National eligibility cum Entrance test or NEET, is conducted by Central Board for Secondary Education (CBSE). Every year, thousands of students attempt the exam for admission into various medical colleges of India.
It is a single, common medical entrance exam for MBBS and BDS admissions in medical and dental colleges in India approved by both MCI and DCI. So, remember to fill your NEET Application Form wisely as it can be your ticket to get admission in any medical college in India. According to the latest news, the question papers of NEET will be uniform for all languages.
If you are aspiring to appear for this exam or are already working in order to achieve success in same but need guidance to get over the blues and woes, you are at the right place. We believe that is wisest to learn from those who have expertise in what you are still learning. So here you’ll find experiences of those who have qualified NEET and have aced what you aspire to achieve.
CBSE NEET UG 2018 Exam Pattern
The exam is pen paper based with a total of 180, objective type questions from Physics, Chemistry & Biology (Zoology & Botany). The exam is held for a duration of 3 hours.
Question paper shall be in the following languages: Hindi, English, Gujarati, Marathi, Oriya, Bengali, Assamese, Tamil, Kannada, and Telugu. The inclusion of different languages is kept so that no student shall fail a question due to communication barrier.
Opinions of Other NEET Takers
Let’s delve into the perspective of a few NEET qualified individuals and learn from their stories.
First is Nanditha Pari. She cleared NEET-UG 2017 with AIR 685 and score 635/720.
She is currently pursuing MBBS from Government Medical College, Thrissur, expecting her graduation in 2023. She had this to say about NEET- “When I was in 11th grade, I didn’t concentrate much on studies as I was involved in a lot of extracurricular activities.” She also maintains that “Clearing entrance in the first attempt was just not on my agenda.”
It is clear from her words that she wasn’t expecting a great score in her NEET Exam initially. It was in fact, only in the beginning of her 12th grade that she paid special attention to NEET. She joined coaching classes for the same. She paid extra attention to classes and also revised daily.
This, she says, helped her gain confidence in herself. “I can’t say that I worked so hard. But I learnt everything well though at times. I have also indulged in activities other than studying, like talking away my time or surfing on the internet.”
May 7th, she attempted the NEET 2017 exam. Nanditha’s story tells us all that not all winners have their goals set earlier than others. Some people start at the just right time and nail it. If you are a student who wasn’t preparing to be a doctor ever since you were an infant, it’s alright. All you need is to start at any moment and give your labour the appropriate time to bear fruit.
Our second opinion comes from Amatullah Merchant, an MBBS student from Mumbai.
He says “It all started as soon as I finished my 10th standard boards. I was sure about pursuing science and that too, medical, and was equally confident about getting a good percentage in 10th standard. So after a few weeks, we started hunting for a good coaching institute, and there being no doctors or anyone else from medical field from my family, it was a bit difficult initially as to what is required, prerequisites for an entrance exam and so on.”
You might relate to Amatullah, as a lot of students who aim for a medical profession have a similar back story.
He explains “In 12th standard, and we were all advised to start solving mcqs from day one, and revising 11th standard as well. Preparation was going pretty good, at least better than that during 11th standard.” He also states that his scores started getting better after each consequent practise exam paper, thus helping him gain confidence.
Amatullah attempted the AIPMT, before there was a centralized NEET. Due to poor performance in that, he decided to take a year off, chiefly because he couldn’t give up on his dream of becoming a doctor so easily. After that, all the state level exams were scrapped and NEET was established. He then attempted NEET, twice. Finally, he aced it, and was proud of what he had achieved.
He believes it was hard work, persistence and perseverance that truly got him through the exam.
We also have Varun Raj Passi, who got AIQR 759 in NEET UG 2017 by scoring 630/720
He is studying MBBS from Bangalore Medical College, expecting to graduate in 2022. He has his origins in Dehradun, Uttarakhand.
He explains how he joined a local branch of a coaching institute at a fair distance from his house. Initially, he didn’t focus too much on his studies. Although he was regular in his studies, he was also prone to long periods of breaks between the study hours.
When the exam date was around the corner, things got a little tense for him. He says “My routine remained more or less similar except the fact that our coaching faculties introduced a 6 hour special batch on Sundays. This used to be frighteningly hard-core, for the lack of a better word.”
He describes the last few tests in his coaching institute to be “demotivating” and “tough.” But bleak as the situation may have been, Varun never lost hope.
He attempted NEET on 7th May, after a 2 year long wait, and was proud of the results.
Mayukh Hazra, who scored 573 in Neet 2017, 93% in CBSE 2017
Mayukh dreamed of becoming a doctor ever since he was young. He had to face a lot of challenges to achieve his dream though. He got enrolled in coaching classes, but suffered due to a language barrier as the teachers would taught in Bengali, whereas he was from an English medium background. He finally got English speaking teachers for his batch, but then he suffered from physical ailments such as muscle spasms.
In his own words, he says, “It’s like a marathon journey. You may fall down, but you have to rise up again and have the stamina to reach the finish line.”
According to him, cracking NEET is not a difficult task. All you need is patience, labour, will power, perfect physical and mental health and the tenacity to reach your goal at any cost.
Aniket Srivastava, who secured 570 in NEET 2017
His journey is especially inspiring, since he braved through devastating physical ailments to achieve his dream. He didn’t lose hope and believed in himself and in the end, he persevered.
Aniket was studying in a coaching Institute in Kota when he suddenly developed palsy of the face. His face was thus paralysed, requiring a few operations in between his preparations and exams. It took him three years to finally crack the exam. He never faltered, never had depressive thoughts, and never did he let his determination waver. It is his tale of perseverance that should inspire you to never give up, even in the face of constant defeat.
NEET isn’t the easiest exam to clear and qualify, but it sure is a rewarding one if cleared. We have already discussed the exam details including eligibility criteria and exam pattern.
By sharing the opinions of a few students who have attempted and cleared the exam, I hope we have provided you with a better understanding of what went in the minds of people who cleared the exam.
If I were to generalise, it was their preparation, determination and hope that got them through. Hopefully we have answered your questions that may have existed before you read this article. Keep your studies and preparations up. All the best.
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