How to Prepare for NEET and Boards Together?

By | Last updated on November 1st, 2023

Manage NEET with boards

One of the major concerns of many medical aspirants is how they will manage their class 12 boards along with NEET exam preparation. It’s important to balance NEET preparation with Board exams. In this post, we will see how to prepare for NEET and Boards simultaneously. By following the tips given in this article, you can score great marks in both NEET and board exams.

Difference between Boards and NEET

Board exams basically focus on knowledge (more theoretical) whereas NEET basically focuses on the application of knowledge. So when you acquire the knowledge with clear concepts, it will take care of your board exams. For NEET, you further require lots of practice and fast problem solving skills.

How to Prepare for NEET and Boards Together?

Given below are the tips to manage NEET preparation with board exams :

1. Prepare a timetable for NEET and make adjustments for boards.

To clear any exam with good marks, it’s very important to make a study timetable and try to abide by it as much as possible. Include adequate time for reading theory, solving questions, revision and relaxation. Give more study hours to NEET at start and adjust the timetable accordingly to Boards preparation when required.

2. Study from NCERT textbooks.

NCERT textbooks are the most important books for the preparation of both NEET and board exams. You can also study from NEET preparation books, but avoid multiple books to study the same chapter or topic.

3. Refer to coaching modules for practicing NEET MCQs.

Apart from NCERT textbooks, you can refer to coaching modules for practicing quality MCQs for NEET preparation. NEET study material includes DPPs, question banks, test series, etc.

4. Understand concepts properly to solve questions.

The questions asked in the NEET and boards require clarity in concepts. So understand all the concepts of class 11 and 12 NEET syllabus of Physics, Chemistry and Biology. Writing subjective answers in boards is not difficult if your concepts are clear.

5. Master both long theoretical answers and fast calculation based problems.

You have to be flexible between solving questions for board exams and NEET. Board exams have a step-wise marking scheme, you need to write in points, flowcharts and diagrams are part of the answers. While in NEET, you just want the answer in the shortest possible time with rough calculations.

6. Manage your study time for NEET and boards.

The key to perform well in both NEET and Board exams is to manage time between studying for NEET and Boards when required (like before pre-boards and board exams). During this time, you can adjust your study timetable to focus on Boards preparation.

There is a time gap of around one month between board exams and NEET. NEET exam is generally conducted in the first week of May and Board exams finish at the end of March or at the start of April.

7. Focus on NEET, except one month before boards.

Barring the last 3-4 weeks before the board exams, you should focus on NEET since it’s your opportunity for admission in a medical college. After school hours, during coaching and self-study, stick to your NEET schedule. You can give more attention to Boards, when the exams are near.

8. Solve sample papers before the board exams.

The exam pattern of NEET and boards is different from one another. Either during board exams or a month before the exams (as per your preparation level), you need to solve sample papers to practice board type questions and answers.

9. Make notes and do revision frequently.

Making notes is beneficial for both NEET and board exams. During the last few days before the exams, it will be easy to revise from notes rather than from thick books and coaching modules.

10. Don’t take too much pressure of NEET and Boards.

Stay relaxed. You need to remain fit and healthy to perform well in both NEET and board exams. Keeping yourself calm in a pressure situation is the key to do well in exams.

Timetable for NEET and Boards Together

As discussed above, you should make a timetable for NEET and adjust it accordingly to board exams when they are near. If you want, you can give 1 hour to boards preparation in the NEET timetable.

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