The Central Board of Secondary Education is responsible for conducting the national level medical entrance exam, NEET.The exam attracts a large number of applicants and boasts of a vast curriculum which makes it a tough nut to crack. Total number of seats in NEET is only around 65,000 and the number of applicants be in lakhs, making the competition tougher. However, with a strong and dedicated preparation, one can maximise their chances of clearing NEET 2018.
A two-year preparation is generally recommended for cracking the competitive exam. This year, the exam is going to be conducted on May 06 and we are still left with 2 months for the same which is a very good time for thoroughly revising whatever you must have prepared till now.
Though, the exam has witnessed several major changes this year but when it comes to the exam pattern, it will almost have a structure similar to that of last year. As per statistics in 2017, the NEET Cut Off included 695-468 marks for general category, 465-453 for OBC category, 453-352 for SC category, and 451-303 for ST category. Hence, keeping in mind the cutoff marks of last year, a score of 600+ is desirable in 2018 to fare well in the exam as the competition is likely to increase this year.
The minimum percentile for qualifying NEET 2018 is 50 percentile for general category and 40 percentile for SC, ST and OBC categories. Expected cut-off for 2018 would depend upon various factors but, we can expect the cutoff based upon previous years scores and the same has been mentioned below.
|Category||Qualifying Marks out of 720|
|OBC/ SC/ ST||288|
|UR – PH||324|
|OBC/ SC/ ST – PH||288|
The difficulty level of the exam usually varies from moderate to high. NEET 2017 was a moderately difficult exam wherein Physics section consisted tricky questions. Biology was the toughest of all and questions on Inorganic Chemistry were more.
Success Story of NEET 2017 Topper, Navdeep Singh
Navdeep Singh, who secured AIR-1 in NEET 2017, is a perfect example for all aspiring candidates of 2018 who attained success through his hard work and dedication. Navdeep hails from Chandigarh and secured 99.99 percentile in NEET (National Eligibility cum Entrance Test). He scored 697 out of 720 marks in the examination.
Navdeep was very dedicated towards his preparation and joined Helix Institute in Chandigarh for his NEET preparation. He was very focused and clear about the idea of cracking the exam and worked hard each day for the same.Navdeepsays: “I was always sure of clearing the exam but becoming a topper of NEET was something unimaginable”.
So, when the news broke in of him securing AIR-1 in NEET 2017, he was overwhelmed with joy and filled with pride. He took admission in Maulana Azad Medical College in New Delhi for their MBBS course.
It was not just a regular study but there were several other sacrifices that Navdeep made in order to become the topper. One of the biggest things he had to give up on was social media as he believes that social media is the biggest distraction. Success comes to those who strive for it and Navneet strived for it in every manner possible. Apart from this, he made sure he had a fixed time schedule and he abided by it and gave his 100% to the preparation. He used to study for around 10-15 hours every day.
He also mentions that you cannot succeed in anything unless and until you have confidence on yourself. His advice to all the future NEET aspirants is “Focus only on preparation without worrying about the results”. He also believes that one should choose a line only if they are interested in it and not merely because of influence of peers as this may only lead to underperformance and you tend to lose your confidence.
Even his parents had a major contribution behind his success. His mother who is a government employee and father who is a teacher in some government school also left no stone unturned towards his preparation. They did not attend any functions or parties while Navdeep was preparing for the exam and instead accompanied and supported him. He also owes a big hand to his teachers for the success.
We hope that the article could serve you well and motivates and inspires you. With just 2 months to go for NEET UG 2018, you lift up your spirits, get inspired and clear the exam with flying colours.We wish you good luck for NEET 2018!