Time Management tips for the increment of your NEET Score.

By Namrata Padhi

NEET 2020 examination is around the corner and the most important part of acing any exam is Managing Time while appearing the paper in order to score Maximum. Most of the students fail to even attempt the whole paper because they do not have a proper strategy for the exam which is more like shooting in the dark. 

NTA has officially postponed NEET 2020 to July 26, 2020 as per the announcement by Union HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank in his webinar on May 5, 2020.



The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test or NEET-UG is the entrance examination for students who wish to take admission into various medical courses in different government and private medical colleges of India. The entrance was named as All India Pre Medical Test (AIPMT) which is now replaced with NEET-UG. Earlier different medical colleges and, states used to conduct admission on their own. From 2019 onwards the National Testing Agency (NTA) is the new conducting body of the NEET exam and it is scheduled to be held once in a year. The NEET Exam is Pen-paper based (Offline Mode).


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The NEET exam consists a total of 180 questions to be completed within 3 Hours and is spread across 3 sections i.e Biology , Physics and Maths. Check the detailed NEET Exam Pattern Here.

In this article we have covered some important time management tricks that would help the students to sail through the examination easily.


1. Analyzing the question paper

As soon as you get the Question paper , do not jump on to solving the paper directly. Instead, spend some time and analyse the questions and  the level of difficulty of each section to start answering them. Do not keep the OMR Answer Sheet for last and start marking on it as you move forward to the next questions . One of the biggest fears that most aspirants face is not having enough time to go through all the questions during the examination, thereby not being able to answer some of the familiar and easy questions which they could have easily answered. So you should make the strategy and then begin writing up your answers.


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2. Moving Forward Smartly

Questions will obviously be grouped in the subject order in the paper hence it’s quite predictable that easy and familiar questions can be found anywhere in the paper. So the first and foremost trick is to be work smartly to leave difficult questions and move forward. It’s advised to not spend more than 1.5 minutes on any question. All questions carry the same marks and try answering the easiest ones first. If in case you worked halfway through a question, you can return back and complete that questions left towards the end.


It is advised to attempt the paper in 3 round strategy- First attempting the easy questions , then those questions of which you know the answer but requires time and then the questions which you find difficult to solve. Allocate last few minutes to come back to those questions which you could not solve.


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3. Focusing on the options- The Elimination Game

Remember an important thing that you need not find the final answer whole by yourself -- your task is to find the correct answer among the given options. Many times it happens that students work out a problem fully and once they reach the final answer, only then do they look at the options. Instead of that do the thing that when you read the question, have a brief look 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 estimating your answer at every step; you may get a hint like which will help you identify the correct option.


4. Using the Tick-Circle-Cross method

When you begin 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 will help you differentiate between the questions and arrange them accordingly. This technique saves time as well as your effort as you are clear enough that you are not wasting your time in those 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.


5. Being systematic and organized

Pre-plan 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 favorite subject and you are comfortable with, 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. It is advised by the toppers to start from the Biology section in-order to save time.

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.


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6. Major mantra is Keeping your mind 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. Never 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; It is important to solve ample of mock tests and previous year question papers and apply the strategies in order to find what works best for you. Try and use these ideas and be ready to face your NEET exam!


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