January 17, 2022

NEET vectors: the right strategy

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National Eligibility cum entrance test (NEET) is an entrance exam which is been conducted since 2019 to offer admission in medical courses at the undergraduate level of education (MBBS, BAMS, BDS, BHMS, BSMS, BUMS, etc) in private and government institutes, including dental colleges, AYUSH, AIIMS, and JIPMER. The national testing agency (NTA) holds the NEET exam across the country. The NTA has been set up by the Ministry of education, Government of India for the transparent and efficient conduct of the exam. The NTA is responsible for conducting exams, declaring results and the official website to receive all the notifications and updates regarding the exam is neet.nta.nic.in.

 The exam pattern for NEET includes two sections of each subject (physics, chemistry, botany, and zoology), where section A will consist of 35 questions and section B will consist of 15 questions out of which only 10 are to be attempted in section B. Section A will be of 140 marks and the section B for 40 marks. Therefore, the exam will be held for a total of 720 marks. For every correct answer that is given 4 marks will be awarded and for every incorrect answer, -1 mark will be deducted. However, for unattempted questions, no marks will be deducted or awarded. This exam is organized in offline mode i.e. through pen-paper mode where students are supposed to log answers on an OMR sheet. The test is going to be conducted for 3 hours.

As per the official syllabus is available on the NTA website the physics syllabus consists of the following topics: 

The majority of these topics are a part of the physics syllabus of classes 11th and 12th.

Physical-world and measurement, Kinematics, Laws of Motion, Work power energy, Motion of system of particles and rigid body, Gravitation, properties of bulk matter, Thermodynamics, Oscillations and waves, Behaviour of perfect gas and kinetic theory.

Electrostatics, Electricity, Magnetic effects of current and magnetism, Electromagnetic induction and alternating currents, Electromagnetic waves, Optics, Dual Nature of Matter and Radiation, Atoms and nuclei and Electronic devices. 

Acing the physics section of the exam will require being thorough with all the topics as no topic is less important than others neither can any of them be skipped.

While preparing for the physics section candidates should be aware of how to prioritize topics and how to allocate the right amount of time for their preparation. For an efficient preparation strategy, the weightage of the different topics throughout the question paper should be considered.

 ‘Vectors’ is one of those topics that require extra attention as it forms the fundamentals to the concepts of physics and has a weightage of at least 4.50% in the NEET exam. Often to solve certain numerical prior knowledge of vectors is required as it coincides with other concepts of physics.

Analyzing previous question papers can familiarize candidates with the topic distribution of questions and the level of difficulty that has persisted throughout the paper over the years. Preparing for vectors will not only prepare candidates for vector-related questions but other topics as well because vector as a concept forms a base to other concepts of physics. With the right kind of guidance, strategy, and relevant material, preparing for a topic like this can become easier. 

Finding the right study material, solving important questions for NEET vectors can boost any candidate’s confidence and make this topic more scoring than it already is. Preparing for this exam should start with a smart realistic study plan with realistic time-appropriate goals. The basics should be started with NCERTs of class 11th and 12th as all the fundamentals are explained elaborately in an easy-to-understand way in these textbooks. Previous year’s questions are often based on NCERTs. 

Despite there being a plethora of reference books and study material available to practice from, one should resort to these only after having an in-depth understanding of basics to avoid confusion regarding fundamental theorems and concepts.

Solving topic-wise questions regularly from these PDFs, links, compilation and similar online sources also prepares one for the board exam, which is why question-solving becomes an important strategy while approaching a topic like vectors. Previous year’s questions are a gold mine of the right questions that should be solved. This can help in observing what pattern of questions are asked and how one can easily solve them during the exam while managing time efficiently. Time often becomes the final straw in deciding one’s result as poor time management can lead to disappointing outcomes. Hence, practicing as much as possible becomes all the more important.

Tackling a subject like physics really puts our analytical skills to the test and the only way to improve those skills is through rigorous practice.

Daily Self-study with the help of sources that are available can actually prepare candidates for every topic no matter how difficult or easy that includes vectors. Loads of practice with the right questions can make anyone ready for whatever curveball that the exam might throw.

Revision is something that cannot be skipped whether it is for the board exam or for a competitive exam like NEET hence, it is crucial to choose study material that can be revised easily. 

This is when these compiled sources of questions and study material come into use. Since these can be downloaded and are printable these sources become easy to access making them all the more relevant and worthy. There are no time constraints to these sources so anyone at any time can study these.

As offline classes are not being held, resorting to online sources in every form of material, questions or classes eases preparation for candidates. Free quality material with explanation and easy-to-understand illustration must not be missed. 

Hence, it can be said that for perfect preparation of the exam that promises big results, equal attention to all the topics must be paid, concepts should be clear and enough practice of available questions including previous years should be done. Along with an efficient strategy, time management, and revision. 

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