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NEET 2018: These time management tips will help you score full marks

Pawan Kumar 0

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) will be conducting the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) 2018 on May 6.

The board announced that over 13.36 lakh have registered for NEET 2018, up from the 11.5 lakh in 2017.

In order to make it to the top notch colleges, it is imperative to not only crack the exam but also get a high rank.


1. 180 MCQs in 180 minutes:

The NEET exam is nearing and one of the worst fears that most aspirants face is not having enough time to go through all the questions, thereby not being able to answer some of the familiar and easy questions.

One should remember that any question paper consists of only two types of questions — questions familiar to you and questions unfamiliar to you. You are maximising your score in the paper, if you are answering ALL questions of the first type.

2. Greener pastures are everywhere:

Questions are grouped only in the subject order in the paper and this means easy and familiar questions may be anywhere in the paper.

So the first and foremost trick is to be courageous to leave questions and move forward. Do not spend more than 1.5 minute on any question.

All questions carry the same marks and you can always find not-so-difficult questions to answer elsewhere in the paper.

If in case you worked halfway through a question, you can return back and complete that question towards the end.

3. Work with the options:

Remember, you do not have to find the final answer all by your self — your task is to find the correct answer among the given options. Many times, test takers work out a problem fully and once they reach the final answer, only then do they look at the options.

Instead, as soon as you read the question, glance through the options — like in Biology or Chemistry — sometimes you will be able to eliminate one or two options as incorrect early on.

Further, if you are working it out — like in Physics or Physical Chemistry — try gauging your answer at every step; you may get a clue like ‘the answer would be greater than 12’ or ‘the denominator has to be 3r’ etc. and this will help you identify the correct option.

4. Use the Tick-Circle-Cross method:

This technique really helps you if you practice well before the exams. As there are so many questions (unlike board exam papers), many students lose time in scanning through the paper.

Instead, when you start with one subject, ensure that you use the Tick-Circle-Cross method to mark your questions — Tick when you have answered it; Circle when you would like to answer it, but it needs time; Cross if you do not know the concept or if the question is unfamiliar to you.

This technique saves time as you are clearly not looking into questions that are crossed out. And this also helps you to refocus on specific circled questions in your second run through the paper towards the end.

The third benefit is you can easily calculate your score after the exam keys are out!

5. Be systematic:

Preplan the usage of your exam time. Consider this: Biology – 60 min, Physics – 30 min and Chemistry – 30 min. You may start from whichever is your favourite subject, but spend only the specified time on it.

This way, you will have scanned through the majority of questions across subjects and will still have one more hour (60 min) to rework on the questions circled by you.

The initial time is allocated to solve all the easy-for-you questions and in the last 60 minutes, you will try and improve your score. Also, take care to mark your answers correctly — it is better to mark the answers as soon as you solve it.

6. Keep calm:

Having said all that, keeping your nerves calm throughout the exam time is not a simple task. Ensure that you do not discuss subject or formula just before you venture into the exam hall.

Do not lose confidence because the aspirant sitting next to you is furiously marking answers as he could have a different version of the paper.

Do not panic if you are not able to get the answers for five questions successively — it simply means that the easy-for-you questions are elsewhere in the paper.

Finally, practice makes best; try and use these ideas and be ready to face your NEET exam!

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