NEET: Securing AIIMS

All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS) is the dream university of thousands of students in India aspiring for a medical career. AIIMSs are premier medical institutes in India in which the students are admitted based on their rank in the NEET examination. NEET is a national-level examination which makes it very competitive. Further, the tag of these institutes makes the competition harder.

Initially, only AIIMS Delhi existed. As the number of students appearing for medical entrance examinations increased, the government expanded the medical infrastructure by setting up more AIIMS in different states. As AIIMS Delhi is the oldest, located in the heart of the country, it stood as the leading medical institution in India.

Owing to the competitiveness, one has to score significantly high to get into AIIMS Delhi. According to the previous year’s trend, a student has to score 660 marks and above out of 720. This seems to be a herculean task but with the right strategy and hard work, one can accomplish their dream.

Let’s talk about the right ingredients to get into AIIMS.

The first and foremost quality that we have to nurture in ourselves is the ability to focus for a prolonged period. To develop this attribute, one can practise Yoga. This will also reduce the stress that students undergo while preparing for these examinations. With this attribute, the student wins 30 per cent of the battle. The next 40 per cent requires passion and determination to study the subjects. NEET examination comprises 3 sections – Biology, Physics, and Chemistry. Biology is mostly based on memorization. Students need to be thorough with the NCERT book. They should note down every line of the biology book which seems to be important. For a quick grasp, students are advised to paste the important lines in front of their wall or make a pocket diary which the student should carry while going out.

Talking about Chemistry-It is divided into 3 sections – Physical chemistry, inorganic chemistry, and organic chemistry. Physical chemistry requires a good hold of concepts as well algebraic abilities. One should be good with basic math so that they can perform quick calculate as NEET tests the student’s accuracy and speed. One can develop a good hold in physical chemistry by practising a good number of questions. It is recommended that students practice questions that are multi conceptual and have a variation from the previous questions.  For organic chemistry, the student must initially spend a good amount of time understanding General organic chemistry as it serves as the foundation for the succeeding chapters. While going through this part students should keep note of the named reactions as well the reactions that are frequently asked in the previous years. Students should focus more on conversion-type problems mixed with stereochemistry to develop a stronghold. The inorganic section is mostly based on memorization. To tackle this section students should first make notes using the NCERT chemistry book. After completion of making the notes students should go through them for a few days finally when they get familiar, they should go through all the previous years’ papers of NEET and JEE Mains and write all the reactions which were not included in the NCERT book. By following this method, the student will be able to completely cover this section, without the fear that they might lose some important reaction.

Moving onto physics, mostly the students feel themselves on the weaker side as they are not much familiar with the mathematics required for it. So, the best practice is to allow at least 1 week to develop all the basic skills in mathematics like integration, differentiation, solving ODEs (Ordinary Differential Equation), etc. After having moderate practice, physics will become easier. Now to learn the concepts one can refer to standard books. Many students have a habit that they try to first master the theory after which they try to attempt the questions. But this is the wrong method. The best method of learning physics at this stage is to learn through questions. At first, develop the minimum basics after which start with the problems. At first, they might seem difficult but with time they will become easier as you will start finding the similarity in approaching these questions. So, an important point of note is to remember the approach of the solutions. Another important point is that many students tend to mug up things in physics. This is a wrong practice. Mugging up the formulas is correct up to an extent but this might trouble you in the exam if the question is tweaked from the general condition that you had studied. So having a clear idea of the derivation is important for such examinations. With this strategy, we are left with another 30%. The next 29% depends on the attitude in the examination. The right mentality and approach will lead to excellent results. But even with all the knowledge, one might get fewer marks due to the wrong attitude. The right strategy is to forget about the future. Many students tend to think of future possibilities which create a sensation of fear resulting in a blackout. This can simply be eliminated by telling your parents to encourage you. Write on a piece of paper that even if one fails to make it to AIIMS still he/she can be one of the best doctors in the world. It is not the institution rather it is the passion and determination that we develop during the days of preparation that makes us the person we want to be. As one succeeds in eliminating this thought he/she remains with 1%. This 1% is ambiguous and is not predictable ultimately everything is ruled by Heisenberg’s Uncertainty principle. Most of the time this 1% will be in favour if you achieve the remaining 99% but there are instances where this 1% might fail someone. Nevertheless, the 660+ marks comprise of hard work till the end, determination to revive even when we fail and passion to love the subject.

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