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National Eligibility Entrance Test or NEET, the pre-qualifying test in India for MBBS and BDS conducted by the National Testing Academy, is the first step towards realizing your ambition of becoming a doctor. 

One of the aspects of NEET PG is the time factor. When you should start your NEET PG preparations and how much time you should spend every day are crucial things you need to focus on. This blog will clarify your doubts to help you start the preparations at the right juncture. Read on to know more details. 

 NEET PG Preparation Tips

Details of NEET PG 2022Date of the exam (tentative): 22 May 2022
Important details of NBE NEET PGApplication Process
Candidates need to register online. The essential documents required are – the application form, photograph, scanned signature, thumb impression, and payment of fees.
Examination ProcessThe NEET PG examination is held online in the computer-based terminal model.The examination is sure to be held on a single day.The language will be English.The total time candidates will get for the examination will be 3.5 hours.It will be an MCT (Multiple choice type) paper. Like in previous years, the number of total questions will be 200. The marking scheme includes positive and negative markings. The examiner gives four marks for every correct answer and one negative mark for the wrong answer.
When to start preparing for NEET PG?Start your preparations as early as possible. But, there is no set rule.Some begin as early as six months prior, and some prepare only for three months. A few start a year earlier, preparing for NEET PG almost simultaneously with their MBBS final year exams.Technically speaking, you should start your preparations from the first year. It will help you cover and complete the entire syllabus consistently and well in time before the exams.
How To MemoriseChapters For NEET PG?Being focused helps when you sit down every day to study. You can improve your concentration skills with the help of techniques like meditation and yoga. Refer to viable preparation materials. There are many coaching institutes available online and offline. You may consider signing up with a credible one to help with preparations. Taking mock tests and solving previous year’s question papers effectively reinforce concepts. Doing this as a regular practice also allows you to gauge how well prepared you are for the upcoming exam. If there are mistakes, take care to address them authentically. Ensure corrections are done, know where you’ve gone wrong, and attempt the test again.  Your year-wise preparations for NBE NEET PG should be as follows:
First-year: Make sure to attend your classes and keep reading the textbooks on the three subjects introduced this year – Anatomy, Physiology, and Biochemistry. Keep solving previous MCQs subject-wise.Second-year: If possible, enroll with an online academy to get your concepts clear. This is when complex subjects are introduced like Pathology, Community Medicine; Forensic Medicine, Pharmacology, and Microbiology. Keep reading textbooks and attempting chapter-wise MCQs. Also, start gaining practical information by attending clinics. Third-year: You will get a little more time this year to go through the previous year’s chapters. Review your notes, continue reading textbooks, and review questions and answers. Final year: This year will be challenging as you’ll need to manage curriculum and NEET PG preparations. Focus on the most common topics or topics that get repeated for multiple years. Continue the same spirit for the internship period too. Try new subjects and new question patterns. Go through previous years’ questions and mock papers thoroughly. Also, there could be some topics like Dermatology or Psychiatry that are not covered in the MBBS curriculum. For NEET PG, you will also need to have basic knowledge about these subjects. The internship period is the right time to study these topics or short subjects in detail. Take some tests online to be more confident. 
General NEET PG Preparation TipsStaying calm is ideal for approaching a competitive exam. Taking unnecessary stress is not advisable as it won’t allow you to concentrate fully on the course.Ample sleep is a must. Similarly, eating right and physical exercise are essential to stimulate the brain. All these three elements help keep you alert and attentive. Ensure you refer to the official site of the National Board of Examination in Medical Sciences (https://nbe.edu.in/) for information about the syllabus, dates, etc. One way that usually works well is scheduling time for your preparatory studies. Even the most studious candidate needs to have a fixed timetable. Every effort must be made to stick to the timetable. Avoid starting a new topic a few days before the examination. Ensure you cover all relevant topics beforehand and do not leave any topic for the last minute.

It is essential to start preparing for the NEET PG Exam early to have ample time for revision and doubt clearing. Here is the timetable that you can follow and stick to for excellent results.

Timetable to Follow For NEET PG Exam Preparation

Number of Hours You Should Study8-10 hours per day
General Activities3-5 hours
Sleep6-8 hours
Mock Test Practices3-6 hours
Revision3 hours
Online Doubt Clearing1 hour
Rest & Relaxation10 minutes after every hour during the study time

FAQs

  1. When should I start preparing for NBE NEET PG? 

Start your preparations from the first semester itself. Your studies for NEET PG should be simultaneous to your MBBS syllabus. In the first year, ensure that your basics are all cleared. Attend your classes sincerely, get your doubts cleared, and be thorough with your textbooks. Remember to make notes throughout, especially during clinical postings, as you learn a lot practically. The internship is the right time to gain more extensive and practical insight and expand your knowledge base. Some topics are not covered during regular semesters known as short subjects. You have time to revise, refresh, practice, and read new topics during this time. 

  1. How can I prepare for NEET PG 2022 if I have just completed my MBBS?

Go through your notes and cover all subjects. Try to cover all topics. Take mock tests and attempt previous year’s papers. Practice MCQ questions to improve your speed. There are varied study materials available online – it is good to take help to refresh various topics and revise all relevant topics.

Also, take care of your health, mental and physical. Prepare a timetable. Since you have limited time in hand, follow a disciplined routine for preparations.

  1. How are questions divided in NEET PG 2022?

There are two sections – Section A, Section B, and Section C.  Section A consists of 68 marks from Anatomy and Physiology and 64 marks from Biochemistry. Section B consists of Forensic Medicine of 40 marks, 80 marks of Microbiology & Pharmacology each, and 100 marks of Pathology and Social & Preventive Medicine. Section C consists of ENT of 40 marks, General Medicine & General Surgery of 180 marks each, Ophthalmology & Paediatrics of 40 marks each, and 120 marks for Obstetrics and Gynaecology.

  1. Why should  I be well-prepared for NEET PG 2022?

It is a competitive examination, more so because the syllabus is exhaustive. To top it, every year, about 1.5 lakh or more students appear for approximately 40,000 available seats. Considering the competitive aspect, it is crucial to be well-prepared for NEET PG.

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