Interview with Director- Academics – Mr. Shailendra Maheshwari by Careers 360
Question: With few months left for NEET, what should be the preparation strategy of students if one is appearing for Class 12 Board as well?
Ans: See the fact is it all depends whether a student is preparing by its own or is taking coaching in any institute. All reputed coaching institutes like Career Point, have a set pattern of preparing students for these competitive exams. Like in Career Point we try to complete the course of class 12th by September then we give revision of the syllabus of class 11th till December 2018 so as to remove the learning gaps of the students and then complete their course of competitive level by December, this is particularly for students of class 12th. They keep on revising their syllabus of class 12th from Oct to December through the tests. We take tests of board pattern also along with competitive exam preparation. Students are advised to complete their course for competitive level by December and then focus on their board preparation from January onwards.
The subjects are all same Physics, Chemistry, Biology (Botany and Zoology) difference is only of the exam pattern. If there is conceptual clarity then one can write the exam as per the pattern of the exam if synced with it. Students should clear their concepts by solving practice test papers of various subjects. Read the theory and then solve the questions to understand the application of the theory.
The strategy is complete class 12th syllabus by Dec, practice topic wise questions to strengthen the theory part then focus on board preparation from January onwards, meanwhile take tests of both the pattern from january board papers more and competitive less. Initially till January it should be reversed, more of competitive exam and once in a month for Board.
Question: Any subject-wise NEET preparation tips? What are the must know topics in Physics, Chemistry and Biology that should be covered by students?
Ans: Subject-wise suggestive plan are as follows:
- First solve direct formula based questions of any topic to learn the formulas and strengthen the topic.
- Understand the theory by solving questions based on that theory. Learning by application of the concept is the best way.
- Theoretical Questions related to Modern Physics are too easy and having very less calculations therefore students of biology must emphasize on that.
- In Heat and thermodynamics majority of questions are of P-Y graph or principles of thermodynamics which are easy to solve
- In case if any question is of lengthy calculation then first try to solve through approximation or as per options.
- You may solve Career Point’s Full Syllabus Test papers to cover the entire syllabus effectively
- Physical Chemistry:
- Try to practice Numerical based questions
- See NCERT Examples and examplar questions
- Give more Emphasis on 12th Class topics
- Inorganic Chemistry:
- Give emphasis on Chemical Bonding, Co-ordination Compound
- NCERT Examplar questions
- Previous year NEET papers
- Physical Chemistry:
- Organic Chemistry:
- Name Reactions
- Bio-molecules, Polymer and Chemistry in everyday life as per NCERT
- In Chemistry sub option based question, Graph based question and Match the Column based question may also be asked.
- One can solve books by CP Publication – Practice test papers or Full syllabus test papers
- For Biology students must prepare Diagrams, Charts and tables given in NCERT books.
- Examplar problems
- Prepare flow chart for Mechanism of Physiology for quick revision
- Cover Practice test papers or CP Full syllabus test papers which are precisely designed to cater the need of NEET by expert team
See in case of competitive exam as such questions can be framed and asked in any way as per the discretion of the organizing body. Still in case of NEET one should focus on the following topics as they are scoring:
- Physics: Heat and Thermodynamics, Waves, Optics, Modern Physics
- Chemistry: Ionic Equilibrium, Electrochemistry, Chemical Kinetics, GOC (General Organic Chemistry), Carbohydrates, Proteins and Polymers, P Block, Chemical Bonding, Co-ordination Compound
- Biology: Human Physiology, Plant Physiology, Ecology, Genetics, Plant Diversity, Animal Diversity
Question: Are NCERT books enough for NEET preparation? Please recommend other good books to understand the concepts and tackle objective type questions?
Ans: See off course NCERT Books are the base but the theoretical explanations given in NCERT are insufficient secondly the numbers of questions are very less as compare to competitive exam preparation. Therefore to elaborate the concept in depth and more questions for practice some add on books are required. The Class Notes, Sheets or Study Material of Coaching institutes or some renowned publishers here play a vital role. Even Career point has started its publication division understanding the needs of those students who are preparing by their own or want to add to their current preparation. Students can arrange these materials through their own resources or can get through DLP programs of reputed institutes like Career Point. Moreover nowadays online material and test series are also available to students in nominal rates.
Question: How should the preparation strategy change as the exam draws closer? Should the strategy change when the exam is 6 months, 3 months and one month away?
Cover left portion of the syllabus first, understand theory by good books don’t refer too many books for one topic, understand theory by practice questions
Synchronization between board and competitive exams is must for class 12th students. Clear all the concepts by experts, don’t leave any stone unturned by this time one can understand their strength and weaknesses. Focus on weak areas or plan strategy to cover weal areas, find out the weightage of your weak area and then prepare the strategy to overcome it.
At this time instead of Preparation Strategy it should be Revision Strategy:
- Just read the class notes which you have prepared during classroom sessions
- Read the important derivation carefully just to understand the concept
- Remember different assumptions and conditions associated with different formula
- Don’t waste time in writing the theoretical statements on paper
- Revise the entire syllabus with a vision. Don’t read entire theory again and again.
