Get Ready for NEET 2022 – Preparation Tips

The highly competitive NEET exam is just a month away. This year, over 18 lakh medical aspirants have registered for this exam. NEET is a pen and paper-based exam comprising 200 MCQs, out of which 180 questions have to be answered. The exam happens for a 200 minute duration (2 pm to 5.20 pm). This 200 minute is going to decide the destiny of lakhs of medical aspirants. Thus, every aspirant should make an immense preparation effort to crack this competitive exam. This includes rigorous writing practice and revisions. Follow this article to know more about the exam cut-offs and preparation tips.

NEET 2022 Preparations

Clearing NEET is a mandatory requirement to pursue medicine. The approximate qualification rate is around 50 to 60% every year. Following the Class 12 board exams, candidates have very less time for preparations. Also, most of the NEET-qualified candidates would have spent at least a year in this preparation process. With just a month ahead of us, let us look at some last-minute preparation tips.

  • Schedule a time planner prioritising all NEET syllabus topics. Stick to the schedule and manage your time accordingly. First, utilise NCERT textbooks to cover the entire syllabus.
  • Then, move on to online study materials and NEET-related textbooks. Here, in-depth conceptual knowledge is more important than gathering vague information. Also, schedule online and offline mock tests in between your planner.
  • Analyse your scores and work on weaker areas. Revise your daily notes as well as the mock MCQs to level up your preparation.

Immense Practice

The only secret to attaining success in this exam is ‘immense practice’. Practice NCERT diagrams and flow charts as questions are asked from that too. Go through the NEET mock test available online to understand the types of questions asked. This will help you to practice questions with clarity. Both subject knowledge and application skills are tested in this exam. This can’t be attained with just immense revisions. To ace the exam, you should apply your knowledge by attending mock tests and solving previous years’ question papers. This will definitely give a rough idea of your preparation level.


NEET is a single-window entrance assessment for all medical-related programmes. One has to go through this test if one wishes to pursue dental, medical or AYUSH courses in any of the institutions across India.  Also, NEET is mandatory for Indian students to study abroad, and likewise, NRI/OCI and foreign nationals to study here. This medical entrance assessment has been organised by the National Testing Agency (NTA) since 2019. Furthermore, the responsibilities of NTA are limited to inviting applications, conducting the exam, providing results and announcing the merit list. The counselling process is conducted by the Medical Council Committee (MCC) and the respective state authorities.

Cut-off Marks

After all the hard work and preparations, the final destiny is decided by the cut-off marks. The trend of the NEET cut off varies every year with slight deviations. Also, remember that cut-off marks vary from qualifying marks or percentile. One needs to clear the cut-off and not the qualifying marks to land in the desired seat. The following table gives an overview of the past two years’ cut-off trend.


Category 2021 2020
EWS and General 720 – 138 720 – 147
SC/ST/OBC 137 – 108 146 – 113
PwD (General/EWS) 137 – 122 146 – 129
PwD (SC/ST/OBC) 121 – 108 128 – 113

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The cut-off range changes every year based on the difficulty level of the question paper and the number of candidates taking up the exam. Thus, while practising mock tests, make sure you score somewhere close to the previous year’s cut-off range.

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