with the things in an organised way.

    Meditation: Practicing meditation is one of the most successful keys to staying motivated. Devote a particular time slot for meditation everyday. Meditation helps in reducing the stress and it also helps in boosting the confidence.



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