- Practice as much questions as you can and try to understand the solution of those that you have attempted wrong. This is a game of speed and accuracy and examination temperament so more practice leads to success.
- See solved examples to understand the concept
- Solve as many questions as possible to gain confidence
- Try to find out the actual problem where it is in concept or anything else
- Try to go upto the best of your knowledge and don’t leave any stone unturned for direct questions
- Take the help of any teacher, senior or peer to understand the concept or topic
- Students may see the expert video lecture in case if available for any particular topic if the weightage is more
Question: How important are test series, mock tests and previous year question papers? When should an aspirant start taking them?
Ans: See the competitive exams are relative exams where you have to perform well as compare to your peers. Therefore practice plays a vital role here, the more you practice more you enhance your exam taking skills and examination temperament. The mock tests, test series and previous year papers actually do the same for you, after taking exams one should analyze his / her performance critically so as to overcome weak areas.
Mock tests should be given in exam like conditions under supervision so as to get the real experience. We at Career Point provide Revision Test Series for this purpose for effective revision.
See as such one should learn the theory part even by solving questions as already discussed in previous section. Initially test papers will be as per the topic and then unit-wise, half syllabus and later after December it will be all full syllabus.
Question: Should students adopt a different preparation strategy for AIIMS and JIPMER? If yes, how can they differ?
Ans: Well again the syllabus is all same the difference is of the pattern of the examination in AIIMS or JIPMER. There are questions based on reason and assertion type, match the following, a bit of General Aptitude and awareness, which is not there in the syllabus of NEET. Therefore one should prepare accordingly, rest need to understand the format of the exam. Concept is all same difference is application of the concept. Practice more questions on the exam pattern or previous year papers.
Question: What should be the last minute and last day preparation strategies for the exam?
|Do’s 1 day before and during
|Don’ts before or during the exam|
|Must check your examination centre one day prior so as to avoid last moment rush||Don’t be panic about the preparation|
|Must be sure about the examination centre in case having 2 or more centres or schools of same name||Don’t lose your patience and confidence|
|Just revise the major formula’s and short notes||Don’t see anything new which you have not seen before|
|Be Calm and confident||Sleep well, don’t oversleep|
|During Exam >>>|
|Carefully read the instructions given in the question paper||Don’t be in hurry and read it carefully|
|Fill all the information correct, roll no, name etc||Don’t use pen where pencil is required|
|Ideal sequence of subjects in the paper to answer is Biology, Chemistry and then Physics. Although there is no set rule it varies person to person if someone is comfortable to a particular subject first then one can start as per his convenience.||Don’t start with the difficult questions first|
|First solve all those questions in which you are confident and mark it with right put circle for tricky questions and cross on difficult one.||Don’t jump here and there sequentially solve easy questions first|
|Fill the answer in case if you have done ample questions, normally it is advisable to fill answer key after 2 and half hrs.||Don’t be in too much hurry while filing the answer as one mistake of your leads to one wrong answer|
|Solved all those questions at the end which are marked cross.||Don’t waste too much of time on one question. In case of lengthy calculations first use approx. method|
Question: What should the students do to tackle the pre-exam stress?
Ans: The fact is there are common problems for the stress:
- Unable to complete the course
- Concepts are not clear due to learning gaps or basics are not clear
- Exam Anxiety or lack of confidence in some cases
- Any personal issue that a student cannot reveal or share
One needs to understand the exact reason of the stress and accordingly take the remedial action. One should share the problem with any mentor – teacher, senior or friend or any expert to take the advice. One should boost the confidence and try to do their best, if someone has given their best then no need to panic, if your efforts are 100% as per your potential then be confident that you will get the best results or this preparation will not go in vain. Later or sooner you will get the success if not in one exam them may be in another.
Question: What are the common mistakes made by the students on the exam day which can be eradicated?
Already discussed above
Question: Any strategies that students should keep in mind to deal with the negative marking system?
Read the questions carefully and mark right, cross and circle as per the level of difficulty
First solve all those questions in which you are confident and marked it right, put a circle on bit tricky questions and mark a cross on difficult ones. One should have the acumen to understand the level of the question and accordingly try to attempt.
Question: What should be the exam taking strategy on the exam day? How should candidates manage their exam time between the different sections of the paper?
Already discussed above
Question: Ideally how many marks should a student score to be able to think of a medical seat?
Ans: More than or 520 marks at least for General candidate
Question: NEET was to be a computer based test this year but is now a pen and paper based one. What do you think caused this change of events suddenly? In your opinion, will NEET 2020 be a computer based test?
Ans: The reason may be a decision without any proper preparation. There are so many students of the rural areas who are deprived of this computer based tests and not synced with such practices. Lack of resources and implementation of the technology without pilot phase may be havoc to handle such a huge mass. Yes later on it may be a CBT with the advancement of technology and resources.