NEET is a very cut-throat examination and can also be stressful if the applicant is not used to such competitive exams. NEET Mock tests are designed in a way to provide an idea of how the on-day exams will be conducted.
As the mock tests are designed in a manner to help students get adapted to the main exam pattern, it also helps in building a proper strategy while giving the tests. Mock tests enable you to measure your preparedness and will help you set a benchmark depending on your previous performance.
Importance of Mock Test
An applicant is always recommended to take mock tests after 50% of preparation and often in between the revisions to understand which subjects need more study. There are many online resources available to take mock tests. It is also suggested to take at least 2 mock tests a month at the beginning of the study. Now that the examination date is nearing, the applicant should start giving a mock test every alternate day. Find the list below of the websites that offer mock tests, some free, to prepare you for the 3-hour long NEET test.
● NEET is a competitive exam, even though it is not section-wise time, it still expects a student to spend a very brief time on each question. Mock tests help you learn new skills and techniques for time management. Hence, it is not an experiment on the main day itself, but you learn as you practice.
● Mock tests are the best way to analyse your progress. These mock tests are online and the answers are auto-generated, so the immediate feedback helps the applicant to understand where they lack and where they need to improve before the main day. The applicant should take his mock test as an actual exam.
● The mock test helps candidates to understand the exam pattern and type of questions asked in the exam.
● Candidates should analyze their mock test results. The mock test helps students to focus on their weak sections and strong sections by analyzing the result.
● One of the most important aspects the student needs to work on rather than just subject-knowledge is confidence and stress management. Such competitive exams can often take a toll on you even if you’re thoroughly prepared.
● The mock tests are trial exams that in time make you comfortable with the pattern of the exam, making the applicant more confident as they are more aware and prepared.
How to apply for Mock Tests
The NTA, the examination authority, offers a mock test series, on their official website. These tests are only available after the applicant registers for the exam. If you have already filed your application form on the NEET official website then follow the steps mentioned below to apply for the mock test:-
1. Visit official website- nta.ac.in
2. Click on “Registration Mock test”
3. Enter email id or mobile number and password
4. Click on login
5. There are many other mock tests available on their website so select an exam and paper you want to appear
They also have subject-wise mock tests available as an option. Every student applying for NEET should solve these mock tests to analyze his progress, before the test days.
Some coaching institutes also provide mock tests
1. Embibe offers full mock tests, subject-wise mock tests and also grade-wise. One could give 12 full mock tests on this website. The website also offers tutorials and lessons to prepare for the test. One has to simply register or can also download the app and select the test series, to begin with.
2. Easy Biology Class has many full mock tests and also subject-wise mock tests and practice questions that one could use during revisions.
3. ETOOS India has paid online mock tests that a student can apply to. They have a 3-month plan that will have 9 tests for Rs. 2000. The applicant will have to create an account on the portal, pay the test amount online and then will be given access to the number of tests he has subscribed for.5. Career Orbits provides paid mock tests with other services that will help the student revise and evaluate his answers. To sign up for their mock tests, the student needs to subscribe to Rs. 2500.
Changes in the Examination
There were a few changes introduced in the exam this year. Even though the exam pattern has not changed and if you’re prepared by giving numerous mock tests, these are some minor changes at the management level that have been introduced.
1. It was declared that now the NTA will be conducting the NEET examination 2020 which will be an offline test.
2. NEET will be the only medical exam in the whole country. Hence AIIMS and JIPMER are now also added under NEET and will have no separate examination for admission.
3. There has been an implementation of the National Exit Test (NEXT) in the final year of MBBS.
NEET 2020 Exam Pattern
The full mock tests are designed in the test pattern that NEET follows. NEET is a multiple-choice questions (MCQs) based offline test, and the duration of the examination is 3 hours. The applicant is given a choice to select the medium of language. All states have an option of English and Hindi, and other regional languages (Marathi, Bengali, Gujarati, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Oriya, Assamese and Urdu) are only in choice in the centres of the regional language states. The medium of language needs to be selected while filling the application form. There can be no changes done at the center.
A total of 180 questions will be asked in the test. The test questions will be based on three sections covering three subjects: Physics, Chemistry, and Biology (Biology having the highest weightage).
The test will be of 720 marks in total. The physics and chemistry section will have 45 questions in each section and biology will have 90 questions. The biology section is further divided in two subcategories — Botany and Zoology, 45 questions in each section. Hence, the physics and chemistry sections will be 180 marks each, and biology will be 360 marks, equally divided in two subcategories.
The test has a negative marking system. For every correct answer, it will be +4 and for every incorrect answer it will -1. There is no negative marking for unanswered questions. If the applicant selects more than two answers in a question, this will be considered incorrect and will be given a negative marking.
NEET 2020 Syllabus
The test has three subjects – Physics, Chemistry, and Biology. The questions will be based on the topics covered from Grade 11 and 12 in these subjects. It is recommended that the applicant is well-versed with textual knowledge (NCERT books). There are many other NEET exam preparation books the applicant can refer to. The applicant might find it useful to give a mock test before starting his preparation and in between to understand how much of the subject knowledge he lacks. As many online websites offer subject-wise mock tests, one could revise and analyse through giving these subject-wise practice tests before moving to full mock tests.
The NTA released the syllabus for NEET 2020 on its website. Please refer to the following list for topics that were listed by the authority:
Physics – Grade 11
1. Physical-world and measurement
3. Laws of Motion
4. Work, Energy, and Power
5. Motion of System of Particles and Rigid Body
7. Properties of Bulk Matter
9. Behaviour of Perfect Gas and Kinetic Theory
10. Oscillations and Waves
2. Current Electricity
3. Magnetic Effects of Current and Magnetism
4. Electromagnetic Induction and Alternating Currents
5. Electromagnetic Waves
7. Dual Nature of Matter and Radiation
8. Atoms and Nuclei
9. Electronic Devices
Chemistry Grade 11
1. Some Basic Concepts of Chemistry
2. Structure of Atom
3. Classification of Elements and Periodicity in Properties
4. Chemical Bonding and Molecular Structure
5. States of Matter: Gases and Liquids
8. Redox Reactions
10. s-Block Element (Alkali and Alkaline earth metals)
11. Some p-Block Elements
12. Organic Chemistry- Some Basic Principles and Techniques
14. Environmental Chemistry
1. Solid State
4. Chemical Kinetics
5. Surface Chemistry
6. General Principles and Processes of Isolation of Elements
7. p-Block Elements
8. d and f block Elements
9. Coordination Compounds
10. Haloalkanes and Haloarenes
11. Alcohol, Phenols and Ethers
12. Aldehydes, Ketones and Carboxylic Acids
13. Organic Compounds Containing Nitrogen
16. Chemistry in Everyday Life
Biology- Grade 11
1. Diversity in Living World
2. Structural Organisation in Animals and Plants
3. Cell Structure and Function
4. Plant Physiology
5. Human Physiology
2. Genetics and Evolution
3. Biology and Human Welfare
4. Plant Physiology
5. Ecology and Environment
If the applicant is well-versed with the above-mentioned topics from the NCERT books and has practiced enough by giving mock tests, they do not have to refer to other resources. For more guidance, one could refer to other preparatory books for in-detail studies.