NEET (UG) 2022: How to Choose the Right Study Material

Even medical aspirants in India have to appear for NEET (UG) to pursue an undergraduate degree in any medical field of their choice. The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test, or NEET (UG), is a national pre-medical entrance exam for students who wish to pursue medical (MBBS), dental (BDS) and AYUSH (BAMS, BUMS, BHMS, etc.) courses in government and private institutions in India. This entrance exam is also valid for students who wish to pursue primary medical qualifications in international institutes.

NEET (UG) holds a lot of weight in determining your future. Hence, you can gauge the amount of dedication and perseverance that is required to excel in it. NEET (UG) preparation accounts for one of the crucial academic phases of your life. It is easy to get overwhelmed by it. But now that you have made up your mind, it’s time that you begin your preparation for NEET (UG) in full swing.

No matter if you are appearing for the exam this year or later, one of the most crucial aspects of your preparation is your study materials. For an exam as competitive as NEET (UG), when it comes to books, one may think the more the merrier. However, too many cooks may spoil the broth. Let’s ditch the aphorisms and get straight to the point. You will require a sufficient number of books throughout your NEET (UG) preparation. But before we dive into that, let’s look at the NEET (UG) exam pattern to help you strategize your preparation better.

NEET exam pattern



  Mode of Examination   Offline

  Duration of Examination

  3 hours

  Sections   Physics – 45 Questions Chemistry – 45 Questions Biology (Botany and Zoology) – 90 Questions
  Total Number of Questions   200 Questions (Candidates need to answer any 180 questions)
  Total Marks of Examination   720 Marks
  Marking Scheme   For each correct answer, the candidates wi score 4 marks; whereas for every wrong answer, there will be a deduction of 1 mark

The purpose of your books is to not just help you learn but to also help you test yourself. For the same, you can focus on collecting the following NEET (UG) study materials.

1. NCERT books

It goes unsaid that you can rely on NCERT books for your NEET (UG) preparation. They are ideal for beginners and advanced learners. Hence, if you want to learn from the basics or just want to take a detour to your 11th or 12th syllabus to clear your basics, you can refer to NCERT books for all the subjects.

2. Personal notes

As you proceed with your NEET (UG) preparation, you can simultaneously keep making notes. It is essential to keep personal notes because you can always come back to them for revisions. If you prefer, you can also collect notes from your alumni or peers. However, you should build the habit of making your own notes because it is an effective study method. Furthermore, your personal notes are easier to comprehend compared to somebody else’s.

3. Solved question papers

Be it NEET (UG) or your 8th-grade exams, every student has the urge to at least look at the previous years’ question papers to get a glimpse of the official entrance exam. This is not only effective in boosting your confidence, but it adds more value to your NEET (UG) preparation. Pearson’s NEET (UG) 13 Years' Chapter-Wise Solved Papers is one of the best study materials that you can refer to. Instead of trying to source the question papers from different places, you have everything available in one place with accurate answers.

4. Mock tests

For last-minute preparation, one of the best NEET (UG) books you can refer to is 15 Mock Tests for NEET (UG) by Pearson. These mock tests are new and updated. Hence, it makes for very reliable study material for aspirants who are appearing for NEET (UG) 2022. The sets of questions in the mock tests are varied and cover all the topics from all the subjects. They are based on the updated NEET (UG) exam pattern. You can have a near-on-hand experience of the official test if you refer to these mock tests. Plus, you also get access to the solved question paper of NEET (UG) 2020.

5. Pearson NEET (UG) objective series

Pearson’s Objective Series for NEET (UG) includes Physics, Chemistry, and Biology divided into two volumes as per the NCERT curriculum for Classes 11th and 12th. The books are patterned in such a way that they cover all the important topics in a fathomable language. Each topic is explained in the simplest way possible, so they are easy to grasp.

6. Pearson NEET (UG) crash course

Last-minute preparations are as important as your years-long preparations. During this phase of your preparation, the NEET (UG) study material that you can rely on the most is Pearson’s crash course for NEET (UG). They comprise previous years’ question papers, easy-to-understand visuals, mock tests, and sample papers. It has all you need to go over your entire syllabus during the last weeks or days of your NEET (UG) preparation.

Each study material helps you establish certain goals. Hence, you should keep that in mind when you are deciding which study material to refer to at what point in your NEET (UG) preparation. With consistency comes excellence. And these study materials are your gateway to achieving it.

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