Aspirants looking forward to cracking NEET must be aware of the fact that NEET includes a negative marking scheme. For every incorrect response marked on the OMR sheet, 1 mark is deducted. Hence, one must make wise choices.
Preparing for an objective type or multiple-choice test asks for special tactics of preparation, remarkably different from descriptive type exams. Choosing the correct answer from a list of four (typically) is not as easy as it seems. The 3 incorrect options are called distractors. Opting for that one final answer from distractors necessitates one to have a stronghold of concepts and a proper understanding of the question.
There are a few reasons why students deem an objective type of assessment to be a lot easier, some reasons are –
- The correct answer is guaranteed to be one of the four options
- At times, a lucky guess can actually cause one to land up with the right answer
- Questions have a low point value, offering lesser risk as these type of tests typically contain more questions
- Is a favourable test for those who dislike descriptive answering
Having said that, exams such as NEET UG which is an MCQ based test can be difficult for preparation at times, because of these reasons –
- Since the test has many questions as discussed above, students are required to cover a broader range of topics to be able to answer questions
- Questions can be framed from anywhere in the syllabus, hence students cannot miss out on any concept, or any line specified in the syllabus – such tests demand familiarity with details
Tips To Tackle MCQs in NEET
Discussed are a few suggestions which can help you tackle multiple-choice questions in NEET UG. Read in detail:
- Elimination of the obvious
When you have read the question and gone through the options, you immediately come up with what can probably not be the answer if you do not know or are doubtful about a question. These tests are more to do with eliminating incorrect options than finding the right answers.
- Identify the level of question
Questions can be
- Answered right away
- Re-read to answer
- Left to come back to it later or
Recognize the type of question after reading it and check if it falls into any of these categories. If you know the answer and are confident, it can be answered at that very moment. We are able to answer some questions after having read it twice or thrice, which again can be done at the same time.
“Difficult questions are a breeding ground for doubt”
These doubts can ruin your ability to answer easier questions you run into later. If a question seems tough at the moment, leave it for now. Come back to it once you have answered other questions. Do not spend too much time on one question.
- Difficulty remembering
If you have a difficulty in remembering the exact answer to the question, make efforts to remember the related information. Memory works through linking the information. You can chain memories to remember difficult, complicated topics to be able to answer such NEET questions. This way you can recall the related information and identify potential answers.
- Find clue words/keywords in the question and options
If you somewhat know the topic but are struggling to arrive at the right answer, follow these tips-
- One option is probably correct if two options are opposite
- Look out for grammatical hints between the choices and questions. For instance, the correct answer and the question usually has the verb of the same tense, verbs and nouns agree
- Pick the familiar words, keywords from the question to connect the related information deduced from the options
- Stay cautious of the degree of accuracy and correctness with questions involving figures and numbers. In numbers, one choice can be too big or too small. Eliminate choices wisely
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