One of the most undermined and overlooked aspects which one needs to draw attention to is the art of comprehending questions. Examining the question along with options is equally important.
It is the nature of questions in competitive exams to be twisted and tricky, though many times, the answer turns out to be much simpler than the question per se. NEET (NEET full form – National Eligibility cum Entrance Test) is one such competitive medical tests deemed to be challenging given the standard of questions asked.
If you have closely followed toppers’ interviews and experts’ advice, they have emphasized and stressed time and again on the importance of analyzing questions even if answers to questions are known. Sometimes, options seem so correct that you almost give in to the wrong ones. With this article, we aim to bring to the table the approach to practicing NEET questions the right way.
1. Conceptual Proficiency
Prioritize on thoroughly understanding a concept/chapter before attempting to solve questions on it. Get well-versed with concepts. More than half of your job is done when time is devoted to understanding concepts. Solving questions is going to be a cakewalk after that. Devote as much time on gaining conceptual knowledge and build upon concepts.
2. Examine the questions along with Options
Multiple choice questions are bound to have puzzling options, all options seem to be right in some cases. Probe questions closely. Write down the data given in the question and carefully go through the options before jumping the gun, even if the answer is known.
3. Watch out for the Keywords in the question
Sometimes simple questions are twisted in a way that it turns out to be time-consuming. It has been analyzed, that this is usually done by introducing words such as – ‘Pick the “incorrect” statement’ or ‘Which amongst the following is “not” the matching pair’ and so on, which are often overlooked by students. In order to save time students just skim through the questions and look for the answer in the option and bubble it finally in the OMR sheet, this approach should be avoided and time must be spent on reading it completely.
NEET is an objective question-based test, where technically one minute is allotted to solve one question. This does not come easy and there are no time savers here or substitutes to this. Practicing is key to gaining mastery over the art of understanding questions and hence developing a knack of solving questions within the stipulated time.
Ensure to time your responses and once that is good enough, move towards solving another question within the time taken. Remember, time saved is marks gained.
5. Be wary of Negative Marking
Look out for potential questions that could possibly lead you to lose marks. In view of attempting all questions, students often tend to bubble incorrect answers just to have attempted or to keep at bay the guilt of not having at least attempted a question. Refrain from this practice. As NEET also has negative marking, care must be taken to assess such potential questions.
6. Strictly avoid guesswork
One must go through previous years’ question papers along with sample papers to crack NEET efficiently. As an extension to the aforementioned point, negative marking can lower your rank and in fact, cost several hundred ranks hence guesswork must not be an option.
7. Solve Puzzles
Students can spend considerable time in their leisure on enhancing their cognitive and analyzing capabilities by solving puzzles and brain teasers. Indulge in interesting and challenging memory games. It can help you in solving NEET questions with a better and efficient approach.
These were some points you can inculcate in your daily routine while solving questions. For more such helpful articles, subscribe to BYJU’S YouTube Channel.