NEET MDS: How to prepare for theory and MCQs?
How to prepare for theory
Always read Synopsis/Theory first. Don't touch MCQs without thorough reading of Synopsis/Theory. If you do that, it means you are mugging up the questions. Always finish chapter by chapter .e.g, Chapter - 01 Theory followed by its MCQ Practice. Don't read full subject theory at one stretch and then don't do MCQ practice from Chapter - 01. Always incremental study provides better results.
- Always read the theory in morning hours for best results
- Don't put any deadline for Theory reading. It causes detrimental effects on your preparation
- Start reading line by line
- Refer to the concerned standard textbooks wherever you don't understand
- Underline/Mark all the lines that you feel as important. This is essential because you will be revising only these marked lines during Revision
- Emphasize on Images/Pictures - Helps in solving Picture based Questions
- Have clear-cut concepts
- Revise the Theory for few minutes before you go for MCQ practice
How to prepare for MCQs
To get a good grade on a multiple choice exam, start by analyzing the questions. Then, answer the questions effectively by working through them strategically. You can also prepare for the exam so you do well and get a high mark.
The Golden Rule of Guessing:
This is the most important rule - abolish the wrong options first. They help you to narrow the question to at least three or, if you are lucky, to two options. Every MCQ has an option which basically screams “Of course I’m not right”. Always eliminate the obviously wrong choices first – they help through all the different types of problems there are. For example, if an option is “All” and you know one of the options to be wrong , bingo! You now have to choose from two options.
Questions with options like “All of these”/ “None of these”:
‘None’ and ‘All’ options are rarely ever the answers to a given question. But here’s the thing: now that paper setters know that students will mostly avoid answering the question with these options, they sometimes do set questions with such answers.
Avoid the extremes if the answer is number-based:
If the options are 4, 456, 7 and -84, you can be pretty sure that 456 and -84 are not the answers. The answers are generally between numbers that are close or confusing.
When Two Choices Have Words That Sound Similar, Pay Close Attention To Them:
If two of the choices on the test are nearly identical in terms of spelling, one of them is probably the right answer. Paper setters like to throw two similar options at you in an attempt to trip you up. If you’re guessing, this usually gives you a 50/50 shot.
When Two Choices Are Complete Opposites, One of Them is Probably Right:
If two of your options are exact opposites, then there’s a good chance that one of them is the correct answer. It’s a trick used to throw students off, and to make sure that they actually know the material.
Don’t read too deep into the Questions:
When you really don’t know the answer to a question, it’s easy to over-analyze. You might wonder if it’s a trick question or if there’s some kind of deeper meaning. Most of the time the question means exactly what it says and you should take it at face value. If you’re already confused, there’s no point in making things even more complicated for yourself.
Updated Jun 01, 2020.